Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Mario Strikers developer Next Level Games has announced an exclusive partnership with Nintendo.
It was confirmed by studio co-founder Jason Carr in an interview with Gamasutra.
Carr explained, “We are doing only Nintendo products now. We’re super happy with our relationship with Nintendo. There’s no reason to look anywhere else. They keep giving us better and better IP to work with, and as long as we do our job and make good games for them there’s no reason for us to venture out.”
The team has worked with Nintendo a few times over the years, on both Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Super Mario Strikers, but also coded the Wii edition of Punch-Out!! among others.
It has, however, made some less-favourable titles in its day – such as Transformers: Cybertron Adventures – something Carr was keen to address during the interview.
“We got up to four teams,” Carr stressed. “We were about 115, 120 people. We spread ourselves way too thin. We just ended up making sh***y games, really.”
The team’s renewed focus and deal with Nintendo will only improve things from here, Carr added, “There are a lot of benefits to working with a first party. Nintendo’s great. They give you the time to make they games good. They’ve done really well – the Wii’s done really well, the DS has done really well, the Wii U is not the strongest start but we trust that they’ll come up with something to get it going, and the 3DS was a blast to work on.”
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