Next Level Games

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Next Level Games, Inc.
IndustryVideo games
FoundedAugust 13, 2002; 20 years ago (2002-08-13)
FoundersEric Randall
Douglas Tronsgard
Jason Carr
David Catlin
HeadquartersVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Key people
Eric Randall (President)
Douglas Tronsgard (CEO)
Number of employees
ParentNintendo (2021–present)

Next Level Games, Inc. is a Canadian video game developer owned by Nintendo based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Founded in August 2002, Next Level Games specializes in creating console video games. Their first project was NHL Hitz Pro, which was published by Midway Games in 2003. The company is best known for its work with Nintendo, the Mario Strikers games and Punch-Out!! for the Wii, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Metroid Prime: Federation Force for the Nintendo 3DS, and Luigi's Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch.[1][2]

Among other awards, Next Level Games has been named one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" and one of BC's Top Employers in 2008, 2009 and 2012. The company has been featured in Maclean's magazine and BC Business magazine.

On January 9, 2014, the studio announced that it would work exclusively with Nintendo from then on.[3][4] On January 4, 2021, Nintendo announced that it had purchased Next Level Games after "A number of owner-directors recently determined that the time is right for them to sell their shares, and NLG therefore began exploring potential sale transactions". This acquisition took place on March 1.[5]

List of games developed[edit]

List of games developed by Next Level Games
Year Title Platform(s) Publisher(s)
2003 NHL Hitz Pro GameCube
PlayStation 2
Midway Games
2004 The Suffering (additional work)[6] Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 2
2005 Super Mario Strikers GameCube Nintendo
2007 Mario Strikers Charged Wii
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe PlayStation 2
Xbox 360
2008 Ticket to Ride Xbox 360 Playful Entertainment
2009 Jungle Speed Wii
Punch-Out!! Nintendo
Doc Louis's Punch-Out!!
2010 Transformers: Cybertron Adventures Activision
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Ubisoft
2011 Captain America: Super Soldier Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
2012 Microsoft Solitaire Collection [a][7] Microsoft Windows
Xbox Game Studios
2013 Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Nintendo 3DS Nintendo
2016 Metroid Prime: Federation Force
2019 Luigi's Mansion 3 Nintendo Switch
2022 Mario Strikers: Battle League
  1. ^ Co-developed with Arkadium and Smoking Gun Interactive



  1. ^ "Hands-On With The Secret-Filled Luigi's Mansion 3". Kotaku Australia. 2019-06-12. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  2. ^ Phillips, Tom (2019-07-17). "Luigi's Mansion 3 gets the spookiest release date possible". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  3. ^ Phillips, Tom (9 January 2014). "Luigi's Mansion 2 dev will now work exclusively with Nintendo". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon developer Next Level Games signs second-party deal with Nintendo". 2014-01-09. Archived from the original on October 9, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
  5. ^ McFerran, Damien (January 5, 2021). "Nintendo Is Buying Luigi's Mansion Studio Next Level Games". Nintendo Life. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  6. ^ "The Suffering credits". Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  7. ^ "Tom's guide to Microsoft Solitaire Collection".
  8. ^ "Next Level Games was working on a WWE game that was cancelled by publisher THQ". 2012-02-18.
  9. ^ "Super Mario Spikers is a cancelled volleyball/wrestling hybrid game developed by Next Level Games". 2011-08-06.
  10. ^ "Next Level Games was working on an Action title known as "Catalyst"". 2010-07-12.
  11. ^ "Next Level Games Was Working on a Puzzle-Platformer Called "Clockwerk"". 2015-01-12. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-08-28.

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