It amazes me how much Nintendo trusted Next Level games. They really didn't have much of a strong portfiolio before Nintendo gave them a game. They made one game and Nintendo gives them the Mario IP and lets them make a Soccer game. That's pretty huge in my opinion. They only had made one game before and that was NHL Hitz Pro. Then as fitting, they get the next Mario Soccer game also. Then after a few shovelware games(but they did get a Spiderman game) they get Punch Out. Not a huge IP but still, they are still young studio. Then a few more shovelware games later(I guess they got a few big name games like porting Ghost Recon and transformers to the Wii. Even got a Captain America game. But stilll kind of shovleware) they get the Metriod IP(which got canceled, or who knows, they weren't part of Nintendo yet. The comcept art might have been them trying to pitch Nintendo a game) and then they get to work on probably one of Miyamoto baby's, Luigi Mansion 2. I'm very surprised that game got out of EAD. I'm really interested in seeing what they get next. They have been proving themself very well so far to Nintendo.
I guess to put a lot of trust in a western dev with some big IP's that was unknown and up and coming. If they did it with Next Level Games, I hope we hear more stories like this in the future. Since we all know, it appears they need some more devs to keep up with a steady stream of game. Plus, a lot of people think they need some more Western games in there library to try and hit a bigger market.