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Darwinianevolution said:

Wait, they weren't part of Nintendo already? They've been doing Mario games for more than a decade now! Huh...

Many of the studios Nintendo is famous to work with are second parties, not entirely owned by Nintendo, like Hal, Intelligent Systems and Good Feel Inc.

Next Level Games have been working exclusively for Nintendo this past generations, but they had many licensed games on PS2 and PS3, for example.



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I think this is great. This makes them the third western software studio of Nintendo, after Retro and NST. And with these two barely producing nowadays, I think Next Level will be awesome for Nintendo Switch's library.



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Great news! Hopefully they are working on something cool as we speak. Or Nintendo has given them a dormant franchise to work on, as this shows they have a lot of trust in them. I recently found out HAL is an independent company but it works with some pretty big Nintendo IP's. Nintendo ought to try and secure them, in case another company tries to invest in HAL.



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Stuart23 said:

Darwinianevolution said:

Wait, they weren't part of Nintendo already? They've been doing Mario games for more than a decade now! Huh...

Many of the studios Nintendo is famous to work with are second parties, not entirely owned by Nintendo, like Hal, Intelligent Systems and Good Feel Inc.

Don’t forget the elephant in the room, Gamefreak 



I suspect this is the only way Nintendo will acquire outside studios. They will have to make years of successful Switch exclusives first and even then it isn't a certainty as they much prefer to create their own studios. I am curious if they will ever create their own North American studio again?



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If I had to guess, Next Level Games exclusivity contract with Nintendo has either run up or was about to and the owners seeing all the recent buyings of studios were looking to sell. Likely sold for a sunstantially higher price than just a few years ago.

Nintendo is known to not like buying studios mainly due to the risk that the talent leaves after the sale. But since they have worked with NLG for so long thats not a concern. Heck I'd say there employees might like it since they are likely to get better benefits and a raise.

Now for Nintendo, I have a feeling they've been interested in aquiring NLG for a while. I think they are interested in expanding the studio and growing it to 2 development teams. I think we will over the next couple years see it double in size, like we have seen in the Switch era with Monolith.



     

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Very good move, secure a strong partner, doesn't take anything away from multiplatform and can also have more financing to get them to make even better games.



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Smart. I've thought for years that Nintendo should do this.



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curl-6 said:

This is kinda like marrying your girlfriend of 15 years.

Not a bad move though, Luigi's Mansion 3 was pretty damn good, and it always helps to have more first party studios.

This reminds me of when Microsoft acquired Playground Games. They had only developed Forza Horizon games, which were all Xbox exclusives. 



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