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I'm guessing they will expand NLG's development team like they did with Monolith Soft, will be interesting to see the stuff they (NLG) will work on outside Mario/Luigi.



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trunkswd said:
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. 

I thought of PG too (and undead labs). Acquisitions that just make sense



Ninten78 said:

Wonderful news...buy Platinum now

I get the impression Platinum would much prefer to stay independent, to the point where they reacquired and published a Nintendo IP, even if their financial stability is questionable. At the very least, Platinum currently has of contracts and commitments with other companies, no?



Dulfite said:
DonFerrari said:

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.

Indeed. Though you wouldn't think their budgets were short before this looking at LM3. Maybe they will receive more funds to expand the team or create a new team to make more games or games quicker. I hope Nintendo let's them work with other ips that no longer have yes working on them. They are a talented enough studio that I would prefer they use their time on AAA experiences rather than low budget games going forward.

Well I would say Insomniac also didn't seem to have issues to make big budget game, but still they needed Sony or in one case MS to finance their game. So perhaps with Nintendo having a direct seat on the company they can have even better financing and grow. But even if they don't need it it is good to secure the dev and avoid any purchase by competitor or similar. Also agree that it would be cool to see more dormant IPs getting a new entry than an IP that had a more recent one.



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."

This is excellent news. It was the one of few studious that had a realistic chance of being bought by Nintendo.

The safe conclusion that we can draw from this are two:

1 - The reason that Next Level was bought by Nintendo, and mostly the reason why they are known, are because of their succes with the Luigi Mansion franchise. So whatever they make next, one of their projects will absolutely be Luigi Mansion related.

2 - While this can certainly be seen as a move to solidify the talent behind Luigi Mansion( the third game will be a 10+ million seller, and honestly has a shot at 15 million), I think that Nintendo also sees this ass a opportunity to expand their western development prowess by expanding Next Level Games. So in short, I believe that, alongside Luigi Mansion, they will work on another game/series. So they will constantly be working on 2 projects. Now wether that other game is a new IP or and estabilished Nintendo IPs, that's for them to know.



My (locked) thread about how difficulty should be a decision for the developers, not the gamers.

https://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=241866&page=1

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noname2200 said:
Ninten78 said:

Wonderful news...buy Platinum now

I get the impression Platinum would much prefer to stay independent, to the point where they reacquired and published a Nintendo IP, even if their financial stability is questionable. At the very least, Platinum currently has of contracts and commitments with other companies, no?

Yes. They are actively trying to become a publisher now, with buying back Wonderful 101 from Nintendo and publishing themselves and that GAAS game about giant robots being their first Big Games as a publisher.

So, as of now, Platinum is a big no no for acquisition from anyone, really.



My (locked) thread about how difficulty should be a decision for the developers, not the gamers.

https://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=241866&page=1

Yep i agree New Mario Strikers and Punch Out with potential ARMS Collab and vice e versa.



Having a Western studio that actually makes games should also help bring some diversity in development style in their output; Luigi's Mansion 3 for example while it does fit well into the Mario universe had its own style distinct from Japanese developed games in said universe, and that's a good thing. Variety is the spice of life.

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Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

Nautilus said:

So, as of now, Platinum is a big no no for acquisition from anyone, really.

Except for Tencent



B6a6es said:
Nautilus said:

So, as of now, Platinum is a big no no for acquisition from anyone, really.

Except for Tencent

My #1 fear. I sincerely hope Tencent never goes nor manage to take over the company.



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