While the gaming giants Sony and Microsoft have made M&A a critical part of their strategic growth plans, Nintendo has always seemed more reluctant to bring outside talent into the fold of the video game empire. Today, the company announced that it will acquire the developer behind Luigi’s Mansion 3, Canada-based Next Level Games.
Nintendo’s announcement is the company’s first studio acquisition since the acquisition Xenoblade Chronicles develops Monolith Soft.
Next level game has been working on Nintendo-licensed IP exclusively for most of the past decade, making a number of titles on some of the company̵
The Vancouver – based studio’s recent Luigi’s Mansion 3 title for the Nintendo Switch has been a huge success for the company, which has had fairly easy first-party IP offerings since its launch. In a recent earnings report, Nintendo shared that Luigi’s Mansion 3 had sold nearly 8 million copies, earning it one of the system’s best-selling titles.