Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon dev now working exclusively with Nintendo

Looks like Next Level Games won't be doing Captain America: Super Soldier 2, then.

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The studio behind Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is now going steady with Nintendo.

"We are doing only Nintendo products now," said Next Level Games co-founder Jason Carr in an interview with Gamasutra.

"We have worked with a lot of other companies before, and we're super happy with our relationship with Nintendo," continued Carr. "There's no reason to look anywhere else. They keep giving us better and better IP to work with, and as long as we do our job and make good games for them, there's no reason for us to venture out."

Talking about the size of the studio now, Carr described it as a "small shop" of under 70 employees. "We like that size," he said. "For us, we're like, why would you want to go and talk with these other guys? What's it doing for your business? The guys in the company are just really, really proud of the company and proud of the games they work on."

Next Level Games is best known for its work with Nintendo, and alongside the Luigi's Mansion sequel the studio was behind Super Mario Strikers and the Wii remake of Punch-Out.

Outside of working with Nintendo, the studio worked on the altogether less famous games Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, Transformers: Cybertron Adventures, and Captain America: Super Soldier.

At one point, Carr explained, Next Level Games was a lot bigger and was composed of four teams. "We were about 115, 120 people," he said. "We just ended up making shitty games, really. We spread ourselves way too thin. It wasn't fun. I didn't know everyone's name anymore. We lost a little bit of that family kind of culture feel, so it wasn't great for us. Paring back down to a two team company... one and a half, whatever... 70 people, depends on the game, right? For some games these days, that's half of a company."

Discussion

15 comments
deadpen
deadpen

Luigi's Mansion U, Super Mario Bros. 2 type U game, Mega Man U. BUT the one game I'm looking for is ZELDA U back to Hyrule no boats, no trains, no birds, no wolves, and NO fairy screaming "HEY" all the time. A boy, A shield, A sword = A game.

jack_burton9456
jack_burton9456

Look what happen to the companies that left Nintendo to work on games for Sony and M$: Rare and Silicone Knights. 


Yup. . . . 

hadlee73
hadlee73

The Wii U needs a Luigi's Mansion game to make up for the lack of survival horror games on the console :P

Takeno456
Takeno456

Good to see this team up. Nintendo needs more dedicated 3rd party supporters.

whatsazerg
whatsazerg

Let them make a F-Zero game for Wii U.... DO IT NINTENDO!

MariJoe007
MariJoe007

It would be a dream to work in partnership with Nintendo!  I didn't play Luigi's Mansion : Dark Moon, but Strikers and Punch-Out! were very great games.  Nintendo needs more studios that are faithful to the IPs they are given

19James89
19James89

Small-to-medium sized developers could do far worse than work for the oldest and greatest games company in the industry. Congratulations to Next Level Games.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

Great for the developer, but I hated Dark Moon(which is a shame, because I love the GC original).

SacredVega
SacredVega

@whatsazerg An F-Zero with awesome racing maps, amazing guitar playing background, HD grapics pushing the limits of the console, really good online play connection and the game will outsell those crappy Forza with it's micro-transactions and boring Need for Speed from EA. DO IT NINTENDO!!

sanchango
sanchango

@YearoftheSnake5 I love it(though I've just started playing and I've gotten only 2 pieces of the moon): The bosses so far have been my disappointment. I mean I like the creativity of whatever it possess, but after the first time, just doing it again seemed...meh