According to The Verge, Nintendo is purchasing Next Level Games, the Canadian developer responsible for the Luigi’s Mansions series. Nintendo says that acquiring Next Level Games will increase ‘development speed and quality by enabling closer communication and exchange of staff with the Nintendo development team.’
Next Level Games’ most popular title for the Nintendo Switch is Luigi’s Mansion 3. For the 3DS, it’s Luigi’s Mansion 2. Engadget’s mentioned that the game was a ‘joyous and expertly-polished Switch release,’ so, there’s that.
Next Levels Games is also responsible for Punch-Out, Super Mario Strikers, and Metroid Prime: Federation Force.
Nintendo is just the latest console manufacturer to bring its second-party developers in-house. Nintendo is, however, doing so on a far smaller scale compared to Sony’s Insomniac Games acquisition or Microsoft’s purchase of Bethesda.