Next Level Games opened their doors in 2002. Many of the staff had come from Black Box Games. They're known as the first North American developers to ever to make a Super Mario video game, that one being Super Mario Strikers. The company itself has won a multitude of awards and was even listed as the number one employer in the British Columbia province.
In October of 2008 it was confirmed by IGN that the long-rumored , which was officially announced a day earlier, was currently being developed Next Level Games. In January 2014, the studio announced it would work with Nintendo exclusively.
Super Mario Spikers - proposed for a launch on the Wii, the game was intended to be a fusion of volleyball with wrestling and aggressive themes akin to the Mario Strikers games. It was cancelled in 2007 after Nintendo disapproved of the excessive violence featured in the game. Super Mario Spikers.