Next Level Games is a first party Nintendo developer based in Canada. It was formerly independant but was purchased by Nintendo in early 2021. It is best known for developing Punch-Out!! for the Wii and further entries in the Luigi's Mansion series, as well as Super Mario Strikers for the GameCube and Mario Strikers Charged for the Wii.


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. It was announced on January 4th 2021 that Nintendo had purchased all of Next Level Games' stock making it a first party developer from that point on.

Games developed

Game titles Platforms Year of release(s)
NHL Hitz Pro Nintendo GameCube platform icon.png 2003
Super Mario Strikers Nintendo GameCube platform icon.png 2005
Mario Strikers Charged Wii platform icon.png 2007
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe Wii platform icon.png 2007
Jungle Speed Wii Ware platform icon.png 2009
Punch-Out!! Wii platform icon.png 2009
Doc Louis's Punch-Out!! Wii Ware platform icon.png 2009
Transformers: Cybertron Adventures Wii platform icon.png 2010
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wii platform icon.png 2010
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
3DS platform icon.png 2013
Metroid Prime: Blast Ball 3DS platform icon.png 2016
Metroid Prime: Federation Force 3DS platform icon.png 2016
Luigi's Mansion 3 Nintendo Switch platform icon.png 2019

Cancelled games

  • 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.
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