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.