I foresee great things for game developer Next Level Games; creator of one of my favourite games of the year so far, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, as well as the addictive revival of Punch-Out!! on Wii. Now, the team have their sights set on more of Nintendo’s franchises.
In a discussion with Nintendo Life, the team says that they are greatly enjoying their partnership with Nintendo. Despite being an independent studio not owned by Nintendo, producer Ken Yeeloy states positively that “it actually feels like we already are”.
When questioned on their dream IP to work on next, director Bryce Holliday replied:
“Really, we are grateful to work on any Nintendo IP but if there are any wish-granting entities listening out there, we would love a chance to work on a Zelda or Mario game!”
A couple of months back, Next Level Games gameplay engineer Brian Davis revealed that the team were very inspired by A Link to the Past when developing Dark Moon. It may be just a wish on the developer’s part, but should this ever come to fruition (however unlikely it may be), the results could be very intriguing. The team have proven themselves very capable of handling older franchises, and should this relationship between the two companies continue, then perhaps we’ll be fortunate enough to see more of Next Level Games’ magic on Nintendo systems.