Luigi's Mansion - Dark Moon

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.

Source: Nintendo Life
  • kk

    No, no, no. Not Zelda! That’s holy ground. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Luigis Mansion 2 but a Zelda game by a other developer? No. Retro is the only developer I would give the chance to develop a Zelda. But Zelda belongs to Nintendo EAD…

    • Gon

      I mean, The Minish Cap´s development was handled by Capcom. :V

      • kkk

        Yeah, forgot about Capcom.Then Retro and Capcom

      • Chief_Arino

        As was Oracle of Seasons and Ages. And to be fair, the people who actually make up Nintendo EAD change.

  • yeah

    Dark Moon was horrible compared to the original Luigi's Mansion. Please, no.

  • Vladislak

    As long as it's supervised by Nintendo to some degree and is up to Zelda standards then I'm fine with it. I didn't play LM2 but I've heard good things about it.

  • Chief_Arino

    I found the original Luigi's Mansion to be nice graphically, but pretty repetitive despite it's brief length. It felt more like a tech demo than a proper game, and was pretty clearly rushed out the door to be a launch game for the Gamecube. People seem to like the sequel but I've read in reviews how there's a lot of filler in it, a not totally successful attempt to answer criticisms of brevity in the first title. One of the many things I like about LoZ is the lack of filler content and the huge variety of things to do – that's something I don't think these guys have shown yet, but then it's not fair to judge them based on the Luigi's Mansion series, I guess.

    • Rob

      What do you mean by 'filler'. (I haven't played the game so I'm curious). Wouldn't you describe the various Zelda sidequests as filler?

      • Chief_Arino

        By filler I mean repeated content done just to pad the game out. The only example of it I can really think of in the Zelda series is the Triforce treasure hunt in Wind Waker. Most quests in MMOs tend to be filler, they're all generic "Kill X of this thing" or "Bring me X of these items". Also compare the taxi, ambulance and vigilante missions in GTA games to the plot missions.

        In several reviews I've read, there's apparently a lot of retreading the same ground and doing the same things as Dark Moon goes on, which lengthens the total playtime but gets old fast. Not my opinion, just what I've read.

  • Blah

    Lol,ppl have to learn not to be stuck up and closeminded
    thats the reason Zelda games havent evolved that much

    • Chief_Arino

      What other game series has changed as much visually and gameplay-wise? Compare the original Legend of Zelda to Wind Waker, for example. Now look at the Mario series, Call of Duty, Mario Kart, Dragon Quest (a series I love, but still…), and Mega Man. That's even without picking on easy targets like EA Sports games and racing games like Gran Turismo or Forza.

  • Blah

    lol.i meant to say Skyward Sword

  • Dustin

    this title is really misleading, as is the article. the original article from IGN saying that it was based on "a link to the past" just had to do with toad's part; inspired by Zelda in the beginning of ALttP, that's it. the rest is speculation of the writer who thought there were other elements inspired by zelda.

    They also weren't asked what their "dream" IP would be. They were asked what other Nintendo IPs they would like to work on, and they said Zelda and Mario.

    You're twisting words to make the article more Zelda oriented or to give it more Zelda content then it really merits.

  • Guest

    This is the only bit about the game being "inspired" by ALttP, from the original article on IGN:

    "For me, when I was developing that, it reminded me of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. In the very first mission, you go and find the princess and try to lead her out of the castle. I tried to keep that in mind, to kind of honor the original designers of that game and have a little anecdote in there."

    That doesn't translate to "Luigi's Mansion 2 was inspired by ALttP." IP's you wish to work on doesn't make them your "dream" project.

    Original quote:

    NL: After re-imagining Luigi's Mansion and Punch-Out!! which beloved Nintendo franchise would you love to get your hands on next?

    Bryce Holliday: 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!

    They mention Mario as well. And yes, I may be playing semantics, but only because I hold my own work and others to such a high standard.

    I'm only pointing these out myself as someone who writes articles like these, but ZU claims to be the biggest and best Zelda site on the planet but this kind of reporting is shoddy at best. Their articles should be held to the utmost scrutiny. I don't think it's a conspiracy, but I do feel that you're misrepresenting things quite a bit. When you report, it's about the facts, and it's very important to be able to paraphrase correctly.

    There was no offense intended here. But when reporting news you give quotes, state facts, that's it. It's really bland. But it's the way it is.

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