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Next Level Games

Independent studio behind the Luigi's Mansion series

Next Level Games is an independent video game developer founded by former Black Box Games employees after they were acquired by Electronic Arts (EA). Founded by Douglas Tronsgard and his three partners David Catlin, Eric Randall and Jason Carr in October 2002, the Canadian based developer specializes in creating console video games. The studio prides themselves on providing their employees with a good work life balance by fostering a healthy, positive and creative environment.

The teams first project was NHL Hitz Pro which was published by Midway Games in 2003. It wasn’t long before they were approached by Nintendo to develop a Soccer game that incorporated characters and themes from the Mario franchise. Next Level Games chose to develop the game with similar mechanics as NHL Hitz Pro with its fast paced and physical nature. With the release of Super Mario Strikers, Next Level Games became the first studio outside of Japan to be trusted with the Mario franchise.

Featured Game

WWF WrestleFest

Arcade follow up to WWF Superstars

WWF WrestleFest is a wrestling video game developed and published by Technōs for the Arcade.  Released in June 1991, the game features famous wrestlers from the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).  The arcade cabinet was distributed in North America and Japan by Technōs and by Tecmo throughout Europe.

The game is a follow up to Technōs’ 1989 arcade game WWF Superstars.  The sequel adds a variety of different wrestlers to the roster, features enhanced graphics and sound.  The development team incorporated more voice samples into the game including commentary and pre-match introductions by WWF ring announcer Mike McGuirk and cut scenes featuring “Mean” Gene Okerlund.

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