In an interview with Gamasutra, studio co-founder Jason Carr announced the decision for the company to develop exclusively for Nintendo only.
“We are doing only Nintendo products now. We’re super happy with our relationship with Nintendo. There’s no reason to look anywhere else,” Carr said.
Next Level has worked on several Nintendo titles over the years –– including Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Super Mario Strikers –– and Carr said they keep delivering “better and better IP” for the studio to play with.
“… As long as we do our job and make good games for them there’s no reason for us to venture out,” Carr said.
Carr said the move made sense for the studio because Nintendo and Next Level have similar philosophies in terms of game play.
“All the stuff that we really focused on was very gameplay-centric; it wasn't massive RPG storytelling and all that,” Carr said. “It was really what feels good in your hand, you know what I mean? Nintendo has a very similar approach. So definitely, we like to make the same sort of games, so that's a good fit.”
But the comfort and stability working with an exclusive deal, Carr said, was no doubt a major factor in the decision for Next Level.
“And yeah, the stability as well. I'd be lying if I said, "Oh, no. We want to throw ourselves out there (on our own),” Carr said. “There are a lot of benefits to working with a first party. Nintendo's great.”
Carr also praised Nintendo for allowing developers the freedom and time to really flesh out ideas and create great games.