Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon developer Next Level Games will work solely with Nintendo in the foreseeable future, according to a studio executive.
Co-founder Jason Carr told Gamasutra that the studio is "doing only Nintendo products now". It is unclear whether this means a formal exclusivity partnership has been signed, or is the result of a formal arrangement.
Due to the conventions of game publishing contracts, it is more likely that a legal agreement has been signed. The relationship between both companies began with GameCube soccer title Super Mario Strikers. Later, the studio would go on to develop the Wii title Mario Strikers Charged as well as Punch-Out!!
In that time, Next Level also worked on Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon for Wii, Captain America: Super Soldier, and other licensed games. Ultimately, Carr said, the stability and cultural compatibility of working with Nintendo is the best fit for the studio.
"There are a lot of benefits to working with a first party," Carr said.
"Nintendo's great. They give you the time to make the games good. They've done really well - the Wii's done really well, the DS has done really well, the Wii U is not the strongest start but we trust that they'll come up with something to get it going, and the 3DS was a blast to work on."
We found Next Level's romp with the gangly green Mario brother to be "overflowing with genuine, compelling reasons to keep it wedged in your 3DS' rear slot" in our Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon review.