Next Level Games May Be Working On A Wii U Game

The last time we saw a game from developer Next Level Games, it was early 2013’s Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. Since then, the Canadian studio has become more close-knit to publisher Nintendo than ever before. While they’ve dropped hints that something is in the works, we have no idea when the game will be announced. Thanks to some loose lips on networking site LinkedIn, we may have an idea of what platform it will be on.

The LinkedIn profile of Dan Pratezina includes a position of cutscene animator, of which he has been working on with Next Level since November 2014.

Presentation Animator

Next Level Games

November 2014 – Present (5 months)
After ten years of film and TV, I’m insanely excited to finally scratch my itch to contribute to the gaming world!

Responsible for working with animation and gameplay teams to create in game, in engine cinematics for an upcoming Nintendo IP, from concept to completion.

On his personal website, this is what he said of the position:

After over ten years in film and television, I’m working in a gaming pipeline for the first time at Next Level Games, helping previs & animate in-engine cutscenes. Switching pipelines like this is a terrific brain-scramble, the crew is fantastic, and it’s a ton of fun being surrounded by Nintendo IP all day. It’s making me want a WiiU. Is that weird? Yes, it is. But here we are.

This was posted a few months ago, and after going viral last week, was edited to remove the Wii U reference. This strongly hints that Next Level is indeed creating a Wii U title, though what kind of game is unknown, naturally. Could it be another Mario sports game or another Punch-Out!!? (credit to Nintendo Life for spotting the edit). We’ll have to wait to find out.

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