Studio boss Luigi’s Mansion announces retirement

The president and co-founder of Nintendo’s Next Level Games has announced his retirement.

Douglas Tronsgard acted as CEO of Vancouver, Canada-based developer Luigi’s Mansion 3 for 20 years until the company’s sale to Nintendo last year, when his role changed to chairman.

“After more than 20 years in the video game industry, I am pleased to announce my retirement,” he said in a statement. “I wanted to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped me on my journey to get here. Special thanks to Nintendo for believing in me and Next Level Games. It was truly an honor for me to be a part of NLG’s incredible history.

“I am looking forward to a new chapter in my life which should involve lots of traveling with my wife. :).”

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Next Level Games has worked on several Nintendo franchises over the past 15 years, including Mario Strikers Charged, Punch Out!!, Metroid Prime: Federation Force, and Luigi’s Mansion 2 and 3, many of which were produced by Tronsgard.

Earlier this month, it announced Mario Strikers Battle League for Nintendo Switch, which is slated for release in June.

The developer has worked exclusively on Nintendo games for a decade. Its last release on rival console platforms was 2011’s Captain America: Super Solider for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

In 2019, he released the critically acclaimed Luigi’s Mansion 3, which sold around 8 million copies in its first year, far more than Nintendo’s other big releases of 2019, Super Mario Maker. 2 (5.5m) and Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (4.4m).

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