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Mario Strikers Waluigi crotch chop

There’s a lot that Mario Strikers players remember about the first game, including Waluigi’s notorious crotch chop celebration. It’s something that can be seen after the character scores a goal.

For those wondering about the origins of the taunt, we have new insight from director Mike Inglehart. Inglehart spoke with GameXplain about its inspiration, how Next Level Games didn’t count on it getting past Nintendo, and more.

In the last Nintendo Direct, we saw the announcement of a new entry on the Mario Strikers series after 15 years in the form of Battle League.

The game is one of the many spin-offs in which Mario and his friends play a specific sport. However, I would argue that this is a good example of how to break the usual formula that we see in those titles. What we see in Strikers is indeed soccer, but it’s a kind of soccer far removed from reality, with so many insane concepts that it almost feels like an entirely new sport.

In today’s video, I discuss how Mario Strikers manages to be different and why it’s so nice to see the series coming back with the upcoming release of Battle League. You can check out the video down below.

Douglas Tronsgard Next Level Games retiring

Douglas Tronsgard has announced that he’s retiring from Next Level Games and the industry as a whole.

Up until now, Tronsgard has been acting as the company’s president. He was also a co-founder and the developer’s CEO, though he stepped down from that position last year.

Mario Strikers Battle League next level games

As many had suspected, Next Level Games is indeed working on Mario Strikers: Battle League.

A few major Switch games were announced during the most recent Nintendo Direct this month, including Mario Strikers: Battle League. However, there’s been a little bit of curiosity as to which team is developing the project.

Super Mario Strikers came out on the GameCube 2005, and it was created by Next Level Games. The studio then returned for Mario Strikers Charged on Wii in 2007. It’s obviously been a very long time since then, but we’re now getting Mario Strikers: Battle League on Switch more than a decade later.

Mario Strikers: Battle League boxart

Nintendo has passed along the official boxart for Mario Strikers: Battle League. Additionally, some screenshots are in as well.

mario strikers battle league

Mario Strikers: Battle League is in development for Switch, Nintendo has announced. The game launches on June 10, 2022.

Check out the first details:

After an agreement in which Nintendo has obtained 100 percent of the company’s shares, Next Level games has now become a subsidiary. The deal closes on March 1st, making the Vancouver, Canada company fully-owned by Nintendo. As developers of titles like Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Super Mario Strikers Charged, as well as the more recent Luigi’s Mansion 3, it is clear that the team will be put to good use. Here is the full statement from Nintendo regarding the new acquisition:

Luigi’s Mansion 3 has received its new round of DLC, but that’s not the only bit of news for the game. Nintendo also started the distribution of version 1.4.0, which includes the Art Viewer, new rare ghosts in ScareScraper, and tons of fixes.

The full patch notes are as follows:

Earlier tonight, Nintendo and Next Level Games dropped the Multiplayer Pack Part 2 DLC for Luigi’s Mansion 3. A couple of videos from GameXplain showing off what’s new can be found below.

Starting today, Luigi’s Mansion 3 players can get their hands on the game’s Multiplayer Pack Part 2 DLC.

New content and features for both ScreamPark and ScareScraper modes are available. These include three more mini-games for ScreamPark mode, as well as three new ScareScraper outfits with matching floor themes and themed ghosts. One such addition is the Cap’n Weegee costume. Finally, players can view concept art from development.

Here’s an overview of the DLC from Nintendo:

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