Next Level Games’ Douglas Tronsgard announces retirement

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Douglas Tronsgaard, the current president and former CEO of Next Level Games, has announced that he is retiring from the maker of Nintendo Games.

Next Level Games, founded in 2002, has been responsible for many popular Nintendo titles over the past two decades. Under the leadership of Tronsguard, the company definitely went to places.

Getting acquainted with the Super Mario Strikers line of games, TransGuard and Next Level games quietly became the mainstay on the Nintendo platforms. Over the next decade, the company continued to develop punch-outs !! For Wii and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for 3DS.

The company’s relationship with Nintendo will grow in 2014 when NLG announced that it will only work on Nintendo content. With that pledge, the next level games released Luigini Mansion 3 for Metroid Prime: Federation Force for 3DS and Switch.

On January 4, 2021, Nintendo announced that it had acquired Next Level Games as an internal studio. Following his resignation as CEO in 2021, Tronsgaard completed his term as president of the company and left a note to friends and colleagues on LinkedIn as he also resigned as president:

After more than 20 years in the video game industry, I’m happy to announce my retirement. I want 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 is truly an honor for me to be a part of the wonderful history of NLG.

I am looking forward to a new chapter in my life in which I must travel a lot with my wife. ,

Take care of everyone and enjoy the journey!


While this may be the future trip for Trongguard, the next level games are not taking a break. Watch out for the Mario Strikers: Battle League is set to take place in June of this year.

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