We all know that the video game industry is a difficult business, and that almost every other day development studios are faced with the possibility of closing down. Well, it seems that AlphaDream (the creators of the Mario & Luigi games) is one unfortunate studio facing that reality, after recently filing for bankruptcy. The news comes from Yahoo! Japan. The company is said to have amassed a huge amount of debt due to the high development costs of making games.
The company is reported to be 400 million yen in debt as of March 2018, which is roughly estimated to be about $3.7 million. This news has saddened many fans who loved the developer’s games, which have appeared on every portable Nintendo console since the Game Boy Advance. Although this may not be the end for the company (as they may still emerge from bankruptcy), the next step is unknown.
The Japanese studio opened its doors in 1991 as a construction firm, which later shifted its focus to video games in the 2000s. They released their first game in 2001 titled Koto Battle: Tengai no Moribito, which was only released in Japan for the Game Boy Color.
However, they are mostly known for their Mario & Luigi titles. They released the first installment in the series (Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga) in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance. The studio would go on to create four more mainline entries for the series, with their last game, titled Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey, having been released in 2018 for the 3DS.
It’s always a shame to hear of a game studio’s closure, especially one which created some amazing games. It’s not all doom and gloom though as many are hoping that Nintendo will step in to help the studio. We send out our condolences to all those affected by the closure.
What are some of your fondest memories with the AlphaDream’s titles?