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AlphaDream, developers of the Mario & Luigi series, file for bankruptcy

Closing after 19 years

AlphaDream, the developer behind the Mario & Luigi series, has officially filed for bankruptcy. AlphaDream officially opened for business back in Jan. 2000, marking 19 years of game development coming to close. As of March 2018, the company was facing nearly $4.3 million in debt, which contributed to the bankruptcy filings.

AlphaDream worked alongside Nintendo on Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Partners in Time, Bowser's Inside Story. Dream Team, Paper Jam, Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, and Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey.

Thanks to Kolma for the heads up.

Categories: Consoles, Portables
Tags: mario, luigi

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Top Rated Comment
Wed Oct 02 19 12:33am
Rating: 5 (Updated 1 time)

Their last game, M&L Bowser's Inside story 3ds bombed really badly.
http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2019/02/mario_and_luigi_bowsers_inside_story_plus_bowser_jr_s_journey_is_one_of_the_worst-selling_mario_games_to_date

Which is unfortunate because they were put in a losing situation by releasing for a dying console. Would have done fine on the switch most likely.

Wed Oct 02 19 12:33am
Rating: 5 (Updated 1 time)

Their last game, M&L Bowser's Inside story 3ds bombed really badly.
http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2019/02/mario_and_luigi_bowsers_inside_story_plus_bowser_jr_s_journey_is_one_of_the_worst-selling_mario_games_to_date

Which is unfortunate because they were put in a losing situation by releasing for a dying console. Would have done fine on the switch most likely.

Wow, this is just depressing!

Now the only possibility of a new Super Mario Roleplaying game is Paper Mario, but I think most of us know the disaster that has happened to that recently.

I heard Color Splash was actually supposed to be really good, but that people just saw it as Sticker Star 2 and turned away immediately.

It's still a shame what happened to Sticker Star.

I played all the way through Color Splash, and while it was certainly prettier, bigger, funnier, and more charming than Sticker Star, it still suffered from the main problems of Sticker Star which is: combat wasn't fun, finding the cards to battle with wasn't fun, battles were essentially pointless. You could level up your hammer's paint capacity, but you rarely ever were in short supply. A, getting paint from the real world was a chore. Which is basically the best way to describe the game. Playing it was a chore, but the world was so lively and the writing so charming you wanted to experience that (in my case) enough to slog through the gameplay. Which definitely does make it better than Sticker Star which had virtually no charm. I'd say calling it Sticker Star 2 isn't completely off-base considering the fundamental flaws are the same in both games, however.

The abundance of toads really didn't help that game either.

Yes, it was really good! I loved Color Splash so much. It was my GotY in that year.

gybones
Wed Oct 02 19 01:32am
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I was kinda hoping that this would mean Paper Mario would have a better chance of returning to its former glory...at a cost like this though? How sad.

Really unfortunate. I wonder what will become of the M&L series now. It was massively fun and charming, if not a bit generic at times.

This is awful!! I loved that series and that studio. I did my part and bought both of their recent 3DS remakes/remasters, but I guess I was pretty alone on that. 3DS must be pretty much dead because BiS is probably the best game in that series and no one bought it.

I really hope all the developers there can find other work soon because I think even the recent games had charm and some unique ideas for a Mario RPG. 😢 They were certainly better than the recent Paper Mario games.

I bought both as well. And I didn't regret it either!

Good riddance to bad rubbish. Sorry to say this but it is the harsh truth.

Their only good games were Superstar Saga and Bowser's Inside Story.

Partners in Time was an unholy mistake, Dream Team was an overtly long tutorial, and Paper Jam is the most boring Mario RPG to date. The remakes are also trash and butcher the originals in so many ways.

They only have themselves to blame. They wasted all that time and money on expensive spriting, without an ounce of 3D modeling knowledge. They would not survive in the current ecosystem of the Switch. I mean hell, look at their JRPG contemporaries like Game Freak, they're barely struggling to keep Sword and Shield together.

Good job on bailing out your development partners Nintendo.

Oh no, whatever will we do without another uninspired, boring Mario RPG...oh wait, even that isn't the case, because I'm sure there will be a new Paper Mario soon enough.

noxide
Wed Oct 02 19 04:12am
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This is really bad, Nintendo needs to rebuild the team and modernize it for the current generation similar to how the Mario Party team is now nd Cube.

I’ve been waiting for another good Mario RPG for a long time now, even made a mock up of a new battle system I got so obsessed. Nintendo better get on this quick!

This is really bad, Nintendo needs to rebuild the team and modernize it for the current generation similar to how the Mario Party team is now nd Cube.

Uh... ND Cube hasn't made anything worthy since forming. The closest they've gotten to making something good was Super Mario Party and that was gimped by the total lack of support for the game. They were going to add DLC, but then something happened to cancel all the planned long term support.

Either Nintendo wants ND Cube to make a Super Mario Party 2, or ND Cube got cold feet in supporting Super Mario Party preferring to do a Super Mario Party 2 with all the cut DLC from the first game. It might be awhile before we can get a solid answer though.

lucius6
Wed Oct 02 19 01:35pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

If you got that info from the recent article, read it again. It's been updated becouse the dataminers mixed up the DLC part with Mario + Rabids, so there's no evidence there was ever going to be DLC.

Super Mario Party DLC

ngamer01
Thu Oct 03 19 01:49pm
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Oh, I see. I still stand by ND Cube is skating by on the bare minimum though. Super Mario Party could have contended to be the best Mario Party ever, but it didn't get any long term support from ND Cube and as a result it's a 20 dollar game with a 60 dollar price tag.

This really sucks. I love the Mario and Luigi games, but have to say I didn’t buy the remakes despite wanting to revisit those games purely because my 3DS has been retired the day the Switch dropped.

Sucks that Nintendo haven’t bailed them out it seems. I’m sure the M+L series would’ve continued seeing success on Switch.

Feel bad for AlphaDream they didnt deserve this but I blame Nintendo for clinging onto the 3DS for wayy longer than they should have. All the games released on 3DS after the Switch launched sold like crap. They should've released not only the M&L remakes but Warioware Gold, Mario Party Top 100, Luigi's Mansion remake, and Metroid Samus Returns on Switch as well. Not only would've helped fill in the 1st party droughts we had to endure at the beginning of 2018 and the beginning of this year but all of those games would've performed 3x better on Switch.

I like how people on this site kept arguing with me too "But the install base on 3DS is huge!" Yet I kept telling people it didnt matter because that install base all moved on and now look what happened..Nintendo basically killed one of their key partners..

While I agree with the 3DS support going on way longer than it should, I wouldn’t say that it was Nintendo that killed AlphaDream.

Most often a company commissions a game from a studio and its up to the studio to not only negotiate a good deal but manage their money, they would also likely receive a bonus if that game sold well. AlphaDream was likely the ones who pitched the remakes for the 3DS instead of moving onto the Switch, they are a small team and the engine made from Dream Team was likely a way to save money. Unfortunately it seems to me that they should have been more focused on preparing for next gen development, this feels a bit similar to how GameFreak took so long to move out of the 3DS.

.... also Paper Jam took heavy inspiration from Sticker Star, the cursed Mario RPG.

Oh dont get me wrong I agree with you too. AlphaDream aint fully out of the clear either. They made wayyy too many M&L games in such a short period time all having the same look/feel to them. People got burnt out as well. I still feel if they put them on Switch they would've sold much better but at the same time it only would've helped them buy time until their inevitable fate unless they did something drastic and changed the M&L formula so it felt fresh again or started working on another Nintendo franchise.

Perhaps Nintendo got cold feet to the idea of bringing late gen 3DS games to the Switch when Sushi Strikers (the only 3ds game to change gears during development to have a simultaneous Switch release iirc) bombed hard on both systems.

I'm very sad for the people losing their jobs. That said, I haven't been interested in the M&L games for quite some time now. I think they were just spinning their wheels, pumping out the same uninspired sequels. They really should have done something different. Two remakes on a system in its twilight years probably wasn't the best move.

Maybe key staff will move on and make a studio with good connections to Nintendo from the offset, like members of Artoon did with Arzest where they continued making games with them like Yoshi’s New Island. Here’s hoping; the M+L games are much better Mario RPGs than the more recent Paper Mario games.

This is shocking news! I can't believe Alphadream of all the companies go bankrupt.

I'm now sad that the future of Mario RPGs looks slim...

Maybe Mario RPGs should take some time off. The last few M&L and Paper Mario games haven't really set the world on fire. Maybe the idea is kind of played out. After all, it's always the same characters. Mario or Luigi - yawn. Nintendo even did away with all the unique partners that made the first few Paper Mario games so colorful. It's been nothing but Mario and Luigi.

Cast may be dull but the humor is still there.

The only time the games started downhill was in paper jam and that's all.

Wow, as someone who does own a Switch, am I the only one who was glad that Nintendo supported the 3DS to the very end? I still play mine (along with Wii U occasionally) as I'm not the kind who forgets about a system just because a newer one is out.
Wii and Wii U were pretty barren towards the end of their lifespans (especially Wii, remember how North American players had to practically beg for the Project Rainfall stuff? Nintendo was ok with just letting the system be dead right after Skyward Sword).

Even though not many people seemed to be interested in buying 3DS games anymore I'm glad they didn't just let it fizzle out. They still released a few GBA games after DS released, and DS still got new Pokemon games after 3DS released, I don't remember this many people whining about it.

am I the only one who was glad that Nintendo supported the 3DS to the very end?

No, you're not the only one. I feel the same, the only difference is I don't have a Switch.

I remember the GBA got games all the way to 2006, which is almost 2 years after the DS came out, and it even got in that year two of the most popular games on the system: Mother 3 and Rhythm Tengoku. Back then, nobody gave a damn they weren't on DS.

I don't know why people act as if the 3DS getting games in 2019 is such a taboo or why act as if suddenly they have standards on what should have been released on the older system and what shouldn't have.

i very sad that the developer responsible for my favorite RPG series is going bankruptcy i hope Nintendo save AlphaDream so the Mario e Luigi can continue and debut in the Switch.#SaveAlphaDream

Man, it's sad to see what happened to Alphadream so suddenly. I hope something like Artoon-Artzest or Hudson Soft-ND Cube happens with them and the staff finds home in a new company.

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