AlphaDream, the developer behind the iconic Mario & Luigi series, filed for bankruptcy. The company which worked alongside Nintendo first opened for business in January 2000, and became well known for the games Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Partners in Time, Bowser’s Inside Story, Dream Team, Paper Jam, Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey.
As reported by Japanese Nintendo, “Company turnover was (around $2.78 million) in March 2014 but the company’s debts were as high as ($4.3 million) by March 2018.” AlphaDream’s most recent re-release, Bowser’s Inside Story came out on January 11, 2019, and news of their bankruptcy, which was announced late on Tuesday, October, 6, left many gamers in shock.
It was only Summer 2018, when AlphaDream posted a hiring notice on their website, announcing that they were looking to develop games for Nintendo Switch, and hire individuals for Playstation 4, smartphone games, along with 2D and 3D graphic designers. However, new games on Switch were never released, and with the most recent news, may never come to fruition.
Many users on Twitter were scared that news of AlphaDream’s bankruptcy also meant no more new Mario & Luigi games, a thought which was absolutely depressing to the gaming world. For 19 years, these characters have provided endless hours of entertainment, and for many, the loss of Mario & Luigi feels like losing a piece of one’s childhood. There were numerous fans online who worried for the company’s employees, and hoping Nintendo can find a place for them elsewhere.
In Japan, AlphaDream, which was originally known as Dream Star when it first formed in the early 90s, found a niche in role playing games (RPG) with Koto Battle: Tengai no Moribito on Game Boy Color, and Tomato Adventure on Game Boy Advance, the latter of which was never released stateside.