AlphaDream, the developers behind the iconic Mario & Luigi series filed for bankruptcy yesterday afternoon. An unfortunate event for one of Nintendo’s great development partners. AlphaDream’s has come along a way from its 1991 roots, when they were named “Maintenance & And Co., Ltd.” Their business plan was for interior and exterior construction. A very different game. Yet in less than 10 years they would make a complete pivot from construction of buildings to construction of virtual worlds.
AlphaDream’s first game was “Koto Battle: Tengai No Moribito” a monster-collector game similar to Pokemon. It released for the Game Boy Color in 2001. Unfortunately, it was a Japanese-exclusive that never made it stateside. The pokemon-clone was successful enough to keep AlphaDream operating and developing their next Game Boy Color title “Tomato Adventure.” An idea between both Nintendo and AlphaDream. The new-rpg would cement Nintendo and AlphaDream’s relationship.
AlphaDream’s, Tomato Adventure never made it to the Game Boy Color. Nintendo switched plans and launched it on the Game Boy Advance. The timing couldn’t have been better. The title sold well and a contest where twenty (20) winners could win 1 kg of Kochi Virtue Valleyt tomatoes. The success of “Tomato Adventure” and a partner like Nintendo, AlphaDream couldn’t be stopped. The company began work on Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga. The title would launch them into financial and social success.
2003 – Mario And Luigi: Superstar Saga
2005 – Mario & Luigi: Partners In time
2009 – Mario & Luigi: Bowsers’s Inside Story
2013 – Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
2015 – Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
2017 – Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga +Bowser’s Minions
2019 – Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story +Bowser Jr’s Journey
That’s a solid 16 years of Mario & Luigi titles. Were they all blockbusters, no but they’re all playable and fun. It’s unfortunate AlphaDream’s last title was released on a dying console. The Nintendo 3DS was bound to be cannibalized by Nintendo Switch sells. It’s completely redundant now with Nintendo Switch Lite. AlphaDream’s lawyers and executives cite lack of revenue and increasing development cost for the cause of bankruptcy. Maybe, just maybe if they could have launched a title for the Nintendo Switch, AlphaDream would be financially stable.
What’s the future for Mario & Luigi titles now?
Source: Yahoo Japan