Mario & Luigi RPG Developer AlphaDream Has Gone Bankrupt

Mario & Luigi RPG Developer AlphaDream Has Gone Bankrupt
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Founded in 2000, AlphaDream was originally known as Alpha Star and staffed with ex-Square staff, including former Square president Tetsuo Mizuno. The studio is best known for the Mario & Luigi RPG series. It was announced today that AlphaDream has gone bankrupt.

According to Yahoo! Japan, revenue was sluggish in recent years and development costs drove the studio into the red. As of March 2018, AlphaDream was 400 million yen ($6 million) in debt.

After releasing Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for the Game Boy Advance in 2003, AlphaDream went on to do four more main entries in the series: Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. The studio also worked on the remakes Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey, the last of which is AlphaDream’s final game.

The Mario & Luigi RPG series was praised among fans — and for good reason. It’s a shame that the studio closed down.


  • I still have my original copy of Superstar Saga, I remember buying it and it was such a huge deal for me at the time. I have the two DS ones and one of the 3DS ones too but haven’t finished any of those for some reason.

    Kind of expected that a new M&L entry might come to the Switch eventually, sad that likely won’t ever be the case now. Apparently sales for Bowser’s Inside Story were terrible, perhaps they should’ve focused on a new game instead of remaking one that was already really good.

    • You should play Partners in Time, it’s fantastic.

      Haven’t played Bowser’s yet, and the 3D ones should probably be avoided

  • AlphaDream I have to say we’re really good developers for the Mario and Luigi RPG series it’s a shame though that the Japanese developer has been declared bankrupt.
    Now AlphaDream is joining other developers who also declared bankruptcy and they include British developers Eurocom Infogrames and Argonaut Games which shut down it’s headquarters in London in 2004.
    Very sad to see AlphaDream close down their Japanese development studio despite being bankrupt and that they couldn’t cope with all that debt worth $6 million dollars.

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