The maker of the Mario & Luigi RPG series, AlphaDream, has filed for bankruptcy. AlphaDream is best known for its work creating detailed Mario RPG games for Nintendo’s handheld consoles in which players have to control Mario and Luigi simultaneously.
The series’ whimsical humour and detailed plots won fans who supported the studio through the release of five mainline instalments: Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga; Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time; Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story; Mario & Luigi: Dream Team; and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.
The studio also developed the remakes Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey
In recent years, however, revenue dwindled. According to Yahoo! Japan, high development costs crippled the studio, leading to debts of 400 million yen ($3.7 million) by March 2018.
AlphaDream started life in May 1991 as Mente Tomo, an interior and exterior finishing work company. It briefly changed its name to AlphaStar Soft in 2001 when it began developing video games, before finally settling on AlphaDream. The fledgling studio attracted talent including former Square president Tetsuo Mizuno.