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Mario & Luigi developer files for bankruptcy

Alpha Dream, the studio most famous for the Mario & Luigi RPG series, has filed for bankruptcy, according to reports.



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AlphaDream, the studio primarily known for developing the Mario & Luigi RPG series, has filed for bankruptcy.

According to a report on Yahoo, Japanese developer AlphaDream has filed for bankruptcy, citing sluggish revenues and increased development costs.

The studio is synonymous with the long-running series of Mario & Luigi role-playing games developed for Nintendo systems. Its first, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2003 and is regarded as one of the best games of all time. It was remade by AlphaDream for the Nintendo 3DS in 2017.


Other games in series include Partners in Time, Bowser’s Inside Story, Dream Team and Paper Jam. Away from Mario, the studio also worked on three Hamtaro titles, plus Tomato Adventure and Koto Battle: Tengai no Moribito.

According to the report, the company has debts of approximately 465 million yen. Following the news, AlphaDream’s website has been taken offline.

Original story: Kotaku

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