AlphaDream, developer of the Mario & Luigi RPG series, has filed for bankruptcy

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    The end may be nigh for Mario & Luigi RPG series developer AlphaDream. After developing titles like Superstar Saga, Bowser's Inside Story, Dream Team, and other Mario & Luigi RPG titles, the studio has filed for bankruptcy. According to a Japanese article via Yahoo! Japan, the filing was due to the company having an unpayable debt of 465 million yen, or $4.3 million USD. Despite cult status of the original Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga entry, further entries only began to slow down, in terms of sales, with industry insiders reportedly claiming that the latest game, a Nintendo 3DS remake of Bowser's Inside Story had sold so poorly, that it had caused Nintendo to halt further plans to develop titles on the aging platform.

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  1. Xandrid

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    Dang that sucks, I'm not much of a fan of the games they made. But to see a company go down out of nowhere is saddening.
     
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    That's sad news for the Mario and Luigi RPG fans, now I wonder what studio will develop the next game in the series for the Switch. They wouldn't have bankrupt if their first title, Tomato Adventure, got localized.
     
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    Loved the OG one, one of the best games on GBA, the later titles on the 3DS were pretty bad though. Still, it's sad to see they probably won't get a chance for a comeback with the switch
     
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    We can only hope that Nintendo will gobble up these talented developers and put them in departments where they can make a difference, they've made some excellent games over the years.
     
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  5. Kwyjor

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    I reckon some new company is promptly going to spring up that's going to comprise most of the former developers.

    Then again, while Bowser's Inside Story was a great game, Dream Team felt like a tiresome slog, and Paper Jam didn't seem to get great reviews either.

    I was really hoping to pick up 3DS Superstar Saga for cheap, but it doesn't seem like it was available in stores for very long. (Then again, the same could be said of Warioware Gold and Captain Toad.)
     
  6. DANTENDO

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    Even goomba seems to be shocked
     
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    I'm really curious to see what plans for the 3DS they had to cancel because of BIS's failure. That title would've been amazing on the Switch but I guess developing on a 3DS with an existing engine costs less than building a new HD engine for the Switch.
     
  8. Rahkeesh

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    Paper Mario is not the Mario & Luigi series, these guys never worked on Paper Mario. Their last two releases were 3DS remakes that sold pretty bad.
     
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    Damn, i didnt need to see this before school. I'm gonna miss these guys.
     
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    Didn’t think I would see this today :wink:
     
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    If they'd develop it for Switch instead, they would be still around.
     
  13. CrisFTW

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    This is what happens when people pirate great games :cry:
     
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    I very much doubt piracy had anything to do with this considering the fact that the DS games were huge hits, it seems that the 3DS games simply weren't popular enough to be profitable.
     
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    Well that sucks
    That isn't even remotely true, piracy only accounts for what, less than 1% of sales if that.
     
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    Not sure how to feel about these. I recently "discovered" Superstar saga on an android emulator. For an RPG it's pretty decent. But in the end, I can't deny that RPG's just aren't my genre. Let alone worthwhile enough to buy them. Still sucks, of course. :(

    I would've felt really heartbroken if I shared your opinion on the quality (and it would have been rightly so). But to me, it simply wasn't my cup of tea. I never would have bought the game to begin with.
     
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  17. Kwyjor

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    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam was also developed by AlphaDream.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_&_Luigi:_Paper_Jam

    (It is much more an M&L game than it is a Paper Mario game.)
     
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  18. WiiHomebrew+Snes

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    If the reason that paper mario became not as story based is because they had 2 mario rpgs , and now there could be no more mario and luigi games, then what excuse does Nintendo have now? Also rip alphadream
     
  19. jesus96

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    damn this sucks i really like all their Mario & Luigi games and i have all of them in physical,even the remeakes, i just hope the new devs dont fucked up everything

    thanks for everything AD

    its literally a mario & luigi game,check some gameplays or play the game
     
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    Nintendo should absorb this into a second party and have them make games for the Switch.
     
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