The studio behind a large portion of Mario's modern RPGs has fallen on tough times. AlphaDream, creator of the Mario & Luigi series, has filed for bankruptcy.
According to reports from Yahoo Japan (via Gematsu), several factors built up issues for the studio. Sluggish income, heavier burden of development costs, and financial deficits have made AlphaDream's position tenuous. AlphaDream's total debt reportedly amounts to 400 million yen as of March 2018.
The company has been mostly known for the Mario & Luigi RPGs where you control both the plumber brothers in turn-based battles, including Superstar Saga, Dream Team, and Bowser's Inside Story. The hallmarks of the series were the inventive ways it found to keep both battles and world traversal fresh, centered mostly on Mario and Luigi rather than a larger party.
Over the years, the Mario & Luigi grew from its roots in Superstar Saga on the Game Boy Advance out to Nintendo's other handhelds, the DS and 3DS. Though two of its games were later remade for the 3DS, AlphaDream never found its way to the Nintendo Switch; an odd absence, considering the success of the console so far.
Earlier this week, we discussed how excellent AlphaDream's RPGs were on Axe of the Blood God, both as handheld RPGs and games in general. It's a shame this has happened, seeing as both its incredible RPGs and their remakes on the 3DS were standouts. Hopefully there's a landing cushion for all the people involved in making these excellent games.