AlphaDream, the developer of the Mario & Luigi RPG series look like they’re closing their doors after officially filing for bankruptcy – News from Yahoo! Japan who stated that the company was bogged down by their high development costs which added up to 400 million yen, or 3.7 million USD.
AlphaDream also developed the Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey.
Damn this is a tough one to see. Especially since last year, the developer was looking to hire for new projects, which included one for the Switch. This series was my shit on 3DS and myself, and many others were probably chomping at the bit waiting for a banger to come out for the Switch. And to be honest with myself, there’s a good chance we never see it… Unless good guy Nintendo sweeps in and saves the day. Which I also don’t see happening.
I’m not financial adviser by any means. Hell, I spend $10 in delivery charges on pretty much every meal of the day. Nintendo has hand over fist money, yes.. But, they’re a business at the end of the day. Buying AlphaDream would cost them a nice chunk of change, when in reality they could just hire the devs and start a whole new department under their roof. Since as of now, Nintendo most likely owns the IP and is just giving the developers the rights the create under the series.
Time will tell what the move is here. I just know if all goes belly up, a lot of people will be bummed and I hope all those affected at AlphaDream land on their feet.
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