AlphaDream

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AlphaDream
AlphaDream's logo
Founded January 12, 2000
Defunct October 1, 2019[1]
First Super Mario game Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Latest Super Mario game Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (2019)

AlphaDream Corporation, Ltd., or AlphaDream (formerly known as AlphaStar), was a Japanese video game development studio founded on January 12, 2000, as a second-party developer for Nintendo. AlphaDream developed all five games in the Mario & Luigi series, along with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, which is a remake of the first game in the series, and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, a remake of the third game in the series. The company's staff included prominent developers from Square Co., such as Chihiro Fujioka and Yoshihiko Maekawa, who worked as directors on Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

AlphaDream's first Super Mario game, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, draws heavy inspiration from Tomato Adventure, which includes borrowing the art style, the strong resemblance of some characters (such as Hermie III being based on the Yadotsurī enemy), and similar sound effects. Some files from Tomato Adventure's soundtrack appear unused in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga's files.

On October 1, 2019, the company ceased operations immediately after filing for bankruptcy, citing sluggish revenues and the high development costs exceeding overall debt.[2] The final game worked on by AlphaDream was Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, which was released a month after the company's bankruptcy.

Super Mario games developed

Title Year released Console
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga 2003 Game Boy Advance
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time 2005 Nintendo DS
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story 2009 Nintendo DS
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 2013 Nintendo 3DS
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam 2015 Nintendo 3DS
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions 2017 Nintendo 3DS
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey 2018 Nintendo 3DS
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 2019 Nintendo Switch

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