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Report: Mario & Luigi developer AlphaDream has filed for bankruptcy

According to reports, a combination of stagnant revenue streams and development costs had left the studio with around $3.7 million in debt.

Chris Kerr

October 2, 2019

1 Min Read

Japanese studio AlphaDream, developer of the Mario & Luigi series of JRPGs, has gone bankrupt. 

As reported by Yahoo Japan (via Kotaku), a combination of stagnant revenue streams and development costs had left the studio with around $3.7 million in debt, ultimately forcing it to file for bankruptcy.

The company's final project was a remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story for the 3DS, which is the fifth entry in a franchise that began back in 2003 with the launch of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga on the Game Boy Advance. 

Although its best known for its work on the Mario & Luigi titles, AlphaDream also worked on other projects including Hamtaro, Koto Battle, and PostPets, most of which only released in Japan.

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Chris Kerr

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Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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