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AlphaDream

AlphaDream was an independent Japanese video game developer that was founded in 2000 by Tetsuo Mizuno, former President of Square. The original team consisted of several former Square employees who all had an extensive background in developing role-playing games.

They quickly established a partnership with Nintendo to develop games exclusively for their handheld systems. They were dedicated to producing video games for Nintendo systems and maintained the company as a second party developer for Nintendo throughout their entire life span.

Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga BoxThe company is best known for developing Mario & Luigi titles on behalf of Nintendo. The first game in the Mario & Luigi series, Superstar Saga was released in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance. The game became a critical success with Nintendo’s fanbase, and the game quickly morphed into a franchise with seven games in the series spanning over the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS.

The Mario & Luigi series of RPG games flourished, peeking in popularity with the 2009 release of Bowser’s Inside Story. Even though the series peaked in 2009, the series successfully continued on strongly with the 2013 release of Dream Team and the 2015 release of Paper Jam.

After the release of Paper Jam the series took a nose dive, when the decision was made to create two remakes of their previous titles, Superstar Saga and Bowser’s Inside Story. Both iterations were created for the Nintendo 3DS and contained additional content, however were a commercial flop upon release. The two releases became the worst-selling games in the Mario franchise, only selling a mere 20,000 copies in Japan two months after its release. The remake of SuperStar Saga was released in 2017 when the Nintendo Switch first released, and the remake of Bowser’s Inside Story released in 2019 at the end of the life cycle of the Nintendo 3DS. The commercial failure of both titles is believed to be attributed to the 3DS being overshadowed by the Nintendo Switch and its popularity dropping.

In March 2018 the company was saddled with a $3.7 million debt which was further worsened by the poor performance of the two Mario & Luigi remakes. Due to sluggish sales and increasing development costs proved to be unsustainable for the company and on October 2nd, 2019 they filed for bankruptcy.

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AlphaDream

TypePrivately Owned
LocationShibuya, Tokyo, Japan
DeveloperAlphaDream
FoundedJanuary 12, 2000
DefunctOctober 1, 2019
FoundersTetsuo Mizuno
FateBankruptcy

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YearBoxTitlePlatformGenrePublisher
2001Koto Battle Tengai no Moribito BoxKoto Battle: Tengai no MoribitoGame Boy ColorRPGAlphaDream
2002Tomato Adventure BoxTomato AdventureGame Boy AdvanceRPGNintendo
2003Hamtaro Rainbow Rescue BoxHamtaro: Rainbow RescueGame Boy AdvanceAdventureNintendo
2003Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga BoxMario & Luigi: Superstar SagaGame Boy AdvanceRPGNintendo
2004Hamtaro - Ham-Ham Games BoxHamtaro: Ham-Ham GamesGame Boy AdvanceSportsNintendo
2005Mario & Luigi partners in Time BoxMario & Luigi: Partners in TimeNintendo DSRPGNintendo
2008Hi! Hamtaro Ham-Ham Challenge BoxHi! Hamtaro Ham-Ham ChallengeNintendo DSPuzzleMarvelous Entertainment
2009PostPet DS BoxPostPet DSNintendo DSSimulationMarvelous Entertainment
2009Mario & Luigi - Bowser's Inside Story BoxMario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside StoryNintendo DSRPGNintendo
2013Mario & Luigi - Dream Team BoxMario & Luigi: Dream TeamNintendo 3DSRPGNintendo
2015Mario & Luigi Paper Jam BoxMario & Luigi: Paper JamNintendo 3DSRPGNintendo
2017Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions BoxMario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's MinionsNintendo 3DSRPGNintendo
2019Mario & Luigi - Bowser's Inside Story and Bowser Jr's Journey BoxMario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s JourneyNintendo 3DSRPGNintendo
2019Kedama no Gonjiro - Fit & Run BoxKedama no Gonjiro: Fit & RuniOS/AndroidAuto-RunnerForwardWorks Corporation
2019Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 BoxMario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020Nintendo SwitchSportsSega

ProfileNameRoleTenure
Tetsuo MizunoTetsuo MizunoFounder2000-2019
Profile PlaceholderShunsuke KobayashiDirector
Designer
2004-2018
Hiroyuki KubotaHiroyuki KubotaDirector
Designer
2001-2019
Chihiro FujiokaChihiro FujiokaDesigner2002-2019
Profile PlaceholderMakoto AioiLead Programmer2002-2018
Jun IwasakiJun IwasakiDesigner2003-2015
Kouichi FukazawaKouichi FukazawaGraphic Designer2002-2019
Akria OtaniAkira OtaniProducer2004-2018
Profile PlaceholderDaisuke GotoDesigner2004-2015
Profile PlaceholderAkiko SugimotoDesigner2003-2018
Profile PlaceholderFumiya ObataDesigner2013-2018
Profile PlaceholderShoichi NobukiyoDesigner2013-2015
Profile PlaceholderYuki AkahoriProgrammer2012-2017
Profile PlaceholderNaoya HashimotoProgrammer2002-2019
Profile PlaceholderMakoto TakeiProgrammer2008-2018
Profile PlaceholderHiroshi OhataProgrammer2012-2018
Profile PlaceholderRyunosuke SugiyamaProgrammer2004-2018
Profile PlaceholderMitsuteru OzawaProgrammer2013-2018
Profile PlaceholderNaiki YanoProgrammer2014-2018
Profile PlaceholderMasaya OhtomoProgrammer2012-2018
Profile PlaceholderNatsuko KemiArtist2004-2019
Profile PlaceholderSusumu TomizawaArtist2001-2018
Profile PlaceholderShuji KamoharaArtist2001-2019
Profile PlaceholderYuuichirou NakayamaArtist2012-2018
Profile PlaceholderTomoko ObaraArtist2012-2017
Profile PlaceholderTetsuya OhiArtist2002-2018
Profile PlaceholderYoshihiro MatsuyamaArtist2004-2018
Profile PlaceholderHiroyuki YotsutsujiArtist2002-2018
Profile PlaceholderRyuta InoueArtist2012-2018
Profile PlaceholderKota IidaArtist2008-2018
Profile PlaceholderShouko MuramotoArtist2015-2018
Profile PlaceholderHaruka YamasakiArtist2015-2018
Profile PlaceholderYoshihiko MaekawaProducer
Director
2002-2019