Opinion

The Super Mario Brothers Set Sail This November

The Super Mario Brothers set sail on a brand new adventure this year! On June 18th, the 2024 Nintendo Direct began with a trailer showcasing our heroes embarking on a peculiar quest. Mario and Luigi: Brothership follows the story of the Mario Bros suddenly transported to the mysterious Shipshape Island. Here, the brothers learn that a small fairy named Snoutlet is in need of their assistance liberating their once sacred islands from the nefarious Extension Corps.

After over 9 years since AlphaDream’s Bankruptcy in 2019, it was quite odd having the dynamic brotherhood duo return. Therefore, we at Geek News Now will analyze and explain just how this was possible with the help of Nintendo. But, to start things off, let’s discuss what AlphaDream is.

The Super Mario Bros & AlphaDream Corp.

AlphaDream and the Mario x Luigi Saga. Image from twitter.com

AlphaDream started as a spin-off company of AlphaStar– an employment agency for construction- in the late 1990’s, later renamed as such in 2000. Around 2003, they began to develop their first official Nintendo game, Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga for the Game Boy Advance. After receiving high praise across the board, Alpha would continue to develop more of The Super Mario Brothers games for various handheld consoles. This would continue until April of 2019, where AlphaDream officially filed for Bankruptcy.

This was the result of the company being unable to keep up with their ever-increasing debt, caused by severely low game sales and high development cost. It wasn’t until during this year’s Nintendo Direct that Direct Host Shinya Takahashi announced the first ever Mario and Luigi game releasing for the Nintendo Switch after 9 full years. But what led to this decision?

Nintendo Takes Over

Nintendo Brings M&L Saga series to Switch. Image from commons.wikimedia.org

Following the shutdown of AlphaDream in 2019, Nintendo took an interest in the companies development of the Mario and Luigi games. Therefore in 2020, Nintendo filed for a new Trademark for the Mario Bros game series. This would, of course, make sense as Mario and Luigi are the star faces of Nintendo themselves. It’d surely be a shame if a full game series featuring the titular plumbers would die out. Furthermore, it was also revealed that some of AlphaDream’s developers for the M&L series would be hired to handle the development of the game themselves.

It’s actually rather nice of Nintendo to do this, as Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story was one of my favorite games growing up.

With the game set for release on November 7th, I can’t wait to see The Super Mario Brothers in action on the Nintendo Switch after all this time. But, you let us know what you think. Are you excited for the upcoming Saga to continue the story? Let us know in the comments below. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page, as we keep our fellow viewers up-to-date on the latest happenings.

Here’s to AlphaDream for all the wonderful games, and to Nintendo for continuing the franchise. As Always, Stay Super.

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