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AlphaDream Currently Has No Plans For The Mario & Luigi Series On Wii U

Posted by Orla Madden

The idea is interesting, however

The latest addition to one of Nintendo's most popular handheld franchises, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros., arrived on European 3DS' at the start of this month and has been causing sweet dreams ever since. The series has been a handheld exclusive since its debut with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga on the GameBoy Advance in 2003. But what about moving the series to the Wii U in the future?

In a recent interview with CVG, AlphaDream Director Hiroyuki Kubota and Nintendo Producer Akira Otani were asked if the studio would ever consider developing a Wii U version, to which Otani responded:

As a developer I am interested, but we currently have no plans for a Wii U version. If we want to convey the amusement and fun of the character animations and reactions using AlphaDream's pixel art, I think handheld consoles are the best for doing this.

It's good to know there's interest in the idea, but do you dream of a home entry version in the series, or is it better suited to handhelds? Let us know in the comments section below.


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SetupDisk said:

If they took advantage of the HD as in something like Rayman it would be beautiful.



Grubdog said:

He's interested, but has no plans. That simply means whatever they are working on now, isn't for Wii U. Could they be working on Mario & Luigi 5 so early?

I think a great compromise would be to have the very first Mario & Luigi on Wii U Virtual Console. One of the best GBA games to showcase if that's what they're planning.



Placlu said:

No. Paper Mario should be the console RPG, this should be kept on handhelds.
It works better that way..



19Robb92 said:

They should stay on handhelds IMO. They do amazing sprite work, and I'd like them to keep doing that. If they moved to WiiU, it'd most likely have to be polygons.

Not to mention that the whole franchise in on Nintendo handhelds, so they'd screw over their fanbase a little.

Well, they did start working on Dream Team right after Bowsers Inside Story. So that seems very possible.



Peach64 said:

I don't think alpha dream have ever made a console game so probably better they stick to what they know. It's a shame, as I don't think Paper Mario can be counted as an RPG anymore. I have this fantasy idea of Nintendo and Square collaborating to do a Kingdom Hearts style game. Instead of visiting Disney worlds, it could be Nintendo ones.



ThetaRobo said:

It only worked better that way when TTYD and SSS came out, the rest of the Paper Mario games after TTYD and Partners In Time drifted too far apart from what made those games great.



Shambo said:

@Placlu Exactly! Even though I liked the 3d looks of Sticker Star, the game didn't deliver what I hoped. Mario & Luigi is charming so small. I bought the first one with my Gameboy Micro, and it was a game I wouldn't want to play on any larger screen. Of course that changed with both ds games and now one I play with my 3dsxl.

I would probably get a Wii U version should there be one, as long as it remains sprite-based, but it simply feels right to have seperate home- and handheld console Mario RPG series.

Boy, are we Nintendo fans spoiled...



Placlu said:

@Shambo I still stand by Sticker Star should have been a Wii U launch game. It's an okay game no, not the best, but if it had experience.. or some actual reason to play the game rather than dodge all the enemies, it would have been a good game. I liked the whole sticker thing, it was just very.. mmm.



Luffymcduck said:

One of my all time favourite game series/handheld-series. Would be nice to see it in HD, but maybe tehy know handheldconsoles better. The only Paper Mario I REALLY liked was TTYD, while M&L are all worth at least 9/10, exept for PiT which was "only" good.



NintyMan said:

A Mario & Luigi for a home console would be very interesting, but as the director pointed out, AlphaDream's focus on sprites is best suited for a handheld. The game wouldn't feel like Mario & Luigi without it.



banacheck said:

Mario & Luigi RPG would be good for the Wii U something different than Mario, and it's still Mario. But i agree i don't bring it to the Wii U otherwise the game could sell like hot cakes.



T1m1 said:

Well i'd be interested in seeing the Mario and Luigi series come to Wii U to see how the gameplay and graphics would be different from the handleds. im also hoping for SuperStarSaga since the Wii U VC will have GBA games soon.



Emblem said:

The gameplay is abit too simple for Wii U imo, they should stick to handhelds since they do well on that front.



StephenYap3 said:

Sounds like an intriguing idea, but handhelds is where Mario & Luigi belongs. Home consoles? Leave that to Paper Mario.

However, I'd like to see a two-player adventure implemented into a home console M&L, if possible. I remember those good times, playing Superstar Saga with my brother on my Game Boy Player



MeloMan said:

Torn. It works so well as a handheld game, but I wouldn't close the door on playing it if it came to the Wii U. Great, great series so far.



Knux said:

I actually wouldn't mind a console Mario & Luigi game, but I can understand why it could remain on handhelds. I really want to see a Paper Mario game on the Wii U that's you the first two.



LtAldoRaine said:

I would go on another rant about Paper Mario Sticker Star and that they should have done it for the Wii U instead of the 3DS,but,yeah,what good would that do? The damage is done.

ahem So,something that I always was a bit curious: why doesn't Nintendo give AlphaDream some projects that aren't Mario & Luigi? Don't get me wrong,I adore the series,but they are clearly very talented,it would be cool to see they doing something different



MrWalkieTalkie said:

As long as the Wii U Paper Mario game returns to being the epic RPG it once was, I'm not complaining.



Hitman_masked00 said:

How about an entire new series. But a sequel on Wii U, no way. I don't think so because it is a lot better on handhelds.



DarkLloyd said:

would love to see that happen on the big screen someday, home consoles especially the wiiu at the moment is lacking in rpgs that seem to stick on to handhelds, give the big screen some of that love.



grimbldoo said:

@Grubdog #2
Why not? If they start work this early, they will have plenty of time to smooth out the wrinkles and reedit the game into greatness.




The animations and art don't fit the big screen at all. I don't play consoles to play with sprites in this day and age. I mean, it's an awesome series, but it's custom made for handhelds, so unless they want to do something significant about the art style and level design, they should leave it as is.



SyFyTy said:

This is what i dont get, Nintendo complains about the revenue thier losing from natural disasters, slow selling WiiU and so forth, and they go and limit thier own sales with region locking, cross-platform limited releases.. where's EarthBound on the 3ds (thier biggest selling unit right now), Where's this new Luigi for the WiiU? I just don't get thier hesitation.



Yomerodes said:

That is the Wii U curse in a nutshell...

"What do you think of the Wii U?"
"Very interesting machine"

"Do you want to create a game for it?"
"Of course not"



SyFyTy said:

@NINTENCHIP Sorry, thats fail logic. If they can sell game boy games on VC, which clearly did not natively fit, they can make this work too.



Dezsi said:

I'd love to see a grand Mario & Luigi game on the Wii U. Just as much I'd like to see a grand anything.

But really, I've played Superstar Saga on the TV with the GameBoy Player, I've never even had a GameBoy Advance. And it's great on a big screen. Yes, that was 10 years ago, I get it, and it would have to look real nice and polished, requiring a lot of effort, time, and money, but I love the series very much.



Henmii said:

I would love a full-scale Mario and Luigi on the Wii u! And I personally think the Wii u is pretty suitable for some great sprite-work animation!!

As for Dream team: I am 20 hours in and love it! Very funny game! The only downsides are the linearity (I could be wrong, but I thought the first one had the most freedom) and the tame difficulty (with some exceptions)! Other then that it's great! I also like the new art-style, wich comes close to the artwork! Impressive that it's all sprite-work!!



aronatvw said:

It seems a lot of people prefer more rpg like titles on the portable, and there are a ton released for the 3ds, but I personally think more in depth games like this are so much better on a home console. I have very fond memories of lounging on my couch gules to the t.v. playing mario rpg, paper mario and link to the past. Idk I think the wiiu needs more games like these, they create such a richer bond then new super mario. I feel the same about animal crossing.



Blue_Yoshi said:

It really is just a handheld series, though there is potential in a Wii U version I'd rather have a classic style Paper Mario. Nothing like Super Paper Mario or Sticker Star



ianmage1 said:

I think that if they were to release a console game, they should make the characters look as they do in the concept art of all of the other M&L entries. I don't think the games would lose their charm if this were to happen.

Anyways, Superstar Saga is my favorite game of all time, so I have great respect for the people behind these masterpieces.

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