Brownie Brown, a development studio funded and owned by Nintendo has confirmed that it's undergoing a change in its internal structure; this will involve the company restarting and being named 1-UP Studio.
The team's work is often characterised as offering support and collaborative effort on major projects, including a role in Game Boy Advance title Mother 3. More recently it headed up the London Life mode included with North American copies of Professor Layton and the Last Specter as well as Level 5's Fantasy Life, a 3DS RPG that some still hope will see localisation in the West after a successful initial launch in Japan. As a further indication of the level of trust the studio has earned with Nintendo, it was also credited for its contribution to Super Mario 3D Land.
The studio's new name is certainly appropriate as a Nintendo-owned studio, and perhaps isn't surprising in light of the company's recent moves to modernise and re-organise development departments. That said, Brownie Brown was a fun name, right?
Quite happy to see a rebranding. Brownie Brown was always a dumb name.
I want a brownie now.
My only opinion of Brownie Brown is that they were involved in one of the most worthwhile (Mother 3) and least worthwhile (Magical Starsign) JRPGs I've ever played. It's kind of amusing to me.
1-UP Studio? Interesting name change.
I'll still remember them as Brownie Brown. That name is funny.
1Up is a cool name. I wonder why no one trademarked it before?
I also wonder if there is a specific reason to a name change. No company would change a name, despite not be developing anything. Perhaps they are devoted to making Mario titles now? (Having experience with Super Mario 3D Land.) Or they just thought 1Up was better than Brownie Brown.
kkslider: Well that's a shame. I enjoyed Starsign, even if it was a bit generic
brownie brown is a way cooler name. though 1up fits to nintendo.
aww, no more Brownie Brown lol that's a sweet name (sorry, no pun intended :S) but 1-up sounds so nintendo
@ThomasWhitehead Yes! Brownie Brown was a very funny name. It will be missed. All that really matters in the end, to myself and I'm sure yourself as well, is some sweet games!
Awww, I liked Brownie Brown. This is an alright name too, I suppose.
Hopefully this name change means something new from them is going to be announced soon, maybe they're one of the studios involved with that rumoured Mother game?
I think Brownie Brown was a much nicer name, 1-UP Studio sounds generic as hell! And hey, they've made some great stuff - not mentioned here, they also made Sword of Mana on GBA
what rumored mother game are you talking about?
Itoi (the creator of the series) said on Twitter in December that something is in development involved with Mother, but not the fourth game.
But then Mother 2/ Earthbound was announced to be coming out in Japan in a few months on VC.
i don't care what their name is: i just want FL and any game connected with earthbound.
i know that, its just that at this point it looks like youre referring to another game/rumor
what game is connected to earthbound?
Cool. I wonder what they have in store. We'll see at the next TGS / E3 besides E3 '13 because that's too fast.
@bulby1994 I think it's a Mother Trilogy for 3DS. Iwata said that 10 games are coming to 3DS in 2013 so I think that's one of them.
I've really enjoyed Layton's London Life, the character designs were so charming.
I enjoyed Magical Starsign by them.
Hopefully, all this re-organizing will lead to even greater things from Nintendo!
Well, from what I know with all the confusion if this clears things up a bit is that MOTHER 2 is supposed to be hitting Nintendo Of Japan's Wii U VC on 3/20/2013 from what I was able to make out on one of the pages of their Wii U section.
Not to be an idiot on this or anything, but how can ANYTHING AT ALL be in development that's involved with MOTHER ? True, MOTHER 4 is not supposed to be happening, but are you trying to suggest that maybe Itoi is trying to make like a spin-off series from MOTHER planned? :/
I like the name!
I always thought "Brownie Brown" was a person... Whoops!
I got all excited when I saw anything Mother related ha, Still though, Good name.
I too enjoyed Magical Starsign. I can think of many way worse jrpg's I've played. But to each their own.
The new name is better!
Brownie-Brown sounds like a fitting name for a soiled baby diaper. 1-Up studios is much hipper!
At least it's not just me. Reading through the comments I was beginning to think it was a cultural thing. It's nice that the name seems to make most U.S.Americans (you're an obvious exception!) think of sweets though...
Wasted opportunity. Should have been rebranded to FOXY BROWN, all caps.
I find it really amusing some of these names studios manage to come up with. I really liked Brownie Brown since it has a nice ring to it and was sorta off-beat, still loses out to Whoopee Camp and Monkey Paw in that department though.
1-UP is very fitting if a bit unoriginal and makes me think of a certain website of the same name.
An 1-UP is mostly associated with Mario. Very perfect!
When i am gonna think about them i am gonna be thinking about them as brownie brown.
Cant wait to see whats next up for them indeed
I see we have a few Magical Starsign fans. It's about the best thing I remember from them... who doesn't like a 6-person team in a JRPG? Take that FFIV
But seriously, I was hoping for a sequel to that, but oh well. Here to your future 1-up Studio.
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