This week is a bit of a roller coaster ride for news. The game developers for the Mario & Luigi Series, Alpha Dream has filled for bankruptcy. Super Mario Maker 2 receives a new update that allows friends to play together online. The official Super Mario UK Twitter account has changed their account name to Super Luigi UK for the month of October to help commemorate Luigi’s Mansion 3 launch on Nintendo Switch on October 30th. So without further ado, let’s get on with the Weekly News Round-up.


Alpha Dream Corporation Ltd, the development company known for their work on the Mario & Luigi Series have filed for bankruptcy this week. The company were having financial trouble with a debt of ¥465m ($4.3m). It is a great shame that Alpha Dream is forced to close its doors after nearly 20 years of developing videogames. What this means for the future of Mario & Luigi Series is unknown at this time.

As much as we would hope that Nintendo would step in to pay off the debt in order to keep the company going, from a business standpoint, we don’t think it will be viable.

Source: Japanese Nintendo

Luigi's Mansion3 logo

The official Super Mario UK twitter account has changed its name in order to commemorate the upcoming release of Luigi’s Mansion 3. The Twitter account will be called Super Luigi UK and will remain so for the whole of October and will be sharing images and details of Luigi’s esteemed history.

Source: @SuperMario_UK (Twitter)


A number of fresh details have come up regarding Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. During an interview with Game Informer, Pokémon SwSh Director Shigeru Ohmori was misinterpreted in saying that there will be 18 different gyms and a minor league and a major league to compete in. While the Minor and Major Leagues are going to be in the game, players can only participate in 8 gyms. The other gyms will exist in the background of the story to had depth of competitiveness between the gyms and leagues.

“There aonlyre 18 different types of gyms in the story, and depending on the version, which gyms are in the minor league and which gyms are in the major league are different. For example, in Sword, the fighting-type gym will be in the major league, but in Shield, the ghost-type. The idea is that every year, the Galar region is playing and which gyms make it into the minor league versus the major league changes.”

Other small details that have come to light include that there is a team of 1,000 people working on the Pokémon SwSh games. HM’s have also been removed from the game and Pokémon that are not featured in this generation of games will still see a return in future Pokémon games.

Source: Game Informer

Nintendo UK have released a new video asking gamers about their memories of the Super Smash Bros series and what it means to them. The video is just over 8 minutes long and also features Alex Olney from Nintendo Life.

Whilst on the subject of Super Smash Bros. Nintendo America have also shared a video titled Nintendo Player Perspective – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate behind the bracket with Nairo. The video is an interview with competitive Smash Bros Ultimate player Nairo.

Nintendo Japan have revealed a new Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training game. The game has only been announced for Japan so far and no mention has been made on if the game will be coming to the West. Both the Joy-Con and a stylus can be used with the game. The physical game will come packaged with a stylus. As well as an announcement trailer, Nintendo Japan also uploaded an overview trailer for the new entry in the Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training series.

You can watch the overview trailer below.

Source: Nintendo Japan (YouTube)


Super Mario Maker 2 has received a new update (ver. 1.1.0) that allows players to join online multiplayer with friends, as well as other fixes and features like being able to play downloaded courses on Coursebot without the need of being connected to the internet.

We have the Patch Notes below:

Ver. 1.1.0 (Released October 1, 2019)

Course World

Network Play

  • Added “Play with friends”
    • You can now play online with friends in either Multiplayer Versus or Multiplayer Co-op modes.
    • You can now select courses uploaded to Course World as well as courses saved to Coursebot.
    • The Nintendo Switch Online mobile app is now supported.
      • You can automatically match online with people that you were matched with via the app, and can voice chat with them.
  • Added features to “Nearby Play”
    • You can now play in Multiplayer Co-op mode as well as Multiplayer Versus mode.
    • You can now select courses uploaded to Course World as well as courses saved to Coursebot.
    • When playing a course saved to Coursebot, the host system doesn’t need to be connected to the internet.
  • Added “LAN Play”
    • Players connected to the same LAN (Local Area Network) can now wirelessly play together.
    • fter selecting Network Play, you can switch to LAN Play mode by clicking in the L Stick and pressing the L or R buttons.
  • If the connection is unstable before Multiplayer Co-op or Multiplayer Versus starts, the match will be cancelled.
  • In Multiplayer Co-op, when everyone chooses “Let’s start over!”, the timer will now be reset.
  • Changed the look of the gauge for S+, the highest rank in Multiplayer Versus.
  • If a player places Builder Boxes after a warp point, other players will now be able to break them and proceed forward.
  • All players will take the same amount of time to move through a Warp Pipe, regardless of the state of their character.
  • After updating to Ver. 1.1.0, you will no longer be able to match with players using Ver. 1.0.1 or lower in Network Play.

Course Info

  • You can now select Play Together directly from any course uploaded to a player’s profile.
  • Simplified the display of comments containing stamps in “View comments.”

Maker Profile

  • Added a refresh/update button to “Courses uploaded.”
  • Added a list showing a user’s 100 most recent First Clears.
  • Now displays a user’s total number of First Clears.
  • Now displays a user’s total number of world-record times.

Official Makers

  • Added a list of Official Makers in Leaderboards.
Course Maker
  • You can now use touch with button controls in handheld mode.
    • You can also go back to touch-only controls from Settings in the Main Menu.
  • You can now play with a horizontal Joy-Con in all Game Modes.
    • You can change your controller grip from Settings in the Main Menu.
  • Other issues have been fixed to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.

Source: Nintendo America Support

By Mike Scorpio

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