AlphaDream Has Coined a New Buzzword for Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

Posted by at 3:30 pm on July 3, 2013

Mario & Luigi Dream TeamMost of you know terms “alpha” and “beta” when comes to game development.  Well there is a new one now! “Gamma!” The team behind the Mario & Luigi: Dream Team RPG are now using the term, of if you like, the buzzword – Gamma.

“This time, we divided the entire development phase into the one to create an alpha version, one for a beta version and even a gamma version, and looked back as we developed it,” said producer Akira Otani during a recent chat with Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata.

“A gamma version?” asked Iwata. “Video games usually only have alpha and beta versions for the developments.”

Otani responded: “Usually, yes. (laughs) This time, we actually made the backgrounds in 3D, but all the characters are 2D pixel art. It was hard making that stereoscopic for the Nintendo 3DS. That was one reason it took so long after the previous game.”

This is a big one. The team at Nintendo subsidiary AlphaDream started working on Mario & Luigi: Dream Team—which comes out for 3DS on August 11 in North America—right after Bowser’s Inside Story, which they released in 2009.

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