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1-UP Studio Inc.(JP)(CN) (formerly Brownie Brown Inc.(JP) until 2013) is a first party development studio owned by Nintendo which is comprised mostly of ex-Square designers and artists (pre-Enix merger).

Company History

The company was founded in June 2000 in Musashino City, Tokyo, Japan by many ex-Square staff during its then-processing merger with Enix. It was founded as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nintendo, and released their first game, Magical Vacation for the Game Boy Advance in 2001 in Japan only, but their next title, Sword of Mana, was published by Square Enix in Japan in 2003 for the GBA.

Since launch, the company has developed and co-developed games published by Nintendo, while some are published by third-party companies including Square Enix, AQ Interactive, and Marvelous. It has worked on Mother 3 in 2006, Heroes of Mana in 2007, Professor Layton and the Last Specter in 2010, and Super Mario 3D Land in 2011.

On February 1, 2013, they restructured into 1- UP Studio and relocated to Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Since then, it has worked on several games for Nintendo's IPs, mainly the Super Mario series, as well as games such as Ring Fit Adventure and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

List of games

As Brownie Brown

Game title Platform Year of release
Magical Vacation Game Boy Advance platform icon 2001
Sword of Mana
(published by Square Enix in Japan)
Game Boy Advance platform icon 2003
Magical Starsign Nintendo DS platform icon 2006
Mother 3 Game Boy Advance platform icon 2006
Heroes of Mana
(published by Square Enix)
Nintendo DS platform icon 2007
Blue Dragon Plus
(published by AQ Interactive)
Nintendo DS platform icon 2008
A Kappa's Trail DSiWare 2009
Lively Garden
(published by Marvelous)
Nintendo DS platform icon 2010
Professor Layton and the Last Specter
("London Life" minigame)
Nintendo DS platform icon 2010
Super Mario 3D Land
(Graphics)
3DS platform icon 2011

As 1-Up Studio

Game title Platform Year of release
Fantasy Life
(co-developed with Level-5; published by Level-5 in Japan)
(Nintendo DS version planned, but cancelled)
3DS platform icon 2012
Super Mario 3D World
(co-developed with Nintendo EAD Tokyo)
Wii U platform icon 2013
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
(co-developed with Nintendo EAD Tokyo)
Wii U platform icon 2014
Flipnote Studio 3D
(co-developed with Nintendo EAD Tokyo)
3DS platform icon 2015
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
(co-developed with Nintendo EAD Group No. 3 and Grezzo)
3DS platform icon 2015
Super Mario Odyssey
(co-developed with Nintendo EPD)
Switch platform icon 2017
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch/3DS)
(co-developed with Nintendo Software Technology)
Switch platform icon 3DS platform icon 2018
Ring Fit Adventure
(co-developed with Nintendo EPD)
Switch platform icon 2019
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
(co-developed with Nintendo EPD)
Switch platform icon 2020

Trivia

  • Brown is the name of Brownie Brown's mascot. According to their English website, Brownie means "a hardworking elf".
  • Hence its name, it is renamed after the 1-Up Mushroom power-up from the Mario series which they worked the games on.

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