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1-UP Studio

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1-UP Studio
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Predecessor N/A
Successor N/A
Founded 2000
Defunct N/A
Parent company / owner Nintendo
Divisions / Subsidiaries N/A

1-UP Studio Co., Ltd., formerly Brownie Brown Inc., is a Nintendo-funded video game developer based in Tokyo, Japan. The studio was initially founded in 2000 by former Square employees, and is best known for its collaborative efforts with Nintendo.


Brownie Brown was initially founded in June 2000 by a group of former 2D artists for Square, who left due to creative differences. Nintendo trademarked the name, which according to Brownie Brown referred to their logo: an elf known as a brownie named Brown.

In February 2013, as part of a corporate restructure and reflecting their recent collaborations with Nintendo, the company was renamed to 1-UP Studio.

Games published by Nintendo[edit]

Game Year Console
Magical Vacation 2001 Game Boy Advance
Sword of Mana 2003 Game Boy Advance
Mother 3 2006 Game Boy Advance
Magical Starsign 2006 Nintendo DS
Professor Layton and the Last Specter* 2009 Nintendo DS
A Kappa's Trail 2009 DSiWare
Super Mario 3D Land** 2011 Nintendo 3DS
Fantasy Life* 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario 3D World** 2013 Wii U
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker** 2014 Wii U
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes** 2015 Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Odyssey*** 2017 Nintendo Switch

* - Development assistance with Level-5.
** - Co-developed with Nintendo EAD. *** - Co-developed with Nintendo EPD.

External links[edit]

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Internal divisions
Owned / Affiliated Seattle Mariners* • The Pokémon Company • Warpstar Inc.
* - Former / Defunct

8-4 • AlphaDream* • Ambrella • Argonaut Games* • Arika • Artoon* • Arzest • Atlus • Bandai Namco • Capcom • Camelot • Cing* • Creatures Inc. • DeNA • DigitalScape • Eighting • Flagship* • Game Freak • Ganbarion • Genius Sonority • Good-Feel • Grezzo • HAL Laboratory • Hatena • Hudson Soft* • indieszero • iNiS • Intelligent Systems • Jupiter • Koei Tecmo • Kuju • Left Field Productions* • Level-5 • Marigul Management* • Mistwalker • Monster Games • Noise • Paon • PlatinumGames • Q-Games • Radical Entertainment • Rare* • Red Entertainment • Sega (Atlus)  • Sora Ltd. • skip • Softnica • Square Enix • St.GIGA* • Syn Sophia • TOSE • Treasure • Vanpool • Vitei
* - Former / Defunct

Managers, etc. Internal
  • NNSD: Yusuke Beppu
  • Monolith Soft: Hirohide Sugiura, Tetsuya Takahashi
  • 1-Up Studio: Gen Kadoi
  • ND Cube: Hidetoshi Endo
  • Retro: Michael Kelbaugh
  • NERD: Alexandre Delattre