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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions Review

Red & Green Always Make A Great Pair!

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions brings us back to the Beanbean Kingdom where the two brothers had together to save Princess Peach’s beautiful voice. It has been quite some time since we first experienced this adventure. It has returned on the Nintendo 3DS with a little extra content as well. Does remake keep the classic touch of the original? Let’s find out.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions starts very much the same way the original Superstar Saga did, the game recaptures the original’s charm and humor. This is one of the most pivotal elements of the original. Don’t fix what ain’t broke, right? Even if there are no major graphical overhauls, the game does feel smoother on the 3DS screen than the original Game Boy Advance and that should come to no surprise considering the large generation gap. The game feels better, looks better and it is splendid.

The setting remains the same: Mario & Luigi must find and stop the evil Cackletta who resides in the Beanbean Kingdom and rescue Princess Peach’s stolen voice. To help you get there, Bowser gives you a ride under the argument that he can’t kidnap the Princess in her current state due to her voice being replaced with explosive words (quite literally). The adventure of Superstar Sage remains generally untouched and we still get to enjoy the enjoyable humor that made us fall in love with this game 15 years ago.

However, this is Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions. While the brothers have their own adventure, Bowser’s minions who came along for the ride have their own mission: to find their supreme leader Bowser who seemed to have vanished. Players who completed the original release may remember why that is. The two adventures can be played at any time and it doesn’t take too long before you unlock the minions’ part. This gives you the freedom to enjoy playing whichever you want whenever you want.

Of course, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions is a remake of the first in the series. This didn’t stop Nintendo from implementing certain improvements that the sequels had brought to improve the overall gameplay. This was something that had me thinking when I first heard they were remaking the original in the series. It shows they have taken great care in making this the definitive version of Superstar Saga. I believe a round of applause is in order. Certain upgrades such as the Emergency block and the ability to practice the special Brothers attacks have been implemented in this remake. Newer players who adopted the series later on and didn’t get a chance to enjoy the original will be able to do so with all the things they know and love.

 

The adventure that takes place in tandem to Mario and Luigi’s adventure is the Bowser’s minions trying to find their boss after he mysteriously vanishes. This adventure does not affect the main adventure at all, which actually comes as a positive. The adventure of Superstar Saga remains on-point and incredibly entraining. The main adventure alone is reason enough to play this game. The minions’ adventure can be seen here as an extra mode to increase the overall lifetime of the game.

The gameplay in Bowser minions adventure is pretty unique. Think of it as a simple tactic-RPG. The minions are separated into three different categories such as ground melee minions like Goomba, flying and ranged. Of course, each sporting their own strengths and weaknesses and it’s up to the player make use of their talents. You must do all it takes to find Lord Bowser! Battles are quite simple: select your squad, assign them and let them unleash hell upon the enemy lines. It’s a nice silly endeavor but it’s fine being a simple add-on to the overall game experience. Had it taken some of the spotlights, it feels like it would have hurt the game.

Writer’s Blox

Overall, Mario & Luigi: Superstar + Bowser’s Minions is a great remake of a beloved series. It fits right at home on the Nintendo 3DS. The improvements make it quite memorable and easy to pick up and play. The addition of an extra mode allows for those moments when you want to change your pace a bit. It’s pretty creative what they were able to create off the Bowser’s minions. The Bower’s Minions mode won’t dazzle with ground-breaking experience, but the Superstar Saga adventure itself is enough to get you to pick this game up.

Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
8
Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
The Good
  • Superstar Saga Upgraded
  • Retains Same Great Humor
The Bad
  • Bowser's Minions Feels Underdeveloped
  • Presentation
    8
  • Graphics/Sound
    8.5
  • Gameplay
    9
  • Lasting Appeal
    7
  • Fun Factor
    7.5
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Smasher, analyst and has sworn allegiance to Hyrule, Seif Mazzene is the Executive Editor at IMGMR. Big Fighting game enthusiasts including Melee, Smash Bros Wii U, Street Fighter and Pokkén Tournament.

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