Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 75 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  1. Jul 12, 2013
    95
    Except for the tutorials and the long sessions it requires, it's a wonderful adventure in every aspect that offers tons of fun.
  2. So it is that 3DS's incredible first-party run continues. In the year that has given us the definitive Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing it only makes sense that AlphaDream should step up and deliver the best Mario & Luigi game yet.
  3. Jul 22, 2013
    91
    Nintendo have another winner on their hand and if you're looking for a game that will keep you busy for hours upon hours than Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros. is that game. The gameplay is quite unique on the 3DS and successfully merges two gaming genres, RPG and Arcade to create this interesting hybrid with a whole lot of fun at the same time. Add in a clever combat system and a variety of whacky super moves and you, Mario and Luigi will be working successfully together to rescue the beautiful Princess Peach.
  4. Oct 7, 2013
    90
    A dreamy adventure in a dreamy world. Thankfully Mario's vacations always end in crisis, since they seem to make excellent games. Dream Team Bros is both funny and sympathetic at the same time. [Aug 2013]
  5. Sep 16, 2013
    90
    The battles prove your skill, the humor will make you laugh and the design of La Dormita and its dream-pendant are gorgeous.
  6. Sep 15, 2013
    90
    Even though Luigi plays a central role in Dream Team, I'm remain unconvinced that he'll ever get the respect he deserves. He possesses a very special power -- to open portals to Dream Land -- that Mario will never posses, but Luigi still gets short shrift. Even at the end of this lengthy and great adventure, Luigi remains in the shadow of his brother. It's a video game travesty that has gone on far too long and will be repeated time and again, unfortunately.
  7. Sep 5, 2013
    90
    Dream Team follows the same basic formula found in the past three games in the series, but molds all of the different mechanics together into a title that just gets better with every passing hour.
  8. Aug 31, 2013
    90
    The newest rendition of Mario and Luigi's role-playing adventures is a good one, filled to the brim with fun mechanics, great characters and dreamy role-playing madness to boot.
  9. Aug 22, 2013
    90
    Combining the tried and true RPG elements of the series with exciting new 2D gameplay, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is a joy to play.
  10. Aug 19, 2013
    90
    For all this, we must consider Dream Team Bros. an essential game for Nintendo 3DS, and we cannot forget the great location for Portuguese.
  11. Aug 16, 2013
    90
    These complaints are relatively minor when weighed against the overall fun and creativity of the game, though, and it's pretty easy to recommend this game to just about every 3DS owner.
  12. Aug 13, 2013
    90
    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is an excellent addition to the series. I do feel it’s a little too easy at times since you can save anywhere and restart from battles when you die, so that may turn away some gamers. Still, the Luigianary Works mechanic shakes things up a bit in a good way to keep things from being too monotonous.
  13. Nintendo’s 3DS is suddenly brimming with great first-party games, and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is a standout among them. Don’t miss it.
  14. Aug 7, 2013
    90
    This may be one of the most memorable handheld titles you’ll play this year. And what a special year it is.
  15. Aug 5, 2013
    90
    Abusing Luigi has never been as fun/rewarding.
  16. 90
    Nintendo is in great form here, bringing some of the same magic, surprise and humor that made the original Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga so enjoyable. A perfect candidate for best 3DS game of the summer.
  17. Jul 16, 2013
    90
    An absolutely resounding success that follows on superbly from the amazing Bowser's Inside Story.
  18. Jul 15, 2013
    90
    Mario & Luigi Bros. Dream Team is a true masterpiece, the best of the four role-playing games developed by AlphaDream for DS. It's the most psychedelic, chock full of things to do and boss fight at every turn, it's filled with dry humor and the standard gameplay is originally supplemented with a 2D world.
  19. Jul 12, 2013
    90
    Mario and Luigi share a new RPG adventure that is funny from the begining, give us surprises until the ending and offers plenty of hours of enjoyment and humour. Recommended for Nintendo 3DS owners in general.
  20. Jul 12, 2013
    90
    Presentation and humour are as charming as ever, level and mission design are incredibly varied, the challenges are a league of their own. Don’t let this gem pass you by.
  21. Jul 11, 2013
    90
    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. is a welcoming, massive, varied, and superbly executed RPG for all to enjoy.
  22. Jul 11, 2013
    90
    After the slight disappointment of the latest Paper Mario entry which did abandon many of the ideals that had made it such a pleasure in the first place, it's a relief to see the same hasn't happened here. If anything, the pieces that make this unique are stronger than ever. If more can be made of these procedures that are now part and parcel of the idea in the future to stop familiarity from setting in, Mario & Luigi could have more life in it still.
  23. Jul 11, 2013
    90
    In the hands of Mario & Luigi enthusiasts and those up for an epic but light-hearted quest, this is an indispensable must-have for the 3DS. In a universe apart from any other series starring the famous brothers, this once again shows the merits of a studio investing itself whole-heartedly not just in one game, but a whole franchise.
  24. Jul 11, 2013
    90
    Funny addictions to the original formula make this M&L adventure one of the best entries in the series. Happy new year… Luigi!
  25. Jul 11, 2013
    90
    A superb addition to the Mario & Luigi series and the 3DS library.
  26. 88
    Dream Team is fairly lengthy and there are always new things to see and do, keeping gameplay fresh.
  27. Jul 29, 2013
    88
    Bursting with new ideas, brilliantly written and endlessly surprising. [Sept 2013, p.66]
  28. Aug 13, 2013
    87
    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team continues the innovation of the cherished RPG franchise, even though this isn't its best exponent. The game's formula has been refined, but some of its aspects could have been better exploited. The script is solid but it doesn't compare to the hilarious material that we've found on previous installments. Nevertheless, the game joins the long list of must have titles for the Nintendo 3DS.
  29. 86
    A game that I curiously found myself having a hard time putting down. I actually drained my 3DS battery more than a few times as I got so carried away playing.
  30. Jul 12, 2013
    86
    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. is a funny, light-hearted RPG which doesn't break new grounds in any significant way, but manages to keep you entertained from start to finish.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 148 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 42
  2. Negative: 3 out of 42
  1. Aug 11, 2013
    10
    Ever since Superstar Saga, Nintendo & AlphaDream have made nothing but great games in the Mario series. Been playing it non-stop. If you liked at least 1 of the games in the series, it a no brainer you should play this. Full Review »
  2. Mar 10, 2014
    1
    The sheer step back from the next game is so daunting that I can't even begin to enjoy the gameplay. Also every 2 minutes the game stops to tell you how to do something EXACTLY as simple as jumping. There is an old movie saying that goes "show don't tell", and i feel like if that was applied to Dream Team the game would be much better. The constant unskippable help dialogues make this game insanely boring. Even 5 year olds would be able to figure out how to play the game just like the 5 year olds of the NES and SNES and N64 era without game breaking boring text dialogues.

    It is sad that the sequel to a masterpiece like Bowser's Inside Story could be so boring and mocking.
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  3. Oct 17, 2013
    4
    "Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros."? More like "Tutorial Team" or "Hand-Holding: The Video Game"

    Of all the things this game does right,
    there is one important thing it gets completely wrong, and that is letting the playing access the actual game. The game constantly talks to you with unskippable dialogue, and as charming as funny as it can be the game is basically just one long tutorial. 6 hours into the game and you won't even have seen half of the hand-holding in this game. It pauses, re-checks if you've got basic mechanics down, spoils puzzles ahead of time etc. and in the end you just stop enjoying it (if you're like me).

    Consider buying this game carefully. If you like freedom, exploration and sense of discovery you won't like this one. It keeps talking to you as if you're playing your first video game and there is no way to turn it off. There's a great little game in there someway, but the narrative elements of Dream Team insists on hindering your enjoyment of it.

    This is a big disappointment for someone who liked previous entries in the franchise, and it is definitely not worth all the praise it's gotten.
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