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
    80
    It's an uneven experience, but occasionally it grasps greatness, making it a worthy addition to an already distinguished series.
  2. Jul 12, 2013
    80
    The classy combat and quirky characters combined with a levelling system, ranking system, gear to upgrade, and collectible badges and puzzle pieces that offer up new powers make Dream Team a rich RPG. It's also laugh-out-loud funny, even more so if you're a fan of Mario games thanks to some wonderfully self-aware jokes.
  3. 88
    Dream Team is fairly lengthy and there are always new things to see and do, keeping gameplay fresh.
  4. Aug 7, 2013
    85
    AlphaDream has come through again with Dream Team, an entry that lives up to the great reputation of a series that now spans three generations of Nintendo portables. It may be surprisingly long, but the dozens of hours of gameplay are filled with laughs, exciting battles, and plenty of charm.
  5. Jul 11, 2013
    70
    This is an enjoyable but rarely essential entry to the Mario & Luigi suite, then. AlphaDream is to be commended for its willingness to build each new game around a different kernel of an idea, but, perhaps inevitably, some of those ideas will be smaller than others.
  6. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    Any RPG fan with a 3DS should try the game. Just don't be surprised if everything feels a little familiar.
  7. Aug 7, 2013
    75
    So basically, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is worth picking up, but you’ll definitely need some patience to muster through its early hours. I think it compares favorably to early entries in the series, but doesn’t stand up as well against Bowser’s Inside Story if you’d like a direct comparison.
  8. Jul 11, 2013
    90
    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. is a welcoming, massive, varied, and superbly executed RPG for all to enjoy.
  9. Aug 8, 2013
    60
    Fans of the series will find more to love than the rest, but Paper Mario 3D allows players of all levels to get to the point a lot faster. Though Dream Team has one of the better 3D effects, in both 2D and 3D gameplay, you're more likely to shut your eyes than cross them. There are hours of entertainment for patient players willing to read and giggle at silly accents, but I'd rather explore Bowser's dreams instead.
  10. Jul 29, 2013
    88
    Bursting with new ideas, brilliantly written and endlessly surprising. [Sept 2013, p.66]
  11. 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.
  12. Jul 12, 2013
    80
    Despite occasionally falling victim to its own scale, this is a highly polished product that is charming and entertaining in equal measures. The dream-based plot gives Nintendo license to be as creative and insane as they like, which adds up to one of the most inviting game worlds on 3DS so far.
  13. 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.
  14. Jul 12, 2013
    70
    Following the excellent Inside Story was always going to be a big ask, so it’s hardly a surprise AlphaDream never quite manages to conjure up anything better than being Bowser. Still, while the comparison to its predecessor does it few favours, rest assured that Dream Team Bros’ additions and curiously entertaining battles do enough to reawaken the desire to see this adventure through to the end.
  15. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    The combination of platforming and RPG elements just works, and delivers a great experience.
  16. Jul 28, 2013
    80
    Full of humor and charm. [Issue#137, p.112]
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Jul 18, 2013
    80
    Despite the slow progression, the new mechanics are able to keep the player entertained for a long time. This is a game that rewards the most devoted players.
  21. 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.
  22. Aug 7, 2013
    78
    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team could have been one of the best RPGs on the 3DS; instead, it sadly overstays its welcome.
  23. Aug 7, 2013
    65
    With its weaker writing, less compelling action, and many moments where the game just drags its heels, Dream Team manages to retain a basic level of enjoyment that just comes natural to this series, while sadly representing a noticeable step down in quality.
  24. 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.
  25. Jul 30, 2013
    78
    Mario & Luigi Bros Dream Team, despite the many new features that vary the formula of the game, is less successful than the previous chapter.
  26. 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]
  27. Jul 12, 2013
    85
    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is a really fun game. It takes a lot from the previous game but innovates enough te entertain for at least forty hours.
  28. 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!
  29. Jul 19, 2013
    75
    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. doesn’t give the franchise a push in the right direction, but offers a promising platform for future installments; and obviously another insane adventure with tons of fun gameplay and humor.
  30. 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.
  31. 80
    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is a respectable entry in the annals of Mario RPG history, even if it doesn’t quite match up well against Mario’s best RPG adventures.
  32. Jul 15, 2013
    80
    A step down from the masterful Bowser’s Inside Story, but still a wonderfully imaginative and dryly funny mix of platformer and traditional RPG.
  33. Aug 8, 2013
    84
    The tried and true formula might taste stale for some veterans, but it’s still an engrossing game well-suited for those seeking a solid RPG experience.
  34. Aug 7, 2013
    70
    Dream Team‘s bright and friendly world is an easy one to fall in love with, but by the time you reach the end, that love will have been tested repeatedly by uneven design and a lack of narrative follow-through. Many of its flaws could be reduced to its strict following of the series’ formula without expanding on what makes it endearing. Much like Luigi’s dreams, AlphaDream’s latest is a little pre-occupied with expectations of Big Bro.
  35. Jul 11, 2013
    85
    The RPG never been so much fun and accessible for everybody. Mario and Luigi have a fresh and deep proposal, very long and with new worlds, finally. The best 3DS game of this summer.
  36. Aug 13, 2013
    75
    If you go into it with the right mindset, it will be worth your time; just don’t expect the usual level of Nintendo polish, because it’s just not up to that standard.
  37. 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.
  38. 80
    Mario along with Luigi mash their competition by far with their new ideas, and they also manage to entertain both the young and the old ones. [Issue#232]
  39. Jul 11, 2013
    80
    Although this adventure around Pi'illo Island feels like a recurring nightmare, Luigi's super powers are imaginative enough to transform this journey into a daydream, without feeling drowsy.
  40. 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.
  41. Jul 22, 2013
    80
    Sure, the challenge could be a little bit higher, but that doesn't prevent Dream Team Bros from proving that they truly are a dream team with more charm, intelligence and awesomeness than anyone else.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. Aug 8, 2013
    84
    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team follows a strong format set forth by previous games in the series. Though Bowser's Inside Story is still the best, Dream Team holds its own and suits the new hardware of the 3DS very well.
  45. Sep 10, 2013
    60
    Due to a slow start, forced puzzle moments and a crude visual surface Mario & Luigi: Dream Team doesn’t hold up to the predecessors high standards. It is in no way a bad game, but more should be expected from Alpha Dream and Nintendo.
  46. Sep 13, 2013
    60
    The end result is okay, but nothing more. Dream Team is not a terrible game.
  47. Jun 30, 2013
    80
    The newest in the Mario & Luigi series is once again an especially fun RPG. It's filled with dry humor and the standard gameplay is originally supplemented with a 2D world that can be influenced by messing with Luigi's face. A great addition to the franchise.
  48. Jul 11, 2013
    90
    A superb addition to the Mario & Luigi series and the 3DS library.
  49. Sep 9, 2013
    85
    If you've enjoyed the Mario & Luigi series in the past, buying this entry is a no-brainer, and if you've never played the series, now's a great time to start.
  50. 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.
  51. Aug 10, 2013
    70
    Dream Team does a lot of things right, and is a satisfying detour for a franchise that is risking too much predictability it its main guise. It's hard to shake that feeling of a missed opportunity, of a premise not fully realized that therefore exposes some comparative shortcomings.
  52. Jul 16, 2013
    90
    An absolutely resounding success that follows on superbly from the amazing Bowser's Inside Story.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. Jul 12, 2013
    80
    While we would have preferred a greater challenge, Mario and Luigi Dream Team Bros is a hugely entertaining game with a funny script, a pleasing aesthetic and lots of unique and interesting gameplay twists.
  57. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    Let us be honest here. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team has its bugs. However, you may kill them with one blow of a steel hammer, and out of every single dead bug Mario gets 1UP.
  58. Aug 9, 2013
    60
    The game looks great, the battles play great, but the amount of handholding and overly intrusive, repetitive dialogue turn the game into a chore when it should’ve been as refreshing as a good night’s sleep.
  59. Jul 15, 2013
    70
    This still is a seasoned and distinct piece of rpg. But between the slow start, the often slumberous and drawn out palaver and some redundant carrot-dangling in the main quest, this clearly is the weakest entry in the acclaimed series.
  60. Jul 26, 2013
    80
    A very good sequel in the Mario & Luigi RPG series that offers great variation and solid gameplay. Creative use of the 3DS features makes the game interesting to play for hours and the classic Mario game charm is captured in almost every aspect of this game.
  61. Jul 30, 2013
    70
    It doesn’t reinvent the wheel and really struggles to get going, but for the most part it’s a nice variation on many mechanics we already know and love.
  62. 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.
  63. Sep 4, 2013
    60
    A pleasant but rote and slightly bland RPG with a handful of fine ideas that aren't pushed enough. [Oct 2013, p.68]
  64. Aug 8, 2013
    85
    A fairly robust take on the classic RPG formula with trace amounts of familiar Mario gameplay. While it’s hardly anything new, it still tells a truly charming tale defined, more than anything, by its terrific cast of characters.
  65. Aug 7, 2013
    80
    The core gameplay that the series has refined over four entries is solid enough — if a little too light for 30-plus hours of repetition — but Dream Team truly shines in its willingness to constantly try new things.
  66. Aug 13, 2013
    70
    Dream Team is certainly not a bad game, and the positives it offers are considerable. It nevertheless feels like a missed opportunity for something even better, and veterans of the series will probably find it getting a little old before the conclusion is reached.
  67. 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.
  68. Aug 30, 2013
    60
    It's a quality game, but you can actually feel your soul leaving your body the dozenth time that stupid star sprite guy floats out to reiterate some basic point he just made two minutes prior.
  69. 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.
  70. Jul 15, 2013
    83
    It might not quite hit the highs of Bowser’s Inside Story, but it’s still essential; yet another must-have title to the 3DS’ ever-increasing library of incredible first party games.
  71. 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.
  72. Aug 5, 2013
    90
    Abusing Luigi has never been as fun/rewarding.
  73. Aug 23, 2013
    60
    Mario & Luigi has also become known for its sharply humorous writing. While that's definitely present here, it's obscured by the sheer mass of dialogue.
  74. 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.
  75. 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.
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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