Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. 90
    Partners in Time has an even crazier story, funnier dialogue, more elaborate puzzles, and more action-based fights than the original game.
  2. Partners in Time might not have as strong of a script as the previous Mario & Luigi, but it's still another charming, high quality RPG worth any DS owner's while.
  3. Though not as innovative or as funny as the first, no fan will be able to put the game down, nor will fans be able to finish it without feeling excited and satisfied.
  4. Mario is no stranger to RPGs but there are probably no stranger RPGs than this one. Highly recommended.
  5. 90
    There's enough action so that it doesn't really feel like an RPG, and the humor makes it all the sweeter.
  6. It's gorgeous. It's cute. It's surprisingly deep. It's deeply satisfying. And it's oh so hilariously funny.
  7. An engaging narrative that actually inspires an urge to read all the text, fun and evolving combat, and a smooth coat of presentational polish make Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time a compelling package.
  8. 90
    It's not a pure action game, it's not really an RPG...and it's not even an action-RPG. It's a successful blend of all these elements, proof that Nintendo does have some good ideas for the DS.
  9. Despite being a very solid RPG, it never takes itself too seriously. There's just something very cheeky, almost silly about it all (and the game really focuses on this) as it throws one ridiculous situation at you after the next.
  10. It's just too original, funny, and innovative to ignore.
  11. A worthy follow-up to "Superstar Saga," and the first great RPG on the DS. [Jan 2006, p.110]
  12. A fun and interesting RPG. The clever combat system works almost perfectly. Too bad the touchscreen is not used. [Mar 2006]
  13. 100
    Not a guarantee that it's a game for everyone, but rather a big fat A+ for Alphadream when it comes to Advanced Game Design. This game is the cream of the portable gaming crop, and you'll be really hard-ressed not to be taken in by at least one of it's plentiful charms.
  14. Some may scoff at a Mario RPG, but this turn-based masterpiece is perfect for the increasingly popular DS, featuring solid combat and trademark Nintendo feel.
  15. Fantastic. With an insane plot, goofy characters and some incredibly well-designed gameplay, this is a game which should be on the must-buy list of any DS owner who does not hate fun.
  16. Anyone else with a heartbeat, a DS and forty bucks should pick this game up immediately.
  17. The ‘cuteness' of Partners in Time does not take away from any of the overall scope of the game and developers AlphaDream have done the Mario name proud with pretty graphics, great sound and great gameplay to match.
  18. As good a Mario adventure as you could hope for, and a cracking RPG in its own right. [GamesMaster]
  19. A solid follow-up to Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA), this game sticks to its predecessor's proven game play, adding updated graphics, a new story and a couple of extra Mario Bros., making for one of the most enjoyable DS titles to date.
  20. As light-hearted as it is, it has a seriously addictive flavour to it and it looks and sounds great to boot.
  21. Enjoyed "Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga"? Looking for a fun RPG on your handheld? You can’t go wrong with this title.
  22. The only feature of the DS used is the double screens, and it's used pretty well too. I wouldn't want it any different.
  23. A plot that is both epic and comical, a quirky and addictive battle system, beautiful graphics and music, and retro charm. Along with Meteos, this is a DS must-have.
  24. But don't let the linearity fool you--Partners in Time is an excellent game no matter what platform it's running on.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. Apr 10, 2014
    10
    Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is the most beautiful and enjoyable game produced by Mario and Luigi franchise yet. It's graphics may not beMario & Luigi: Partners in Time is the most beautiful and enjoyable game produced by Mario and Luigi franchise yet. It's graphics may not be totally ranked in the A-team but for its coherent story and interesting premise, it's a big winner for me. With great soundtracks and especially a stunning epic music at the ending of the game. Full Review »
  2. Mar 26, 2012
    8
    Mario it's a very talented man , showing in sports games, saving the princess a thousand of times , he also participates in countless ofMario it's a very talented man , showing in sports games, saving the princess a thousand of times , he also participates in countless of racing competition, also maintains his positive reputation against the show off Sonic and heck ! He even has his own RPG. Thats impressive for this mature man, anyway , Mario & Luigi Partners in Time it's a different take and also a very fresh entry on the already huge franchise . The game is overall interesting until the end, but after that start feeling empty and boring. While the take, wasn't that much of a full RPG side I'm pleased with many of the ideas taken from triple A franchise's and the story is great for awhile , however , everything is forgettable after beating the game. Full Review »
  3. Dec 27, 2014
    5
    Battling in this game is ridiculously difficult and repetitive. Some of the areas and battles just drag on and on and on. Some enemies canBattling in this game is ridiculously difficult and repetitive. Some of the areas and battles just drag on and on and on. Some enemies can take 50% of your health in one hit, spam over 5 attacks in one turn, and heal like crazy. I don't know why Nintendo decided to make this game so difficult and long.

    As for the overworld parts of the game, it's pretty fun. There are some interesting puzzles and neat moves the 4 characters can use to navigate around the world.
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