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  • Summary: Save Princess Peach's voice, the Beanbean Kingdom and ... Bowser?! The game that launched the Mario & Luigi series returns looking better than ever before. In this renewed classic, Mario and Luigi journey to the Beanbean Kingdom with Bowser to restore Princess Peachs voice. Control Mario andSave Princess Peach's voice, the Beanbean Kingdom and ... Bowser?! The game that launched the Mario & Luigi series returns looking better than ever before. In this renewed classic, Mario and Luigi journey to the Beanbean Kingdom with Bowser to restore Princess Peachs voice. Control Mario and Luigi simultaneously, making use of their unique Bros. Moves to solve puzzles and emerge victorious in action-packed battles. Pay heed to the enemys patterns and time your reactions right to land satisfying counterblows. Included in this remake is the Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser mode, which tells the story of the game from the perspective of Bowsers minions. Recruit characters to grow your own Minion army as you fight to locate your missing leader!

    Features:

    * Mario and Luigi have access to different techniques, known as Bros. Moves, necessary for solving puzzles on their adventure. Switch between the two characters at will to pave your way and progress through new areas.
    * Time your button presses to skillfully dodge enemy blows, land devastating counters, and inflict increased damage in battle. Utilize Bros. Attacks that dish out massive damage!
    * In the brand new mode titled Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser, become the unlikely hero, Captain Goomba. Journey together with ShyGuy, Boo and other familiar Baddies.
    * The Minion Quest storyline takes place during Mario & Luigis classic adventure. Find out what really transpired behind-the-scenes!
    * Compatible with amiibo figures* from the Super Mario series, including Mario and Luigi amiibo figures. Also coming soon are brand new Goomba and Koopa Troopa amiibo. The Goomba, Koopa Troopa and Boo amiibo figures will each have read/write compatibility.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. Oct 17, 2017
    90
    Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga has not lost any of its charm over the past decade and a half, plus looks better than ever now on Nintendo 3DS thanks to its new lick of paint. Humorous, addictive, inventive - everything that made the Game Boy Advance original so addictive returns, with some handy touch screen shortcuts added into the mix, and a pleasant side game in the form of the Bowser's Minions RTS quest. With this, Paper Jam Bros. and Bowser's Inside Story, the Mario & Luigi series shows it is still going from strength to strength thanks to the genius team at AlphaDream.
  2. Oct 4, 2017
    90
    Mario & Luigi: Superstar Sage is genuinely one of my favourite remasters in years – I can’t remember a time that I’ve smiled as much while playing a game. Good humour combined with smart mechanics and that Nintendo absurdity make for an exceptionally good mix. The game is as good today as it was back in 2003, and new addition Bowser’s Minions is a very entertaining extra. This is truly one of the finest RPGs there ever was.
  3. Jan 22, 2019
    85
    If you've never played a Mario & Luigi game, this is a perfect entry point. If you're coming back to re-experience a game you've played and loved, it still holds up. If the main draw is the Minion Quest side game, this might be worth a pass, but it's amusing enough if you're going to pick up the game anyway. Either way, even after 15 years, I had a blast playing this game. I can't wait to get my hands on more Mario & Luigi titles, and hope they continue the series in the future.
  4. Oct 4, 2017
    80
    A great remake that ticks all the right boxes. Not only does the original game hold up incredibly well, but there are plenty of design and mechanical changes that make the game feel fresh. Bowser’s Minions is a great addition that complements the original game nicely. This is a great starting point for the Mario & Luigi series and is wholeheartedly recommended.
  5. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 16, 2018
    80
    Remake of the older Marios RPG – still funny, full of possibilities and opponents. To this is added a separate war miniature game, which, however, next to Mario acts rather static. [Issue#279]
  6. Oct 5, 2017
    80
    Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions a weird game to review. It’s a safe and fine remake of a good game that didn’t really need a remake - although new features like fast-forward are still certainly appreciated. It adds a new mode that isn’t very interesting and doesn’t offer much. Superstar Saga is still a fun game and I enjoyed reliving a little nostalgia, but I can’t help but feel the whole thing was unnecessary.
  7. Oct 4, 2017
    60
    Please play Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions if you never had the chance to play the original. Despite some questionable adjustments, having the opportunity to re-experience this game was an absolute pleasure and has only reminded me of why I love it so much. The characters and writing are as charming as ever, and the memories I had exploring the quirky BeanBean Kingdom are ones I’ll never forget. I only wish I could say the same for the Bowser’s Minions side of the package.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Apr 8, 2018
    10
    Best Game! This game is outstanding because of the quality and story. It is exciting to level up and collect items. So much to do in thisBest Game! This game is outstanding because of the quality and story. It is exciting to level up and collect items. So much to do in this game. However, one problem, once I complete the game I end up in the last save spot. Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2019
    10
    A port of Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga was necessary imo. After all it was on the GBA. But what really makes this fantastic is the newA port of Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga was necessary imo. After all it was on the GBA. But what really makes this fantastic is the new Bowser’s Minions Story.
    This port was needed unlike 50% of Switch ports from the innocent Wii U
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  3. Oct 7, 2017
    9
    While I still think that Bowser's Inside Story is the better game I can't deny that this game is an incredibly close second. This remakeWhile I still think that Bowser's Inside Story is the better game I can't deny that this game is an incredibly close second. This remake brings all the life and charm from the original and cranks it up to 11, with it's beautiful graphics and fun battle system. I cannot recommend this game enough to anyone who is a fan of the original version or never got a chance to play it. There will be people out there who complain about this game being the reason we aren't getting a new Paper Mario (even though that argument makes no sense), but don't let those bad eggs deter you from this wonderful addition to the 3DS library. Expand
  4. Oct 28, 2017
    8
    For players who have played the first Superstar Saga may not live up to memory for this game's mechanics due to these "improvements" for bothFor players who have played the first Superstar Saga may not live up to memory for this game's mechanics due to these "improvements" for both battle and over-world.

    But for Bowser's Minions bring an expansion to unanswered questions during Superstar Saga. The mechanics give more than an RPG to enjoy with the least rage-quits and full amusement for the battle style, also giving the Mario series the first Pokemon-style battles.
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  5. Oct 6, 2017
    8
    Following as a successor to Dream Team and Paper Jam and functions as the first remake in the Mario RPG series, Nintendo attempts to takeFollowing as a successor to Dream Team and Paper Jam and functions as the first remake in the Mario RPG series, Nintendo attempts to take everything that was very lovable about Superstar Saga by forming it into more than just the original game for modern consoles. Now with graphics and gameplay blending in as its two latest predecessors and a side story to complete, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions will finally be a dream come true for a lot of users who never had the opportunity to play the straight original game for the Game Boy Advance. Expand
  6. Mar 5, 2018
    7
    Pros:
    -It fits the standards of graphical quality and the game has excellent musics.
    -It has a new playable mode, that is quite interesting
    Pros:
    -It fits the standards of graphical quality and the game has excellent musics.
    -It has a new playable mode, that is quite interesting to be honest (the minions mode), however the game mode feels lacklusting and could have had more developments put into it, infact the plot of that game mode could have been done properly, because the original didn't have a single plothole, this remake adds plotholes to the game. Sad.
    -The block button from paper jam returns and to be fair, this game has a better use of the block button than Paper Jam (since 70% of the bosses could kill you in one hit, even with parying), however I feel like that at the same time, it makes the game kinda too easy.
    -The story is great (Well, it's a remake and the original had an excellent story to begin with), however the remaster has plotholes.

    Cons:
    -Many of the problems that were in the original game aren't fixed in the remaster.
    -It is easier than the original (reasons stated above).
    -It has plotholes (because of the new game mode which is good on its own, but is underdeveloped).
    -The dialogue in the minions game mode feels dumbed down. I sometimes cringed when I read certain paragraphs.

    Overall, a good game, but it's not a masterpiece either.
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  7. Nov 16, 2020
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I am disappointed with several factors.

    1) Player must exit Hoohoo Mountain to unlock Bowser's Minions
    2) Player must see all credits to unlock final stages in Bowser's Minions
    3) Worst of all, game crashes in credit

    4) BP cost increased too much
    5) Bros. attack power nerfed too much
    6) Boss battle unreasonably difficult and long (especially Cackletta's Soul
    7) Bean monsters rarely drop Woo Beans (far less than original
    8) Bowser's Minions mode force players to grind for levels
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