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  • Summary: Two puzzling RPG adventures await you. Rescue Princess Peach from Bowser or defeat the evil group Paradox by battling enemies with the awesome power of orbs. Drag and match orbs, or chain together combos to deal massive blows to your enemies. Then bolster your forces with hundreds of uniqueTwo puzzling RPG adventures await you. Rescue Princess Peach from Bowser or defeat the evil group Paradox by battling enemies with the awesome power of orbs. Drag and match orbs, or chain together combos to deal massive blows to your enemies. Then bolster your forces with hundreds of unique monsters in this two-in-one game pack.

    In Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, you get to travel to different worlds as you assemble a team of Mushroom Kingdom baddies, like Goombas or Koopa Troopas, and recruit much-loved Mario characters, including Toad and Yoshi! Or in Puzzle & Dragons Z, battle the 5 powerful sky dragons to rebuild the world and customize your team with a plethora of different monsters. Allies gained in both games have the chance to evolve into more advanced forms and learn powerful new skills.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 59
  2. Negative: 1 out of 59
  1. May 5, 2015
    93
    This double feature from GungHO and Nintendo is really a treasure waiting to be discovered, especially in its combat and exploration elements. More beautiful than the iOS and Android versions, and incredibly more fun to play.
  2. May 6, 2015
    85
    It’s a nice addition to the 3DS library, a game for a wide audience that might help some people to discover Puzzle Dragons and some others to discover Super Mario.
  3. Jun 8, 2015
    80
    Easy to learn, hard to master, incredibly addictive, and most importantly, mocrotransactions-free: this is, in a nutshell, Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Bros. Edition for 3DS. A unique blend of puzzle and RPG that will keep you busy for at least thirty hours.
  4. May 19, 2015
    79
    There’s plenty of content in both, and I’ll be back for more Mario, at least.
  5. May 6, 2015
    75
    If you like the puzzle genre, the double package of Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition are worth buying.
  6. May 16, 2015
    70
    As a two-in-one package, Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzles & Dragons Super Mario Bros. has the addictive gameplay and lasting value to be a worthy purchase for a puzzle fan on the go.
  7. May 27, 2015
    45
    A bundle that embodies the worst grinding elements of popular RPGs with a lackluster match-three gameplay mechanic. This version of Puzzle & Dragons tries to use the gold standard that Super Mario Bros. represents in order to bolster the façade that this is an interesting, worthwhile gaming experience. It’s not.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Sep 17, 2020
    10
    Every Puzzle game is just as boring and similar as the last one with nothing to keep you playing other than for the game play through manyEvery Puzzle game is just as boring and similar as the last one with nothing to keep you playing other than for the game play through many boring levels. Puzzle and Dragons Z changes that. This game combines the classic Puzzle and Dragons formula and adds so much onto it with a hub world, and 6 main kingdoms to explore. It's always fun to see what monsters you'll meet next and the music are phenomenal! The game also has a colorful cast of characters in a compelling story! Oh and the Mario version is cool too I guess. The main attraction is Puzzle and Dragons Z however if you just want a less story focused experience the Mario version is very good as well. The background artwork for each Mario level is really well designed and looks like a new Super Mario Bros game in 3D and the custom artwork and animations for the characters and Koopalings look pretty solid! Expand
  2. s11
    Feb 25, 2019
    10
    Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition is a fun RPG/Puzzle game bundle. The story of Puzzle & Dragons Z is ratherPuzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition is a fun RPG/Puzzle game bundle. The story of Puzzle & Dragons Z is rather simple:

    You're a newly recruited Dragon Tamer who just passed their test. Meanwhile, an organization called "Paradox" is set on destroying the world.
    You and your friends must save Dracomacia from Paradox with the help of 250+ different monsters/dragons.

    The story of Puzzle & Dragons: SMB Edition is, well, the classic Bowser-kidnaps-Peach Mario-must-rescue-her plot, with the Puzzle & Dragons Z mechanics thrown in.

    Pros:
    - Game bundle is cheap
    - Fun and challenging
    - Engaging story
    - Unique combat mechanic (this is the only RPG bundle that I'm aware of that uses a match-3 system)
    - Awesome music (Both PAD and the SMB Edition
    Cons:
    - RNG can be very hostile at times
    - Obscure (the mobile original: Puzzle and Dragons is available only in Japan/North America)

    If you like a fun and challenging RPG bundle that is cheap, to play on the go, on New Nintendo 3DS/2DS "Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition" would be my 1st suggestion
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  3. May 24, 2015
    9
    It is very fun extra fun. it is a blast. you get to fight classic mario enemies and get combo attacks. im stuck on W 3-5 thats why i didntIt is very fun extra fun. it is a blast. you get to fight classic mario enemies and get combo attacks. im stuck on W 3-5 thats why i didnt give it a 10 Expand
  4. Apr 21, 2017
    7
    There's enough strategy and simplicity that the game is at least worth buying and playing,, but after a bit it can get quite repetitive andThere's enough strategy and simplicity that the game is at least worth buying and playing,, but after a bit it can get quite repetitive and boring. Puzzle & Dragons just feels too much like it's trying to be Pokemon mixed in with puzzle elements, so I'm afraid I can only give this a sort of meh, sort of good review. Expand
  5. Mar 24, 2019
    7
    Puzzle & Dragons is a unique take on the tired and true "match three" puzzle genre that has dominated mobile gaming for more than a decade.Puzzle & Dragons is a unique take on the tired and true "match three" puzzle genre that has dominated mobile gaming for more than a decade. That said, even with familiar Super Mario characters added, it failed to capture me quite like it has done for millions of fans of the original game in Japan. The mechanics are complicated, and I never did figure out exactly how to be consistently successful. Expand
  6. Oct 23, 2015
    6
    Not really all that impressed with the game. Story is passable, gameplay is decent, but it just *feels* like the mobile game it came from. NotNot really all that impressed with the game. Story is passable, gameplay is decent, but it just *feels* like the mobile game it came from. Not really a game made for a dedicating gaming system. I'd pass unless you get it cheap Expand
  7. May 27, 2021
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I had high hopes for this one, I really did. But this game is the equivalent of someone dangling pictures of dragons in your face.Sure, the dragons look really cool, but you can't keep me entertained forever. My main focus is on the Puzzles & Dragons Z part of this 2 for 1 deal. Since it has a story. Your objective is to collect the world pieces with your dragon partner Pokemon Syrup, in order to save the world from the evil Paradox organization led by Lord Dogma.Its nice story formula and all, colorful anime characters, exquisite backdrops, a lovely array of sound effects between each cutscene.But when all is said and done, I just feel empty inside, even after beating the final battle on the first try.Don't get me wrong, I think this is a good game, but no amount of shiny colors will change my opinion of this game. Big problem 1, the only point of wireless connection is exchange items and compare high scores. This unfortunately, is the real focus of the game. Unlike most monster training games, your only opponent here is the computer. Even Yo-Kai Watch 1 had this option, giving you a reason to get better at the game. Big problem 2, earning experience in this game is a chore.Its not the worst thing in the game seeing how you can feed your monsters Jewel Dragon eggs every once and awhile, but that would make the game too easy. So here's the tip of the iceberg, Monsters have LEVEL LIMITS! Meaning stage one creatures can only go up to level 30 until they evolve. That doesn't sound so bad, but you need to collect chips from defeated monsters. And these luck-based mechanics are just as bad as the ones in Yo-Kai Watch 2! It can take 5 minutes or 5 hours just get the stuff you need in order to raise your team's level. And guess what? The highest level a monster can reach is level 99 and all of your monsters need to be about level 90 on average just to stand a chance against the final boss. Furthermore, THE GAME TAKES FLIPPING FOREVER TO COMPLETE! And there's a long post game to go with it. I...I just don't care. The game brags about all of the rare dragons you can collect and use in battle. But all I see is 6 pictures shooting elemental balls. Sure, each monster has their own sound effect and animation attack. Again, good job on those designs GungHo Online Entertainment, it just gets old fast. Seeing them over and over and over again...it just slows things down. Thankfully, you can turn them off though. But the game just gets slower when you run into enemies that stun your monsters for a couple turns. Even in those easy 3 or 4 color dungeons, their mere existence really ticks me off. Well, they may be just pictures, but at least I can build a team of my favorite monsters to make this journey more comfortable. I've spent 3 hours trying to get this Naga creature, I sure hope one of them drops an egg pretty soon...EXCEPT THATS IMPOSSIBLE!!! I can understand why legendary monsters can't be obtained by random drops, but Naga looks like common monster! They're even mentioned in the dungeon monster info. Am I just supposed to just magically know which monsters I can and can't obtain? It's gets worse where in order to evolve my monsters to the highest stage, I have to see if those super rare monsters will drop chips or not in battle. And fighting these guys over and over again is just a pain. It's best that you just use the free rare chips and eggs you get from completing side quests and work with that. The last thing you want to do is make this game go any longer. As for the story, their's some decent characters here and there. But the more interesting genius characters, I'm pronouncing dead, because they don't appear anywhere else in the game after you've cleared all of their levels. And Dogma creates some kind of rivalry with the player that consist of 3 showdowns. An automatic loss that inspires the player to get stronger, a pretty dang easy level in the final world, and one where he uses the Sky Dragon of Death. Why does he wish to recreate the world? Why does he hate humans? Whatever his backstory is I somehow missed it.A well designed villain who lacks a decent backstory as far as I'm aware.And we also have this Enigma character, he has potential to be one of those interesting characters that is neither good or evil. Asking the player questions like, "Is darkness evil?", it breaks the game like Sarah and Nick's introversions and help keeps things fresh. However, I can't deny my feelings for the final battle in the Avalon Temple. It just...sucks. Enigma is revealed to be the real villain and possesses Dogma's body while he's fusing with Arkvelza. And just for fun, he instantly absorbs all of the other Sky Dragons.This final boss looks awesome, but even with 8 animations its gets old fast. Syrup is reveled to be the Sky Dragon of Life and we use the power of friendship to save the day. After he's freed, Dogma vows to return one day and claim vengeance.I've seen this type of climax too many times, I feel nothing:( Expand

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