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  • Summary: In his evil plot to take over the Mushroom Kingdom, Fawful tricks Bowser into eating a magic mushroom. The mushroom causes Bowser to begin inhaling everything around him, including Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach! Do the Mario Bros. have the guts to rescue Peach and escape? Players are inIn his evil plot to take over the Mushroom Kingdom, Fawful tricks Bowser into eating a magic mushroom. The mushroom causes Bowser to begin inhaling everything around him, including Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach! Do the Mario Bros. have the guts to rescue Peach and escape? Players are in control of two separate storylines. One features Bowser and his efforts to stop an arch-villain from taking over his castle. Meanwhile, inside Bowser, the microbe-sized Mario & Luigi must muscle their way through challenges and keep their nerve if they want to find a way out. They take action to control Bowser from the inside - but without his knowledge. Players can switch between storylines at will. What happens inside Bowser affects what he’s doing on the outside. Sometimes Mario & Luigi must solve puzzles and challenges behind the scenes to help Bowser overcome various obstacles and advance the plot. Players must make well-timed button presses to enhance their performance during battles and challenges. In some battles, Bowser grows so large that players must turn their Nintendo DS or Nintendo DSi system sideways, blow into the microphone or tap on the touch screen with the stylus to keep up with the action. The game features the same hilarious dialogue that has been the hallmark of the Mario & Luigi series. [Nintendo] Expand
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  • Developer: Alphadream Corporation
  • Genre(s): Role-Playing, Action RPG, Console-style RPG, Console-style RPG, Japanese-Style
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
  • Cheats: On GameFAQs
  • Rating: E
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 58
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 58
  3. Negative: 0 out of 58
  1. The adventure is lengthy, the characters are entertaining, and this is truly a game that you’ll want to keep in your pocket for any free minute you find yourself with. DS owners should not miss out on what could certainly be the best handheld RPG of 2009.
  2. Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story is a truly remarkable experience, and should not be passed up by anyone who's interested in Mario, RPGs, or the Nintendo DS in general.
  3. 92
    Once again, Mario and Luigi star in one of the most ingenious and well-polished titles on the DS. Their Fawfulized adventure through the bowels of the Mushroom Kingdom and its number one bad guy is one no one is likely to forget, especially Bowser.
  4. Inside Story is also incredibly beautiful, possibly among the best looking DS games ever made.
  5. Edge Magazine
    90
    A game that's more than the sum of its parts. [Dec 2009, p.98]
  6. Games Master UK
    90
    Bowser proves a brilliant distraction from traditional Mario play in 2009's silliest RPG. [Winter 2009, p.81]
  7. Its greatest achievement is its pacing: it never loses focus over the course of its 20 hours.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 75
  2. Negative: 2 out of 75
  1. Jun 1, 2011
    10
    Bowser's Inside Story, to put it quite simply, is an AMAZING game. The plot is great, the concept is great, and the battles are great. AndBowser's Inside Story, to put it quite simply, is an AMAZING game. The plot is great, the concept is great, and the battles are great. And don't forget about Fawful. Fawful and his "I HAVE FURY!" quote are just hilarious. But what I feel is best about Bowser's Inside Story is the ability to play as Bowser! Half of the game is dedicated to his side of the story, and Mario and Luigi can help Bowser accomplish his goals from inside his own body! Then...he grows HUGE. That is EPIC. Controls are better than ever too. I love this game, and recommend it to anyone and everyone. Expand
  2. TimO
    Sep 27, 2009
    10
    The first Mario and Luigi RPG absolutely amazed me. After playing the 2nd, I was a bit disappointed, even though it was very good. After The first Mario and Luigi RPG absolutely amazed me. After playing the 2nd, I was a bit disappointed, even though it was very good. After hearing about the release of a 3rd Mario and Luigi RPG I expected it to not live up to its predecessors, but I was wrong. Bowser's Inside Story may be the best game ever made for the Nintendo DS. A suberb and at times hilarious plot, exciting and intuitive battles, and fun puzzles that require you to utilize the abilities of all three charactors make Bowser's Inside Story soar over the first two Mario and Luigi RPGs and any other Nintendo game I have ever played. Expand
  3. Nov 6, 2013
    10
    The game is one of the best Mario games of 2009! What kind of game of that year could possibly overthrow this game and New Super Mario Bros.The game is one of the best Mario games of 2009! What kind of game of that year could possibly overthrow this game and New Super Mario Bros. Wii? The music is amazing, the graphics are great, the dialogue is mostly humorous, and Bowser being playable is OUTSTANDING. The layout is great, the controls are cool, and the extra content is good enough for anyone. You want an amazing Mario RPG? Get this for your DS! Expand
  4. Aug 17, 2013
    10
    A little difficult puzzle-wize at times, and 2 of the giant battles were extremely hard (At least for me.) This game is obviously the best ofA little difficult puzzle-wize at times, and 2 of the giant battles were extremely hard (At least for me.) This game is obviously the best of series, the story is great, funny, but not as amazing at Partners in Time. My favorite part of the game was the return of Fawful! He steals the show in terms of comedy. All the characters introduced are very memorable are either cute or just awesome. Probably the best RPG next to the 5th Gen Pokemon games. If you don't own this game, buy it or check into a mental facility. Expand
  5. Jul 11, 2017
    9
    If your a huge Bowser fan, this is the game for you. Despite Mario Luigi's names appearing on the box, its Bowser that gets the mostIf your a huge Bowser fan, this is the game for you. Despite Mario Luigi's names appearing on the box, its Bowser that gets the most spotlight, as he is the main star in this hilarious, action packed, RPG exclusively on Nintendo DS.

    The game's plot consists of Fawful's revenge plan to take over the Mushroom Kingdom by having Bowser ingest a "Vaccuum Shroom", then let him inhale Mario, Luigi and almost everyone in the Kingdom right into his body. Then, with Bowser passing out of exhaustion, Fawful takes advantage of this and brainwashes the Koopa King's minions to serve him. So now it's up to big, bad Bowser to save the day, along with Mario & Luigi inside his gut to power him up along the way.

    Playing as Bowser is as simple as it is fun. Bowser can't jump or use hammers like the Mario Bros., intsead, he must rely on things he does best, such as punching and breathing fire, to complete each and every level to reach his castle. You go about your business, punching and burning everything in your way, defeating your brain-washed enemies and such, but occasionally, Bowser gets in a pinch, and he reluctantly leaves it to Mario and Luigi to do something in his body to solve the situation. From lifting objects to digesting food, or even just letting out a sneeze, Mario & Luigi must accomplish these little minigames inorder to progress through the game. Most of these minigames are touch-based controls (That means don't lose your stylus). Some of them can be fun, but for me I found these some of the worst moments in the game. To be fair though, they are unique and are fairly short. But as for the levels go in Bowser's body, it's nothing but 2D platforming levels.

    "Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story" is worth buying, whether you're a fan or a beginner, if your really into RPGs (or Bowser), this the game for you!
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  6. WillC
    Oct 22, 2009
    9
    Easily the most intentive Mario RPG since Paper Mario 2. The writing is witty and sharp. The graphics are charming. The combat is fun. The Easily the most intentive Mario RPG since Paper Mario 2. The writing is witty and sharp. The graphics are charming. The combat is fun. The music is memorable and while its not reinventing the Mario & Luigi formula its still great fun. Expand
  7. Mar 31, 2014
    2
    I love the Paper Mario series thus my reasoning to buy this. I first found it to be fun and new. But as the "mini games" started to pile upI love the Paper Mario series thus my reasoning to buy this. I first found it to be fun and new. But as the "mini games" started to pile up and I started to get into the ridiculously boring "monster" battles. So to take a break from the hundreds of boss battles, I went off exploring. But that was boring too. I found myself moaning and groaning as I moved on. By the time I got to the giant robot fight I was done. Too mentally burnt out to play. I was just that sick of the Mario Bros doing mini games in Bowser and Bowser taking part in horribly boring battles. I just didn't care to beat the boss and move on to even more redundant battles and bloody mini games. Just not my cup of tea. Expand

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