Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario & Luigi is everytning your typical RPG is not--fast-paced, action-oriented, colorful and lighthearted--yet it's the best game the genre has seen on the GBA. The game's basic mechanic, where Luigi and Mario are each assigned a single button for their actions so the player can control the Bros, separately, works brilliantly. In the main world and dungeons it creates plenty of options for great puzzles (i.e., Mario jumps on Luigi and together they can spin to a faraway ledge, or Luigi smashes Mario with a hammer to fit into a hole and reach a switch). In combat teamwork is used for devastating combo attacks you slowly learn and then master. Not that the fights needed any more spicing up. With tons of different enemies, their unique strengths and weaknesses, and your ability to dodge any attack, Mario and Luigi never suffers from typical RPG "just keep tapping A" battle fatigue. Outstanding animation, clever dialogue, wonderful mini-games, and hilarious Nintendo-related inside jokes--Mario and Luigi is another polished, thoroughly enjoyable adventure in the same vein as Mario RPG and Paper Mario before it.
Mario & Luigi is exactly the sort of RPG the GBA needed. It's not overly long like Golden Sun, it's not too difficult like Lufia, and--for a change--it's not about collecting little fuzzy things. Instead, it's just a simple, endearing little adventure. The graphics are consistently impressive, the story's well-written, and just when you think you're getting bored, the game introduces some wacky gimmick to recapture your attention. Just don't expect a saga on the scale of Paper Mario--the game ends far sooner than you'd expect.
After the double dose of Luigi's Mansion and Mario Sunshine, it's about time we got something a little more traditional from the famous brothers. Mario & Luigi is a wonderfully playful adventure with great wit and self-referential humor, bringing back fond memories of past Mario games. But it's not just all jokes--the timing-based battle system seems simple, but is deceptively deep: The back and forth flow of combat between the Bros, and their foes makes every battle fun. The charm, the humor, the puzzles, the action...the best GBA game this year.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP