Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Did you know that Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was the game that started the whole Mario & Luigi RPG series of games that is still going to this day? While games like Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario may have started Mario on the RPG path. It is this series that most people think of. While this was remade for the Nintendo 3DS. I am actually taking a look at the original Game Boy Advance version which was released all the way back in 2003.
The Beanbean Kingdom
Like most other Mario games, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga does, in fact, start off in the Mushroom Kingdom. It does not take long for things to go wrong and the famous plumbers once again need to come to the aid of Princess Peach. Not to just rescue her from Bowser this time though!
You see, this game has a new antagonist in the form of Cackletta who is from the Beanbean Kingdom and steals the voice of Princess Peach. Mario & Luigi must head there to get it back. Of course, as this is an RPG there is more to the story than that, but I do not want to spoil it for you. Setting the game in a different kingdom was a great idea as it gives the game a different identity to what came before it. The story is hilarious and very well written. If you are a Nintendo fan, you will get a real kick out of some of the references the game makes.
A For Mario B For Luigi!
The gameplay of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is very interesting and something that we take for granted today. However, back in 2003, the fact that you controlled both brothers at the same time was unique. A will make Mario jump and B will make Luigi jump it is pretty interesting and a fun way to move around the map. You can do team-up moves such as Luigi hitting Mario with a hammer to make him smaller and Mario jumping off Luigi’s shoulders.
The game has many great puzzles that you need to figure out and using the brothers to work together has always been an aspect of the series that I have really enjoyed.
Get Ready For Combat
There are no random battles in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Instead, you can clearly see enemies in the world so you can ignore them if you want. I would not advise this as you will need to make sure you are leveling up as you play. You can jump on an enemy and it will give you a small advantage going into battle. Mario & Luigi have plenty of moves they can do in battle and the battles are actually a lot of fun. One of the things I like about the battles is that you can interact with what is going on. While you need to select your attacks. Some attacks allow you to press a button at a certain type to actually pull it off or get some kind of bonus attack points. The combat is very easy to figure out, but later fights will require you to really think about what you are doing.
Bright & Colorful
The presentation of the game is just awesome. I like how the Mushroom Kingdom looks, but it is really the Beanbean Kingdom that steals the show. It is very interesting in its design and I do like what they have done. Of course, the remake for the 3DS looks better, but this game is still no slouch in the looks department.
For the first game in the series, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga really did a great job of laying the groundwork for what would come. This is a very fun action RPG that is easy to get into, but it does have some tricky sections that will test your skills. I love the story and think that it is one of the most charming the series has ever seen.
- I love the story and the setting of the game
- Combat is fun and more in-depth than you would think
- I like the controls when you are walking around the world
- The game is very easy on the eyes
- It is what started it all!
- It is a tad on the easy side
- The Nintendo 3DS remake I must admit is the best way to play this game
Download Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
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.