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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A funny, but surprisingly deep RPG

8/10
Author: robotbling from Canada
25 November 2012

(www.plasticpals.com) Mario first jumped into the RPG genre with Squaresoft's classic Super Mario RPG: Legend of the 7 Stars for the Super Nintendo. Many of the developers that worked on that title, including its director Yoshihiko Maekawa, formed the company AlphaDream, and they've retooled the general formula with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. This was the first game to allow direct control of both Mario and Luigi simultaneously. It would prove popular enough to warrant a pair of sequels on the Nintendo DS.

An emissary from the neighbouring BeanBean Kingdom arrives at the Mushroom Kingdom Palace, and quickly reveals herself as Cackletta, a horrible witch who promptly steals Princess Peach's voice. Unfortunately Cackletta has also stolen the legendary Beanstar, which grants unimaginable powers to whomever possesses it. With their reputations at stake, it's up to Mario & Luigi to once again save the day. They'll have to travel to the strange BeanBean Kingdom to sort things out.

The BeanBean Kingdom is just as diverse as the more familiar Mushroom Kingdom, and will set the stage for a variety of entertaining scenarios. You'll traverse mountains, forests, deserts, underground and underwater passages, castles and dungeons, and a number of towns populated by a strong cast of memorable characters with personality to spare. The story and dialogue has been expertly translated and is surprisingly funny – perfectly suited to the melodramatic adventures that await you. Even small details, like the names of places or items, match the mood of the game perfectly (a favourite of mine are Luigi's Scandal Workpants, named so because they allow Luigi to take his turn ahead of Mario).

Players take control of both characters at once – Mario leads and Luigi follows, but both are assigned to the A & B buttons respectively, allowing them to perform specific actions (such as jumping) individually. They'll gain a pair of hammers to knock down walls (or each other), as well as special combination moves allowing them to navigate increasingly complex mazes.

Luckily the game sports a standard overhead perspective and not the sometimes annoying isometric view as seen in the original Mario RPG, facilitating all the platforming you'll be doing. As usual Mario or Luigi can get the upper hand in a battle by preemptively bopping an enemy on the map screen, and likewise enemies can flummox the heroes with an unexpected sneak attack. Battles require more interaction than standard RPGs, because players must tap buttons assigned to Mario or Luigi with precise timing to score critical hits or dodge enemy attacks.

It's an easy game to pick up and play and will last about 20-25 hours with little or no level grinding, which is just about right for this type of game. If the humorous dialogue and animations don't keep you playing, the enjoyable mixture of platforming and action-based battles surely will. The only problem is a somewhat uneven difficulty and lengthy battles (especially bosses, which go on for several turns too many). Still, it's rare to see such a unique RPG and it's one of the best available in the GBA's library, making it a must play for fans of the Mario Brothers.

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One of the very best games for the Gameboy Advance

Author: patrick_dunne (wingkon@comcast.net) from United States
2 January 2006

With the exception of Advance Wars and possibly Wario Ware Inc, I believe that Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is one of the very best games out there for the Gameboy Advance.

Of course, it stars Mario and Luigi on some big-time adventure. This time, they must stop the evil Cackletta from (you guessed it) taking over the Mushroom Kingdom, or something like that. You get to battle as both characters, jumping on and hammering your enemies. You can also use some cool special moves called Bros. Attacks, where both characters can team up to use one heck of an attack.

The game varies a lot. Each level if different, with different challenges to take on. As the game progresses, it gets harder and harder, but never frustrating. You will find yourself doing all sorts of things from spitting water to fighting dragons. The boss battles are unique and varied too.

It's really funny too. The cartoonish graphics and cartoonish characters provide great laughs. It includes many moments of psychical humor and silly jokes. The jokes aren't very memorable, but worth watching. One of the funniest ones was when Fawful says "I HAVE FURY!" However, the game is not for hardcore RPG fans. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga requires timing in it's attacks to pull of great feats. It uses little customization or leveling up. You don't buy new weapons or partners or anything like that.

Unless you are expecting a top-of-the-line RPG, you will be disappointed. But, if you are looking for a fun time, pick this one up...immediately! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

10/10

Good: Funny, clever, silly, entertaining, and one of the best action-RPGS around

Bad: Not for hardcore RPG fans

Note: I think the DS sequel holds up more than the Advanced Wars and Wario Ware DS sequels

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

This is a great game with good graphics and a funny story.

Author: lumberjackjed from United States
16 December 2004

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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is a great game for all RPG and Mario-fans. It has a funny storyline with comical jokes and a few bloopers(I like the part when Luigi pretends to be Princess Peach). The graphics are like any other GBA game with a sort of Super Mario RPG style to them. It also plays for all ages, Parents would like it cause it brings back memories of there childhood, and kid's would like it cause of the humor and gameplay in it. I really like it because I am a long-time Mario fan and because of the great gameplay and graphics. Overall, I say that Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is all-time great game with a superb storyline, really good graphics, and you can replay it a lot because of all the hidden secrets.

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Oh come on

10/10
Author: cheezdontgowitm3 from United States
28 January 2008

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8 out of 10? This game deserves better! Mario games are never known for their story, but this game has a better story, normally the RPG Mario games always have better stories. So this game is pure joy for me, and it's one hell of a long game, I'm not sure on hours, but I know that it's not short, but on reviews, some said for an RPG, it's short, but I don't care, this game is easily my favorite Game Boy Advance game, and one of my favorite Mario games ever. The puzzles are so addictive and they just made me wanna play the game more and more, if I play the entire thing straight through, I could probably beat it in like 3 days, if I played it for a couple hours a day like before it took me a couple months. It has a good length, because there's so many places where it feels like the game's over, and after you played the entire thing it's actually still the only half the game. The game's very funny, it has it's laughing moments, especially with Luigi, and then the music in the game is quite amazing, especially since they added some old Mario music in there like the flying one from Mario 64 and of course the regular Mario theme from the original Super Mario Bros.

Overall, I think on this website, the game's underrated, it should have at least 9 stars like on its average rating on gaming websites (average rating meaning ALL the websites' ratings averaged out on one final rating). Because for me, this is #7 on my Top 10 Mario games of all time list. And I think this is the best game on the Gameboy Advance.

9.6/10

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