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Masamune
08-25-2009, 04:33 AM
Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga

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Ahh Mario. Whenever we think of Mario, we think of that one classic game: Super Mario Bros.. And normally, thatís it for people. But there are so many more classic Mario games! Super Mario 64, Super Mario World, and Super Mario Galaxy. And among those classic games is Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga.

Superstar Saga is a Mario game with a difference: itís an action RPG starring our favourite moustachioed bros in a hilarious and shocking adventure! The story is different from a generic Mario game as well: Mario, Luigi and Bowser travel to the Beanbean Kingdom to rescue Princess Peachís voice, which was stolen by the evil witch, Cackletta and her assistant Fawful posing as ambassadors from the Beanbean Kingdom.

The story plays out very well, with some welcome and side splittingly funny plot twists. The bros play a mainly silent protagonist role; when they do speak, nobody can understand them, which is a running gag throughout the game. Luigi is also the butt of many jokes in the game, due to him being ďin his brotherís shadowĒ, and people having no idea who he is. Some highlights of the game include: Mario getting trapped in a barrel and filled full of cola; Luigi being hypnotised into thinking that he is his older sibling; and Luigi being turned into a surfboard.

The gameplay for the game is also very good. On the field map, players can control either Mario or Luigi, with the other following close behind. Safe areas are not connected by an over world, used by many RPGs; instead, they are connected by one large field map, much like in the MOTHER series. One the field, players can utilise a number of action available to Mario and Luigi. These include jumping, special jumping, and hammer actions, but are not limited to them. There are many puzzles in game, and these take a Zelda style approach: you really need to think about them. The puzzles are difficult, but never, never to the point of frustration.
There are also numerous mini-games throughout , many of which are mandatory. The mini-games can sometimes be frustrating, but are very enjoyable once you get the hang of them.

Enemies are not fought in random battles, and are instead displayed by a sprite on the field, and the player may choose whether to battle them or not. The battle system is very simple, but challenging to master. The player can control Mario with the A button and Luigi with the B button. Attacks are used through reaction commands, so the player needs to have his full attention on screen. For example, if Mario was about to jump on an enemy, the player could press the A button as soon as Mario landed for extra damage. In contrast, if Luigi was about to be charged by an enemy, he could press the B button to jump over the enemy, either avoiding it or counter-attacking. When the game begins, players are limited to three commands: Jump attacking, using items, and running, but Mario and Luigi gain more commands as the game progresses.

Mario and Luigi is a seriously funny game, with flawless controls that take seconds to pick up, but hours to master! The story is the best Iíve ever encountered in a Mario game and will suck you in until even after you deliver that fatal, final blow. Find it, play it, and love it.

93%
+ Itís so full of laughs, you donít even need to play the game to know itís funny
+ The controls work like a charm
+ The graphics are excellent
+ The puzzles are difficult, but not to the point of frustration
- Mini-games can be frustrating at first

nmufred
08-25-2009, 06:52 AM
Gotta love Fawful. Anyways, I enjoyed the review and may get back to this game for my 2nd playthrough at some point.

Sonic62
08-25-2009, 11:32 PM
Sounds like a good idea Fred. I started this years ago and never finished. Good review Masamune. :D

Masamune
08-26-2009, 04:30 AM
Thanks guys! _awesome_ I rarely do reviews, but when I do I get good feedback, which is good. <3

Marche100
08-26-2009, 06:15 AM
Nice review, but If disagree about the mini games. They were quite easy for me, but then again I did go through the game 3 times and I'm thinking about a fourth one. :lol: Oh the Mario and Luigi games never get old. You should review the second one too.

Masamune
08-26-2009, 06:20 AM
Nice review, but If disagree about the mini games. They were quite easy for me, but then again I did go through the game 3 times and I'm thinking about a fourth one. :lol: Oh the Mario and Luigi games never get old. You should review the second one too.

I will as soon as I get the time. But, I never liked the second one as much... Anyway, just put up an SSB.B review. Hope yous like it. :P

Luigi110
08-26-2009, 03:19 PM
Ahh such a great game

diddyknux
09-17-2009, 08:47 PM
Great review...

I'm gonna let you guys in on a secret... Fun as this game is... I've never finished it. It just doesn't hold my interest as well as Mario RPG and Paper Mario did for some reason. And I really don't know what it is. Its Mario and Luigi on an adventure for once, and I like that, but I've just never had the drive to play through the whole thing.

DarkG
09-19-2009, 05:51 AM
I've never been a great fan of Mario and RPG's but this is definately one of the ones I enjoyed to the utmost, and your review certainly does the game justice, since many aspects of the game were very good and I found the mini games a bit frustrating at times as well.

Oculin
09-20-2009, 02:01 AM
Great review...

I'm gonna let you guys in on a secret... Fun as this game is... I've never finished it. It just doesn't hold my interest as well as Mario RPG and Paper Mario did for some reason. And I really don't know what it is. Its Mario and Luigi on an adventure for once, and I like that, but I've just never had the drive to play through the whole thing.
It took me hyping Partners in Time (At the time good DS games were few and far between.) to push me through this title finally, but it was a fun experience. If it weren't for me not having the patience to sit down through a 20-50 hour RPG when i first got it; I would have beaten it way before partners in time ever came out.

jennifer
10-06-2010, 11:51 PM
I love this game. Thanks for the great info.

Supahkillah
10-15-2010, 06:16 AM
Nice review, Masa! I love the Mario and Luigi games! They're just so awesome and fun! <3

Masamune
10-15-2010, 06:43 AM
*Rereads review* ... Man I could do that so much better now.