Review by TheOneBread

"Back to Adventure!"

Well, it has finally arrived! Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. This game is the sequel to questionably one of the best Gameboy Advance games ever, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. AlphaDream has done a superb job for the creation of both of these games, their innovative ideas make this an enjoyable experience for all ages.

Story
It all starts when Professor E. Gadd finishes his time machine, a machine that is only fueled by the power of the Cobalt Star. Princess Peach is the first one to try this machine out, and set off to the Mushroom Kingdom's past. Shortly after her time travel began, the time machine returned, completely destroyed. The princess is stuck in the past, and who else to do the job and save her? You guessed it, Mario & Luigi. This is the beginning of an epic adventure through time itself.

Gameplay
The gameplay is simply addicting. It sets the whole RPG theme to a different level, by letting you explore in different ways, using Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi. Mario and Luigi can give piggybacks to the babies so you can all travel in groups, but you can also separate into 2 groups letting you adventure with using both screens to figure out challenging puzzles, or using all 4 to push down a block that will open certain doors.

Battle System
The battle system brings new light to turn based battles. You have the ability to dodge enemies attacks by jumping over them, or smashing them with a hammer. And now using the power of the Nintendo DS, enemies can take up both screens to attack you.

Anyone who has played Superstar Saga knows that one of the best parts of battles were using your Bros. Attacks. Partners in Time doesn't have the same thing as Bros. Attack, but instead Attack Items. These are essentially the same thing, the downfall is that they are items, thus you need to buy them or find them by exploring. Some of the attack items use both screen, and demand full concentration if you want to damage your enemies a lot.

Another addition to battles is the new feature of Badges (From the Paper Mario games) Badges are extremely important, they can help you boost your attack power, defense, etc. By equipping these to your party, it can definitely give you the upper-hand in battles.

Sound
The sound is incredible in my opinion. It has a bunch of remixes from classic Mario songs, including the Pipe Theme, Princess Peach's Castle Theme, and a bunch more. Partners in Time also has a wide range of original music themes, which fit perfectly into the Mario world.

The sounds effects are better than ever, using the Nintendo DS and its improved sound system, everything is crystal clear and sounds awesome. It's especially hilarious to hear Mario and Luigi "talk" to each other.

Graphics
The graphics are basically the same as Superstar Saga, the cartoon styled world and characters etc. Partners in Time also has some 3D effects that they put in the game, such as when you go into a time warp hole, and some others in the battles you fight.

Conclusion
In the end, this is one of the best titles out there, and a great game to add to your collection. The Nintendo DS is perfect for this game, and utilizes it's abilities very nicely. For any RPG fan out there, or any fan of Mario, this is a game should check out.

Final Score - 9/10


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 12/05/05


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