Review by Puttinsky
"I Have Fury!"
Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga is the third RPG game Mario's starred in. His first RPG was called ''Super Mario RPG'', which was released for the Super Nintendo in early 1996. Nintendo and Square were both developers. Mario battled enemies alongside allies like Mallow, Geno, and even Bowser! It was considered one of the greatest role-playing masterpieces at the time (still is today by many) along with Chrono Trigger. In early 2001, Paper Mario was released for the Nintendo 64. This time, however, the characters' appearances were...flat, or paper, rather. Other new characters battled with Mario, like Kooper the Koopa and Bombette the bob-omb. Now, Mario and Luigi has been released for the GBA.
If you are a good-humored person and have a knack for role-playing games, this one is right up your alley. Mario and Luigi has the standard RPG format for the most part. Much of the goal of the game is to defeat enemies by going into combat with them. The characters will take turns using their own attacks on different enemies. However, the humor is what sets it apart. Read on for more info.
The game starts out in Princess Peach's castle when Peach receives a visit from the goodwill ambassador from the Beanbean Kingdom, Lady Lima. Then, her pupil comes out with a giant vacuum-type thing and sucks up Peach's voice! The goodwill ambassador reveals herself to be Cackletta the evil witch from the west (in other words, the Beanbean Kingdom, which is indeed to the west)! Meanwhile, at the Mario Bros' house, Toad rushes in with panic. Embarrassingly, however, he walks into the bathroom where Mario is taking a shower! Red in the face, Toad runs out, with Mario following behind in a towel. Toad immediately tells Mario the news, who ties up Luigi in a clothesline and drags him (literally) to the castle. There, they find Peach all wept in tears. When she tries speaking, the castle starts to rumble and explosions take place in the room. However, Bowser picks this exact very time to swoop in and capture Peach! But even he soon realizes the danger in this. If he captures Peach now, his castle will erupt! Toadsworth, Peach's assistant, advises that they follow Cackletta and her assistant, Fawful (You've gotta love this guy) to the Beanbean Kingdom. Looks like Mario is off on another adventure again!
As the story unwinds, you'll meet several new and interesting faces. For the most part you'll be pleasantly surprised with the many curves and even twists that the game's plot has to offer.
Mario and Luigi travel around many different adventure fields in the Beanbean Kingdom. One brother travels behind the other, which you can switch any time you want. The front character is controlled with A, while the back character is controlled with B. Each brother has their own special abilities both inside and outside of battle. For example, Luigi must jump on top of Mario's head in order to reach high places. Each of these different techniques is taught at a different point in the game, meaning you'll have to go on some side quests in order to get some special items you were unable to get before.
Some of these techniques are also used in battle. Mario and Luigi will encounter many enemies and boss fights along their adventure. In battle, you have four main options. First is your regular attack, in which you can use a standard attack on an enemy with a jump or a weapon. Next is the bros. attack, in which you must use both Mario and Luigi for a team attack by timing buttons at the same time. These attacks are capable of dealing much more damage than standard attacks, but it also wastes bros. points, which you must replenish. Third, you can use items anytime in or outside of battle. These are claimed by defeating enemies or purchasing them from shops. Most of them heal either your health or your bros. points. Lastly, you can take the chicken way out and run from battle (minus bosses) for a nominal coin fee, depending on how fast you mash the A and B buttons. Your enemies also take turns attacking. These attacks can be dodged by good timing on your part, and can sometimes even be countered by timing it perfectly! Battles win you coins and experience points. Gain enough experience points and Mario or Luigi will grow one level.
Of course, one of the best characteristics about this game is the humor portrayed. To ensure one's full enjoyment, I won't ruin anything, but rest assured that there are some very good one-liners and cut-scenes in this epic.
Very solid, colorful graphics occupy the adventure fields, and for the most part fairly impressive for the Game Boy Advance. All the characters are designed very well, changing expressions depending on the situation.
Like most Mario-esque games, the tunes are all fairly catchy. Many of the main environment themes are very fun to listen too (particularly Gwarhar Lagoon and Bowser's Castle). However, some of the tunes are fairly repetetive, even to the point of annoyance. As for character sound, Mario and Luigi each have their own individual voices. Some of what they say is pure jibberish, while most of the time they'll yell ''Oh, yeah!'' or ''Yahoo!''
Though a tad on the easy side, Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga is a very addictive RPG. The characters are very original, and the storyline builds as it goes along. Definately one of the GBA's better titles.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 05/30/04
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