If there's a series I lost track of over the years it's Mario RPG,
which is really now made up of two series. After the original Super
Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars on the SNES, Nintendo split up
their new Square-spawned role-playing series between their consoles and
portables. The curious Paper Mario started off on the Nintendo 64 and
the even curiouser Mario & Luigi kicked off with Superstar Saga on
the Game Boy Advance.
While I had loved the original Super Mario RPG, I had a bit more trouble getting into Paper Mario. I played through most of the game, but after watching my cousin beat it from start to finish over a long weekend, I packed it away for good. And for whatever reason, I never played any games from the Mario & Luigi series... until now.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story was getting great reviews so I added it to my Christmas list on a whim. I received it, surprisingly, and added it to my portable gaming queue, and after forcing myself to finally beat Zelda: Spirit Tracks and read through the long Miles Edgeworth game, I finally landed on Bowser's Inside Story. Why the heck did I wait so long?
The Mario & Luigi series has become one of the more interesting handheld exclusive franchises. Although heavily inspired by the console Mario RPG games, it has managed to make a name for itself with its unique battle system and comical dialogue. The series debuted on the Game Boy Advance with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and continued on the DS with Partners in Time, which many regarded as inferior to the previous title. Developer AlphaDream brings us another entry with an off the wall premise and putting Bowser in the role of co-protagonist. First hour of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story incoming: