Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story is the third game of the series and it’ll be on the DS this September. Surprisingly, the Mario & Luigi role playing games don’t get nearly as much credit as they deserve.
Look, I’m a Mario addict, especially anything that plays like Super Mario RPG. The Paper Mario series is also great, but people forget about the Mario & Luigi games on the Game Boy Advance and DS.
So why should you be buying it?
The Mario & Luigi games are turn-based role-playing games that put you in control of Mario and Luigi. Different from most RPG’s is the ability to increase the damage you can inflict on an enemy by timing a button press correctly, so when Mario is about to stomp on a Goomba for instance, a quick press of the A button before he lands will do increased damage.
Likewise during defense, pressing the A button will save Mario from damage if timed correctly. For Luigi, just insert the letter B instead of A.
That’s where the fun comes in as you have to keep track of Mario and Luigi individually and time things right, so if an enemy swings a bat or something, you have to evade as Mario and then Luigi.
It’s tricky to figure out, but once you get going, everything just feels awesome.
The biggest draw of these games is the humor. Few games are written with as much obvious humor as the Mario & Luigi games. When people say, “Oh, this game is funny,” it’s hard to believe them. But I promise, with these games, I’ve found myself guffawing multiple times, running to find someone to show off the funny thing that just happened.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story is one of the few games I actually plan on getting the day it comes out. It’s both lighthearted enough for kids to play, but offers a great deal of challenge for the older gamers. Thus far the game has been fairly popular in Japan, but why gamers in the US haven’t gotten excited is completely beyond me.