Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

released on Sep 14, 2009

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story is the third game in the Mario & Luigi series of games. Players control Mario and Luigi simultaneously in the side-scrolling platform environment of Bowser's body, while also controlling the Koopa King himself in the top-down world of the Mushroom Kingdom. Similar to games like Earthbound, enemy encounters are seen as actual enemies that players can avoid or attempt to strike early. The actual battles are a combination of turn-based menu attacks, and timed reactions to enemies during battle. By watching the way an enemy reacts, you can anticipate their attack and avoid it or counterattack.

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got stuck on the final boss for maybe a literal decade because i couldn't mash hard enough

The greatest Mario and Luigi game. Bowser is the actual main character on this one. He got 1-upped by another villain who took over the mushroom kingdom. Mario and Luigi, who are inside his body, help him try to claim back his castle and merit as the tyrant of the kingdom. The battle system is great as always, and the giant battles are cool as hell, and there are many other nice additions this game brings to the table.

I dropped this game several times because of how much dialogue it has but FUN AS HELL

Stellar game, great characters, fun combat design, and some of the best music to come out of the DS' speakers. Not much else to say that hasn't been said. Must play for any DS owner.

I found this game half buried in dirt in a park one day, so I took it home with me not knowing anything about it. Later that week I tried it after eating breakfast and next thing I knew it was dinner time and I had been playing for 10 hours straight, already caught up with the previous owner's save. Needless to say I absolutely love this game and I feel so lucky to have found it that day.