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Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (Nintendo DS)

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Description

The Mushroom Kingdom is stricken with a horrible disease known as 'The Blorbs'! Princess Toadstool calls a meeting to discuss what action must be taken to save her citizens, and of course, Mario and Luigi attend. Bowser crashes the meeting, but is soundly defeated once again. After he's evicted from the castle, he meets a shady character who offers him a mysterious mushroom that he promises will beat Mario once and for all. Wolfing it down, Bowser suddenly starts sucking in everything in sight - including all of the Mushroom Kingdom's citizens, and the famous brothers themselves! What troubles will strike the kingdom next?

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.

As with most RPGs, players earn experience to level up their stats and become stronger in certain attributes, such as HP, strength, defense, speed and...'staches or horns (both of which translate into luck for the different characters). At each level up, players can select a specific stat to apply bonus points to - but if you keep applying bonus points to the same stat, you'll be less likely to get high bonus points the more you apply it.

Screenshots

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Nintendo DS After recovering you actually get to play as Bowser.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Nintendo DS The Bros. are back in town.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Nintendo DS Guess who crashes the party?
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Nintendo DS That doesn't sound good...

Alternate Titles

  • "マリオ&ルイージRPG3!!!" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Mario & Luigi: Voyage au Centre de Bowser" -- French title
  • "Mario & Luigi: Viaje al centro de Bowser" -- Spanish title
  • "Mario & Luigi: Viaggio al Centro di Bowser" -- Italian title
  • "Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!!" -- Japanese title
  • "Mario & Luigi: Abenteuer Bowser" -- German title

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The Press Says

Thunderbolt Games Oct 30, 2009 10 out of 10 100
Nintendo Life Sep 14, 2009 10 out of 10 100
The Review Busters 2009 9.75 out of 10 98
IGN Sep 10, 2009 9.5 out of 10 95
Nintendo Official Magazine (NOM) UK Oct 07, 2009 92 out of 100 92
gamrReview Dec 31, 2009 9.1 out of 10 91
4Players.de Oct 09, 2009 90 out of 100 90
WiiDSFrance Oct 14, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
JeuxVideoPC.com Oct 09, 2009 16 out of 20 80
Gamereactor (Sweden) Oct 11, 2009 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Mario & Luigi: Browser's Inside Story appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2009 – #2 Best DS Game of the Year
    • 2009 – #2 Best Role-Playing Game of the Year
  • G4TV
    • 2009 - Best Role-Playing Game (X-Play Game of the Year Awards)
  • Gamespy
  • GameZone
    • 2009 - Best DS Game (Game of the Year Awards)
  • IGN
    • 2009 - Best DS Role-Playing Game (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best DS Role-Playing Game (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best DS Story (Editors' Choice)

Ben K (23103) added Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (Nintendo DS) on Sep 28, 2009