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The famous Mario Brothers return in this sequel to the humorous Superstar Saga. In this adventure, Princess Peach takes a trip in a time machine, but when it returns, there's only a monster inside! The heroic brothers travel back in time only to discover that evil alien life forms known as the Shroobs have taken over the Mushroom Kingdom, and no-one is safe! They soon meet up with their younger selves, and set out to stop the alien menace, not to mention rescue the Princess!

Although the game has turn-based battles, it follows the tradition of the previous Mario RPG games, in that button commands can be pressed during battle to increase your attack, defend, and counterattack, to give the impression of a more interactive battle.

Battling can also become quite hectic, as players now have to control the each of the four brothers with the four different face buttons. This can make for some very tricky situations when using special power-ups that randomize the brothers' turns.


Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Nintendo DS Fighting the Shrooboid
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Nintendo DS Bros. Items explained
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Nintendo DS ... and even level up :)
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Nintendo DS Save menu again - aren't the kids cute? :P

Alternate Titles

  • "马里奥与路易RPG2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "マリオ&ルイージRPG2" -- Japanese spelling
  • "마리오&루이지 RPG 시간의 파트너" -- Korean spelling
  • "Mario und Luigi: Zusammen durch die Zeit" -- German title
  • "Mario & Luigi RPG 2" -- Japanese title
  • "Mario & Luigi: Les Frères du Temps" -- French title
  • "Mario & Luigi: Fratelli nel Tempo" -- Italian title
  • "Mario & Luigi: Compañeros en el Tiempo" -- Spanish title

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Critic Reviews

Sliced Gaming (GameBiz) Jul 30, 2006 9.5 out of 10 95
GameZone Nov 27, 2005 9 out of 10 90 Feb 04, 2006 90 out of 100 90
IGN Nov 28, 2005 9 out of 10 90 (UK) Dec 21, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Mar 07, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2005 8.75 out of 10 88
Planet GameCube Dec 04, 2005 8 out of 10 80
PlayDevil Mar 30, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gaming Target Dec 01, 2005 6.4 out of 10 64


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1001 Video Games

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • 4Players
    • 2006 – #2 Best DS Game of the Year
    • 2006 – #2 Most Humorous Game of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #4 Nintendo DS Game of the Year
    • 2005 – Nintendo DS RPG of the Year

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