Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

aka: Mario & Luigi RPG 2x2, Mario & Luigi RPG: Siganui Partners, Mario & Luigi: Compañeros en el Tiempo, Mario & Luigi: Fratelli nel Tempo, Mario & Luigi: Les Frères du Temps, Mario und Luigi: Zusammen durch die Zeit
Moby ID: 20537
Nintendo DS Specs

Description official descriptions

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.


  • マリオ&ルイージRPG2 - Japanese spelling
  • 马里奥与路易RPG2 - Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • 마리오&루이지 RPG 시간의 파트너 - Korean spelling

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Credits (Nintendo DS version)

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Game Design Director/Scenario
Main Program
Field Design
Battle Design
BG Data Design
Battle Program
Menu Program
Map Program
Technical Support
BG Graphics Lead
BG Graphics
Mario & Luigi Graphics
Field Character Graphics
Monster Graphics
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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.

Regional differences

Compared to the North American release, the later released international version of of the game was made easier as the majority of the boss enemies had their HP reduced. This was most likely done to address complaints that the battles tended to drag on too long in the North American version.


  • 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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Released 2003 on Game Boy Advance, 2014 on Wii U
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Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Released 2013 on Nintendo 3DS
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Released 2000 on Nintendo 64, 2007 on Wii, 2015 on Wii U
Luigi's Mansion
Released 2001 on GameCube, 2018 on Nintendo 3DS
Dr. Luigi
Released 2013 on Wii U

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Ben K.

Wii U added by Michael Cassidy.

Additional contributors: Unicorn Lynx, Alaka, Mobygamesisreanimated, monkeyislandgirl, gamewarrior, Patrick Bregger, Grandy02, FatherJack.

Game added December 23rd, 2005. Last modified November 18th, 2023.