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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 Save menu again - aren't the kids cute? :P
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Nintendo DS The end?
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Nintendo DS The inventory screen
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Nintendo DS Bros. Items explained

Promo Images

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Screenshot
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Screenshot
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Screenshot
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Other

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: Siganui Partners" -- Korean title
  • "Mario & Luigi RPG 2x2" -- 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

UOL Jogos Nintendo DS Jan 13, 2006 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Background Nintendo DS Feb, 2006 9 out of 10 90 (UK) Nintendo DS Dec 21, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Nintendo DS Mar 07, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Power Unlimited Nintendo DS Feb, 2006 86 out of 100 86
Game Informer Magazine Nintendo DS Dec, 2005 8.25 out of 10 82
Factornews Nintendo DS Jun 26, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Detroit Free Press (Freep) Nintendo DS Dec 11, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 75
Nintendo Spin Nintendo DS May 23, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
WiiDSFrance Nintendo DS Feb 18, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75


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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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