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Release year: 2003 | Players: 1 player – multiplayer | Developed by AlphaDream
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Game Boy Advance)
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (AKA Mario & Luigi RPG or マリオ＆ルイージRPG Mario ando Ruīji Ārupījī in Japan) is a role-playing game (RPG) developed by AlphaDream and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance in 2003. It is the first in the Mario & Luigi RPG series and was followed by Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (NDS 2005).
Nintendo released two great RPGs from the Mario franchise – Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars followed by Paper Mario for Nintendo 64. Fans were expecting they will release a sequel for Paper Mario but Nintendo had other plans. They collaborated with little known developer AlphaDream to come up with an entirely different game to add to the saga. The product, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was a hit. The collaboration was successful and this spinoff even spawned three sequels.
The main protagonist of the Mario franchise is still present in this game but during the game, he is replaced by the new villains Fawful and Cackletta. Also, amidst familiar faces are new characters and enemies. Like the other Super Mario RPGs, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for Game Boy Advance is the usual funny, turn-based RPG where the character use jump and hammer attacks, and timed hits dealing extra damage. But new to this game is the option to use Luigi as the main hero during the game. Each one has his own unique abilities which are essential to completing a stage.
There’s no block control in this game but is ingeniously replaced by a well-timed hammering or jumping which deflects the damage. Controls are easy to learn and natural. Those who have played the previous Mario RPG games will be at home here.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was released when Game Boy Advance is still young but still, AlphaDream was able to pull off attractive graphics. The characters were well drawn and the backgrounds are beautiful, colorful, and fun. Just like what a Mario game should be.
This game was expected to excel in the soundtrack department as Nintendo employed the genius of Yoko Shimomura to produce the soundtrack.
The game is fun, addicting, and well worth to be added to a fan’s collection.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga game has been ported to Game Boy Advance, Wii U Virtual Console and Nintendo 3DS.