Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Online
Release year: 2005 | Players: 1 player | Developed by AlphaDream
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (NDS)
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (AKA Mario & Luigi RPG 2, マリオ&ルイージRPG2, Mario ando Ruīji Ārupījī Tsū in Japan) is a lovely turn-based role-playing game (RPG) developed by AlphaDream for the Nintendo DS (NDS) in 2005. It is the second entry in the Mario & Luigi series, followed by Bowser’s Inside Story.
The game adopted many elements from its predecessor, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, including graphics. That is, the game has the decent, elaborate graphics that the previous game’s players know. With the camera set in isometric viewpoint, the crisp and colorful 2D and 3D visuals of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time are perfectly exposed.
Unlike many NDS games where the bottom screen redundantly displays whatever is shown on the top screen, the game was able to utilize the dual screen system of the console efficiently. The second screen displays the mini map, serves as an extension of battle screen, and splits the view when the brothers take separate paths—which is its most useful function.
Yes, there are points in the game when Mario and Luigi travel apart and it is an impressive twist to the usual RPG game on the NDS. The brothers are also able to travel with their infant counterparts, baby Mario and baby Luigi. The turn-based battle system showcases each of the four characters’ distinct abilities.
Another thing to expect from the gameplay is that it incorporates some platformer elements so you still need to jump over pits and pass through obstacles—not that it’s hard though.
Perhaps, the only downside of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is that it is pretty linear compared to Superstar Saga hence, it may not bring excitement to players who hate the conventional, just-keep-walking adventure. Nevertheless, the game is still a fairly long game which can keep players busy and hooked for hours.
The game may have a lot of elements taken from its predecessor but it still has its own distinct features; and that makes it a decent sequel for Superstar Saga. Overall, its NDS-fit graphics and gameplay are what makes it a highly entertaining RPG.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time has been ported to NDS (this version), and Virtual Console (Wii u).