Mario & Luigi (Series) Review

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Posted: 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.


Mario and Luigi adventure games feature Mario and Luigi as the heros, accompanied by playable characters from the Nintendo pantheon. Each adventure pits you to defeat Bowser in different ways. Progress is through talking to characters, exploring, developing your abilities and taking on enemies in turn-taking combat.

Each of the games introduces a different twist to the role-play action and focus on the story much more than the Mario platform games. There is whimsy in the air as you take on these quests to bring peace back to the mushroom kingdom.

Superstar Saga first introduces the duo-combat aspect of game-play where you swap between to two brothers during exploration and combat. Partners in Time puts you in control of not only Luigi and Mario but Baby Mario and Baby Luigi as well. Bowser's Inside Story puts you inside your enemy so you not only control Mario and Luigi but also Bowser himself. Dream Team lets you enter characters dreams and control multiple copies of characters in new ways. Paper Jam puts you in control of paper versions of Mario and Lugig in ways that lead to new puzzles and attacks.

The different Mario and Luigi games are available on the following systems, with the early games being rereleased on the Nintendo 3DS:
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003) on Game Boy Advance, Wii U Virtual Console, Nintendo 3DS
  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (2005) on Nintendo DS, Wii U Virtual Console
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009) on Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (2013) on Nintendo 3DS
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (2015) on Nintendo 3DS

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 17/11/2003, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS and Wii U

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Developer: @Nintendo


Duration: This game will take between 30 hours and 35 hours to complete. To find and do everything can take up to 70 hours.
Players: This is a single player game.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

All Mario & Luigi Role Play games are rated PEGI 3 for very mild violence in a child-like setting. Battles are turn based and feature very mild violence. Players will either bump into one another or use a variety of cartoony attacks to squash foes. Upon impact, lost healthpoints are displayed until the character is defeated, at which point the character will either disappear into a puff of smoke or fall over.

Most Mario & Luigi Role Play games are rated ESRB EVERYONE. Mario & Luigi Dream Team is rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Mild Cartoon Violence. Players can jump on enemies or use turtle shells and hammers to defeat them. Enemies cry out and disappear amid bursts of coins and small explosions. During some sequences, players transform into a giant and battle large boss characters in one-on-one combat; players follow on-screen prompts to perform various attacks (e.g., hammer strikes and jump attacks) and engage in mini-games to deliver finishing blows.

Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 8-12 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. There is considerable reading here, so very young players may struggle. But avid readers will enjoy these whimsical light-hearted adventures from a young age.


We haven't recorded accessibility settings for this game yet. Our Mario & Luigi Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Nintendo) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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