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Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews) 90 / 100

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  • RPG gameplay in which players work their way through challenges they can level characters up with experience points.
  • One featuring Bowser as a playable character, and the other revolving around the microbe-sized Mario, Luigi and Peach.
  • Integrated gameplay action which the player toggles between, where Mario and Luigi must solve puzzles and challenges
  • DS/DSi integrated gameplay in which players must turn their Nintendo DS/DSiDSi system sideways
  • Distinctive Nintendo humor featuring the same hilarious dialogue that has been the hallmark of the Mario & Luigi series.
  • Blow into the microphone or tap on the touch screen with the stylus to keep up with the action.

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  • ASIN: B001TOQ8WU
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches ; 1 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 14, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

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A single player action RPG (Role-playing Game), Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story takes players on the DS literally into the belly of the beast - that beast being Bowser. Set within an off-the-wall storyline that turns the world of Nintendo on its ear and featuring the ability to toggle between playing as the team of Mario and Luigi, and playing as Bowser himself, this third installment of the Mario & Luigi franchise is not to be missed.

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Two stories and gameplay paths that can affect each other in real-time.
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The story of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story is an atypical one in the world of Mario and Luigi in that the two plumbers team up with Bowser for the good of the Mushroom Kingdom, even if Bowser is totally unaware of it. As the game opens the Mushroom Kingdom is seen to have been struck by a sort of infection known as "The Blorbs," and exposure to it has caused out of control physical ballooning of the Toads. A council of the who's who in the Kingdom, including Mario and Peach, is assembled to try and figure out what to do about it, when right on queue, in barges Bowser, intent on dragging away Peach. He is stopped and shown the door by Mario, but later is tricked by the villain Fawful to eat a "Lucky Mushroom." Brainwashed by this, he returns to the council where the mushroom causes all the council to shrink to a tiny size and Bowser to literally inhale them. Fawful and his henchmen then set about taking over all of the Mushroom Kingdom, even the parts that Bowser has staked a claim to. Nobody, except maybe Mario, takes what is Bowser's, so there is going to be trouble. Although now very small, Mario realizes a few things. Peach, as usual, has gone missing, Bowser and he are on the same side in this fight and that Bowser will need help. How will Mario save the day this time? That's up to you.

A single player action RPG, action in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story is split between the player-controlled team of Mario and Luigi, trapped in Bowser's stomach, and Bowser himself. These play out as two separate paths of action, constantly overlapping, which players can toggle between and engage in. As they do so players see that Bowser's actions on the outside affect the conditions for Mario and Luigi in his stomach, and the actions of the plumbers can add or subtract from Bowser's abilities. Examples of this are the good and bad things that Bowser swallows that the Bros. must deal with, and conversely the toll an illness the Bros. can affect has on Bowser's physical abilities. Players can see this link for themselves when at times during the game Mario and Luigi are shown on the lower DS screen, while simultaneously Bowser moves in in-game real-time on the top screen. Again, these two paths lead to the same place, the defeat of Fawful. The challenges that players face in doing this is the basis for the RPG gameplay, with players gaining experience points in the challenges that they face, which can be used to level up character-specific fighting and other abilities and even buy in-game gear. Additional gameplay includes puzzle-solving, searching for hidden items, mini-games and more, engaged in as the team of Mario and Luigi, and Bowser on his own.

Key Game Features

  • Two Separate Storylines - One features Bowser and his efforts to stop an arch-villain from taking over his castle. Meanwhile, inside Bowser, the microbe-sized Mario and Luigi must muscle their way through challenges and keep their nerve if they want to find a way out. They take action to control Bowser from the inside – but without his knowledge.
  • Switch Between Storylines at Will - What happens inside Bowser affects what he’s doing on the outside. Sometimes Mario and Luigi must solve puzzles and challenges behind the scenes to help Bowser overcome various obstacles and advance the plot.
  • DS/DSi Integrated Gameplay - In some battles, Bowser grows so large that players must turn their Nintendo DS or Nintendo DSi system sideways, blow into the microphone or tap on the touch screen with the stylus to keep up with the action.
  • Distinctive Nintendo Humor - The game features the same hilarious dialogue that has been the hallmark of the Mario & Luigi series.
  • RPG Gameplay - A players work their way through challenges they can level characters up with experience points.

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Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story

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113 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily surpasses its excellent predecessors! September 20, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've played and beaten all seven Mario RPG's (not just the Mario & Luigi games, all seven Mario RPG's), and Bowser's inside story is, without a doubt, the best one. That's incredible because I never played a Mario RPG I wouldn't give a score of at least 85/100 to. Bowser's Inside Story is the best Nintendo DS game made so far. Bowser gets a huge portion of the gameplay, and it's awesome. There are three different battle systems. One for Mario and Luigi, one for bowser, and one where Bowser becomes huge to fight huge enemies (This is the best part of the game, it's epic). It will take the average player 25-30 hours to beat the game, while there are 5-8 hours of extras. What's really amazing is that there's so much diversity in the gameplay, it NEVER ONCE gets repetitive or boring.

Good Things
- Never boring or repetitive.
- Three different, all amazing battle systems.
- 25-30 hour adventure.
- Great graphics and sound.
- Worth replaying at least two times.
- Unique, unpredictable, epic RPG.
- All-around incredible game.

Bad Things
- A VERY MINOR complaint, the game has lame box art.

Presentation- 97.5/100
Does a very good job getting you into the game, I liked the game so much, it's all I did in my free time until I beat it.

Graphics- 95.5/100
Strictly 2D, but still incredible.

Sound- 98/100
Sounds incredible. Sounds like a Mario game should, but the music is a little less cheery than a typical Mario game.

Gameplay- 100/100
So many different parts of gameplay, and they all come together perfectly!

Innovation- 96/100
The game designers really got creative with this Mario RPG, that's for sure!

Replay Value- 98.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun September 27, 2009
By Zedada
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game primarily for my 8 year old son (and a bit for his 5 year old sister). As it can only save information for only two players at once, only me and my son have played. We have both been extremely impressed. He says it is definitely his favourite DS game (we have super mario brothers, as well as bunch of other non-Mario titles). He finds it interesting, never boring, challenging and a lot of fun. I have never played a RPG before and also find it a lot of fun if a bit challenging at times (likely due to my lack of experience). It is likely much too complicated for a 5 year old (even one who reads very well) but age 7 and up is probably great. Enjoy! Hope this helps. My son comparing it to Super Mario Brothers said --- it is so much better because you don't have to keep repeating the same levels over and over again. (i sort of agree though I do like super mario brothers a lot).
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the Best DS Game Ever Made!!!!! September 18, 2009
By Brandon
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I want to start off by saying that this game does almost everything right and hardly anything wrong. The gameplay is great. You use Bowser on the top screen with the D-Pad and X makes Bowser punch and Y makes Bowser breathe fire. Mario and Luigi are controlled by the D-pad and the A and B buttons. The action is very smooth and well done in this game. The Bowser battles are a lot different then the Mario and Luigi battles but that helps make the game even greater. The characters in this game all are full of life, color, and humor. The boss battles are fun, and the battles that Bowser grows and you have to turn your DS around like a book are very fun. The storyline is crazy but its funny, and the text in the game and actions of the characters are 100% classic. Some of my favorite parts of the game are when your Bowser and you meet up with any of his minions that always leads to a funny moment.

Fun Factor- A+
Graphics- A
Sound- A
Controls- B+
Lasting appeal- A
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic, but Expansive October 12, 2009
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
(I would like to put a disclaimer that 3 1/2 Stars means Good, not Bad)

I'm beginning to think if you stick Mario's name on any game, it becomes a bonafide hit: he's conquered platforming, racing, sports (kinda) and once agian, role playing. Mario and Luigi BIS carries the quality that we've grown to expect into another good role playing game.

Mario rpg's have always been known for the fun dialouge. Of course, BIS keeps the fire coming with more witty dialouge, and fun characters. Bowser has sucked the Bros inside his body in a hair-brained scheme to take over Mushroom Kingdom (that went horribly wrong, as usuall). They must work co-operativly to retake the Kingdom from Lord Fawful. All characters dialouge is well written, especially Bowser, but does tend to drag on more than it's needed.

Combat varies from fun to tedious. The mechanics are classic turn-based Mario rpg attackes, but another trend BIS brings with it is too common enemy encounters. The fun sucks out quick by not necessarily hard fights, but long ones. Thankfully, whenever the game reaches a lull (whether in combat in or bland level designs) the pace does get mixed up nicely with constant new mini game mechanics.

Mario and Luigi BIS sticks to it's core basics, whether it be in combat, the writting, or in length (20 hrs plus is what I think I'm gonna be looking at), but if you are looking for a good DS RPG, this is the hottest game on the market....Love that box art too, by the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Game
First off, let me say the game is great. Especially the story. The story takes place years after the events of Partners in Time where Fawful gets his revenge plan mentioned in... Read more
Published 3 days ago by salim jawad
5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday Gift
Bought game for one of the grandsons. He was so excited to get it. He loves it and plays it all the time.
Published 10 days ago by Kurtis Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars good game
As another chapter in the Mario and Luigi saga this game was as satasfing as the rest of the others.
Published 13 days ago by kyle muir
4.0 out of 5 stars And fun and original RPG
I had some issues with the parts when the game requires use of the DS mic but other than than I have enjoyed this game very much. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zincronize
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
My grandson love this game and could play it for literally hours. A gane to be enjoyed by the whole family
Published 1 month ago by Carolthomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
The game did not come in damaged and it was brand new, and it looks great and works great. Very happy with this purchase.
Published 1 month ago by Ashley Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Good sequence
My son is a big Mario & Luigi fan. This game was interesting but didn't make him go WOW as the others. He said it was fun but he isn't playing it like the others.
Published 1 month ago by Candida
5.0 out of 5 stars Mario and Luigi a fun DS game
My daughter loved playing this game.This would be good for either boys or girls. This keeps kids busy for a long time.
Published 3 months ago by Donna Reiner
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay as far as I'm concerned
My grandson became bored within a few days. I should have asked him before buying a game like this ...
Published 3 months ago by Peggy
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Mario games . . .
If you like other Mario games, this is for you -- great game play with excellent graphics and plenty of characters, levels, etc. It's what you expect from the Mario series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Allaw
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