Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions Preview

Since Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight presentation focused on Nintendo Switch games (hey, I wasn’t complaining), that meant that the Treehouse had to pick up the duties of showing off 3DS games. I figured they’d simply show off games like Ever Oasis, Miitopia, and Hey! Pikmin, but I’m happy to be wrong. This morning they showed off Metroid: Samus Returns and then later on dropped Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions on us. Now, this title had been rumored before, but it’s pretty awesome to see it’s a real game and that it’s coming out this year (October 6 to be exact).


For those not in the know, this is a remake of the very original Mario & Luigi game that launched on the Game Boy Advance. Some consider it to be the best in the series, and I’d probably agree. This version has been enhanced with much-improved graphics and animation. But AlphaDream and Nintendo didn’t stop there. They added in an entirely new mode called Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser. You actually control Captain Goomba and travel with Shy Guy, Boo, and other baddies from the Mushroom Kingdom. It’s a parallel story that takes place while Mario & Luigi are off on their quest. It’s a pretty brilliant idea and one that I’m excited for.

Much like other games in the series, this is an RPG first and foremost, but the battle system requires some skill. You’ll be pressing button combinations in tandem with specific attacks and to block enemies. The writing in the original was especially memorable with some fantastic humor, and we expect that to remain intact here.

This new game will be compatible with the Super Mario series of amiibo that’s already available in stores. However, Nintendo is introducing some new toys to the line, including a new Goomba and Koopa Troopa amiibo. No word yet on their exact functionality, but who cares! I just need more amiibo!





Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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