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Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (Nintendo DS)

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
 Ages 3 and Over
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B001TOQ8WU
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 13.7 x 1.6 cm
  • Release Date: 9 Oct. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,697 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Mario & Luigi Bowsers Inside Story

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have. 30 Mar. 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Without a doubt one of the best games I ever played for the Nintendo DS. If you enjoyed Superstar Saga and Partners in Time, then you already have this game, if you aren't familiar with the whole Mario & Luigi RPGs this one is a good place to start.

In Mario & Luigi RPG titles you take control of both Mario and Luigi, one button controls the actions over Mario while the other button serves to Luigi, which usually follows Mario. As such, expect to jump to platforms with both brothers at the same time, but is not the selling point. This control and display of characters allows for numerous puzzles, for example when Mario and Luigi get a Hammer, Luigi can hit Mario so that Mario becomes smaller, allowing him to go previous unreached places. Mario and Luigi also learn techniques that allow them to dig and fly for a short period of time, so you can expect a lot of creative platforms.

The combat is similar for all RPGs, however Mario and Luigi can defend or even counterattack when an enemy is about to hit you. With practice, you will learn how to dodge all major attacks. The timing also plays a great roll in combat, all Luigi and Mario attacks allows for combos if you hit the button just in the right time.

The game takes huge advantages of the DS hardware, the level of creativity is something you would expect from a Zelda title. Before this one I played Zelda:Spirit Tracks and I have a lot more fun with this game. And don't get me wrong, I'm a huge, HUGE, Zelda fan, but my point here is to show how awesome this game is.

The big star is of course Bowser. I can't tell you how much I Laughed with the character: his behavior, laugh, conversations with his minions, it's just fun to watch him.

If aren't convinced by popular review sites (such as GSpot, IGN, GameTrailers and such) see what Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw from Zero Punctuation as to said about this game ;) Buy this now.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bowser Show 23 Dec. 2009
First off, this is a Mario RPG in the same vein as the two previous ones Superstar Saga and Partners in Time. Therefore if you are looking for a platformer, this is not the game for you.

This will be familiar to those who have experienced Partners in Time, as it is very similar, except you don't have the babies with you. Instead of fighting with the babies, you get to fight as Bowser- and that is the main focus, with Mario and Luigi among other members of the Mushroom Kingdom inside Bowser's body after being inhaled it is Bowser who spends most of the time exploring, linked together with a brilliant and truly funny script that keeps the game entertaining.

The battle system is a turn based RPG, with a choice of (for Mario and Luigi) the traditional jump attack, a hammer attack or a special attack using items such as fire flowers and shells. With Bowser you can use a punch attack, flame attack and inhale, which allows the battle to switch to Mario and Luigi. The system is simple to learn but remains fun throughout.

Bowser makes a good lead in this game, and it would be very welcome if he returned to that role sometime. This is a great game, and worth a play.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The way all RPG's should be... 9 Jan. 2010
By S. Reed
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The Mario RPG series is one of the most constantly inventive and fun ever. No arguments. Started way back in 1993 with the Secret Stars this is the seventh time Mario has leaped from his traditional platform action to a turn based stat fest, and it's high praise to say this chapter is up there with the zenith of the series Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door.
Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and Oblivion make you work for you fun, cruelly drip feeding it. Inside Story doesn't. It's a joyous, involving ride all the way.
One factor behind this is the battle system. Instead of being a meandering grind fest, that lets you sit back, select your attack and simply watch your enemy get pounded, here you have far more control, with well timed button presses and stylus sweeps key to dishing out maximum pain to the games varied menagerie of foes.
And with Bowser, Mario's arch enemy, a playable character this time round your attacks can be even more satisfying. Bowser has been controllable in other games of course, but here he transforms from being a mere cameo sideshow into a major role in the games' plot. After all, much of the game is spent inside of him.
Yes, the games title is to be taken literally. Plots for Mario's platform games usually wouldn't fill the back of a napkin, but Inside Story is the definition of a high concepts story. To elaborate would ruin the games many twists, but for much of the adventure you find yourself switching between Mario (and Luigi) battling through Bowser's bowels, and Bowser himself to complete some inspired co-operative puzzles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome addition to the Mario & Luigi series 18 Mar. 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Those of you who are well acquainted with the Mario & Luigi franchise will know full well what to expect here; a hugely fun game with a comical script,topped off with RPG elements and an interactive battle system; all of which is wrapped up in that familiar Mario goodness which we have all come to know and love. By this I am referring to the cameo appearances of the many characters who inhabit the Mushroom Kingdom and players can be certain that their favourites will pop up at some point. The unique quirks of these characters' speech is often hilarious, notably Fawful's broken English which resembles a combination of Yoda and an Eastern-European immigrant. And then, of course, there is Mario and Luigi's funny-every-time pseudo-Italian gibberish. Of all the game's cast, however, one character undoubtedly takes centre stage: Bowser is a joy to behold; his lines perfectly capture his no-nonsense, gung-ho personality, and, without wanting to spoil anything, his massive fight scenes are one of the game's highlights. Bowser's potential as a protagonist makes a strong claim to him having his own game, and Nintendo should keep that in mind.

For those of you who don't already know, Bowser's Inside Story, much like its predecessors, is an RPG of sorts. However it doesn't aim to emulate the sophisticated nature of the Final Fantasy type, with the stat-crunching and EXP grinding aspects simplified to a minimum. In their stead is a genuine focus on the fun aspect - this would explain the more immersive battles, which require fast reactions and good timing, as opposed to just selecting an enemy and pressing 'attack'. At the expense of this lack of 'RPG-ness', however, is the significantly downsized lifespan of the game. A veteran gamer can get through the main plot in less than 10 hours.
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