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Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time (Nintendo DS)

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
 Ages 3 and Over
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Game Information

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

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  • ASIN: B000B8J7K0
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 13.3 x 1.3 cm ; 82 g
  • Release Date: 10 Feb. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,107 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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If you thought their last adventure was insane? In this sequel to Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, the brothers travel back in time to retrieve Princess Peach, only to come face to face with baby versions of themselves, the princess and Bowser. Teaming up with their young selves will soon send Mario and Luigi on a quest of lunatic proportions as players must control both the adult AND baby versions of the Mushroom Kingdom heroes. Players use the top screen to study the land, keep track of the pair of brothers not under their control or maximize combo moves in battle. With twice the Mario brothers and twice the laughs, this massive sidesplitting adventure could only find a home on the dual screens of the Nintendo DS.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
What can I say about this game other than "amazing!". The 2 DS screens are filled with colourful and sharp cartoon graphics. The music is some of the best ever to come out of a Mario game and the script is absolutely hilarious with real laugh-out-loud moments, that is very rare with games.

'Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time' is the sequel to excellent Gameboy Advance RPG, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. The brothers travel back in time to retrieve Princess Peach, only to come face to face with baby versions of themselves, the princess and Bowser. Teaming up with their young selves send Mario and Luigi on a quest of lunatic proportions as you must control both the adult and baby versions of the Mushroom Kingdom heroes to save the Princess and her castle from the evil Shrooms.

The game will probably take you about 20-25 hours to complete, depending on how much you want to explore and spend battling enemies to gain items and to level-up, so there is plently of content there to get your money's worth. It is also a game where once you start playing, you will be completely engrossed in the story and will be unable to put it down.

The battle system is turn-based, where you will need to take control of all 4 characters (the adult and baby Mario and Luigi) and learn new attacks and use various items as you progress through the game. This is quite a normal way to battle in an RPG game, but some of the boss battles (especially the one at the end) do drag on a little sometimes.

My only minor niggle about M&L:PiT would be that the game doesn't take advantage of the DS's touch screen controls. The game is played entirely using the d-pad and the buttons.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superstar Game 3 Feb. 2006
Mario has always sucseeded when he teamed's up with his hilarious brother.This, as a game delivers a variety of challenging puzzles that will show you hard nintendo's games can be. Not just a succsefull puzzle game, it is also an RPG (role playing game)and is fun watching the two brothers level up. The moves you can use challenge you to use all your skill and knowing were all the buttons are on the DS. Some moves are so creative you just laugh. An amazing game overall and perfect for ds owners FIVE STAR!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Doubt, Absolutely Fantastic! 12 Feb. 2006
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As a DS owner I have not been very impressed by the games for the DS in general.
I have found with the DS that my favourite games tend to be based on the classics. Like Mario Kart, or Mario DS. This game is something far ahead of anything seen on the DS thus far. As a proud owner of Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga this game was long awaited by me. This sequel is a very strong advance on the origional.
This game includes a fun, puzzle based, and RPG like storyline, and most aspects of this game are extremely enjoyable. Although graphics were not advanced at all from the previous game the gameplay is still fantastic, and I really like the battle style, which includes a turn by turn sequence, allowing you to avoid and counter attack throughout.
The touchscreen is not used very much at all, (which i liked) and the controls were based very much on the ABXY buttons, which is a nice change.
All in all a very strong good game, and I highly reccomend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Partners In Time 27 Mar. 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
RPG fans, pick this up if you haven't already. Interestingly enough, I'm not an RPG fan yet I still love this game. Why?

So, if you're looking to buy a DS game that will keep you hooked in for hours, even weeks, but not something that's just a casual, pick-up-and-play thing like Mario Kart, then I recommend this to you. It's got the same basic Mario look and feel, but instead of being a typical 2D sidescrolling platformer, it's an RPG-style one.

And it's an excellent effort. Blending classic Mario elements with RPG levels and a turn-based battle system, M&L: PiT is the perfect sequel to its predecessor, Superstar Saga. Basically, you have a party of four people, as you can probably see on the box: you play as the Mario Bros, and the Baby Mario Bros. Now, just because the latter two are in, doesn't mean it's some kind of gimmick for kids. Not in the least bit, because frankly I don't believe kids could work this game out, or indeed get far with it. There are a lot of things to remember whilst in battle, for example: timing your Bros. Item attacks right, pulling off the action commands whilst landing on your enemy (hitting the baby's button, then the big bro's) and using the hammer to the best effect. There's even a hint of strategy in the level-up system - on leveling up, you choose which stat you want to increase, via a floating Lakitu and some randomly-scrolling numbers hanging off a string. Don't increase a certain stat for a while and you can increase it by 5 or 6 points when you do choose to level it up. It's all very reliant on timing.

And the story is quite a bit different from your conventional Mario game, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time 15 May 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Through decades of being one of the largest gaming icons in history, the Mario franchise has seen its fair share of genres. Ranging from 2D platforming games to the legendary Mario Kart, there aren't too many Mario games that haven't been thoroughly enjoyable.

Partners in Time is another of the Mario RPG's, following on from the highly acclaimed Superstar Saga released for the GBA. This time around the Mario Bro's are using time hole's to go back and forth through time, to protect the mushroom kingdom from the evil `Shroobs', and of course; save Princess Peach.

The gameplay isn't a great step forwards from Superstar Saga, with the same reaction based battle system as last time, allowing you to dodge attacks or deal extra damage by pressing certain buttons at the right time. The main addition to the battle system are the Bro's Items, though these work in the same way, pressing either A or B to perform various attacks. The reaction based battles are a great idea, with every enemy offering a different set of moves to dodge, though this does make the game a little less challenging. I found it easy enough to dodge the majority of attacks and even toward the final part of the game I was sailing through. Nevertheless, it's fun and original to the Mario series.

As well as keeping to the same gameplay as Superstar Saga, Partners in Time does quite little in making use of the DS's stylus, unlike a lot of other games. To my memory there is only one point in the entire game where the stylus comes into use, and it's pretty pointless. In a way this is relieving though, showing that whilst Nintendo are concentrating hard on appealing to a casual crowd, they still know how to make a good button basher.
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