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Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time (Nintendo DS)
- Mario and Luigi team up with their younger selves in a time-twisting, tongue-in-cheek tale that sees the heroic brothers face a new foe: mushroom-like aliens known as Shroobs
- In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, take control of both adult and baby versions of the heroes, and use their unique skills in the battle scenes, as you get hands-on to hit the right buttons at the right moment
- This hilarious role-playing adventure features a wacky sense of humour, and appearances by all your favourite characters, from Yoshi to Baby Bowser
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- Platform: Nintendo DS
- PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
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Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time (Nintendo DS)
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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'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. It's not a huge problem, but it would have been nice to have had some DS-only touch screen puzzles to make it a little more unique from the previous Mario & Luigi game on the GBA. I'm just hoping that the creators of the next game in the series (Super Paper Mario for the Wii) have kept this in mind and have made something really special.
Overall M&L:PiT is one of the most playable, funny, addictive and best games on the DS and is one that every fan of Nintendo (or at least the Mario series) should own. This game is also much better than New Super Mario Bros.
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.
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. Space aliens decide to invade the Mushroom Kingdom of the past, and the Marios have to save both it and Princess Peach, who happens to have gone back to that very time period. And - believe it or not - Bowser only appears about halfway through the game, and he doesn't get very far before ending up in an ancient, dormant volcano. Plus, there's a brilliantly-written narrative, Mario and Luigi speak fake Italian babble, and a new cast of hilarious supporting characters such as Kylie Koopa and the forgetful Monty Moles are very funny.
The only quip I have about this game is the final two boss battles, which collectively will take you forever to complete, and you won't have a chance to stock up on HP and items in between. But other than that, this is a perfect example of a brilliant DS game. Again, if you prefer hardcore to casual, pick this little gem up. ^^
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