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Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story

A video game by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS

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  • Jul 19, 2011
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I haven't played video games much but it's hard for me to resist mario and zelda games. I looked online to see how long this game would take and most people said it's around 20 hours, and they were right. I figured I could finish the game quickly and it was hard to put it down at times.

I played Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga for the GB Advance so learning the controls was easy. The battling with the counterattack and timed hits makes fighting a little bit more fun and interactive compared to most role playing games. My only beef with this was some of the times the stylus is required made me want to pull my hair out and some of the special moves were really difficult to execute.

There really isn't much of a story and the game is really linear. Not too original but that's not the major point of the game. I think Princess Peach can be saved an infinite number of times. But besides that, the user gets to control Bowser along with Mario and Luigi at times and they have to work synergistically to defeat enemies. At times the game gets a little too wordy and the moments are funny but not really laugh out loud funny.

Not so fun:
The final battle. Maybe it was because i wasn't leveled up enough but the final battle took me more than 40 minutes and I died once and had to start over so including that, it took me about an hour. I wasn't really impressed with the ending either but most of these DS games have brief endings and I was just more relived that the game was finished.

Definitely worth playing. It's a fun game and not horribly frustrating where you're wandering around the map for hours or having to run to a FAQ or youtube video every few minutes. 

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review by . June 16, 2011
My first and only encounter with Super Mario RPG for the Super NES came back when the game was brand-new, back in 1995. A friend had rented it, and I was impressed with it. Since I didn't own a Super NES, however, I would have to go without the game and so I've never played it since. It made one hell of an impression on me though, and I kept hoping beyond any hope that Nintendo would someday wise up and rerelease it for one of their portable consoles. I knew I had missed out on something incredible.  &nbs …
review by . December 06, 2009
It is hard to go wrong with a Mario game for Nintendo - all of the games are age appropriate and offer hours of fun. "Mario & Luig Bowser's Inside Story" (I will call it "Inside Story" from here on out) is a great blend of all of the Mario games of the past. It is highly addictive, I have noticed that as I get older fewer and fewer games keep my interest enough to continue playing. I need for them to be fun, but not so complicated that I have to devote hours to learning the story (I just don't have …
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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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Split play time between Bowser.
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And the team of Mario & Luigi.
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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 ...
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ESRB: Everyone
Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action
Release Date: September 14, 2009

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