Nintendo promised us a big E3 2017 presentation and it did not disappoint. While the focus of its stream was all Switch, the company held the end of the bargain for 3DS owners as well by announcing a slew of titles for the console. And among its biggest reveals was the return of the best of all Mario RPGs, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga.
First appearing on the Game Boy Advance in 2003, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga was the third Mario RPG released after Legend of the Seven Stars and Paper Mario. It featured a lovely 2D art and a compelling story that poked fun at Mario and Nintendo tropes.
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Most players associate the Paper Mario series with that kind of meta, tongue-in-cheek humor, but Superstar Saga did it first. Den of Geek says the game as “colorful, fun, and above all else, offered a refreshing blend of role-playing gameplay that still managed to different from that of the Paper Mario series.”
But what made it stood out really was Luigi having such a pivotal role, unlike other installments where he just usually follows his brother during the actual gameplay. The Game Boy Advance game notably puts players in control of both brothers simultaneously with their own dedicated buttons as they navigate the Beanbean Kingdom in order to retrieve Princess Peach’s voice.
Then there’s the game’s well-remixed soundtrack, its neat save system, Bowser’s ridiculous inclusion and Fawful’s rants. These elements made Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga so wonderful which is also why it remains a favorite until now, despite the many more installments that followed suit. Now, it’s finally getting a remake for the Nintendo 3DS.
Officially titled Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, the renewed classic still features the original mission mentioned above mixed with some puzzles to solve and action-packed battles to fight. The major change is that the graphics have been overhauled to align with the style of Dream Team and Paper Jam.
Nintendo says it shows the same pixel artwork from the original game, but they added 3D lighting to make things prettier. You can see the difference in the trailer.
As the title suggests, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions also has a new game mode. The Bowser’s Minions portion allows gamers to recruit and deploy teams of Goombas, Koopas, and other baddies to find where Mario’s archenemy, Bowser, has gone off to. There will be new Amiibo figures of a Goomba and Koopa, and they along with the Boo Amiibo will unlock additional functionality for the game. Specific details have yet to be announced, however.
Also new to the game is the pin mechanic, where just like in Google Maps, players can drop pins to remind themselves where they have been and where they would like to revisit in the future.
Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
This is a pretty exciting development. For those who want to revisit the original game, this is your chance to do so with some new content. As for 3DS owners who never played the original, you might want to keep your eye on this game. We can expect the remake won’t disappoint. Check out the trailer below:
We’ll have to wait a few more months to get our hands in the renewed classic. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions won’t launch on the Nintendo 3DS until October 6, 2017. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the new version so far. What are your expectations from the upcoming game? Sound off in the comments section below!