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Mario & Luigi (2003) adventure games feature Mario and Luigi as the heroes, accompanied by playable characters from the Nintendo pantheon. Each adventure pits you to defeat Bowser in different ways. Progress is through talking to characters, exploring, developing your abilities and taking on enemies in turn-taking combat.

Each of the games introduces a different twist to the role-play action and focus on the story much more than the Mario platform games. There is whimsy in the air as you take on these quests to bring peace back to the mushroom kingdom.

Superstar Saga first introduces the duo-combat aspect of game-play where you swap between two brothers during exploration and combat. Partners in Time puts you in control of not only Luigi and Mario but Baby Mario and Baby Luigi as well. Bowser's Inside Story puts you inside your enemy so you not only control Mario and Luigi but also Bowser himself. Dream Team lets you enter characters' dreams and control multiple copies of characters in new ways. Paper Jam puts you in control of paper versions of Mario and Luigi in ways that lead to new puzzles and attacks.

The different Mario and Luigi games are available on the following systems, with the early games being re-released on the Nintendo 3DS:
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003) on Game Boy Advance, Wii U Virtual Console, Nintendo 3DS
  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (2005) on Nintendo DS, Wii U Virtual Console
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009) on Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (2013) on Nintendo 3DS
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (2015) on Nintendo 3DS

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Mario & Luigi 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle, Fighting and Role-Play game with Action, Adventure, Collecting and Communication elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 30 hours and 35 hours to complete. To find and do everything can take up to 70 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

All Mario & Luigi Role Play games are rated PEGI 3 for very mild violence in a child-like setting. Battles are turn-based and feature very mild violence. Players will either bump into one another or use a variety of cartoony attacks to squash foes. Upon impact, lost health points are displayed until the character is defeated, at which point the character will either disappear into a puff of smoke or fall over.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. There is considerable reading here, so very young players may struggle. But avid readers will enjoy these whimsical light-hearted adventures from a young age.


You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii U) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 17/11/2003, updated in 2017

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS and Wii U

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Battle, Fighting, Role-Play (Action, Adventure, Collecting and Communication)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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