Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 47 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

85%

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Based on 47 critic reviews

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GameXplain
Liked-a-lot
GameXplain

Top Critic

Liked-a-lot
Oct 4, 2017
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Scored Reviews

NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2017

Fortunately Nintendo was able to keep the heart and soul of Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga while injecting new life into it. Not only do the visuals look stunning, but with a hearty side mode that adds more context to the story, this is easily the best way to experience the game. It isn't perfect and there are a few things I would have loved to have seen, mainly stereoscopic 3D, but this gives players a great reason to pick up their 3DS' again.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
Adam Riley

Top Critic

9 / 10
Oct 17, 2017

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga has not lost any of its charm over the past decade and a half, plus looks better than ever now on Nintendo 3DS thanks to its new lick of paint. Humorous, addictive, inventive - everything that made the Game Boy Advance original so addictive returns, with some handy touch screen shortcuts added into the mix, and a pleasant side game in the form of the Bowser's Minions RTS quest. With this, Paper Jam Bros. and Bowser's Inside Story, the Mario & Luigi series shows it is still going from strength to strength thanks to the genius team at AlphaDream.

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions is still a fantastic RPG fourteen years later. The Bowser's Minions side story is an enjoyable, if occasionally tedious, diversion. But the main quest is better than ever with the same addictive combat, laugh-out-loud story, and a few modern polishes to the gameplay.

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Pure Nintendo
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2017

A well-crafted re-imagining of a GBA classic with fun new features that most definitely deserves your attention, even if you missed out on in it back in 2003.

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Continue-Magazin
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 13, 2017

Great humor, great story, great game. The Bowser's Minions addon can't quite hold up to the main game tough.

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TrustedReviews
Oct 4, 2017

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Sage is genuinely one of my favourite remasters in years – I can't remember a time that I've smiled as much while playing a game. Good humour combined with smart mechanics and that Nintendo absurdity make for an exceptionally good mix

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 4, 2017

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is a classic, and this new version is arguably the definitive version. Yes, Bowser's Minions is a harmless but shallow add-on, but the Superstars are the real attraction.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2017

Much like Mario himself, Superstar Saga has changed in looks, but it's still every bit as good as it was back then.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Oct 4, 2017

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions is one of the best in the Mario RPG series, and this 3DS remake only makes it better. The story, characters, and world are all a blast to explore, and longtime Mario fans will love every second.

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Hobby Consolas
89 / 100
89 / 100
Oct 3, 2017

Nintendo knows how to make good remakes and Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser's Misions is another example of this. With this remake of the original game, Nintendo has made it a pleasure to return to the Jewish Kingdom, not only with Mario and Luigi, also with Bowser's henchmen in a mode that will hook you and leave you wanting more.

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Impulsegamer
4.3 / 5.0
4.3 / 5.0
Oct 11, 2017

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions is a blissful trip down nostalgia lane thanks to its excellent graphical overhaul and engaging new side-content.

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PowerUp!
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2017

This remake is more than a straight port and it’s more than a standard remake. It’s a pretty big overhaul of an already very well put together game.

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RPG Fan
85%
85%
Jan 21, 2019

Whether you're a first time player, or returning to this game after many years, Superstar Saga holds up and is worth your time.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2017

My time with Superstar Saga has been a joy – filled with hearty laughs and exciting boss encounters. Even though I can't say whether it's a remake worth revisiting to those who finished the original back on the GBA, I can say with confidence that those who missed it the first time around are in certainly in for a good time.

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LevelUp
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2017

Nintendo gave us a good example how remakes should be done. This new version of the beloved Game Boy Advance game rememberd us why the first adventure on Mario & Luigi series was unforgettable for the fans.

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Atomix
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 24, 2017

A great remake for one of the most beloved Game Boy Advance games.

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IGN Italy
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2017

The years have been kind to Superstar Saga, giving us a remarkable remake.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 9, 2017

The original Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was a fantastic adventure, and this remake has not harmed it. You'll find the same fun and challenging gameplay accompanied by the same witty dialogue that first appeared on the Game Boy Advance in 2003, but now everything looks and sounds much better. The new content, Bowser's Minions, is not good enough to warrant a purchase by itself; however, since it's completely optional, it's also not a reason to stay away.

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COGconnected
83 / 100
83 / 100
Oct 4, 2017

Simply put, Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions is a fantastic RPG for the 3DS.

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VGN
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2017

Considering that 14 years have passed, this remake of Superstar Saga is a recommended purchase for those who had never played the first and precious chapter of the series, and for those who have now deleted it from their memory and want to experience it in a revised, redesigned version.

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Video Chums
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2017

It's great to see Nintendo bringing new life to their classics, especially after such a long time since the original Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was released.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2017

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Bowser's MInions is a nice little game for Nintendo 3DS. Bowser's Minions is a great inclusion. Although in the end-game it's gets a little boring and repetitive Nintend surely knows how to create happy and safe places in their games.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 4, 2017

Bowser's Minions were not the reinforcements expected for Mario & Luigi, but such pugnacious tactical digression strengthens the hilarious narrative as well as the whole adventure, while the astonishing amount of content and gameplay improvements make this completely overhauled Superstar Saga even more shining.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
Emma Schaefer

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2017

A humorous new game mode and a major graphical overhaul offer treats to returning fans of the original game, though subsequent evolutions of the Mario RPG series leave Superstar Saga feeling slightly old-fashioned. With solid gameplay at its core and Bowser's Minions to lighten the mood, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions provides a nostalgic, if not exceedingly memorable, visit to one of the best games of the Game Boy Advance era.

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DarkZero
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 23, 2017

As a first timer to the Mario & Luigi RPGs, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions makes a great impression for the series.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Oct 4, 2017

A surprisingly effort-filled remake of the first Mario & Luigi, which retains the same amusing script as before but revamps the graphics and presentation.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 4, 2017

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions isn't just a remaster of the original classic. It brings the game to the current generations but it also adds a new dimension thanks to the Minion Quest mode, which adding to its rich visuals, memorable and amusing plot and overall quality of the game makes this an adventure more than worth looking into.

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 4, 2017

A fine remake of a good game is still good, but it also feels unnecessary.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 4, 2017

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions is a great remake that ticks all the right boxes. Not only does the original game hold up incredibly well, but there are plenty of design and mechanical changes that make the game feel fresh. Bowser's Minions is a great addition that complements the original game nicely. This is a great starting point for the Mario & Luigi series and is wholeheartedly recommended.

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Game Rant
Oct 4, 2017

Nintendo's updated take on Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is a worthy remake of the series' initial entry, bringing with it a fresh coat of paint and some fun extras.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 5, 2017

A stunning visual overhaul and subtle gameplay enhancements make this already charming, funny RPG even better.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG
Shibito

Top Critic

8 / 10
Oct 21, 2017

Beautiful game design, great mechanics, a variety of gameplay situations, sparkling humor of varying degrees - almost everything is perfect. But being a remake of a game, which was released 14 years ago, this project does not offer anything new to the old fans. Bowser's Minions turned out very funny, but not impressive in terms of gameplay. But for all newcomers and today's fans of the series this game can be safely recommended.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 3, 2017

At the end of the day, however, I think the majority of people are going to play this game for the main Superstar Saga story, so what you are getting is an extremely good game that if you have never played the original, then I truly envy you. The new style they have gone for is great and it works really well to show off the emotions and charm that all of the characters possess. The improvement in graphics over the original is quite drastic but the original has its own charm and is not bad by any means. The music likewise is top-notch with plenty of great remixes of old songs and originals that will get stuck in your head all day. So all in all, while it isn’t perfect and the new Bowsers Minions mode that has been included is a bit hit and miss, it’s still a very enjoyable experience all-round. If you’re new to RPG’s and want to give one a go, then this is a great place to start. Like it did with me 14 years ago, it may make you a fan.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2017

Superstar Saga is the real meat of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, and it's nothing but approachable, engaging, real fun and the addition of the wearisome Bowser's Minions doesn't take away from it. There's nothing new in Superstar Saga itself, but what's there is worth it.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 7, 2017

While the newly-included Minion Quest falls short of the mark, the core content of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions holds up surprisingly well, even after all these years.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2017

Thank goodness for "kiddie" games. The original Mario & Luigi game returns with a fresh coat of paint and an extra mode that celebrates Bowser's charming and adorable lackeys. Exploration could be better and the Bowser's Minions mode could be a bit more fleshed out. Its highly amusing dialogue, however, combined with its charming visuals, music and characters make this the perfect tonic after a long day on the job. Jump into it if you're itching for a Mario-themed RPG.

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pressakey.com
Nov 6, 2017

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions is a great opportunity to catch up the original GBA-game in a mordern way. Even fourteen years after its first release gameplay and storyline are as magical as back then. The battle-system is really addictive due to its strongly action-paced mechanics and the typical humor of the Mario & Luigi-titels is charming as always. The newly introduced is also a nice addition but lacks the depth one is used to in the main game.

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Geeks Under Grace
8 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Gareth Tucker
8 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2018

The addition of Bowser's Minions does little to deter players from the fun, humerous and enjoyable experience that is Superstar Saga. The updated graphics bring the game into the modern age and the use of features from more modern titles helps to make an already enjoyable game easier to access. A must for fans of the franchise and a strong recommendation for anyone who wants to enter the world of JRPGs.

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CGMagazine
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2017

While Superstar Saga may be a bit simplistic for more advanced players, its nostalgic appeal and overall fun is enough to justify its existence.

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2017

For many, tacking playable goons onto Superstar Saga won't be enough to revisit the world of Beanbean Kingdom mostly because the campaign is still the same uneven adventure it was before. But even though many will see the minion angle as a throwaway, I loved creating and molding my own little army bit by bit, and found it to be a worthwhile distraction.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2017

Although Bowser's Minions falls short of adding value to the package, Superstar Saga is still an excellent Mario RPG and one that holds up very well in today's 3DS catalog.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Oct 4, 2017

Superstar Saga is still a great adventure on the 3DS. It's not in the range of Metroid: Samus Returns in terms of recreating a classic from the ground up, but it may be enough to satisfy fans of the series that may have been turned off by recent, weaker efforts such as Dream Team and Paper Jam.

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M3
7 / 10
M3

Top Critic

7 / 10
Oct 15, 2017

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is still the best game in the series, and a must-have for 3DS owners that haven't played it before. Charming, great value and tons of fun.

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Digital Chumps
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2017

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions is a game for fans of the 2003 title. The upgrade in controls, visuals and the addition of Bowser's Minions will certainly make this a worthy purchase. For newbies of the title, the controls are probably going to get in the way of entertainment, which is not what you want when you're trying to sell it to new/young gamers.

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Player.One
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2017

Mario & Luigi look great on the 3DS, but why does this game have such a problem with numbers?

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Fintendo
Nov 5, 2017

"Decent remake of the first and mechanically easiest Mario and Luigi game."

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