Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey

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Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey is ranked in the 90th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 33 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

94%

Critics Recommend

Based on 33 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameCloud
Yes
Yes
Feb 22, 2019

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey was an enjoyable and familiar return to a game I thoroughly enjoyed years ago. Once again, Nintendo and the developers have delivered some top-notch work, injecting a fresh feel into this game and bringing it to a whole new audience while also delighting original fans like myself. With all the best kind of updates and smart inclusions, this title has rightfully earned a place alongside its companion titles on the 3DS system and all that’s left now is to wait for the inevitable Partners In Time remake.

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GameXplain
Loved
GameXplain

Top Critic

Loved
Jan 13, 2019
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Scored Reviews

Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 24, 2019

One of the best portable role-players ever made and a joyful mix of bizarrely inventive gameplay and surprisingly sharp comedy.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2019

The humor, dialogue, and characters all add up to a zany adventure that is sure to have you laugh out loud on more than one occasion. The remake stays faithful to the game released nearly a decade ago but gives a facelift to the visuals and music, putting fresh paint on a classic. Bowser Jr's Journey is a nice addition, but might prove to be a bit too passive and at times too uninspired for many to see it the entire way through.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 22, 2019

In an age where remakes and remasters are as hotly anticipated as the biggest AAA title, it's great to see yet another gem from yesteryear arrive, giving players who never experienced it the first time around a second chance and letting players who enjoyed it originally revisit just what made it stand out to them. The Mario RPG series is a perfect example. It is criminally underrated and deserves to be lauded far more. Any new opportunity to do that is a blessing. This was an awesome game almost a decade ago and now it has gotten a fresh lick of paint and it is looking better than ever.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 11, 2019

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey stands as a well-made remake of a game that was excellent to begin with, polishing up the original in small ways and adding some extra content that meaningfully establishes its own identity. If you've ever been a fan of the Mario & Luigi series (or are looking for a reason to dust off the old 3DS), do yourself a favour and pick this game up. Although Bowser Jr.'s Journey is just an ‘okay' addition, the inventive battles, great writing and creative gameplay of the main game make this one an easy recommendation.

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NoobFeed
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jan 11, 2019

The Mario & Luigi series has seen incredible popularity since its debut with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story is regarded as one of the best in the series. It brought back Bowser as a playing character and teaming him up, unknowingly, with Mario & Luigi; something that hasn't been done since Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Like the remake of Superstar Saga Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey brings back the original game with updated visuals, new content, and changes to the original game that makes it more accessible. For those who missed out on this gem of an RPG now is your chance to experience this outstanding adventure and if you did there's plenty of reasons to journey again with Mario, Luigi, and Bowser again.

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Slant Magazine
Jan 21, 2019

The effectiveness of the game's humor doesn't always tie back to the concept of Bowser as a frustrated, impotent vessel.

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RPG Fan
88%
88%
Mar 10, 2019

Already the best game in the Mario & Luigi series, the new graphics and presentation raise it to new heights on the 3DS!

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Atomix
87 / 100
87 / 100
Jan 14, 2019

A great new version for one of the most beloved Nintendo's RPG games. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr's Journey is a most have to all 3DS owners.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

Don't let Mario and Luigi's top billing fool you. This game is as much about Bowser and his spunky son as it is about Nintendo's popular plumbers. Bowser's Inside Story is a great remake of the DS classic, boasting JRPG gameplay that still feels fresh and fun a decade later. The addition of Bowser Jr.'s Adventure, meanwhile, gives the young Koopa prince a much-deserved turn in the spotlight along with the Koopalings. Battles in the main game can be a bit too long while Bowser Jr.'s skirmishes could be a bit more fleshed out. Overall, however, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey is a must-have for your 3DS library.

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Game Informer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2019

The excellent writing, silly premise, and fun combat all translate well to the updated visual style. The added Bowser Jr. mode is worth exploring, even if it's not the main attraction

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Feb 14, 2019

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr's Journey is a one-two punch of fun, casual and amusing gameplay, complete with all the expected charm, humor, and challenge expected of a game in the Mario Universe. Bowser's Inside Story is one of the more odd and varied titles I've ever played, but it is a little too easy. The overall product combines several of the best game styles into one, yet the final product feels incredibly cohesive and is a must play modern Mario experience.

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WellPlayed
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2019

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey is a great package that is buoyed by the superb Bowser’s Inside Story, but slightly let down by the mediocrity of Bowser Jr.’s Journey

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Pure Nintendo
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2019

This 2009 classic is definitely worth playing. It's comical, quite varied, generally well-paced, and, most of all, fun!

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2019

Bowser’s Inside Story is one of the best in the Mario RPG titles and should be played.

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Video Chums
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2019

The updated graphics and enjoyable Bowser Jr.'s Journey wonderfully complement a title that was already packed full of fun gameplay variety and hilarious absurdity.

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Spaziogames
8.2 / 10.0
Spaziogames
DottorKillex

Top Critic

8.2 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2019

This is a great combo that ten years ago defined the apex of the series. Now the differences are not so many and they're not enough to justify the full price of the release.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 18, 2019

For as great as Bowser's Inside Story is, it does little to justify busting out the 3DS again.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jan 18, 2019

You go inside of him, so it really couldn't get any deeper than that.

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Areajugones
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2019

Mario & Luigi: Viaje al centro de Bowser + Las Peripecias de Bowsy arrives at Nintendo 3DS with the same magic, the same mechanics, and the same charm that a whole generation of players fell in love with a decade ago.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 20, 2019

One of the best of the modern Mario RPGs comes to 3DS with a few new tweaks and a cute new mode, and it's just as fulfilling as ever.

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 20, 2019

Much like the SuperStar Saga remake, this game is a fine revisit to a great game, but doesn't feel necessary.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Bowser shines in this adventure that has stood the test of time, and remains every bit as riotously funny and compelling to play today as it was ten years ago.

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We Got This Covered
Jan 21, 2019

Bowser Jr.'s Journey may not offer a ton of new content, but the core game is as good as ever. It might not be as enticing for returning players, but those on the hunt for a fun, relaxing RPG with quirky humor and a silly story will feel right at home.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2019

An addictive and snappy game with a lot of charm, worth your time and cash.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 6, 2019

If you've never played a Mario RPG before and feel stubborn about not jumping in with the SNES era, this would be an excellent starting point. But do it quickly, and make sure you catch up – this is a genre you've definitely been missing out on.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jan 21, 2019

While I don’t personally think it is the best introduction to the beloved franchise—I feel like I missed a lot of little things—it was never designed to be, and it is a strong title with good gameplay, fun comedy, and a lot of memorable scenes. For me, Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (as well as Bowser Jr’s Journey, which, while aimed at younger children, is still entertaining) is worth the price tag.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 11, 2019

Ten years after the original, Mario & Luigi's third adventure makes a great come bakc, thanks to its graphic renewal and the addition of a new campaign, once again staring Bowser Jr. Whether you already played the game or not, this reedition of one of the best episodes the series delivers should definitively be worth your time.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2019

It's tough to recommend this release to anyone who already owns the DS version, a game that is still completely playable no matter which member of the 3DS family you own. Everything that was great about the original is still great here. But if you're one of the dwindling number of people still rocking a 3DS and you have yet to take a trip to the bowels of Bowser, it's an unforgettable adventure full of wit, charm, and comedy. Bowser Jr's Journey may not add anything worthwhile in regards to gameplay, but it does reaffirm that the strength of the Mario & Luigi franchise lies in its writing.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 4, 2019

Mario & Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story returns, this time to the 3DS in a new version of the original which might not be a revolution but brings its mix of charming visuals, soundtrack, gameplay mechanics and humour. The additional Bowser Jr. component does not bring extraordinary changes but this is a good and enjoyable experience that brings back one of the most memorable RPGs featuring some of Nintendo's most beloved characters.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jan 17, 2019

The core of Bowser's Inside Story is a great remake that brings it into the modern era with beautiful visuals and a soundtrack that's truly memorable.

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Fintendo
Mar 3, 2019

"Unnecessary remake of good game."

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