Orig­i­nal Mario and Luigi team up for new re­lease

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY CUR­TIS WITHERS

Video game su­per­star Mario may be pri­mar­ily known for his plat­form­ing prow­ess, but he has also made con­sid­er­able con­tri­bu­tions to the role-play­ing genre for over two decades.

Be­gin­ning with the ac­claimed Su­per Mario RPG, re­leased back in 1996 for the Su­per Nin­tendo, Mario has ap­peared in 13 role­play­ing games span­ning eight sys­tems.

While these games have largely been well re­ceived by crit­ics and gamers, it can be ar­gued that some of Mario’s more re­cent RPG ad­ven­tures have lacked the ap­peal of pre­vi­ous out­ings.

So this time Nin­tendo is giv­ing one of its early RPG suc­cesses a fresh coat of paint and some ex­tra fea­tures as it con­tin­ues to sup­port its hand­held 3DS fam­ily of sys­tems.

Mario & Luigi: Su­per­star Saga + Bowser’s Min­ions is a re­make of a pop­u­lar game re­leased in 2003 for the Game Boy Ad­vance that kicked off a sub­series of games that teamed Mario with his brother, and less fa­mous side­kick, Luigi.

The broth­ers are once again tasked with aid­ing the oft-im­per­illed Princess Peach, the ruler of the Mush­room King­dom. But in­stead of be­ing kid­napped by usual an­tag­o­nist Bowser, this time Peach has had her voice stolen by an en­emy agent of the neigh­bour­ing Bean­bean King­dom. In fact, Bowser tries to help the broth­ers out be­fore he goes miss­ing when his ship is shot down over Bean­bean airspace.

The Mario & Luigi games are de­fined by a con­sis­tent me­chanic, where the player takes con­trol of both broth­ers si­mul­ta­ne­ously. Luigi trails Mario on the screen as they tra­verse the Bean­bean King­dom, but the twins are as­signed dif­fer­ent jump but­tons and can do some tasks in­di­vid­u­ally. They can also com­bine forces to do spe­cial moves, like high jumps or spin jumps that cover long dis­tances.

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