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Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (Nintendo DS) Review (9.0)  by  

With the release of Paper Mario on 3DS (which I'm liking so far), I think it is time to talk about the last great Mario RPG game on a handheld: Bowser's Inside Story. What did you guys think of this game? Love it? Hate it? Like it? I thought it was pretty brilliant actually, and it really felt more like a culmination of everything "Mario" than a straight RPG... lots of platforming and erm... mini-games. Switching between Bowser and the Bros. was pretty sweet too.

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Posted: 11/17/12, 21:55:51  - Edited by 
 on: 11/17/12, 21:57:48
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I don't remember anything about it. I gave it a 9, so apparently I liked it. The animation was great!
Posted: 11/18/12, 01:26:29
This is on my "to get" list. The first one is easily my favourite GBA game, the second one wasn't as good but I still enjoyed it.
Posted: 11/18/12, 07:17:17
The second is definitely the weakest one. The third is... maybe not quite at the level of the first, but it's a very different game, and awesome in its own way. And Bowser is hilarious, this is the first time I've ever seen him as more than a sort of generic personality.
Posted: 11/18/12, 07:28:13
@Zero Did you play Super Mario RPG?
Posted: 11/18/12, 07:37:22
Yep! I loved it. I've played every Mario RPG game there is.
Posted: 11/18/12, 07:48:42
@Zero And you didn't think Bowser had more than a generic personality in that game? I thought he was pretty good there, that's probably the best representation of him that I've seen. I thought he was decent in Mario and Luigi too, though he didn't get much screen time there.
Posted: 11/18/12, 08:24:08
He was ok, but in Bowser's Inside Story he is the star. His lack of ability to think beyond SMASHING STUFF is hilarious.
Posted: 11/18/12, 09:23:20
I thought that the best part about the game was the story. It reminded me of Ozzie and Drix. I thought the nadir of the whole experience was having to control Giga Bowser. With that said, I liked working in tandem with Mario and Luigi and Bower in order to solve environmental puzzles. I wasn't really a fan of the battle system, however. Battles felt like throwaways half the time since the enemies seldom put up a good fight. Nevertheless, I liked using the special attacks though, those were fun.
Posted: 11/18/12, 09:33:11
@Zero So they made him less generic by making him more shallow? 0_o

I guess I'll have to play the game to understand what you mean.
Posted: 11/19/12, 05:52:27  - Edited by 
 on: 11/19/12, 05:53:30
I'm not sure he could get much more shallow. But they made him hilarious.
Posted: 11/19/12, 06:12:48
So I'm about 8 hours into this game. I've noticed that there are areas inside of Bowser that have opened up but that I haven't been explicitly sent to yet. Should I go and explore or should I wait until the story tells me to go to these zones?
Posted: 03/14/13, 18:01:10
I would wait, if you're near the end and haven't been there then go ahead and explore.
Posted: 03/14/13, 18:10:35

This is one of my best loved games. I feel like they threw the kitchen sink at it. Yeah, the Giga-Bowser bits were shaky and the game was maybe 2 hours too long but the charm and the concept just blew me away. They have Bowser channelling Jimbo from the Simpsons! Come on!
Posted: 03/14/13, 18:31:54  - Edited by 
 on: 03/14/13, 18:32:16
The interaction between Bowser and Fawful is hilarious, leading to some of the funniest dialogue you'll ever get in a video game.

Bowser is entirely direct, in your face, heart on his sleeve, never a doubt in his or anyone else's mind as to want he wants. Fawful is... oblique, to put it mildly. The disparity in personalities is perfect.
Posted: 03/14/13, 19:00:49
@Jargon I vaguely remember that you can't get very far exploring these places before the right time anyway? Though I could be remembering this wrong.
Posted: 03/14/13, 19:02:42
Man that train battle was so bad. I had to use 3 retry clocks because I didn't blow well enough to get the necessary "excellent" fire attacks.
Posted: 03/20/13, 04:22:57
arg...i still need to beat this game... it is funny though - the dialog is smartly written..
Posted: 03/20/13, 04:29:19
Just beat the game. It was good, but I enjoyed Partners in Time more. The stuff like spin jumping, digging for beans, etc. is a little stale at this point. I hope Dream Team changes stuff up more. If not, I'll probably hold off on playing it for a while.
Posted: 04/04/13, 18:48:24
I am just about to jump into this based on Negative World recommendations. The only RPGs I have ever completed are Sticker Star and Final Fantasy X and I've played some of the greats like Dragon Quest IX and V, Final Fantasy 3, Chrono Trigger and more. I may need your support to get through this.
Posted: 06/25/15, 01:29:11

This one's short...probably around 20 hours (less if you aren't a completionist). You can do it!
Posted: 06/25/15, 21:37:03
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