Excerpt: Nintendo finds clever ways to do different things in the Mario & Luigi franchise. Don't know (or remember) much about this franchise? It is a role playing series that is heavy on the action. If your timing is perfect then you can avoid taking damage during battles. There are exceptions to that of course.
is still an enjoyable entry to the handheld series. It may not fully capture the charm of the last game, but it still manages to add new features and be enjoyable on its own. If you’re in for a long Mario adventure, give this one a look.
Excerpt: Princess Peach has been invited by Dr. Snoozemore to check out his recently renovated Pi'illo (pillow) island. Everything on this island has a sleep inspired name. For example, the Island's volcano is dubbed Mount Pajamaja. While some of the guest amenities are in place, most of the island is temporarily blocked off for excavating.
Pros: A fun twist to the Mario and Luigi series as Luigi takes the lead this time
Cons: This game heavily relies on the motion sensors and sometimes stops working properly which adds frustration to boss battles
Review: Mario and Luigi: Dream Team for Nintendo 3DS
7 August 2013
Excerpt: Mario adventure games have a history of being silly, fantastic quests that either play very close to their core fan base or oversimplify in order to be enjoyable for younger players. When you design any Mario title, you walk a delicate balance of trying to reach both of these audiences while trying to keep the game interesting.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is a wonderful celebration of Year of Luigi (review)
7 August 2013
Conclusion: Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is a must-have for the Nintendo 3DS. It’s loveable, endearing, and a good, healthy challenge — until you hit 35 hours or so, when the developers start cramming in superfluous content and increasing the number and intensity of giant battles. It’s a shame that one of the best features almost becomes a detriment through overuse.
Pros: In this adventure, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and their pals set out for a faraway island after receiving a mysterious invitation. The inhabitants of Pi’illo Island waste no time receiving them with warmth and breaking into celebration, but omens have clouded our heroes’ journey from the outset. A demonic bat king named Antasma soon escapes from the dream world, where the legendary Pi’illo folk (yep, they look just like pillows!) and their Prince Dreambert have imp...
Cons: The giant battles are one of the highlights of Dream Team, but they’re not perfect, and the problems with them are inconsistent. In other words, they’re super fun but occasionally a pain in the overalls. Because these scenarios depend on the stylus, they require various swipes, taps, and other motions, like drawing circles. These give the 3DS touch screen a real pounding; it’s going to take some heavy abuse during these scenes. Usually, actions execute as planned, but...
Excerpt: Mario & Luigi is an interesting franchise – it basically takes everything you know about traditional Mario, shakes it up a little bit, and then applies some very well designed Japanese RPG elements. It works fantastically, and usually introduces new and interesting mechanics to change up the way it plays. Past sequels implemented time travel and a playable Bowser to change things up – but this time the gimmick is sleep and dreams.