Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga


Computer Platform: Game Boy Advance ()
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  Price Range: $11-20
  Learning curve time: 1-30 min.
  Age level: Children (Older)
  ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

     Reviewed By: Kaikuro


Overall Rating: ★★★★½
Rating: 4 of 5 (good)
Gameplay: 5 of 5 (excellent)
Violence: 4 of 5 (barely present)
Adult Content: 4 of 5 (barely present)


Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga.  Illustration copyrighted.

This /puzzle game is immersive, hilarious, and fun. It’ll keep you literally playing for hours without realizing how much time has passed. There is very little in this game that is obscene or offensive to Christians in any way, however, the age group the game is focused at is older children due to the extensive dialogue. I don’t think any child under 7 would want to read so much story development in the masses of dialogue the game has.

The plot is simple: Mario and Luigi end up at Princess Peach’s castle to find not her body stolen- but her VOICE stolen by a foreign tyrant known as Cackletta. They must join forces with Bowser and journey to the BeanBean kingdom, neighboring the Mushroom Kingdom on the galaxy map. The player meets colorful and interesting characters along the way. The majority of the game is humorous, and a lot of the situations are purposely absurd and laugh-out-loud.

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There is very little offensive material. The only thing any parent should be a little watchful for when their kids play this game is the very fat queen of the BeanBean land with a large chest area. However, nothing is explicit or detailed.

Also, one thing that needs a little clarification- there is a male character in the game with long, golden hair that he flips sometimes and sends sparkles flying around the screen. This is not suggesting that he is gay, but merely suggesting that he is very vain and considers himself like a rock star in his land. To be mentioned in the same breath as this, Luigi looks up to this character and wants to impress him throughout the game because of how famous he is. Unfortunately, anything can be a bit obscene when taken out of context, but the game makes absolutely no hints that these characters, um, like each other. Moreso, Luigi looks up to this character like a fan would a rock star.


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One more thing that is a little more of a red flag then the situation above is a problem that the main antagonist finds herself in. When she is defeated by Mario and Luigi, she is transported into a vessel which her assistant devises. The assistant finds Bowser unconscious from earlier in the game and dispatches the ghostly remains of Cackletta (the antagonist) into Bowser. Bowser, who is male, is then possessed by Cackletta, who is female, and becomes “Bowletta”. A character debates when discussing Bowletta whether to call him a girl or a boy, then finally rests on ‘it’.


There is absolutely no bad language of any sort.

The violence is very cartoony and no blood or gore is ever displayed. Mario and Luigi must jump on the normally bean-shaped enemies or whack them with hammers to eventually cause them to explode with flying stars.

As usual, Mario and Luigi portray positive character traits, though they have absolutely no spoken dialogue (they do sometimes speak unintelligible gibberish that other characters seem to understand.) They obviously love each other as brothers and stick together through most of the game, aside from some plot quests which require them to split up and reunite later, sometimes hugging each other upon return.

The gameplay is terrific and creative- the player controls both Mario and Luigi at the same time with the A button as Mario and the B button as Luigi. Choosing different options at different times change the effects that pressing these buttons produce. It is a very creative game and I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 7.

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In short, tremendous, colorful game. Highly recommended.

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Year of Release — 2003

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