Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

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Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Bowsersinsidestorycover.jpg
North American box cover.
Developer(s) AlphaDream
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date Japan February 11, 2009
USA September 14, 2009
Europe October 9, 2009
Australia October 22, 2009
Genre RPG
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
Mode(s) Single player
Media
Nintendo DS:
Cartridge
Input
Nintendo DS:

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (known in Japan as Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!!) is a Nintendo DS game developed by AlphaDream and published by Nintendo. It is the third title in the Mario & Luigi series, preceded by Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for the Game Boy Advance and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time for the Nintendo DS, and succeeded by Mario & Luigi: Dream Team for the Nintendo 3DS. Unlike its predecessor, this game makes greater use of the DS touch controls and microphone.

Story

The Blorbs being discussed.

After the Mushroom Kingdom's citizens start contracting the Blorbs, a mysterious disease that swells Toads to enormous proportions, Princess Peach holds a conference to find a solution for the problem. Mario, Luigi, Toadbert, Toadsworth and a Star Sprite named Starlow are all in attendance. Bowser crashes in uninvited, and when his temper flares up, he has to be defeated by Mario and sent flying out of the castle by Peach and Starlow. Bowser awakens in Dimble Wood and eventually comes across a mysterious cloaked merchant who gives him a so-called "Lucky Mushroom", but when he eats it, he begins inhaling everything in sight. The figure is revealed to be Fawful, who brings Bowser back to Peach's castle, where he inhales all the conference-goers and passes out.

Mario reawakens inside the Trash Pit area of Bowser's body, soon finding Starlow and Luigi, and using some newly-found hammers to hit an exposed nerve and rouse Bowser, who had been dumped in Cavi Cape Cave. Deciding not to tell Bowser that the Mario Bros. are inside him, only Starlow speaks to him (eventually under the alias "Chippy") in an attempt to figure out what happened, but Bowser cannot remember. Bowser makes his way outside and encounters Fawful, who explains that the Blorbs and the Vacuum Mushroom he gave Bowser were all part of a plan to conquer both the Mushroom Kingdom and Bowser's Castle. He then has his minion, Midbus, battle Bowser, who is unable to breathe fire or fight effectively, bringing the battle to an early close as the villains simply leave the weakened Koopa King to "work on [his] skills".

Incensed, Bowser sets out for his castle. Travelling along Plack Beach, he helps Broque Monsieur get back to shore after the piece of land he was on floated away - a feat made possibly by the Mario Bros. powering up Bowser from the inside. As a reward, Broque gives Bowser a Vacuum Block, allowing him to control his sucking abilities. After defeating the Sea Pipe Statue, Bowser drinks some water which causes changes in his body, allowing Mario and Luigi to enter a new area and defeat the Scutlet bug that was blocking Bowser's firebreath. After subduing Broque's rambunctious pet dog Broggy, Bowser enters Dimble Wood, where he eventually comes across Sergeant Guy, Corporal Paraplonk, and Private Goomp. The trio are planning to retake Bowser's castle with a Banzai Bill launcher, but it falls to Bowser to find ammunition. He tries to procure a giant carrot as a makeshift missile, but the Wiggler who had been growing it makes Bowser eat it instead and then attacks him, yielding up an actual Banzai Bill upon his defeat. On his way back to his minions, Bowser is overcome with stomach pain, and Mario and Luigi discover that he had eaten a large worm-like creature named Durmite along with the carrot; they defeat it in battle and it shrinks and runs off.

Bowser returns to the cannon and fires the Banzai Bill at his enemy-occupied castle, however Midbus flies the rocket-powered building over the incoming missile and lands it on Bowser. The Mario Bros. revive him with adrenaline from the Rump Command, which has the unintended side-effect of turning Bowser as giant as the castle, which he then fights off with his bare hands. The castle flies away and Bowser gives chase, travelling through Bumpsy Plains and Bowser Path to reach his destination. Midbus launches a giant iron ball at Bowser, but he throws it back, knocking the castle out of the air and back onto its moorings for the last time. Entering the castle, Bowser discovers that Fawful has turned it into a theater and brainwashed all the Koopa Troop members into a pack of his own adoring fans. Fawful himself arrives and tricks Bowser, forcing him to perform a cage match with Midbus on stage. When Bowser wins, his prize is being forcibly fed fattening foods cooked by Fawful, gaining so much weight that he breaks through the floor and becomes trapped.

Peach tells the story about the Dark Star.

Exploring the newly opened Flab Zone and defeating some Kretin enemies, Mario and Luigi are reunited with Princess Peach, who explains that Fawful is actually after the Dark Star, an evil entity locked away under Toad Town that can only be revived using Peach herself. Fawful then uses a laser to extract Peach from Bowser and he and Midbus leave with her, while Bowser falls the rest of the way through the floor onto a treadmill they placed beneath him in the basement. He literally burns off all the excess fat, igniting a crate of Bob-Ombs in the processm which sends him blasting off back to Cavi Cape. He meets up with some Monty Mole minions and helps them drill all the way to Toad Town, but when Bowser wanders into the corridor leading to the Dark Star, the security system activates and electrocutes him into unconsciousness.

Mario and Luigi gain access to the Pipe Yard in Bowser's body, which allows them to use warp pipes to return to the outside world. They emerge in the Toad Town Tunnels themselves and try to head off Fawful, but arrive to late. Fawful takes the Dark Star to Peach's Castle and uses its power to create a barrier preventing the Mario Bros. from following him. With no other option, they head to Doctor Toadley to try and do something about the Blorbs problem instead, but Bowser arrives at the clinic as well and the three battle, with Bowser losing. Toadley then tells Mario and Luigi that they need to collect three Star Cures to cure the Blorbs and possibly find a way into the castle. Bowser awakens, hears this and rushes off, determined to find the cures before the Bros. Toadley then reveals to Mario and Luigi that the first cure is held by Durmite inside Bowser's body, and they head back in to get it. They locate Durmite immediately, but it flees through an impassable barrier of Boo Blocks, stopping the Mario Bros. in their tracks.

Yikk presents the Boo-Ray Machine.

Meanwhile, Bowser heads to the shores of Blubble Lake, where his sneezes raise the propeller-topped Tower of Yikk out of the water and straight onto him. The Mario Bros. supersize Bowser again and he defeats the moving tower, venturing inside once he shrinks back to his regular size and meeting the ghost of Yikk, who shines his invention, the Boo-ray Machine, on Bowser's gut. The light from the machine causes the blocks to disappear and help Mario and Luigi navigate the maze beyond them, allowing them to track down Durmite, whose reveals herself to be a sage named Wisdurm. She battles them over the Star Cure, turning to a butterfly after her defeat and flying off.

Bowser leaves the tower and meets up with Private Goomp, who tells him that he already had one of the Star Cures locked away in his treasure chamber, having recently stolen it from an old Koopa named Kuzzle. Bowser returns to his castle only to find that the Monty Bros. were now under Fawful's control and had built a railway straight through the treasure vault. They use their train to push Bowser out of the castle bowels and into a boulder, resulting in another emergency revival and giant battle between Bowser and the train. Returning to his vault after wining the fight, Bowser realizes that he's forgotten the combination to the safe that the Star Cure is stored in, and asks "Chippy" to retrieve it for him. In the Memory Banks, Mario and Luigi have to defeat blocky doppelgangers of themselves, crafted from Bowser's own memories of them. After that, they reassemble a puzzle representing the memory and Bowser opens his safe, only to be pushed in by Private Goomp, Sergeant Guy, and Corporal Paraplonk, who had turned to Fawful's side. With nothing else to do in the cramped safe, Bowser eats the Star Cure, and it is retrieved from his gut by the Mario Bros.

Mario and Luigi return to Toad Town and are sent after the final Star Cure by Toadley. Guided by the doctor's messenger bird, Birdley, they meet the sage known as Chakron at the top of a cliff over Plack Beach, but he refuses to give them the Star Cure unless they can knock him out of the pose he has held for a thousand years. After a cryptic hint from Chakron, Mario and Luigi head for Dimble Wood to collect Attack Pieces for the ground-shacking Snack Basket move, but Mario is kidnapped by a Sockop and has to be rescued by Luigi, who wears a knocked-out Sockop like a Kuribo's Shoe to sneak into the enemies' territory. Reunited and having gathered all the pieces, the brothers return to Chakron and knock him over, so true to his word, he gives them the final Star Cure.

The Miracle Cure curing the blorb-infected Toads.

Back at the clinic, Doctor Toadley creates the Miracle Cure from the three Star Cures, which flies around ridding all the Toads of the Blorbs and then allows Mario and Luigi to blast their way through the barriers to get to Peach's Castle. They search the gardens for a way in and are attacked by Midbus, who uses the remote-control Junker robot to fight them. The Mario Bros. win the battle and the robot goes haywire, throwing the safe containing Bowser into a pile of garbage, breaking it open. Bowser's back seized up from being in the cramped safe for so long, so Mario and Luigi go back inside him to fix it, allowing him to break into Peach's Castle for them.

Bowser fights his way to Fawful and Midbus as they are slowly awakening the Dark Star. Fawful supercharges his minion into Blizzard Midbus, but Bowser wins the ensuing fight and Midbus's new ice powers end up freezing him solid. Bowser punches out Fawful as he tries to absorb the Dark Star's powers and he only gets a portion of it, with the rest of the revived evil entity sucking up Peach and then forcing its way inside Bowser. Mario and Luigi chase the Dark Star around as it absorbs Bowser's DNA and takes on his characteristics, eventually emerging as an incomplete copy of Bowser and floating off in search of the rest of its power. Bowser goes after it but is sidetracked by a final giant battle against Peach's Castle, which had been transformed into a giant robot by Fawful. He then battles Fawful himself, now souped-up by the Dark Star's powers into Dark Fawful. Bowser wins the fight and Fawful turns into a small ball of dark energy and tries to get away, but is absorbed by the Dark Star, allowing to fully transform into Dark Bowser.

The real Bowser goes after his copy, chasing it to the tallest tower where it deposits the unconscious Peach before being confirmed by Bowser, who aims to collect Peach, both castles and the Dark Star's powers. The final battle is waged on two fronts, starting off with Bowser fighting his clone, before punching it in the gut and forcing it to spit up Fawful. Bowser sucks up the little ball of energy and Mario and Luigi take over the fight, defeat both Fawful and the Dark Star Core inside Bowser. This leaves Dark Bowser unstable, and the real Bowser punches it until it explodes, freeing the Mushroom Kingdom from the Dark Star’s influence forever.

Inside Bowser, Fawful is then revealed to be on his way out, and with a dying grin, he attempts to take the Mario Bros. with him in a final explosion of his own, but all this accomplishes is making Bowser eject everyone he had inhaled. The liberated Toads and the now-conscious Peach move to congratulate Mario and Luigi on a job well done, and Bowser, confused and angry, realizes that the brothers had been inside his body the whole time. Starlow dismissively tells Bowser to not worry about what's in the past, but discovering that she was his supposedly loyal minion "Chippy" throws Bowser into a complete rage. The Toads and the Princess flee from the scene, and the credits roll over a montage of still images showing that Bowser loses the ensuing fight.

Bowser's cake.

Afterward, the heavily-injured Bowser is seen lying in bed at his castle while Private Goomp, Sergeant Guy, and Corporal Paraplonk beg him for forgiveness over their treason. Birdley arrives with a package from Peach, but when Starlow pops out of it to check in on him, Bowser angrily tells her to leave, as he is too busy fixing his castle to attack again anytime soon. He then lets the trio rejoin the rest of the Koopa Troop in helping with the repairs, and only once he is sure he's alone does Bowser open the package, revealing a thank-you cake with himself, Mario, Luigi, and Peach on it.

As in the other two Mario & Luigi games, there is no "Endless Play" feature. As such, if the player plays the game after it is beaten and the ending is done, the game will just start from the last save point, before the final battle.

Battle system

Stats

Each brother and Bowser have their own HP, SP, POW, DEF, and SPEED, as well as STACHE points for the brothers, and HORN points for Bowser. When they finish a battle, they each gain EXP Points and Coins. With enough Experience Points, they can level-up and increase each respective statistic.

  • HP, or Heart Points, indicate the amount of remaining health the player has. When an enemy hits one of Mario Bros. or Bowser, they lose HP. When their HP reaches zero, they pass out, but can be revived with a 1-Up Mushroom or 1-Up Deluxe. HP can be replenished with a Mushroom, a Nut or a Drumstick (Bowser only).
  • SP, or Special Points, indicates how many times Mario, Luigi, or Bowser can use a Special Move. Each attack uses up a certain amount of SP, draining the total. SP can only be restored by using Syrup.
  • POW, or Power, is how strong the fighter is. POW determines how much damage they can inflict.
  • DEF, or Defense, is how much damage the player can block from an enemy hit. The higher their DEF stats are, the less damage they will take.
  • SPEED is how fast the player is. The more SPEED a character has, the more they can attack the enemy in a single turn.
  • STACHE (Mario and Luigi only) is the most unique of the player's stats. The higher their STACHE stats are, the greater there is a chance of a Lucky Hit, which doubles POW. Also, the player will be more likely to get hits on Scratch Cards with more STACHE.
  • HORN (Bowser only) is exactly the same as STACHE Points, but is made for Bowser. The higher the number, the more Lucky Hits Bowser will deal and the more hits on Scratch Cards he will win.

Mario and Luigi's battle system

Mario and Luigi battling.

The battle system with Mario and Luigi is similar to the battles from previous titles. There are now six categories of attack during battle, as opposed to Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time's five, or Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga's four. These are Jump, Hammer, Attack Pieces (Bros. Items), Items, Bros. Badges and Escape. The Bros. can defend with their jump and their hammers. The Jump makes Mario and/or Luigi jump to dodge an attack or to counter-attack. The Hammer is used to counter-attack. The music played while battling is the same as the music played during the debut trailer, as seen in the Japanese site.

A new element has been added to battles, a gauge at the bottom of the screen with Mario and Luigi's heads on either end. When Mario or Luigi pull off an action command, that brother's end of the bar fills slightly. When they meet in the middle, it's possible to use a Bros. Badge move. The effect varies with the equipped badge. The normal effect is to restore 20% of both brothers' HP. Badges can be bought in one of the shops in Toad Town. Some of the badges require that the action commands be pulled off perfectly (EXCELLENT is displayed), and some only need GOOD!. An extra block that appears in the battles can be used to swap the badges that brothers use.

Bowser's battle system

Bowser battling.

Bowser has almost the same battle system as Mario and Luigi's, but with a few differences. He has different options: Punch replaces Jump, Fire Breath replaces Hammer and Enemy Attacks replaces Attacks Parts. However, he doesn't have Bros. Badges. Instead, Bowser gains a vacuum ability after the player advances further through the game. He can swallow enemies with this new ability to make Mario and Luigi fight them in his belly. He can also swallow parts of enemies that can restore his HP, raise defense or attack power, or rescue a Blitty. Bowser's defenses are the Punch and the Shell. Bowser's Punch can counter-attack an enemy, while his spiky shell can hit enemies that try to jump on his head or protect him from attacks.

Enemy Attacks are special attacks that use mostly members of Bowser's army, which are Goombas, Koopas, Shy Guys, Bob-ombs, Magikoopas and Broggy. These attacks require the stylus to perform. These characters need to be liberated to unlock these attacks.

Bowser also has his very own battle system, used when he turns giant. He fights alone against equally-sized enemies during these segments. During these battles, the player holds the DS sideways like a book, and can perform moves with the touch screen and microphone. Sweeping the touch pen across the touch screen will make Bowser execute a Mega Punch against his enemy, while breathing into the microphone will make him breath fire. Mushrooms will occasionally appear during certain boss battles, which are used to heal Bowser. These battles are turn-based battles.

General battle system

The battle system for both the Mario Bros. and Bowser is similar to that of previous titles, but it also includes various degrees of performance for the Action Commands. In contrast to the binary "did you hit the button on time or didn't you" method of other titles, this game separates performance on Action Commands into five levels:

  • Nothing: You didn't use the Action Command at all.
  • OK: You used the Action Command, but timed it poorly.
  • Good: You used the Action Command, and timed it okay.
  • Great: You used the Action Command, and timed it well.
  • Excellent: You used the Action Command, and timed it very well. Most moves require perfect execution to get this rating, but some special moves will allow you to get away with one or two misses and still get an Excellent.

Ranks

Mario elevated to Shell Rank.

When leveling up Mario and Luigi, and Bowser occasionally reach a rank. When this happens new criteria is added to the game such as being able to equip more clothing or being able to shop at certain places. Here is a list of the ranks:

Mario & Luigi

  • Mushroom (default) (1 piece of gear)
  • Shell (level 6) (2 pieces of gear)
  • Flower (level 12) (3 pieces of gear)
  • Shine (level 18) (Shop at Shine Rank gear shop)
  • Star (level 25) (Shop at Star Rank gear shop)
  • Rainbow (level 40) (Get Excellent!! Badge)

Bowser

  • Bronze Boss (default) (1 piece of gear)
  • Silver Boss (level 10) (2 pieces of gear)
  • Gold Boss (level 20) (3 pieces of gear)
  • Final Boss (level 40) (Get Intruder Fangs)

Special Attacks

Bowser Specials

Bowser using Goomba Storm.

Bowser has six Enemy Attacks, five of which are obtained via cages.

*required

Mario & Luigi Specials

Mario and Luigi obtain these attacks via Attack Pieces found by hitting a Attack Piece Block and numerous other ways.

Mario & Luigi using Snack Basket.

*required

Items

Key Items

There are many items that appear in the game that the heroes must obtain in order to advance in the game. Most of these items require the players to go through some trial, whether it be a challenge, facing a boss, or through other means.

Image Name Description
VacuumMushroom.png Vacuum Shroom A strange Mushroom that gives Bowser the ability to inhale anything.
Hammers Hammers found in the Trash Pit. Use 'em to whack and break stuff!
Vacuum Block.png Vacuum Block A rare block from Broque Monsieur. In battle, Bowser inhales stuff!
Stingler An item that might shock something. Where should you use it?
Star Panel An object that fit into certain locations.
Red Cure One of the curatives that was held by Wisdurm.
Yellow Star Cure.png Yellow Cure One of the curatives that was previously owned by Kuzzle.
Green Cure One of the curatives that was held by Chakron.
Miracle Cure The ultimate cure that can heal any disease.
Birdley.png Birdley Dr. Toadley's pet bird that leads the bros around.
BlittyMLBiS.png Blitty Animated cat-like blocks that are found inside enemies.
Mushroom Ball.PNG Mushroom Ball A party ball that holds a prize inside each one.

Consumable Items

These are the items that appear in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Please note that some of the items used in this game have appeared in the previous installments.

Image Name Description
Mushroom BiS.png Mushroom Restores 30 HP.
Mushroom BiS.png Super Mushroom Recovers 60 HP to one of the bros.
Mushroom BiS.png Ultra Mushroom Recovers 120 HP to one of the bros.
Mushroom BiS.png Max Mushroom Recovers 240 HP to one of the bros.
Mushroom One Up BiS.png 1-Up Mushroom Revives a fallen bro with half HP.
Mushroom One Up BiS.png 1-Up Deluxe Revives a fallen bro with full HP.
Drumstick.png Hot Drumstick Restores 80 HP to Bowser.
Drumstick.png Fiery Drumstick Restores 150 HP to Bowser.
Drumstick.png TNT Drumstick Restores 280 HP to Bowser.
Nut.png Nut Restores 20 HP to both bros.
Nut.png Super Nut Restores 40 HP to both bros.
Nut.png Ultra Nut Restores 80 HP to both bros.
Nut.png Max Nut Restores 160 HP to both bros.
Syrup BiS.png Syrup Jar Restores 10 SP.
Syrup BiS.png Supersyrup Jar Restores 20 SP.
Syrup BiS.png Ultrasyrup Jar Restores 30 SP.
Syrup BiS.png Max Syrup Jar Restores 40 SP.
StarCandy.png Star Candy Restores all HP & SP and cures status ailments.
Herb Refresh BIS.png Refreshing Herb Cures status effects.
Bean.png Heart Bean Increases health to the selected character by 1 Point.
Bean.png Special Bean Increases SP to the selected character by 1 Point.
Bean.png Power Bean Increases power to the selected character by 1 Point.
Retry Clock.PNG Retry Clock Allows the player to restart a battle.

Status Ailments

Many Status Ailments appear in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Each type affects the heroes and enemies with their own variables. Many of these status effects are both new and previously found in the prequels. Many enemies can inflict the diseases, as well as some attacks that the three heroes can learn. To relieve the effects, the player can use a Refreshing Herb or - depending on the type - can wait for it to run out of their systems.

Image Name Description Affects
Bowsers Inside Story Burn.PNG Burn Player has fire on them; prevents them from attacking/dodging; loses partial HP every turn. Mario; Luigi; Enemies
Bowsers Inside Story Defense Down.PNG DEF-Down Defense stat is lowered; attacks on affected player are more powerful. Mario; Luigi; Bowser; Enemies
Bowsers Inside Story Def-up Bowser.PNG DEF-Up Defense stat is boosted; attacks on affected character are less powerful. Mario; Luigi; Bowser; Enemies
Bowsers Inside Story Dizzy.PNG Dizzy Player cannot move from confusion and is unable to attack/dodge. Mario; Luigi; Bowser; Enemies
Bowsers Inside Story Fury.PNG Fury Player grows furious and increases damage dealt and received. Bowser
Bowsers Inside Story Pow Down.PNG POW-Down Attack Power is lowered; attacks from affected player do less damage. Mario; Luigi; Bowser; Enemies
Bowsers Inside Story Pow Up.PNG POW-Up Attack Power is boosted; attacks from affected player do more damage. Mario; Luigi; Bowser; Enemies
Poisonbis.png Poison Player turns purple and loses partial HP every turn. Mario; Luigi
Bowsers Inside Story Speed Down.PNG SPD-Down Speed stat is lowered; affected player gets fewer turns. Mario; Luigi; Bowser; Enemies
Sick Bowser.png Sick Player gets a runny nose and loses partial HP every turn. Bowser

Characters

Playable

Friends

Enemies

The following is a bestiary for all enemies encountered in the game Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Please note that some of these enemies are variations of a single enemy or were fought in a grouped-battle. For convenience, these variations are listed separately.

Mushroom Kingdom

# Name HP EXP Coins Location
Chuboomba.gif Chuboomba 50 15 4 Cavi Cape
Borp.gif Borp* 102 220 40 Cavi Cape
Toothy.gif Toothy 27 18 5 Plack Beach
Drillbit Crab.gif Drillbit Crab* 115 240 45 Plack Beach
Pendril.gif Pendril* 157 260 55 Plack Beach
Treevil.gif Treevil 95 30 8 Dimble Wood
Treevil Berry.gif Treevil (berry) 95 35 10 Dimble Wood
Trashure.gif Trashure 147 40 15 Dimble Wood
Scutlet.gif Scutlet* 72 100 25 Dimble Wood
Sockop.gif Sockop* 110 240 55 Dimble Wood
Flifit.gif Flifit 108 50 20 Bumpsy Plains
Sneed.gif Sneed* 74 200 50 Bumpsy Plains
Lakitu King.gif Lakitu King* 90 35 20 Bumpsy Plains
Chain Chawful with Sworm.gif Chain Chawful 165 75 30 Bowser Path
Fawfulcopter.gif Fawfulcopter* 32 40 20 Bowser Path
Fawful Guy.gif Fawful Guy* 172 240 60 Bowser Path
Choomba.gif Choomba** 248 26 31 Tunnel
Coalbit.gif Coalbit 34 40 15 Tunnel
Nooz Red.gif Nooz (Red)* 55 50 25 Toad Town Caves
Nooz Green.gif Nooz (Green)* 55 50 25 Toad Town Caves
Fawflant.gif Fawflant* 100 70 30 Toad Town Caves
Beehoss.gif Beehoss 200 150 40 Blubble Lake
Crawful.gif Crawful 173 170 45 Blubble Lake
Fawflopper.gif Fawflopper* 96 200 40 Blubble Lake
Mawful Mole.gif Mawful Mole* 154 230 45 Blubble Lake
Glam Lakitu.gif Glam Lakitu* 208 47 60 Blubble Lake
Jailgoon Goomba.gif Jailgoon 183 340 55 Bowser Castle
Sniffle Thwomp.gif Sniffle Thwomp 256 400 60 Bowser Castle
Magifoofa.gif Magifoofa* 124 260 50 Bowser Castle
Mechawful.gif Mechawful Body 277 300 70 Peach's Castle Garden
Mechawful Head.gif Mechawful Head 98 150 20 Peach's Castle Garden
Metal Mawful Mole.gif Metal Mawful Mole 140 350 60 Peach's Castle Garden
Naplock.gif Naplock** 183 580 80 Peach's Castle
Alarm Bob-omb.gif Alarm Bob-omb 123 170 50 Peach's Castle
Dark Mechawful.gif Dark Mechawful Body** 280 800 80 Peach's Castle
Dark Mechawful Head.gif Dark Mechawful Head* 200 200 40 Peach's Castle
Dark Mechawful 5.gif Dark Mechawful.5** 280 800 80 Peach's Castle
Dark Trashure.gif Dark Trashure** 360 640 100 Peach's Castle
Dark Fawful Guy.gif Dark Fawful Guy* 128 200 65 Peach's Castle
Dark Fawful Bomb.gif Dark Fawful Bomb** 316 0 0 Peach's Castle

*Indicate only Mario & Luigi can battle them.
**Indicate only Bowser can battle them.


Inside Bowser

Image Name HP EXP Coins Location
Goombule Cell Thing.png Goombule 8 3 2 Trash Pit
Goombule Elite.png Elite Goombule 16 4 2 Trash Pit
Spiky blop.gif Spike Blop 12 5 3 Trash Pit
DryBubble Blooper.gif Bubble/Dried Blooper 23 15 5 Pump Works
Protobattle Blis.png Protobatter 36 15 5 Pump Works
Tenderloin.png Tenderling 45 30 12 Flab Zone
Calorite Bis.png Calorite 85 40 20 Flab Zone
Napse Napse.png Napse 68 100 35 Energy Hold
Peps.gif Pep 105 120 40 Energy Hold
Piranha plorp.gif Piranha Plorp 165 140 55 Energy Hold
Protobattler Blue.png Pwallop 130 150 45 Energy Hold
Air Cheap.png Air Cheep 236 600 75 Airway
Stonk Bis.png Stonk 198 630 85 Airway
Airnapse.png Airnapse 150 610 70 Airway
Air Cannn Bis.png Air Cannon 254 670 100 Airway

Bosses

The following is a bestiary for all bosses encountered in the game Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Please note that some of the bosses are fought necessarily; some are optional, such as the X bosses; and some require Bowser to become giant to brawl them.

Normal Bosses

Image Name HP EXP Coins Location
BowserAnimation.gif Bowser (first time) 25 0 0 Peach's Castle
Midbus Pig Armadillo.png Midbus (first time) 79 0 0 Cavi Cape
Broque Monsieur BiS.png Broque Monsieur 158 30 0 Plack Beach
ML3Blooper-fountain.png Stone Blooper 300 150 50 Plack Beach
Plugbug1236034740.png Scutlet 280 200 50 Flame Pipe
Broggy Bis.png Broggy 198 60 0 Plack Beach
WigglerSprite.png Wiggler 540 340 150 Dimble Wood
Durmite.gif Durmite 326 300 120 Nerve Cluster
Midbus Pig Armadillo.png Midbus (second time) 950 550 350 Bowser Castle
Kretin Alpha.pngKretin Beta.png Alpha Kretin
Beta Kretin
20 (each ball)
385
700 200 Flab Zone
BowserAnimation.gif Bowser (second time) 1,215 1,000 500 Toad Town Mall
Wisdurm Small.pngWisdurm Normal.png Wisdurm 1,610 2,800 600 Energy Hold
Bowser Memory MXP.pngBowser Memory LXP.png Bowser Memory M
Bowser Memory L
730
845
1,500 (each) 350 Memory Banks
Chakron.gif Chakron 9,999 0 0 Plack Beach
Garakuta Monster MLRPG3.PNG Junker 1,445 6,000 900 Peach's Castle Garden
BlizzarddMidbus.gif Blizzard Midbus 2,041 6,500 1,200 Peach's Castle
DarkStar.gif Dark Star 1,248 9,999 2,000 Airway
DarkFawfulBattle.gifVacuumHelmet.gif Dark Fawful
Vacuum Helmet
1,736
1,200
7,500
220
1,600 Peach's Castle
DarkBowserAni.gif Dark Bowser 1,000 0 0 Peach's Castle
Fawful Darker.png Dark Star Core Main - 1,560
Glasses - 250
Appendages - 156
0 0 Peach's Castle

Giant Bosses

Image Name HP EXP Coins Location
Bowsercastlebis.PNG
Bowser's Castle 535 380 200 Dimble Wood
Yikktowerbis.png
Tower of Yikk 508 1,800 800 Blubble Lake
Fawfulexpressbis.png
Fawful Express 885 3,500 1,000 Bowser Castle
SuperPeachCastleOfFury.png
Super Peach's Castle 1,488 7,500 2,000 Peach's Castle Garden

Optional Bosses

Image Name HP EXP Coins Location
Shroob Bis.pngShroob Bis.pngShroob Bis.png Shroobs 500 (each) 900 300 Bowser Castle
Durmite X.png Durmite X 575 0 1,000 Challenge Node
Alpha Kretin X.pngBeta Kretin X.png Alpha Kretin X
Beta Kretin X
135
810
0 2,000 Challenge Node
Wisdurm X Minisucle.pngWisdurm X.png Wisdurm X 2,380 0 4,000 Challenge Node
Bowser Memory MXP.pngBowser Memory LXP.png Bowser Memory MX
Bowser Memory LX
2,500
3,000
0 6,000 Challenge Node
Junker X.png Junker X 3,080 0 9,000 Challenge Node
Star Dark X.png Dark Star X 4,030 0 12,500 Challenge Node
Bowser Enemy Battle bis2.png Bowser X 7,155 0 25,000 Challenge Node

Overworld

While Mario and Luigi adventure through Bowser's Body, Bowser is walking around the overworld. Mario and Luigi can influence Bowser. They can pinch nerves to make Bowser panic. They can also touch Bowser's muscles to give him a power-up. Equally, Bowser can change the course of the Mario Bros.' adventure. For example, he can flood them by drinking from a fountain. After a certain point in the game, Mario and Luigi can go to the Pipe Yard and use Warp Pipes to exit Bowser's body and explore the overworld, and then use the pipes to enter Bowser's body again.

Overworld icons have slightly changed. They now display the health of the character. Bowser uses two buttons in the overworld, X to punch, and Y for firebreath. Later in the game, Bowser learns new moves such as a dashing punch, ground-pounding, and curling up into a spikeball (much like the way he attacked Mario in Super Mario Galaxy). Mario and Luigi use A and B respectively to jump. At one point they gain hammers. Mario can destroy rocks and crates, while Luigi can hit Mario to make him mini so as to reach previously inaccessible areas. Later in the game, the Marios learn new moves such as the Spin Jump and the Drill Bros. They also encounter items in the overworld that help them perform moves to reach a goal or an item. The items include a gas pump that seems to be shooting out helium. Mario can fill himself up with helium and float into the air like a balloon. If Luigi is to grab his legs at that time, they are able to perform a floating high jump, somewhat similar to the move found in the first installment of the series. They can also find a Blue Koopa shell that Mario can put on. Luigi can whack him with his hammer to shoot Mario over previously inaccessible areas to hit switches. This move is very similar to the move the Koopa companions use in the Paper Mario series.

While Bowser explores a 3-D overworld, Mario and Luigi explore a 2-D world inside his body, much like a traditional platformer, though they can go into the 3-D overworld at any time once the Pipe Yard is available. The actual overworld is connected just as it was in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, unlike Partners in Time's linear levels. The overworld is up to 4-5 times larger than Superstar Saga's overworld. The map in this game consists of a beach, a forest, a cape, the road to Bowser's Castle, Toad Town, Bowser's Castle, Peach's Castle, Grasslands, a railroad, underground, and a lake. In the Nintendo Power review, it was stated that there are tons of sidequests, much to explore, and plenty to do in the free roam overworld.

Locations

Princess Peach's CastleDimble WoodCavi CapePlack BeachBowser PathBowser CastleUnderground TunnelTower of YikkBumpsy PlainsToad Town CavesToad TownBlubble Lake
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*Only Mario & Luigi can access.
**Only Bowser can access.

Memory BanksPipe YardNose DeckAirwayTrash PitToad SquareChallenge NodeArm CenterFunny BonePump WorksGut CheckRump CommandLeg OutpostEnergy HoldChest StationFlab ZoneFlame PipeLumbar NookJoint TowerNerve Cluster
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Shops

Main article: List of shops in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

Differences from other Mario & Luigi games

While a direct sequel in the Mario & Luigi series, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story still has several differences compared to the first two Mario & Luigi games.

  • This is the first game to feature more than one optional boss stronger than the final boss.
  • This is the first game in the series not to feature Professor E. Gadd, or Yoshi.
  • This is the first game in the Mario series to feature Bowser as a main protagonist.
  • This is the first Mario and Luigi game to give Mario and Luigi's in-game sprites eyebrows.

Gameplay differences

  • This is the first Mario & Luigi game to have optional bosses, with the exception of three of the four Popple fights and Jojora in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, who are not required to be defeated, but can be defeated for extra experience and items.
  • Unlike Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time for the Nintendo DS, this game makes greater use of the DS's touch controls and microphone.
  • This is the first game in the Mario & Luigi series to have Bowser as a playable character.
  • The player can equip Mario and Luigi with pants, gloves, shoes, socks, and accessories instead of just pants as in the first two Mario & Luigi games.
The new scratch card mode, allowing Mario and Luigi to win money back.
  • Badges have a different function. Bro. Badge moves can be performed with them. This game contains eight badges, which is notably less than the previous Mario & Luigi games.
  • This is the first of the series to have power-ups or other items in the overworld such as the blue Koopa shell.
  • This is the first Mario & Luigi game to have a rank system. This means, if the player gets at a certain level, they will go to a higher rank. Ranks for Mario and Luigi are the Mushroom Rank, Shell Rank, Flower Rank, Shine Rank, Star Rank, and the Rainbow Rank. Bowser’s ranks are the Bronze Boss Rank, Silver Boss Rank, Gold Boss Rank, and the Final Boss Rank.
  • Mario and Luigi get the hammers earlier in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story than other Mario & Luigi games.
  • The Scratch Card is introduced, allowing the main characters to earn back coins after spending them.
  • This is also the first game where the hammerheads don't fall off in defense when held too long; the bro. just puts it down. Consequently, the hammer can also be held much longer.
  • In the first two games in the series, Mario and Luigi use a suitcase to store anything they collect in their journey. In Bowser's Inside Story, however, they use the Star Menu, managed by Starlow in order to access their items.
  • This is the first game to have a Boss-Refight or Skill Challenge.
  • This is the first time in the Mario RPG series that a sequel has been released on the same system as its predecessor.
  • This is the second game where the Mario Bros. battle inside Bowser's body, the first being Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, where they battle Cackletta's Soul inside Bowser. Fawful (who worked for Cackletta) is fought in a similar way to Cackletta. Also, before both battles take place, the player fights an affected form of Bowser. While Mario and Luigi are sucked into Bowser and Cackletta was inside him, for Fawful it is the reverse; Bowser inhales Dark Fawful, and he fights the Mario Bros. inside of Bowser.
  • This is the first, and so far, only Mario and Luigi game where Bowser does not end up possessed by the main villain, as well as the first RPG game since Paper Mario where the main villain does not actually possess one of the main characters.
    • However, Dark Bowser is a character who has copied Bowser lineaments by gathering his DNA, and is similar to previous Bowser possessions.

Release differences

  • This is the first Mario & Luigi game to be released in Japan before any other country.
  • This is the first Mario & Luigi game in which the American boxart is the same as the Japanese boxart. The European boxart, while not exactly the same, uses the same pictures and background as the Japanese boxart.
  • This is the first Mario & Luigi game to have multiple languages for its North American release. Both the French and Spanish translations are distinct from those of Europe.

References to other games

  • Super Mario Bros. 2: During Bowser's battle with the giant Wiggler, the Wiggler sometimes attack by pulling out vegetables, which are the same ones that are seen in this game. Also, one of Bowser's brainwashed minions states that he forgot what Bowser's castle was originally called (before it was turned into "Fawful Theater"), and mistakenly referred to it as "Mouser's Castle".
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars - In addition to the storyline of Bowser attempting to reclaim his castle, Bowser states that Chippy could be an honorary member of the Koopa Troop, and she could "thank him later" (just like when Bowser rationalizes joining Mario's party). In addition, some notes of the Forest Maze track appear in the Toad Town and Peach's Castle themes.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3: Sockops are clearly meant to resemble the Kuribo's Shoe, and at one point Luigi will even hop around inside an unconscious Sockop, allowing him to walk along spikes without taking damage, just as the Kuribo's Shoe does. In addition, one of the Sockops' names is, apparently, Kuribo.
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga - Fawful reappears as a villain. The Bros. Attacks from this game are reused, and there is a slight remix of Cackletta's theme song that played in the background after Fawful took over Peach's castle. Mario and Luigi battle Dark Fawful inside of Bowser's body, just as they did with Cackletta. The chair seen near the Conference Room has the same design (seen only briefly in the beginning of said game). Also, the Mini-Mario and Spin Jump abilities return. The music that plays when visiting Peach's Castle in the beginning is a remix of the theme heard in Toad Town before boarding the Koopa Cruiser.
  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time - When Mario and Luigi talk to Broque Madame, she tells them stories about the Shroob invasion that took place in the game. Several Shroobs are also seen at Bowser's castle, where they were kept frozen in a cryogenic chamber. If the player chooses to thaw them out, then an optional boss battle with them will commence. During the battle, several other Shroobs, including Elder Princess Shroob can be seen in the background. After the battle, Mario and Luigi tell Starlow about their previous battle with the Shroobs, and how they defeated them while they were babies. While the audience is still in the theater in Bowser's castle, a Shroob can also be found sitting in the audience on the bottom right. Also, there is a boot called the Shroob Boots. The theme that plays in Peach's Castle at the beginning is a remix of the present Peach's Castle theme of this game.
  • Super Mario 64 - The music that plays within Peach's Castle when visiting it for the first time is a variation of its theme here.
  • Super Mario Sunshine - One of the brother's rank is called the Shine Rank.
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island DS - The Fawful Guy enemy can imitate the attack patterns of both the Woozy Guy and the Glide Guy. In addition, one of its attacks mirrors Yoshi's main form of offense in the game, egg throwing.
  • Dr. Mario - Blue Viruses appear on a poster in Dr. Toadley's office, and in one of the Toothy's attacks.
  • New Super Mario Bros.- Blue Shells make a reappearance. A Mega Mushroom also occasionally appears during one of Broque Monsieur's attacks in his tutorial.
  • Super Mario Galaxy- Spike Ball, the ability where Bowser curls into a ball, heavily resembles an attack that Bowser uses during his fights against Mario/Luigi.

References in later games

Gallery

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.

Quotes

Main article: List of quotes in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

Bowser

  • "Did somebody page the king of awesome?"
  • "MAAARIO! Are you seriously trying to start with me again?! I hear about this big meeting, and I'm all ready to act nice... But man, the second I see your face, Mr. Nice Bowser is GONE. Yeah, forget your dumb meeting! I'll pummel you and grab Peach!"
  • "GWAHAHA! Great dark hurricane! Seriously, perfect backdrop for an awesome final battle! You really sweat the details! Listen up! You're saying the kingdom will vanish? NOT TODAY! THIS KINGDOM IS ALL MINE! SO YOU VANISH!

Fawful

  • "All who resist will be beat like naughty little eggs!"
  • "Beef? I am lacking in beef. Fawful is beefless."
  • "Fawful sings a song of bad!♪ The Mushroom Kingdom is so sad!♪ All of it is for Fawful!♪ And the...rhyme...with that!♪"
  • "Here Fawful goes, the disappearing..forever disappearing... WITH YOU!"

Beta elements

Main article: List of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story beta elements

All enemies have an attack pattern for Mario and Luigi, even if they do not face them in the game. There are also several unused voice clips for Yoshi, coming from Yoshi's Story; there are also unused music from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, although it won't play correctly. Early screenshots also show Treevils bing battled at Plack Beach.

Glitches

Main article: List of glitches in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

If the player does more than 10,000 damage to an enemy then the game will freeze. Also, before the fight with Scutlet if the players re-enter the Pump Works and hit the Save Block the message will say that Bowser can breathe fire again, even though the Flame Pipe is still blocked.

Staff

Main article: List of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story staff

The game's producers were Toshiharu Izuno, Akira Otani and Yoshihiko Maekawa, with Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka acting as senior producers and Satoru Iwata and Tetsuo Mizuno acting as executive producers. The game's director was Hiroyuki Kubota and Makoto Aioi was the main programmer.

Mushroom Kingdom Tribune

The newspaper.

The Mushroom Kingdom Tribune is a promotional newspaper sent by Nintendo via e-mail. This newspaper includes information about the release of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.

This newspaper includes "Reviews from the Mushroom Kingdom", which are quotes from the game characters:

  • "I have chortles!" - Fawful
  • "Did someone just page the King of Awesome?" - Bowser
  • "SUPER ULTRA WONDER ULTIMATE RUTHLESS GREAT IRON BALL!" - Midbus

Media

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Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオ&ルイージRPG3!!!
Mario ando Ruīji Ārupījī Surī!!!
Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!!
Spanish (NOA) Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story -
Spanish (NOE) Mario & Luigi: Viaje al Centro de Bowser Mario & Luigi: A Journey to the Center of Bowser
French (NOA) Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story -
French (NOE) Mario & Luigi: Voyage au centre de Bowser Mario & Luigi: A Journey to the Center of Bowser
German Mario & Luigi: Abenteuer Bowser Mario & Luigi: Bowser Adventure
Italian Mario & Luigi: Viaggio al centro di Bowser Mario & Luigi: A Journey to the Center of Bowser
Korean 마리오&루이지RPG3 쿠파 몸속 대모험
Mario & Ruiji RPG 3 Kupa Momsok Daemoheom
Mario & Luigi RPG 3 A Great Adventure to Bowser's Body

Trivia

  • The title of the game is a parody on the term "inside story", meaning the "true" tale of an event from the perspective of an insider who participated in the action, as opposed to an outsider who only hears about the event later on. In this case, the game is a literal inside story, as Mario and Luigi have to adventure through Bowser's insides.
    • The game's European Spanish, European French and Italian name is a parody on the famous novel A Journey to the Center of the Earth. The original French name is Voyage au centre de la Terre, the Spanish name is Viaje al centro de la Tierra, and the Italian name is Viaggio al centro della Terra.
  • Bowser's icon for swimming when underwater is also Mario and Luigi's jump icon.
  • This is the only Mario game with Bowser in the title.

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