Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
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Developer(s) AlphaDream
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console (Wii U)
Release date Game Boy Advance:
USA November 17, 2003
Japan November 21, 2003
Europe November 21, 2003
Australia November 28, 2003 [1]
Virtual Console (Wii U):
USA April 3, 2014
Europe April 3, 2014
Australia April 3, 2014
Japan April 30, 2014
Genre RPG, Action-adventure
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
Wii U:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Game Boy Advance:
Media GBA icon.png Cartridge
Input
Wii U:
Game Boy Advance:

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (known as Mario & Luigi RPG in Japan), is a action-adventure role-playing game developed by AlphaDream and released for the Game Boy Advance in November 2003, and for the Virtual Console of the Wii U in April 2014. It is the first game in the Mario & Luigi series. The game takes place in the Beanbean Kingdom, where Mario and Luigi are chasing down the villains Cackletta and Fawful to retrieve Princess Peach's voice.

The remake of the Mario Bros. arcade game found in the Super Mario Advance series of games was also included with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

Story[edit]

Cackletta stealing Princess Peach's voice.

The Goodwill Ambassador from the Beanbean Kingdom and her assistant arrive at the Mushroom Kingdom to bring a gift from Queen Bean for Princess Peach. However, it turns out to be an act of deceit; the ambassador and her assistant are actually evil villains named Cackletta and Fawful, who have brought along a mysterious smoke. Fawful uses his Headgear to suck up the smoke, which engulfs Princess Peach's voice, and they escape with the stolen voice into the dark sky.

Toad trying to alert Luigi of the danger in front of the Mario Bros. residence.

Meanwhile, Mario and Luigi are at their house. Luigi is hanging up clothes when Toad walks by, asking where Mario is. Luigi is too busy to help, so Toad rushes inside his house and hears Mario singing in the bathroom. After the Toad sees Mario in the shower, he runs out, embarrased, and crashes into a wall. Mario comes out of the shower in a towel, and hears him groaning about the Princess, who is in trouble again. Mario quickly runs outside to put his clothes on, and the Bros. rush to the castle.

Mario battling Bowser.

Inside, the Bros. run into Bowser, who arrived at the castle before them. He becomes enraged, thinking the duo are trying to ambush him, and fights Mario. After being defeated, a Toad then tells them that Peach's voice was replaced with an explosive vocabulary. Bowser, scared the princess might wreck his castle if kidnapped, agrees to help Mario retrieve Peach's voice.

The Bros. and Bowser meet Cackletta.

Mario and Bowser get ready to leave in the Koopa Cruiser along with Bowser's underlings. As they are about to leave, Luigi comes to say his final goodbye. Bowser mistakenly thinks Luigi wants to join him and his underlings, so he takes him along. The Koopa Cruiser flies off to the Beanbean Kingdom, where Cackletta and Fawful are.

That night, while Bowser and the Mario Bros. are on deck, Luigi spots Cackletta and Fawful coming their way. Cackletta sends Fawful in to fight them, but he loses. Fawful then uses his headgear to destroy the cruiser, sending everyone onboard plummeting down to Stardust Fields.

Mario and Luigi battling Tolstar.

Mario and Luigi crash land in the Beanbean Borderlands. They soon meet the Border Bros., whom will let them pass only if they play the Border Jump game. The Bros. succeed, and they are given a Map of the Beanbean Kingdom to help them on their adventure. They soon find Bowser stuck in a cannon, and a creature named Tolstar laughing at his misfortune. Tolstar tells the Bros. to get 100 Beanbean Coins in order to secure Bowser's release, and they eventually retrieve enough to satisfy Tolstar's bribe. Instead of helping out, however, Tolstar decides to attack the brothers, but is soon defeated. Soon after, one of the Starshade Bros. arrives and lights the fuse of the cannon Bowser is stuck in, shooting him across the kingdom.

Mario and Luigi battling Dragohoho.

The brothers soon make it to Hoohoo Village, where some Beanish soldiers mistake them for foes. After being permitted entry to the town, they soon leave to find Fawful tormenting a soldier. He mocks the brothers by placing a rock statue in front of them, blocking their path to Beanbean Castle. They decide to visit the Hammerhead Bros. back at the village to obtain Hammers from them. However, the Hammerhead Bros. cannot make hammers because the material they have is too brittle. They need a Hoohoo Stone, so the brothers climb up the Hoohoo Mountain to retrieve one from the summit.

Midway, they confront a statue named Hoohooros whom challenges the Bros. to a battle. Once they overcome Hoohooros, it allows them to continue up the mountain. When the Bros. finally reach the summit, they find a Hoohoo Stone, but it falls off the mountain. This awakens Blablanadon, who is mad at what they did. After the Bros. explain the incident, Blablanadon apologizes and explains that he has been sitting on a strange egg for some time. Suddenly, the egg hatches, revealing Dragohoho; the creature knocks Blablanadon away and fights the brothers. They defeat the monster, and it transforms into Prince Peasley, the prince of the kingdom, who thanks the Bros. for freeing him. Blablanadon flies the plumbers back to Hoohoo Village, where they meet the Hammerhead Bros. again. With the Hoohoo Stone that fell into their cabin, the Hammerhead Bros. are able to make them the hammers they require.

Using their hammers, they demolish Fawful's statue and travel down Hoohoo Mountain towards Beanbean Castle Town. Along the way, they find a cave with an old man and his Beanish dog, who asks them to ride the Mysterious Mine Carts. Afterwards, the Mario Bros. reach Beanbean Castle Town, but they find the town in ruins because of an attack from Cackletta and Fawful. The brothers quickly go to Beanbean Castle, where they meet up with Lady Lima, the kingdom's ambassador. They tell her what's going on, but she does not believe their story, and decides to test them by sending them down to the castle sewer to fix a leaking pipe problem.

Once it has been fixed, the brothers meet up with the real Lady Lima and some servants. The Bros. learn that they had fallen for one of Cackletta's schemes: The witch had been pretending to be Lady Lima the whole time, and fixing the castle's plumbing disabled the security system which protects the Beanstar. The brothers catch up with her, but arrive too late as Cackletta takes the Beanstar away and sends Queen Bean to attack them. The queen has become a muscular monster as a result of eating a Belly Blech Worm. After defeating her, Mario and Luigi are then sent to get the antidote for the queen: the Chuckola Reserve.

The Mario Bros. in Chucklehuck Woods.

Later, the Mario Bros. make it to Chateau de Chucklehuck to find the reserve. They end up in an unexpected fight with Popple, the shadow thief, and his partner, Rookie, who are both defeated. The brothers soon meet Cork and Cask, the owners of the brewery. Mario and Luigi later retrieve three Chuckola Fruit to give to Chuckleroot. When they reach Mother Chuckola, they find the creator of Chuckola Cola, Bubbles, who is busy telling jokes to the Chuckola Reserve. The soda then transforms into the Chuckolator. After a battle with the Bros., it is defeated and reverts into normal soda. Bubbles is not happy about it, and creates a tremor that sends the brothers and the soda underground. Mario lands in the soda. Luigi, doing a barrel run on Mario, heads to the Beanbean Castle.

Mario and Luigi in the Woohoo Hooniversity.

Back at the castle, Luigi jumps on Mario to squirt out the Chuckola Reserve into Queen Bean. She spits out the Belly Blech Worm, returning to normal. Peasley then arrives to report to the queen. Cackletta is revealed to be hiding out in the Woohoo Hooniversity, so the Mario Brothers are sent there to investigate. At the Hooniversity, they solve a series of puzzle to unlock the Sun Door and reach Cackletta and Fawful. The evil duo are about to awaken the Beanstar using Peach-bots that are installed with Peach's voice. When Cackletta activates them, however, they make a strange noise that drives the Beanstar crazy. The star causes a tremor, sending the robots and itself falling to the floor below. The Mario Bros. then appear, and Luigi bashes Fawful into the ground with his hammer, leaving Cackletta to fight them alone.

After a battle in which Cackletta is bested by the Bros., Fawful gets back up, and uses his headgear to suck up her essence, dissolving her body. As he is about to battle the brothers, Peasley arrives and throws him out of the building. The prince departs, leaving the brothers to go down to the basement to retrieve the Beanstar. There, they find Popple and Rookie with the Beanstar, and fight for it. As the Bros. finish dealing with the thieves, a Peach-bot falls down and makes the strange noise again, irritating the Beanstar. Mario, Luigi, Popple, and Rookie grab a hold of it as it flies out of the university. They soon each let go and fall in turn; Rookie suddenly remembers that he is really Bowser before he is the last to fall, along with the Beanstar itself when it breaks into four pieces.

Mario and Luigi in Oho Oasis.

Mario and Luigi land at Oho Oasis, where they learn the Firebrand and Thunderhand moves in the Fire and Thunder temples. Meanwhile, Fawful finds the injured Bowser lying on the ground and implants Cackletta's soul inside him. The Mario Bros. soon meet Peasley again, saying that Princess Peach is arriving at the Beanbean International Airport. They arrive and find that Piranha Plants are infesting the runway, and set out to take care of this problem, allowing the Toad Express to land safely.

Back at the castle, the Mario Brothers find out that Peach's voice had never been stolen. It was really Birdo disguised as the princess at the time who lost her voice. Peach knew about this all along, as Peasley came and told her about Cackletta's plan beforehand. Later, Peach decides to visit Little Fungitown, with the Mario Bros. escorting her.

Mario and Luigi in Little Fungitown.

They arrive at the only known route to Little Fungitown, Teehee Valley. Before reaching the town, they are confronted by the rock creature, Trunkle, whom they overcome. At Little Fungitown, the Bros. decide to go to the arcade, where Mario plays one of the games and wins an Invincishroom. He eats it, but ends up in the hospital, where he has contracted Bean Fever. The only cure for this disease is Crabbie Grass from Guffawha Ruins. Luigi intends to travel to the area to find the grass, but loses his nerve when he finds out about a bone-crushing monster living there. To try and calm himself, he goes to Psycho Kamek, who hypnotizes him into thinking that he is Mario. The newly-emboldened Luigi goes to Guffawa Ruins.

Soon after confronting the "monster," who is actually just a stone head wishing people would stop making rumors about him, Luigi finds some Crabbie Grass. He goes back to the Little Fungitown hospital, but is struck by lightning. He then spots Peach in the Koopa Clown Car. The fiend in the vehicle is Cackletta, who has possessed Bowser's body to become Bowletta. She makes off with Peach, and Luigi rushes into the hospital to revive Mario. Luigi tells Mario about what had just happened, and both of them quickly return to Beanbean Castle.

Back at the castle, Lady Lima comes with a message from Bowletta, who is requesting that they retrieve the four pieces of the broken Beanstar, and bring them to her in exchange for the princess. The Mario Bros. and Prince Peasley agree to do this task.

Mario & Luigi in the Yoshi Theater.

Mario and Luigi go out to get the first Beanstar piece, which is in the S.S. Chuckola back at Teehee Valley. After the ship is sent into the Oho Ocean, the Mario Brothers follow the floating Beanstar to Gwarhar Lagoon. Here, they receive new abilities for their hand powers from the Jellyfish Sisters. They later discover that the Beanstar piece is being used as an ornament for Hermie III. The brothers soon receive the piece after a battle with Hermie.

The next piece is from the fashion stylist Harhall, who gives Mario and Luigi the piece after they color fabric with Designbombs. Another piece comes from Boddle after they get Neon Eggs for his Yoshi Theater sign. The last piece is back at Chucklehuck Woods, where they have to play a game in the Winkle Colosseum and surpass the Winkles. They soon find Popple again, and defeat him to retrieve the last piece of the Beanstar.

They return to the castle with the star, where Lima has brought another message from Bowletta. She now wants them to bring the Beanstar to her at Joke's End. Prince Peasley gives them a Fake Beanstar to try and fool the villains, and the Bros. then surf to Joke's End.

Mario and Luigi at Joke's End.

There, they meet a fairy-like girl named Jojora. Eventually, the brothers reach Jojora's room at the top floor, where she is having a tea party. She requests that the brothers invite one of her friends over, who is a female snow woman that attacks Mario and Luigi. They defeat her, and Jojora flees from the scene. Soon after, Mario and Luigi find Fawful, who is waiting for them to hand over the Beanstar. Luigi approaches him, and gives him the fake one, but Fawful is not fooled; he blasts Luigi and takes the real Beanstar. Mario comes up with a plan involving the extra dress Toadsworth gave to them before they went to Joke's End. Bowletta, who has the real Peach, soon spots Mario with another Peach. The other Peach says that the one the villains have is fake. Angered, Bowletta tosses what they believe to be the "fake" Peach overboard and takes the "real" one back to the repaired Koopa Crusier.

Back at the Cruiser, Bowletta and Fawful are celebrating their success, until Bowletta finds out that the princess is really Luigi in disguise. Fawful chases him, followed by Bowletta, until he manages to escape the cruiser with the Beanstar. Upset, Bowletta decides that she and Fawful will go to the Mushroom Kingdom for something.

Back at Teehee Valley, Luigi crash-lands into a sand pit and sinks in. Mario manages to find him underground, but the two end up fighting Popple again. Popple is defeated, along with his new partner, Birdo. Afterwards, they head back to the Castle Town.

Unfortunately, the brothers find that the town is under fire again. It appears that Bowletta is using Bowser's Castle to attack the town. At the castle, Lima suggests that they should try and find something to help them fly to reach the castle. The brothers head back to Hoohoo Village to ask for Blablanadon's help. He accepts, and takes them up to Bowser's Castle.

The plane, with Bowser in tow, flying over the Koopa King's land-based castle.

At the castle, Mario and Luigi meet the Koopalings, along with Fawful, who possesses some new gadgets. After trumping them and several other foes with the ranks of Bowletta's new army, the Bros. make their way to Bowletta herself; she reveals her plan to take over the Mushroom Kingdom after she is done gaining control of the Beanbean Kingdom. The brothers fight her and supposedly win, until a Time Bob-omb comes and takes out the unaware plumbers. Bowletta reveals that she had been only faking her defeat, and eats them alive. In her body, the Mario Bros. fight Cackletta again, this time in her spirit form. Mario and Luigi soon manage to defeat Cackletta once and for all. She spits them out of Bowser's body, silently groans, and vanishes, never to be seen again. Bowser also returns to normal, unconscious on the floor. Peasley then comes to address the brothers, saying that he has planted a detonator in the castle, and it will explode shortly. The brothers escape the castle via Blablanadon in time, but Bowser crashes into Oho Ocean, only to be later rescued by Prince Peasley.

Later on, Peasley drops by with a huge present for the brothers. The heroes return to the Mushroom Kingdom via Peach's airplane.But,Mario cried while in Peach's airplane.It's because he was affected by the mysterious smoke by Cackletta and Fawful. They fly over the ocean as the sun sets and reach the Mushroom Kingdom at night. Peasley's present turns out to be Bowser, who is dropped off at his other castle. The plane lands at Peach's castle, and fireworks erupt. It is then shown that a movie of the adventure is being shown in the Yoshi Theater, where the screen zooms out to show the Yoshis sitting in the theater and applauding.

Main characters[edit]

Locations[edit]

Though much of the action of this game takes place in the Beanbean Kingdom, Mario and Luigi can still venture around several areas in the Mushroom Kingdom. All of the Beanbean Kingdom locations' names, except for Yoshi Theater and Little Fungitown, have different names pertaining to laughter. The following is a list of various areas the brothers journey to throughout the course of the game:

Mushroom KingdomStardust FieldsHoohoo VillageGuffawha RuinsHoohoo MountainBeanbean OutskirtsBeanbean Castle TownBeanbean CastleChateau de ChucklehuckChucklehuck WoodsWoohoo HooniversityTeehee ValleyS.S. ChuckolaLittle FungitownOho OasisGwarhar LagoonJoke's EndOho OceanYoshi TheaterBeanbean International AirportBowser's Castle
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The game also has several secret caves which can only be visited by either Mario or Luigi acting separately from one another. These areas start as 2-dimensional, side-scrolling levels in the traditional platforming style. A rare item can be obtained from a Monty Mole if the caves are completed.

Battle system[edit]

To start a battle, Mario or Luigi must touch an enemy. They can also perform a First Strike by jumping on or hammering the enemy in the over-world. Respectively, this will damage or stun the enemy before the battle starts. Since the game is a turn-based RPG, Mario, Luigi, and enemies take turns attacking each other. The player can use good timed attacks to deal more damage. If Mario and Luigi take damage from enemies in the overworld or their backs are touched, they are unable to move until their turn.

Stats[edit]

Each brother has their own Heart Points, Bros. Points, POW, DEF, SPEED, and STACHE points. When they finish a battle, they each gain Experience Points. With enough Experience Points, they can level-up and increase each respective statistic.

  • HP (abbreviation of Heart Points) is the amount of life Mario and Luigi has. When an enemy hits either of them, they lose HP. When their HP reaches zero, they pass out, but can be revived with a 1-Up Mushroom or 1-Up Super.
  • BP (abbreviation of Bros. Points) indicates how many times Mario and Luigi can use a Bros. Attack. Each attack uses a certain amount of BP, draining the total. BP can be restored by using a Syrup, Golden Mushroom or a 1-Up Super.
  • POW (abbreviation of Power) is how strong either Mario or Luigi is. The higher their POW stats are, the more damage they will perform.
  • DEF (abbreviation of Defense) is how much damage either Mario or Luigi can block from an enemy hit. The higher their DEF stats are, the less damage they will take.
  • SPEED is how fast Mario or Luigi are. If an enemy has a greater speed they will attack first. If Mario and/or Luigi has a higher speed they will attack first.
  • STACHE is the most unique of Mario and Luigi's stats. The higher their STACHE stats are, the greater there is a chance of a Lucky, which doubles POW, and it also lowers the prices of items bought at shops and increases the worth of items sold (caps at 50%).

Moves[edit]

During battle, Mario and Luigi have four options when it is their turn: Use a Solo Move, use a Bros. Attack, use an item, or run.

Solo Moves[edit]

During a Solo Move, Mario or Luigi use one of their basic attacks solo. Both bros. have solo move techniques that they can use in any battle in the game. Note that all of these techniques listed below must be learned by progressing through the game except for Mario and Luigi's Jump.

Solo Techniques[edit]
Mario's Solo Techniques
  • Jump - Mario jumps to squash enemies.
  • Hammer - Mario can use his hammer to hit enemies.
  • Hand - Mario can use his Firebrand ability to burn enemies.
Luigi's Solo Techniques
  • Jump - Luigi can jump to crush enemies.
  • Hammer - Luigi can use his hammer to hit enemies.
  • Hand - Luigi can use his Thunderhand ability to electrocute enemies.

Bros. Attacks[edit]

Bros. Attacks are attacks that Mario and Luigi can use in battle by working together to deliver more damage. They all use a different combination of buttons to hit.

There are three different modes present for reach Bros. Attack. Mode 1 consists of slow motion and visual button commands appearing when the command needs to be pressed, acting as a guideline for players. Mode 2 removes the slow motion but retains the visual button commands. Mode 3 removes both the slow motion and visual button commands, and in turn, fewer Bros. Points are used for the Bros. Attack and depending on the move it will deal more damage.

Mario and Luigi using the Bros. Attack, Splash Bros.
Mario's Bros. Attacks
Luigi's Bros. Attacks

Items[edit]

When choosing the item icon, Mario or Luigi can use an item to recover HP or BP. Other items, such as Refreshing Herbs, can heal status effects, and red or green peppers will raise POW and gain weight or raise DEF and lose weight respectively. When one of the bros. passes out, the other bros. can use a 1-Up Mushroom or 1-Up Super the revive them. However, once an item is used, the bro's. turn is over.

Run[edit]

Mario and Luigi can both run from battle when they choose the run icon. When getting away, the player must hit either the A Button or B Button to make a bro. run. However, if they don't do this quickly, one of the bros. will drop a large amount of coins. When both bros. have left the screen, the player will end up back in the overworld and continue their adventure. This feature works better if one of the brothers has passed out. Instead of running, the remaining brother picks him up and carries him away, halving the number of coins lost.

Avoiding attacks[edit]

Superstar Saga allows the player to completely avoid enemy attacks. Mario and Luigi can either use their Hammer or Jump moves to avoid attacks. With their Jump move, Mario or Luigi can simply jump over the attacking enemy. When using the Hammer to avoid attacks, the player must hold Mario or Luigi's respective button (Mario is A Button, Luigi is B Button) and release just as the enemy or their weapon hits.

Mario and Luigi can also use these moves to counterattack. When they jump over an enemy, they may land on them, causing damage. Mario or Luigi can also hit enemies with their Hammer during their turn.

Out-of-Battle Techniques[edit]

Mario and Luigi can also use some techniques out of battle. Once again, all of the following techniques must be learned by progressing in the game, except for jumping.

Techniques when in the front[edit]

Image Action
SS Jump M.pngSS Jump L.png Mario and Luigi can both jump to reach high places and hitting blocks.
SS Hammer M.pngSS Hammer L.png Mario and Luigi can both whack with their hammers.
SS Firebrand.png Mario can burn using his Firebrand ability.
SS Thunderhand.png Luigi can electrocute using his Thunderhand ability.

Techniques when in the back[edit]

Image Action
SS Jump M.pngSS Jump L.png Mario and Luigi can both jump to reach high places and hitting blocks.
SS Spin M.png Mario can do a "Spin Jump," by jumping on top of Luigi and spinning through the air. This is necessary for crossing large gaps.
SS. High L.png Luigi can do a "High Jump," by jumping on top of Mario and bouncing up high. This is necessary for reach very high places.
SS Dunk L.png With Luigi Dunk, Mario can hit Luigi with his hammer, knocking him into the ground. Luigi can move under fences using this technique; and if he comes up under suspicious spots of ground, he may get a Chuckle Bean.
SS Mini M.png Luigi can hit Mario with his hammer, squishing him into Mini-Mario. Using this technique, Mario can move into small openings. He can also sense hidden Chuckle Beans and other treasures buried under the ground.
SS Firebrand Burn M.png Mario can set Luigi on fire. Luigi will panic, and start running fast. This technique can use this to knock heavy objects, such as Ankoopas blocking paths.
SS Thunderhand Shock L.png Luigi can electrocute Mario. Mario and Luigi will be joined together, and they can walk side-to-side. This can be used to move the mysterious Boo statues, which disappear when anyone looks directly at them.

Enemies[edit]

The following is an alphabetical list of all 55 non-boss enemies found in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. The name of each enemy, their stats, and locations found in the game are provided. Please see the enemies' respective articles or a complete listing of enemy stats for more detailed information.

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 as separate enemies.

Normal enemies[edit]

Image Name HP EXP Coins Dropped Location
MnL Anuboo.png Anuboo 60 60 15 Teehee Valley
Beanie.png Beanie 6 4 2 Hoohoo Mountain
Beanbean Castle
Bill Blaster With Bullet Bill.png Bill Blaster 5 3 2 Stardust Fields
Blooper SSS.png Blooper 60 35 20 Oho Ocean
Blurp.png Blurp 50 106 12 Gwarhar Lagoon
Bob-omb SSS.png Bob-omb 30 48 3 Overworld
Boo SSS.png Boo 10 40 10 Bowser's Castle
MnL BoomerangBro.png Boomerang Bro. 60 100 13 Gwarhar Lagoon
Cheep CheepSSS.png Cheep-Cheep 40 80 16 Oho Ocean
ChompBro MLSS.png Chomp Bro. 120 128 8 Bowser's Castle
MnL ChuckGuy.png Chuck Guy 30 15 3 Chucklehuck Woods
Guffawha Ruins
Clumph.png Clumph 180 100 8 Joke's End
MLSSDryBones.PNG Dry Bones 8 6 2 Hoohoo Mountain
Garon.gif Dry Bones 60 68 13 Teehee Valley
Eeeek.png Eeker 22 24 0 Woohoo Hooniversity
Elitetroopea.gif Elite Troopea 40 59 14 Gwarhar Lagoon
Fighter FlySSS.png Fighter Fly 5 4 4 Stardust Fields
Fuzzbush.gif Fuzzbush 15 24 5 Chucklehuck Woods
Glurp.gif Glurp 50 70 10 Joke's End
Gold Beanie.PNG Gold Beanie 40 46 34 Chucklehuck Woods
Oho Ocean
Goomba SSS.png Goomba 4 4 0 Koopa Cruiser
MnL Goomdiver.png Goomdiver 30 25 8 Oho Ocean
Gritty Goomba.png Gritty Goomba (Red) 30 30 4 Teehee Valley
GrittyGoombaB MnL.png Gritty Goomba (Brown) 50 68 8 Gwarhar Lagoon
MnL GunnerGuy.png Gunner Guy 60 90 25 Bowser's Castle
Superstar Saga Hammer Bros..png Hammer Bro. 100 132 25 Bowser's Castle
Icesnifit.gif Ice Snifit 60 68 18 Joke's End
Lakipea.gif Lakipea 40 20 12 Overworld
Laser.PNG Laser Snifit 20 20 4 Woohoo Hooniversity
Limbo Bros. Yellow.png Limbo Bro. (Yellow) 40 60 18 Guffawha Ruins
Limbo Bros. Green.png Limbo Bro. (Green) 45 80 14 Teehee Valley
Magikoopa SSS.png Magikoopa 100 110 40 Bowser's Castle
Malibut.png Malibut 60 68 5 Oho Ocean
Mechablooper.gif Mecha-Blooper 80 172 5 Oho Ocean Seabed
Mecha-Chomp MnL.png Mecha-Chomp 35 26 6 Woohoo Hooniversity
Oho G.png Oho Jee 70 4 1 Oho Oasis
Oucherglass.PNG Oucher Glass 40 125 22 Guffawha Ruins
Parabeanie battle.png Parabeanie 25 9 2 Overworld
Paratroopea.png Paratroopea 40 20 4 Overworld
MnL Pestnut.png Pestnut 16 38 4 Chucklehuck Woods
Oho Ocean Seabed
Blue and Red Piranha Plants.png Piranha Plant 30 6 1 Beanbean International Airport
PufferCheep.png Puffer-Cheep 40 80 16 Oho Ocean Seabed
MnL Rex.png Rex 16 8 3 Hoohoo Mountain
Scaratroopea.gif Scaratroopea 70 40 12 Joke's End
Sharkbone.png Sharkbone 25 106 12 Gwarhar Lagoon
Sharpea.png Sharpea 8 2 1 Overworld
SpikySnifit MLSS.png Spiky Snifit 60 66 5 Teehee Valley
MLSpiny.png Spiny 14 15 1 Beanbean Castle
Sniper Bill.PNG Sniper Bill 80 80 10 Bowser's Castle
Starkiss.gif Starkiss 35 58 1 Oho Ocean Seabed
Super Fly.PNG Super Fly 10 12 2 Beanbean Castle Sewers
Sworm.PNG Sworm 14 14 4 Overworld
Tanoomba.png Tanoomba 30 30 0 Overworld
Troopea.PNG Troopea 20 16 3 Overworld
Virus SSS.png Virus 35 22 4 Woohoo Hooniversity
YoBro MLSS.png Yo Bro. 40 30 10 Woohoo Hooniversity


Bosses[edit]

There are 28 bosses in the game. They are listed below in chronological order. The Koopalings are fought in the same order they are fought in Super Mario World. Popple (3rd encounter), and Piranha Bean can be fought in either order.

Image Name HP EXP Coins Dropped Location
BowserSSS.png Bowser 8 0 0 Princess Peach's Castle
Fawul Superstar Saga.png Fawful Fawful - 12
Headgear - 18
0 0 Koopa Cruiser Hold #2
Tolstar battle.png Tolstar 57 30 100+ Stardust Fields Beanbean Side
Hoohooros battle.png Hoohooros 45 30 20 Hoohoo Mountain Hoohooros Gate
MnL Dragohoho.png Dragohoho 80 50 34 Hoohoo Mountain Summit
QueenBeanBattle.PNG Queen Bean 120 154 16 Beanbean Castle Sewers
Popplesprite MnL.pngRookie Bowser.PNG Popple and Rookie Popple - 100
Rookie - 120
Popple - 50
Rookie - 110
Popple - 30
Rookie - 34
Chateau de Chucklehuck Hallway
Wiggler Superstar Saga.png Wiggler 34 120 0 Chucklehuck Woods Chuckleroot
Chuckolator MLSS.png Chuckolator 300 260 0 Chucklehuck Woods Chuckalola
Cackletta battle.png Cackletta 300 900 100 Woohoo Hooniversity Main Lab
Popplesprite MnL.pngRookie Bowser.PNG Popple and Rookie (second time) Popple - 150
Rookie - 250
Popple - 120
Rookie - 180
Popple - 33
Rookie - 33
Woohoo Hooniversity Basement
Mom Piranha battle.png Mom Piranha 220 400 0 Beanbean Airport
Trunkle.PNG Trunkle 110 1000 188 Teehee Valley Little Fungitown Side
MLSS-Hermie III Sprite.png Hermie III 400 450 80 Gwarhar Lagoon Cross Beach
Popplesprite MnL.png Popple 500 600 121 Chucklehuck Woods Winkle Area
Piranhabean.gif Piranha Bean 180 150 1 NE Beanbean
Jojora MnL.png Jojorasfriend.png Jojora and Jojora's Friends Jojora - 50
Friend - 500
Jojora - 500
Friend - 800
Jojora - 200
Friend - 180
Joke's End Fifth Floor
Birdo and Popple battle.png Popple and Birdo Popple - 500
Birdo - 450
Popple - 500
Birdo - 900
Popple - 99
Birdo - 495
Teehee Valley Underground
Iggy-MLSS.png Iggy Koopa 550 800 99 Bowser's Castle Iggy's Room
Morton-MLSS.png Morton Koopa Jr. 500 800 99 Bowser's Castle Morton's Room
Lemmy-MLSS.png Lemmy Koopa 380 800 102 Bowser's Castle Lemmy's Room
Ludwig-MLSS.png Ludwig von Koopa 550 800 99 Bowser's Castle Ludwig's Room
Roy-MLSS.png Roy Koopa 550 800 99 Bowser's Castle Between Roy's and Wendy's rooms
Wendy-MLSS.png Wendy O. Koopa 350 800 102 Bowser's Castle Wendy's Room
Larry-MLSS.png Larry Koopa 550 800 99 Bowser's Castle Larry's Room
Fawful Battle 2nd time.png Fawful (second time) 400 1500 365 Bowser's Castle Lava Passage
Bowletta.png Bowletta 500 0 0 Bowser's Castle Great Door
CacklettasSpirit MLSS.png Cackletta's Soul 1200 0 0 Inside Bowletta


Items[edit]

The following are items that are used in only battle.

Image Name Effect
MLSuperstarSagaMushroom.png Mushroom Restores 25 HP to a single bro.
MLSuperstarSagaMushroom.png Super Mushroom Restores 50 HP to a single bro.
MLSuperstarSagaMushroom.png Ultra Mushroom Restores 120 HP to a single bro.
MLSuperstarSagaMushroom.png Max Mushroom Restores full HP to a single bro.
MLSuperStarSagaNut.png Nuts Restores 20 HP to both Mario and Luigi.
MLSuperStarSagaNut.png Super Nuts Restores 40 HP to both Mario and Luigi.
MLSuperStarSagaNut.png Ultra Nuts Restores 100 HP to both Mario and Luigi.
MLSuperStarSagaNut.png Max Nuts Restores full HP to both Mario and Luigi.
MLSuperStarSagaSyrup.png Syrup Restores 20 BP to a single bro.
MLSuperStarSagaSyrup.png Super Syrup Restores 40 BP to a single bro.
MLSuperStarSagaSyrup.png Ultra Syrup Restores 100 BP to a single bro.
MLSuperStarSagaSyrup.png Max Syrup Restores full BP to a single bro.
MLSuperStarSagaGoldenShroom.png Golden Mushroom Restores full HP and BP to a single bro.
MLSuperStarSagaRefreshHerb.png Refreshing Herb Cures Poison.
MLSuperStarSaga1upshroom.png 1-Up Mushroom Revives the single bro with half HP.
MLSuperStarSaga1upshroom.png 1-Up Super Revives the single bro with full HP and BP.
MLSuperStarSagaREDPEPPER.png Red Pepper Increases a bro's POW by 50% and makes him heavier.
MLSuperStarSagaGreenpepper.png Green Pepper Increases a bro's DEF by 50% and makes him lighter.


Sidequests[edit]

Typical of RPG games, there are various sidequests that Mario and Luigi can complete outside the main story. These quests result in various results, from simply helping an NPC character to receiving items as awards that can be used in the main quest.

  • Near the start of the game, a Toad can be found near a Mushroom on a hedge, and will ask for it back. If Mario obtains the Mushroom and returns it, the Toad will reward him with a Super Mushroom.
  • Nearby, there is a blue Toad that has lost an item important to him. If Mario can find it and return it to the blue Toad, he is rewarded with a 1-Up Mushroom.
  • Before going to the Koopa Cruiser, a lost minion asks Mario and Luigi for directions to the ship. If given correct directions, he rewards Mario and Luigi with a 1-Up Mushroom when found later on the ship.
  • Hundreds of Beans are hidden throughout the overworld that Mario and Luigi can find and spend at the Starbeans Cafe in the castle town. There are four different kinds of beans in existence: Woo beans (BeansWoo SS.png), Hoo beans (BeansHoo SS.png), Chuckle beans (BeansChuckle SS.png), and Hee beans(BeansHee SS.png). Depending on which kinds of beans Mario and Luigi find, different blends will be able to be produced. When Mario and Luigi produce a blend, Professor E. Gadd will give the Mario Bros. a prize. When the Mario Bros. drink the blend, they will also gain a stat boost. The possible blends, beans required, stat boosts, and prizes are listed below.
Blend Name Image of Blend Beans Required Stat Boost
Woohoo Blend BlendyWoohoo SS.png 25 Woo Beans +4 Hit Points
Hoohoo Blend BlendyHooHoo SS.png 25 Hoo Beans +4 Brother Points
Chuckle Blend BlendyChuckle SS.png 25 Chuckle Beans +4 Speed
Teehee Blend BlendyTeehee SS.png 25 Hee Beans +4 Stache Points
Hoolumbian BlendyHoolumbian SS.png 15 Woo Beans + 10 Hoo Beans +4 Power
Chuckoccino BlendyChuckoccino.png 15 Woo Beans + 10 Chuckle Beans +4 Defense
Teeheespresso BlendyTeeheespresso.png 15 Woo Beans + 10 Hee Beans +6 of a random stat


Blends Processed Prize
1 Greed Wallet
2 Bonus Ring
3 Excite Spring
4 Great Force
5 Power Grip
6 Cobalt Necktie
7 Game Boy Horror SP


  • Some caves near the Beanbean Castle Town are underground courses that resemble those found in Super Mario Bros.. There are three such caverns; two of them are north of Beanbean Castle, while the third is found to the west of Beanbean Castle. At the end of each course is a Monty Mole who gives him a rare item such as a High-End Badge or the Iron Pants.
  • A citizen on the east side of Beanbean castle town is searching for five Beanlets; when spoken to, he will ask Mario and Luigi to find them for him. If they find the Beanlets and give them back to their proprietor, he gives them a Golden Mushroom.
  • In Beanbean Castle Town's west side, there is an old Beanish scholar that asks Mario and Luigi to find ten jewels called "Beanstones", five of which are on each side of town. To find these, Luigi must hit Mario with the hammer to shrink him and walk around town. If tiny Mario is standing over a beanstone, a "!" appears over his head. Luigi must then dig in this spot to retrieve it. If all ten are found, the old citizen gives them a rare item, the Bros. Rock.
  • There are large Ankoopas in some caves; Mario can use his Firebrand power to knock them over, allowing Mario and Luigi to pass and reach Monty Moles that give the brothers a special item, such as a Golden Mushroom.
  • There is a cave where Mario and Luigi's hammers can be improved by the Hammerhead Bros. In this cave, there are also Thwomps who host a guessing-game. Mario and Luigi have to pay a hefty fine of 200 coins (500 for the second Thwomp game) and use their upgraded hammers to smash one out of three boulders. If they are lucky, they can find the scrolls wielding hidden Bros. Attacks.
  • There is an island called "Surfing Game Island" where Mario and Luigi can get free beans by completing a minigame, in which they are given a set time to break as many balloons via surfing as possible. The faster they complete the course, the more (or different) beans they will receive. To find it, enter the green pipe leading to Gwarhar Lagoon, break the black brick, and turn Luigi into a surfing board. Enter the ocean above and move 3 areas right, and two up.
  • After the Bros. receive Ultra Hammers, they can go to an area of Gwarhar Lagoon blocked by rocks that were previously indestructible. They will find Spangle there. Giving Hermie Spangle will make him happy, and he will give them the Soulful Bros. badge.
  • After the Bros. receive the Bean Star Piece from Harhall, Harhall opens his store and the Bros. can work for him to create all of the outfits. Mario and Luigi are able to create a possible maximum of 28 designs: 7 different shirt colors and 4 patterns for each one. When a new outfit is created, Harhall will give Mario and Luigi a Woo bean. When Mario and Luigi complete all 28 different designs, they will earn Harhall's Pants.

References to other games and other media[edit]

  • Donkey Kong - When the Border Bros. tell Luigi to jump and then Mario jumps again, they will say "give the jumpman thing a rest" which is Mario's original name. Also, at one point Mario rescues Luigi at the Woohoo Hooniversity by traversing a stage full of rolling barrels as well as a Skeletal Pirate that resembles Donkey Kong in charge of a barrel Mini-Game.
  • Mario Bros. - In addition to the remake of this game being included, Fighter Flies return as enemies in the main game. Sidesteppers also make a cameo in the battle against Hermie III.
  • Super Mario Bros. - The main theme of this game is often heard as tutorial music. Also, a type of block from Super Mario Bros. can be seen in Woohoo Hooniversity. There are secret caves which bear resemblance to the underground platforming stages of this game. Finally, the Border Jump minigame uses a background with the castle and flagpole from the game.
  • Super Mario World - Bowletta uses the Koopa Clown Car in Little Fungitown. Also, a type of block from Super Mario World can be seen in Woohoo University, and the Koopalings are fought in the order in which they are fought in this game.
  • Dr. Mario - Blue, Red and Yellow Viruses are seen in Woohoo Hooniversity, and can be defeated in a method similar to their appearance in Dr. Mario.
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - The Bean Fruit is based off of the Watermelons.
  • Yoshi's Safari - The Sniper Bills use Super Scopes to attack Mario and Luigi.
  • Super Mario Adventures - At some point in the game, Luigi dresses as Princess Peach like in the comics.
  • Super Mario 64 - The theme of Peach's Castle is a cover from this game, and a type of block from it can be seen in Woohoo Hooniversity.
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins - The battle start sound is the same as the power-up sound effect from this game.
  • Super Mario Advance - If Popple is defeated before Birdo in his final fight, Birdo says: "You may have defeated my darling, but this is as far as you go!" as a reference to her quote in Super Mario Advance: "This is as far as you go".
  • Luigi's Mansion - Ghosts from this game appear in Starbeans Cafe, as does E. Gadd. The Luigi's Mansion theme can be heard when the ghosts arrive. The Game Boy Horror SP is also a reference to both the Game Boy Advance SP and this game.
  • Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars - Geno returns as a cameo in the Star Stache Minigame. Additionally, Mario humming the Super Mario Bros. theme in the shower is first seen in Super Mario RPG, when he is showering in the Marrymore Suite. Also, the music played at Mario and Luigi's house as well as the Warp Pipe zones is a cover of the theme from Mario's Pad.
  • Paper Mario - A type of block from this game is seen in the Woohoo Hooniversity. Also, the Hammer, Super Hammer, and Ultra Hammer return.
  • Final Fantasy series - The character Psycho Kamek's white and red-trimmed robe is the same often worn by White Mages in many of the Final Fantasy games.

References in later games[edit]

  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door - Admiral Bobbery's final request was to have Chuckola Cola, an item found in this game. Also, after beating Chapter 7, Bowser has the option of telling Pennington that he is the Shadow Thief (a reference to Popple).
  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time - Prince Peasley appears on a poster about beans in the Castle's item shop, along with Chuckola Fruit. Fawful reappears in this game, and owns a shop where he gives out badges in return for beans.
  • Super Paper Mario - One Sammer Guy is named "Mustard of Doom", which is a reference to Fawful's "mustard of your doom" line. Mustard of Doom also shouts, "MY SWORD HAS FURY!", which is a reference to Fawful's catchphrase, and even speaks with grammatically incorrect English, just as Fawful does. After the player beats him, he shouts "Be off, awful person!" which when said aloud sounds like "Be a Fawful person!".
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl - One of the names that shows up when the player chooses the random name button is "FWFUL".
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story - Fawful returns as the main villain. Also, some of the posters around Bowser's Castle show Fawful's image from Superstar Saga instead of his "Bowser's Inside Story" appearance.
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team - Many Beanish characters return in this game, including Popple, who also returns as a boss. Also, Mario and Luigi have different special/Bros. attacks.

Green Warp Pipes[edit]

There are nine green Warp Pipes in the game. These pipes help Mario and Luigi travel faster around the Beanbean Kingdom. The pipes are at Stardust Fields, Beanbean Castle Town, Beanbean Outskirts (north, south and east), Chucklehuck Woods, Gwarhar Lagoon, Joke's End and Little Fungitown.

Bean spot locations[edit]

Bean spot near Beanbean Castle Town.
Main article: List of bean spots in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

In the game, Mario and Luigi can collect Chuckle Beans by coming across bean spots -- Xs or other distinguishing features on the ground -- all throughout the Beanbean Kingdom. There are 188 Chuckle Beans from bean spots.

Hidden ? Block locations[edit]

Hidden ? Blocks within Beanbean Castle.
Main article: List of hidden blocks in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

In the game, Mario and Luigi can also discover hidden ? Blocks containing elusive Hoo Beans throughout the Beanbean Kingdom. By jumping around at suspicious platforms or patterns, or in seemingly "empty" dead-ends, the Mario Bros. can uncover invisible blocks containing single Hoo Beans. There are 42 hidden blocks in all.

Staff[edit]

Main article: List of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga staff

The Japanese video game development studio AlphaDream developed Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Satoru Iwata was the executive producer, while Takashi Tezuka was the production supervisor. The music heard in the game was produced by Yoko Shimomura and Kazumi Totaka.

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

Artwork[edit]

Media[edit]

Video.svg Princess Peach's voice - Peach's voice being stolen at the outset of the game.
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Video.svg The Beanstar Story - Queen Bean telling the Mario Bros. about the Beanstar.
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Video.svg Peach-bot Plot - The Peach-bots being used to try and awaken the Beanstar.
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Video.svg The Secret of Peach's Voice - Toadsworth and Prince Peasley revealing what really happened at Peach's Castle.
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Video.svg Just Steal the Real Deal - Bowletta kidnapping Princess Peach.
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Video.svg Princess Deception - Bowletta and Fawful getting tricked into abducting Luigi instead of Peach.
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Quotes[edit]

Main article: List of quotes in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Some notable quotes in the game include:

  • "We'll take my Koopa Cruiser and reach the Beanbean Kingdom in no time! Mario! We leave immediately!!" - Bowser
  • "Who would have thought you'd catch up to the Great Cackletta in even a hundred million years?" - Cackletta
  • "I am the great Cackletta's most best pupil, who is named Fawful! I am here, laughing at you! If you are giving us the chase, just to get your silly princess's voice, then you are idiots of foolishness! Princess Peach's sweet voice will soon be the bread that makes the sandwich of Cackletta's desires! And this battle shall be the delicious mustard on that bread! The mustard of your doom!" - Fawful
  • "C-Could you be the Mario bros. from the Mushroom Kingdom? What are the Mario bros. doing in a place like this?" - Lady Lima
  • "My new country has no need for old superstars! It will do just fine with only one: the Great Bowletta!!!" - Bowletta

Beta elements[edit]

The characters who were supposed to appear in the Starbeans Café, but were replaced by E. Gadd.
Main article: List of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga beta elements

Many characters from other Nintendo franchises were to appear in the Starbeans Café, such as Fox McCloud, Link and Olimar. These characters were replaced by E. Gadd in the final game; the dialog of the characters can still be seen in the game's code.

A mysterious, cloaked Beanish character was also left unused. Its purpose in the game is unknown.

Glitches[edit]

Main article: List of glitches in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Most of the glitches found in the game are graphical related, such as misplaced Bob-omb sprites and incorrect action icons being shown when facing Bowletta. A notable graphical glitch is seen in Little Fungitown, where Mario and Luigi are able to stand on thin air. Some other glitches cause the game to play incorrect music or sound effects. For example, in the northeast of the Teehee Valley entrance, instead of Luigi making his normal sound effect when he empties himself of water, the sound of an Oho Jee speaking will play instead.

Media[edit]

Video.svg Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga - Opening cut-scene
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Video.svg Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga - The Beanstar story
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Video.svg Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga - The Peach-bot plot
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Video.svg Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga - The secret of Peach's voice
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Video.svg Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga - "Just steal the real deal!"
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Video.svg Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga - Princess deception
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Trivia[edit]

  • Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga is one of the few Game Boy Advance game to make use of the rumble effect when played on the Nintendo GameCube's Game Boy Player.
  • This game was featured in the Playback section of the 263rd issue of Nintendo Power.
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is the first Mario & Luigi game to be played on a home console, due to it's Virtual Console re-release on the Wii U.

References[edit]

  1. ^ TMK: Release date info, retrieved 9-17-2008