Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

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This article is about the original game for the Game Boy Advance. For the remake of this game for the Nintendo 3DS, see Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
North American box art of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
North American box art
For alternate box art, see the game's gallery.
Developer AlphaDream
Vanpool (minigames)
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console (Wii U), Game Boy Advance - Nintendo Switch Online
Release date Game Boy Advance:
USA November 17, 2003
Japan November 21, 2003
Europe November 21, 2003[1]
Australia November 28, 2003[2]
Virtual Console (Wii U):
USA April 3, 2014
Europe April 3, 2014
Australia April 3, 2014
Japan April 30, 2014
Game Boy Advance - Nintendo Switch Online:
USA February 8, 2023
Japan February 9, 2023
Europe February 9, 2023
Australia February 9, 2023
South Korea February 9, 2023
HK February 9, 2023
Language(s) Deutsch
English (United States)
Español (España)
Français (France)
Genre RPG, action-adventure
ESRB:E - Everyone
PEGI:3 - Three years and older
CERO:A - All ages
ACB:G - General
USK:0 - All ages
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Wii U:
Digital download
Nintendo Switch:
Digital download
Game Boy Advance:
Game Pak
Wii U:
Wii Remote (horizontal)
Nintendo Switch:
Game Boy Advance:

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is a turn-based action RPG for the Game Boy Advance, developed by AlphaDream and published by Nintendo. It was released in November of 2003 for the Game Boy Advance and later as a Virtual Console title for the Wii U in April of 2014 and as one of the launch titles for Game Boy Advance - Nintendo Switch Online in February of 2023. The plot revolves around Mario and Luigi traveling to and exploring the Beanbean Kingdom to recover Princess Peach's voice from an evil witch, Cackletta, and her pupil, Fawful.

In addition to being the first installment in the Mario & Luigi series, this game is also the third Super Mario RPG following Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and Paper Mario respectively. It would itself be succeeded by Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time for the Nintendo DS in 2005. Like Paper Mario, the game is a spiritual successor to Super Mario RPG. It also takes heavy inspiration from Tomato Adventure, AlphaDream's first Game Boy Advance RPG, featuring very similar graphics, sound effects, and even allusions to certain characters. This game features rumble support if played on a Game Boy Player. The remake of the Mario Bros. arcade game featured in the Super Mario Advance series of games was also included with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

A remake of this game for the Nintendo 3DS, titled Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, was released in October of 2017, featuring a new, exclusive sidequest mode coinciding with the main story. As such, it is the first and currently one of only two installments in the Mario & Luigi series to receive a remake. The second would be Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, which received a remake titled Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey a decade later.


Peach's Castle
Cackletta and Fawful 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 villains respectively named Cackletta and Fawful, who quickly steal Peach's voice and escape with it into the dark sky.

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

Meanwhile, Mario and Luigi are at their house when Toad runs by to alert Mario to the ordeal; Mario runs off to Princess Peach's Castle while inadvertently dragging Luigi behind him. Inside, the Bros. run into Bowser trying to kidnap Peach. After Mario defeats Bowser, 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, reluctantly agrees to help Mario retrieve Peach's voice.

The Bros. and Bowser meeting Cackletta

Mario and Bowser get ready to leave in the Koopa Cruiser along with the crew of Bowser Baddies. As they are about to leave, Luigi comes to say his final goodbye.[3] Bowser mistakenly thinks Luigi wants to join his Baddies, so he takes him along. Along the way, the group encounters Cackletta, who sends Fawful in to fight the Bros. After a brief battle, Fawful uses his headgear to destroy the cruiser, sending everyone onboard plummeting down to Stardust Fields.

Mario and Luigi battling Tolstar.
Mario and Luigi battling Tolstar

Mario and Luigi crash land in Beanbean Borderland. They soon meet the Border Bros., who let them pass after they play the Border Jump game. Mario and Luigi soon find Bowser stuck in a cannon; its operator, Tolstar, tells the Bros. to get 100 Beanbean coins in order to secure Bowser's release. While doing that, they learn the High Jump and Spin Jump from the Starshade Bros. After getting enough coins, 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 fight Dragohoho in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario and Luigi battling Dragohoho

The brothers soon make it to Hoohoo Village, where some Beanish soldiers mistake them for foes. Tolstar tells the soldiers the brothers are not lying, and they are 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 that they have is too brittle. They need a Hoohoo Stone, so the brothers climb up 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 and gives them a rose. Blablanadon flies the Bros. 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 two soldiers who refuse to let them in. Luigi shows them the rose that Peasley gave and the soldiers allow the brothers to enter. Inside, they meet 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, where they learn that the Lady Lima they met earlier was actually Cackletta in disguise, 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 a deranged muscular Queen Bean to attack them. After defeating her, Mario and Luigi are then sent by Lady Lima to get the Chuckola Reserve to allow Queen Bean to spit out the Belly Blech that caused her to become muscular.

Chucklehuck Woods
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, who teach them Mini-Mario and Luigi Dunk. 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, causing an enraged Bubbles to create a tremor that sends the brothers and the soda underground. Mario lands in the soda and Luigi heads back to Beanbean Castle by doing a barrel run.

Woohoo Hooniversity
Mario and Luigi in Woohoo Hooniversity

Back at the castle, Luigi jumps on Mario to squirt out the Chuckola Reserve into Queen Bean, returning her to normal. Peasley then arrives to inform everyone of Cackletta's presence in Woohoo Hooniversity, prompting Queen Bean to send the Mario Bros. there to investigate. At the Hooniversity, they solve a series of puzzles 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 the Bros. beat Cackletta, 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 Hooniversity. 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 the Oho Oasis from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
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, turning him into Bowletta. The Mario Bros. soon meet Peasley again, saying that Princess Peach is arriving at Beanbean International Airport. They arrive and find that Piranha Plants led by Mom Piranha 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, hence why the Beanstar reacted so adversely at Woohoo Hooniversity. Peach knew about this all along, as Peasley came and told her about Cackletta's plan beforehand, but she had been unable to explain things to the Mario Brothers due to Bowser's arrival. Later, Peach decides to visit Little Fungitown, with the Mario Bros. escorting her.

Little Fungitown
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 Star 'Stache Smash and wins an "Invincishroom" - which is actually a misidentified Poison Mushroom. 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 (Dr. Toadley in the remake), who hypnotizes him into thinking that he is Mario. The newly-emboldened Luigi goes to Guffawha 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.

Screenshot of Mario and Luigi in the Yoshi Theater
Mario and 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 Oho Ocean, the Mario Brothers follow the floating Beanstar to Gwarhar Lagoon. Here, they learn Dash and Tickle 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. The third piece is back at Chucklehuck Woods, where they have to play a game in Winkle Colosseum and surpass the Winkles. They soon find Popple again, and defeat him to retrieve the third piece of the Beanstar. The last piece comes from Boddle after they get Neon Eggs for his Yoshi Theater sign.

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 to fool the villains, and the Bros. then surf to Joke's End.

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 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 she believes to be the "fake" Peach overboard and takes the "real" one back to the repaired Koopa Crusier.

Bowletta and Fawful believe that they have captured Princess Peach.
Bowletta and Fawful believing they have the real princess

Back at the Koopa 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, the brothers head back to Beanbean Castle Town.

The brothers find that the town is under fire again. It appears that Bowletta is using Bowser's Castle to attack the town, in retaliation for the brothers getting the Beanstar back from her, and then having it returned to Beanbean Castle. At Beanbean Castle, Lima suggests that they should try and find something to help them fly to reach Bowser's Castle. The brothers head back to Hoohoo Village to ask for Blablanadon's help. He accepts, and takes them up to Bowser's Castle.

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 suddenly takes them out. 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 and vanishes, reverting Bowser to normal. 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. As the heroes return to the Mushroom Kingdom via Peach's airplane, Peasley's present turns out to be Bowser, who is dropped off at his other castle. The plane lands at Princess Peach's Castle, and fireworks erupt. It is then shown that the adventure was made into a movie being shown in the Yoshi Theater, where the screen zooms out to show the Yoshis sitting in the theater and applauding.

Main characters[edit]

Playable characters[edit]

  • Mario - The well-known hero of the Mushroom Kingdom.
  • Luigi - The not-as-famous brother of Mario.
  • Toad - Sent to deliver word to Mario. He is only briefly playable at the very beginning of the game.

Supporting cast[edit]


  • Cackletta/Bowletta - An evil witch, the main villain, and the final boss.
  • Fawful - Cackletta's tech-savvy pupil, the secondary villain, and the penultimate boss.
  • Popple - A self-proclaimed master thief, and a recurring boss.
  • Bowser/Rookie - A minor villain who, for the first half of the game, suffers from amnesia and works for Popple. During the second half, Cackletta's spirit possesses his body.


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 FieldsGuffawha RuinsBeanbean Castle TownBeanbean CastleChateau de ChucklehuckChucklehuck WoodsWoohoo HooniversityTeehee ValleyLittle FungitownOho OasisGwarhar LagoonJoke's EndOho OceanBeanbean International AirportBeanbean FieldsHoohoo MountainBowser'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 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 trip and are unable to move until their turn.[4]


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.[5]

  • HP (abbreviation of Heart Points) is the amount of life that Mario and Luigi have. When an enemy hits either of them, they lose HP. When their HP reaches zero, they lose consciousness, 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 Jar, 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 Critical or Lucky hit, which doubles POW, and it also lowers the prices of items bought at shops and increases the worth of items sold (caps at 50%).


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]

The Solo Attack Command Block in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

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]

The Bros. Attack Command Block in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

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 each 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.

The Splash Bros. from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario and Luigi using the Bros. Attack, Splash Bros.
Mario's Bros. Attacks
Luigi's Bros. Attacks


The Item Command Block in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

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 to revive them. However, once an item is used, the bro's. turn is over.


The Run Command Block in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

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 do not 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]

Mario & Luigi: 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 Controls
Mario jumping.Luigi jumping. Mario and Luigi can both jump to reach high places and hit blocks. A Button
Mario with a Hammer.Luigi with a Hammer. Mario and Luigi can both whack with their hammers. R Button then A Button
Mario using Firebrand. Mario can burn using his Firebrand ability. R Button twice, then hold and release A Button
Luigi using Thunderhand. Luigi can electrocute using his Thunderhand ability. Start Button to swap, R Button twice, then hold and release A Button

Techniques when in the back[edit]

Image Action Controls
Mario jumping.Luigi jumping. Mario and Luigi can both jump to reach high places and hit blocks. B Button
Mario and Luigi using Spin Jump. Mario can do a "Spin Jump," by jumping on top of Luigi and spinning through the air. This is necessary for crossing large gaps. Start Button to swap, L Button then B Button
Luigi and Mario performing High Jump. Luigi can do a "High Jump," by jumping on top of Mario and bouncing up high. This is necessary for reaching very high places. L Button then B Button
Luigi Dunk from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. 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. Start Button to swap, L Button twice, then B Button
Mini-Mario from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. 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. L Button twice, then B Button
Mario burning Luigi with Firebrand. 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. Start Button to swap,L Button three times, hold B Button, then release.
Luigi electrocuting Mario with Thunderhand. 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. L Button three times, hold B Button, then release.


Main article: Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga bestiary

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. Statistics listed are from the North American and European versions, with stats from the Japanese version in parentheses if they differ. Statistics from the remake may vary.

Normal enemies[edit]

Image Name HP EXP Coins Dropped Location
Goomba Goomba 4 2 0 Koopa Cruiser
Fighter Fly Fighter Fly 5 2 2 Stardust Fields
Sprite of Bill Blaster, from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Bill Blaster 5 3 2 Stardust Fields
Beanie Beanie 6 4 2 (1) Hoohoo Mountain
Beanbean Castle
Beanbean Outskirts
Beanbean Castle
Chucklehuck Woods
Gwarhar Lagoon
Dry Bones Dry Bones (1) 8 6 2 Hoohoo Mountain
A Rex that appears in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Rex 16 8 3 Hoohoo Mountain
Sharpea Sharpea 8 2 1 (2) Beanbean Outskirts
A Sworm from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Sworm 14 14 (2) 4 (8) Beanbean Outskirts
Parabeanie Parabeanie 20 9 (8) 2 (5) Beanbean Outskirts
A Troopea from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Troopea 20 16 (4) 3 Beanbean Outskirts
Tanoomba Tanoomba 30 (70) 20 (14) 0 (20) Beanbean Outskirts
Sprite of a Lakipea in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Lakipea 40 (50) 20 (10) 12 Beanbean Outskirts
Bob-omb Bob-omb 30 16 (7) 1 (5) Beanbean Outskirts
Paratroopea Paratroopea 40 20 (9) 4 (8) Beanbean Outskirts
Super Fly Super Fly 10 12 2 (4) Beanbean Castle Sewers
Spiny Spiny 14 15 1 (2) Beanbean Castle
A Pestnut that appears in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Pestnut (1) 15 15 (10) 2 (3) Chucklehuck Woods
Gold Beanie Gold Beanie 11 50 30 (100) Chucklehuck Woods
Gwarhar Lagoon
A Chuck Guy from Chucklehuck Woods Chuck Guy (1) 22 15 3 (5) Chucklehuck Woods
Sprite of a Fuzzbush in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Fuzzbush 15 24 5 (10) Chucklehuck Woods
A Laser Snifit from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Laser Snifit 20 20 (18) 4 Woohoo Hooniversity
Eeker Eeker 20 24 (25) 0 (5) Woohoo Hooniversity
Yo Bro holding two different colored yo-yos, red for Mario, and green for Luigi for the the enemy to attack with Yo Bro 40 (30) 30 (25) 10 (8) Woohoo Hooniversity
Virus Virus 36 22 (20) 4 Woohoo Hooniversity
Mecha Chomp Mecha-Chomp 36 (46) 26 (35) 6 (12) Woohoo Hooniversity
Oho Jee Oho Jee 75 4 1 Oho Oasis
Fire Palace
Thunder Palace
The stronger purple Pestnut found in the Oho Ocean in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Pestnut (2) 40 (30) 35 (25) 5 (6) Seabed
Gwarhar Lagoon
A Goomdiver that appears in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Goomdiver 30 25 8 Seabed
Gwarhar Lagoon
Blooper Blooper 60 (40) 35 10 (12) Seabed
Piranha Plant Piranha Plant 30 6 (4) 1 (2) Beanbean International Airport
A Gritty Goomba that appears in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Gritty Goomba (1) 30 30 (25) 4 Teehee Valley
A Spiky Snifit Spiky Snifit 80 67 (45) 5 (6) Teehee Valley
Sprite piece of a Elite Chuck Guy from the game Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Chuck Guy (2) 30 60 (30) 20 (12) Guffawha Ruins
Oucher GlassAlternate sprite of an Oucher Glass from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Oucher Glass 40 60 (40) 5 (8) Guffawha Ruins
Limbo Bro from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Limbo Bro (1) 40 60 (35) 18 (15) Guffawha Ruins
Anuboo Anuboo 60 60 15 (18) Teehee Valley
Cheep Cheep Cheep Cheep 40 60 15 (6) Seabed
Gwarhar Lagoon
Puffer Cheep Puffer-Cheep 40 80 (60) 10 (6) Seabed
Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of a Starkiss in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Starkiss 35 58 (50) 1 (6) Seabed
Gwarhar Lagoon
A Malibut from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Malibut 60 (50) 68 (70) 8 (12) Seabed
Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of a Mecha-Blooper in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Mecha-Blooper 80 92 (80) 12 (25) Seabed
Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of a Starkiss in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Elite Troopea 40 40 (70) 12 Gwarhar Lagoon
Gritty Goomba Gritty Goomba (2) 50 68 (55) 8 Gwarhar Lagoon
A Boomerang Bro that appears in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Boomerang Bro 60 100 20 Gwarhar Lagoon
The Blurp-like Sand Cheep from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. ???? (Sand Cheep) 50 80 (50) 10 Gwarhar Lagoon
A Sharkbone from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. ???? (Sharkbone) 25 120 (80) 14 (10) Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of an Ice Snifit in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Ice Snifit 60 68 (75) 18 (15) Joke's End
Sprite of a Glurp in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Glurp 50 70 10 Joke's End
Clumph from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Clumph 200 (150) 100 (120) 8 (30) Joke's End
Sprite of a Scaratroopea in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Scaratroopea 70 48 (90) 20 (12) Joke's End
Sprite of an Elite Dry Bones in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Dry Bones (2) 40 68 (70) 13 (8) Teehee Valley
Elite Limbo Bro from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Limbo Bro (2) 45 80 14 (15) Teehee Valley
A Gunner Guy that appears in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Gunner Guy 60 90 25 (10) Bowser's Castle
Hammer Bro sprite Hammer Bro 100 132 (120) 25 Bowser's Castle
Boo Boo 10 40 (110) 10 (8) Bowser's Castle
Chomp Bro Chomp Bro 120 128 (120) 8; 1 without chomp (always 15) Bowser's Castle
Magikoopa Magikoopa 100 110 (130) 20 (25) Bowser's Castle
A Sniper Bill in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Sniper Bill 80 80 (100) 10 (8) Bowser's Castle


There are 28 bosses in the game. They are listed below in chronological order, although Hermie III, Popple (third encounter), and Piranha Bean can be fought in any order.

The stats of the derivatives of bosses are shown if they are not zero.

Image Name HP EXP Coins dropped Location
Bowser from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Bowser1 6 0 0 Princess Peach's Castle
Superstarsagafawfulheadgear.PNG Fawful (1) 18 (first phase)
12 (second phase)
0 2 (0) Koopa Cruiser
Tolstar Tolstar 52 30 Same as the coins that the player paid before battle Stardust Fields
HoohoorosOne of the pillars found in the battle with Hoohooros. Hoohooros Hoohooros - 45
Pillar - 2
30 Hoohooros - 20
Pillar - 2 (0)
Hoohoo Mountain
Sprite piece of Dragohoho from the game Mario & Luigi: Superstar SagaSprite of a Hoho Stone, from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Dragohoho Dragohoho - 80
Hoho Stone - 4
50 Dragohoho - 30
Hoho Stone - 2 (0)
Hoohoo Mountain
Queen Bean Queen Bean Main - 120 (100)
Arms - 22 (10)
142 (150) 10 (50) Beanbean Castle
PoppleRookie Popple & Rookie (1) Popple - 100
Rookie - 120
Popple - 50
Rookie - 110 (120)
Popple - 30 (40)
Rookie - 34 (30)
Chateau de Chucklehuck
Wiggler Wiggler 34 120 0 (87) Chucklehuck Woods
Chuckolator Chuckolator 300 260 0 (100) Chucklehuck Woods
Cackletta Cackletta (1) 300 3002 (320) 100 Woohoo Hooniversity
PoppleRookie Popple & Rookie (2) Popple - 150
Rookie - 250
Popple - 120 (100)
Rookie - 180 (250)
Popple - 33 (50)
Rookie - 33 (30)
Woohoo Hooniversity
Mom PiranhaSprite of a blue Mom Piranha, from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Mom Piranha 220 400 (420) 50 in red; 0 in blue (always 130) Beanbean Airport
TrunkleSprite of a mini Trunkle, from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Trunkle Body - 110 (180)
Tree - 60 (140)
Body - 440 (500)
Tree - 150 (0)
Small - 110 (0)
Body - 88 (150)
Tree - 12 (0)
Small - 22 (0)
Teehee Valley
Sprite of Hermie III from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Hermie III Main - 400 (380)
Claws - 70 (40)
450 (600) 80 (200) Gwarhar Lagoon
Popple Popple 520 (620) 600 120 (200) Chucklehuck Woods
Sprite of a Piranha Bean in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Piranha Bean3 180 (280) 150 (250) 1 (150) Beanbean Outskirts
Jojora Sprite of Jojora's Friend from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Jojora & one of Jojora's friends Jojora - 50
Friend - 500
Jojora - 500
Friend - 800
Jojora - 200 (260)
Friend - 180 (240)
Joke's End
BirdoMLSS.pngPoppleSprite of an egg, from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Popple & Birdo with Eggs Popple - 500 (600)
Birdo - 450 (500)
Eggs - 20
Popple - 500 (300)
Birdo - 900
Popple - 99 (200)
Birdo - 99 (180)
Eggs - 99 (0)
Teehee Valley
Iggy Iggy 550 (650) 800 (550) 99 (200) Bowser's Castle
Morton Morton 500 (900) 800 (600) 99 (200) Bowser's Castle
Lemmy Lemmy Lemmy - 380 (600)
Fake - 1
800 (650) Lemmy - 99 (200)
Fake - 1 (0)
Bowser's Castle
Ludwig Ludwig 550 (700) 800 (700) 99 (200) Bowser's Castle
Roy Koopa Roy 550 (920) 800 (750) 99 (200) Bowser's Castle
Wendy Wendy Wendy - 350 (500)
Fake - 1
800 Wendy - 99 (200)
Fake - 1 (0)
Bowser's Castle
larry Larry 550 (600) 800 (850) 99 (200) Bowser's Castle
FawfulSprite of Fawful's ship, from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Fawful (2) Fawful - 400 (430)
Dome - 0
1500 (1000) Fawful - 365 (350)
Dome - 0
Bowser's Castle
BowlettaDarkbowletta.PNGFlaret Sprite.png Bowletta with Flarets Bowletta - 500 (700)
Flaret - 10
Bowletta - 50004 (0)
Flaret - 0
Bowletta - 20044 (0)
Flaret - 0
Bowser's Castle
Cackletta's Spirit Cackletta (2) Head - 200 (180)
Arms - 80 (90)
Heart - 1200 (800)
0 Head - 84 (0)
Arms - 0
Heart - 0
Bowser's Castle

1 - Can only be fought by Mario
2 - In North American and European versions, it is multiplied by 3 becoming 900 in game due to a glitch.
3 - Can only be fought by Luigi
4 - In North American and European versions, this is only possible if the player manages to perform the 5000 damage glitch.


The following are items that are used in only battle.

Image Name Effect
Mushroom Mushroom Restores 25 HP to a single bro.
Mushroom Super Mushroom Restores 50 HP to a single bro.
Mushroom Ultra Mushroom Restores 120 HP to a single bro.
Mushroom Max Mushroom Restores full HP to a single bro.
Nut Nut Restores 20 HP to both Mario and Luigi.
Nut Super Nut Restores 40 HP to both Mario and Luigi.
Nut Ultra Nut Restores 100 HP to both Mario and Luigi.
Nut Max Nut Restores full HP to both Mario and Luigi.
Syrup Jar Syrup Restores 20 BP to a single bro.
Syrup Jar Super Syrup Restores 40 BP to a single bro.
Syrup Jar Ultra Syrup Restores 100 BP to a single bro.
Syrup Jar Max Syrup Restores full BP to a single bro.
Golden Mushroom Golden Mushroom Restores full HP and BP to a single bro.
Refreshing Herb Refreshing Herb Cures negative status effects, such as Poison and Dizzy.
1-Up Mushroom 1-Up Mushroom Revives the single bro with half HP.
1-Up Mushroom 1-Up Super Revives the single bro with full HP and BP.
Red Pepper Red Pepper Increases a bro's POW by 50% and makes him heavier.
Green Pepper Green Pepper Increases a bro's DEF by 50% and makes him lighter.

The following are key items that are not used in battle:

Image Name In-game description Found in
The Azure Neon Egg from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Azure Neon Egg A bright azure egg laid by a Yoshi. Yoshi Theater
Beanbean Brooch.png Beanbean Brooch A pass to Chateau de Chucklehuck Obtained from Lady Lima before Mario and Luigi head to Chateau de Chucklehuck
Beanbean Map from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Beanbean Map A map of Beanbean Kingdom. Obtained from a Border Bro after Mario and Luigi complete the first stage of the Border Jump minigame
Beanlet.PNG Beanlet A small, cute, green pet. Beanbean Castle Town
Beanstar animated sprite Beanstar A powerful, sleeping granter of wishes. Woohoo Hooniversity; formed when all four Beanstar shards are found.
Top left piece of the Beanstar Beanstar Piece The top-left part of the Beanstar. Gwharhar Lagoon after battling Hermie III, who uses it as an ornament for his shell.
Top right piece of the Beanstar Beanstar Piece The top-right part of the Beanstar. Obtained from Harhall, after Mario and Luigi color fabric with Designbombs.
Bottom left piece of the Beanstar Beanstar Piece The bottom-left part of the Beanstar. Winkle Colosseum after battling Popple for the third time.
Bottom right piece of the Beanstar Beanstar Piece The bottom-right part of the Beanstar. Obtained from Boddle after Mario and Luigi give him seven neon Yoshi eggs for his Yoshi Theater sign.
Beanstone.png Beanstone A Soybean civilization jewel. Beanbean Castle Town
Bean Fruit from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Bean Fruit A juicy bean grown in the ground. Beanbean Outskirts
The Blue Neon Egg from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Blue Neon Egg A bright blue egg laid by a Yoshi. Yoshi Theater
Crabbie Grass Crabbie Grass Bitter medicine for Bean Fever. Guffawha Ruins
Fake Beanstar.png Fake Beanstar A cheap-looking, plastic fake. Obtained from Prince Peasley before Mario and Luigi head to Joke's End.
Green Goblet.PNG Green Goblet A dazzlingly beautiful green glass. Chateau de Chucklehuck
The Green Neon Egg from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Green Neon Egg A bright green egg laid by a Yoshi. Yoshi Theater
The Green Pearl Bean from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Green Pearl Bean A refreshingly green bean. Gwarhar Lagoon
Membershipcard.png Membership Card An S.S. Chuckola membership card. The S.S. Chuckola soda cellar after winning Bink's barrel minigame.
The Orange Neon Egg from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Orange Neon Egg A bright orange egg laid by a Yoshi. Yoshi Theater
Peach's Extra Dress from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Peach's Extra Dress Princess Peach's lovely dress. Obtained from Toadsworth before Mario and Luigi head to Joke's End.
Peasley's Rose.PNG Peasley's Rose A keepsake pass to Beanbean Castle. Obtained from Prince Peasley after Mario and Luigi defeat Dragohoho.
The Purple Chuckola Fruit from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Purple Chuckola Fruit A fruit with a refreshing flavor. Chucklehuck Woods
The Purple Neon Egg from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Purple Neon Egg A bright purple egg laid by a Yoshi. Yoshi Theater
The Red Chuckola Fruit from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Red Chuckola Fruit A fruit with a robust flavor. Chucklehuck Woods
Red Goblet.PNG Red Goblet An eye-piercingly beautiful glass. Chateau de Chucklehuck
The Red Neon Egg from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Red Neon Egg A bright red egg laid by a Yoshi. Yoshi Theater
The Red Pearl Bean from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Red Pearl Bean A bean that burns red with passion. Gwarhar Lagoon
Secret Scroll 1 from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Secret Scroll 1 A scroll inscribed with jumping secrets. Obtained from the first Thwomp in Beanbean Outskirts after winning his hammer minigame.
Secret Scroll 2 from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Secret Scroll 2 A scroll inscribed with Hammer secrets. Obtained from the second Thwomp in Beanbean Outskirts after winning his hammer minigame.
Spangle.PNG Spangle??? Show me the stage, baby! Gwarhar Lagoon
The White Chuckola Fruit from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga White Chuckola Fruit A fruit with a tangy flavor. Chucklehuck Woods
Winkle Card.PNG Winkle Card The trophy of the Winkles. Obtained after winning the minigame in Winkle Colosseum.
The Yellow Neon Egg from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Yellow Neon Egg A bright yellow egg laid by a Yoshi. Yoshi Theater


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There are various sidequests Mario and Luigi can complete outside the main story. These quests vary in results. Certain sidequests become unavailable at a certain point in the game. There are a few sidequests available in Toadtown Square before they leave the Mushroom Kingdom, after which they cannot be completed.

Image Description
Mario is asked to give a Toad his Mushroom back. Near the start of the game, while Mario is exploring Toadtown Square, there is a Mushroom atop a hedge next to a Toad in the southeast corner of the plaza. If Mario jumps onto the hedge and collects the Mushroom, the Toad asks for it. If Mario refuses to give it back, the Toad starts to panic. Mario can talk to the Toad again and again and refuse to give it back over and over. If Mario decides to return the Mushroom, the Toad decides to let him keep it and gives him a Super Mushroom as a going-away gift before wishing him luck in the Beanbean Kingdom.
Mario must retrieve a Toad's precious belonging. Atop the long hedge in the west side of the plaza, in the northwest corner, there is a blue Toad who claims to have lost an important belonging. He then asks Mario to help him look for it. If Mario agrees, the Toad informs him he dropped it somewhere along the hedge and to talk to the Toad near the fountain for advice on action icons. Mario then simply needs to walk south to the end of the hedge where the action icon changes. Mario then needs to press A Button to pick up the item, walk to the north end of the hedge, and give it back to the Toad. He then rewards Mario 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 Starbeans Cafe in the castle town. There are four different kinds of beans: Woo beans (Sprite of a Woo Bean from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.), Hoo beans (Sprite of a Hoo Bean from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.), Chuckle beans (Sprite of a Chuckle Bean from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.), and Hee beans (Sprite of a Hee Bean from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.). Depending on which kinds of beans Mario and Luigi spend, different blends will be produced. When Mario and Luigi produce a blend, Professor E. Gadd will give them a prize. When the 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 Beans Required Stat Boost
Woohoo Blend Woohoo Blend from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga 25 Woo Beans +4 Hit Points
Hoohoo Blend Sprite of Hoohoo Blend in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. 25 Hoo Beans +4 Brother Points
Chuckle Blend Sprite of Chuckle Blend in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. 25 Chuckle Beans +4 Speed
Teehee Blend Sprite of Teehee Blend in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. 25 Hee Beans +4 Stache Points
Hoolumbian Sprite of Hoolumbian Blend in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. 15 Woo Beans + 10 Hoo Beans +4 Power
Chuckoccino Sprite of Chuckoccino Blend in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. 15 Woo Beans + 10 Chuckle Beans +4 Defense
Teeheespresso Sprite of Teeheespresso Blend in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. 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 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 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 small "!" symbol appears over his head. When Mario gets directly on the area bearing a beanstone, a larger "!" will appear. 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 Ankoopas in some caves; Mario can use his Firebrand power to knock them over, allowing Mario and Luigi to pass and reach moles that give them 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 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.

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.

Beanhole locations[edit]

Bean spot in Beanbean Outskirts, in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
Beanhole near Beanbean Castle Town.
Main article: List of beanholes in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

In the game, Mario and Luigi can collect Chuckle Beans by coming across beanholes -- Xs or other distinguishing features on the ground -- all throughout the Beanbean Kingdom. There are 197 Chuckle Beans from beanholes. Beans can only be collected out of the ground after the player learns the Luigi Dunk move at Chateau de Chucklehuck. Chuckleroot's granddaughter also explains how to drill into the ground and pick up beans.

Hidden ? Block locations[edit]

Hidden ? Block location in Beanbean Castle, in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
Hidden ? Blocks inside 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.

Mole locations[edit]

Main article: Mole (presenter)

In the game, Mario and Luigi can find moles throughout the Beanbean Kingdom that will reward them with items, clothing, or badges when found.

Wii U eShop description[edit]

An adventure so big, you'll need both Bros.!

Prepare for an epic journey beyond the borders of the Mushroom Kingdom as Mario™ and Luigi™ team up for a hilarious, action-filled adventure!

During a normal day of royal duties, Princess Peach meets with the ambassador of the neighboring Beanbean Kingdom. However, an act of amnesty turns into an act of theft! The evil Cackletta and her awful assistant, Fawful, disguised themselves for the chance to steal Princess Peach's voice. Before the Mushroom Kingdom can fall under Princess Peach's despair, Mario and Luigi will need to work together as they cross the border to the lands of Beanbean Kingdom. Take a break from the adventure and play a quick game in Mario Bros. mode, featuring an enhanced version of the original NES game. With all this awesome action, you'll have hours of fun!


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

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

Regional differences[edit]

Princess Peach's Castle in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Princess Peach's Castle in Mario & Luigi RPG

The mushroom emblem seen on and in Princess Peach's Castle is modified in the Japanese version to better resemble a Golden Dash Mushroom.

Toad exploring Mario and Luigi's house in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

In the Japanese version, when Toad has entered Mario and Luigi's house, a directional pad appears on-screen to the bottom-left.

Interior of Mario and Luigi's house in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Interior of Mario and Luigi's house in Mario & Luigi RPG

The portrait of Princess Peach in Mario and Luigi's house has been touched up in the Japanese version.

Mario and Luigi's starting stats in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario and Luigi's starting stats in Mario & Luigi RPG

In the Western version, Mario and Luigi both start with 10 BP. In the Japanese version, Mario and Luigi respectively start out with 14 and 16 BP.

Mario leveling up in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario leveling up in the Japanese version of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

In the Japanese version, whenever Mario or Luigi level up, a +Control Pad in Lakitu's speech bubble was added to indicate that up or down is used to select a stat. If one is selected, a B Button appears in the speech bubble, indicating that said button cancels the selection.

The Hammerhead Bros.' tutorial in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
The Hammerhead Bros.' tutorial in Mario & Luigi RPG

In the Western version, Hammerhead Bros.' tutorial shows Beanbean Outskirts setting, but Hoohoo Mountain in the Japanese version. The button sprites in the dialogue box are also different.

The sign north of Beanbean Castle Town in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
The sign north of Beanbean Castle Town in Mario & Luigi RPG

In the Western version, arrow signs are smaller to accommodate for more directions. In the Japanese version, the sign found directly north of Beanbean Castle Town does not give directions for Beanbean Castle Town, and it only has one arrow for Hoohoo Mountain.

A Heart Block in Beanbean Castle Sewers in Mario & Luigi RPG
Beanbean Castle Sewers
A Heart Block in Oho Oasis in Mario & Luigi RPG
Oho Oasis
A Heart Block in Teehee Valley in Mario & Luigi RPG
Teehee Valley

In the Japanese version, there are three Heart Blocks, which are found in Beanbean Castle Sewers, Oho Oasis, and Teehee Valley respectively.

Star 'Stache Smash in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Star 'Stache Smash in Mario & Luigi RPG

Mario and Luigi's heads in Star 'Stache Smash are different for the Western and Japanese releases.

The Beanbean Machine menu in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
The Beanbean Machine menu in Mario & Luigi RPG

In the Starbeans Cafe menu, there is a red E. Gadd icon next to each drink that Mario and Luigi have already made.

Other differences[edit]

  • Trunkle has a different battle strategy between the Western and Japanese releases.
  • Bubbles's jokes are different depending on the game's language. This is because many of the jokes are based around the use of puns.

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

Unused sprites of characters intended to make cameo appearances at Starbeans Cafe in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. In the final version, their appearances were replaced by Professor E. Gadd.
The characters who were supposed to appear in Starbeans Cafe, but were replaced by E. Gadd.
Main article: List of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga pre-release and unused content

Many characters from other Nintendo franchises were apparently going to appear in Starbeans Cafe, 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.


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

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. There is also a glitch to go out of bounds in Oho Ocean that can be done by hammering Mario or Luigi and playing the surfing minigame, then at the start of the minigame going back to the island.


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

The Japanese video game development studio AlphaDream developed Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Both of Super Mario RPG co-directors were involved with the game, as they left Square alongside various other former employees to join AlphaDream, Yoshihiko Maekawa was the game's director while Chihiro Fujioka is listed under Special Thanks. Satoru Iwata was the executive producer, while Takashi Tezuka was the production supervisor. The music heard in the game was produced by Yoko Shimomura, like in Super Mario RPG.


Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Game Boy Advance Jeremy Parish, 1UP 8.5/10 "Gamers seeking a hardcore RPG experience would admittedly be better off with something like Golden Sun or Fire Emblem. But if you're after some lighthearted, lightweight gaming, or if you're simply a Mario fan, you'll have a hard time finding a better buy than Mario & Luigi. It's not the most inventive game you'll play this year, but it just might be the most fun."
Game Boy Advance Tom Bramwell, Eurogamer 9/10 "Fans of strictly traditional RPGs, where the most energetic or reaction-based aspect of the whole enterprise is ripping the cellophane off and vigorously digesting the manual, probably won't find what they're looking for here. For everyone else though, it gets three whole OOTBs - it's One Of The Best GBA games of the year, Nintendo games on the GBA, and RPGs in existence. Simple, fun and rewarding, this is for everyone who ever ogled but never played the original Mario RPG, and everyone else besides."
Game Boy Advance Ricardo Torres, GameSpot 9.2/10 "In the end, Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga is an impressive new entry in the Mario franchise that is not to be missed. Strong visuals, a goofy story, rich gameplay, and a lengthy quest all combine to make one of the best experiences on the Game Boy Advance this year. It's also one that has some merits when played on the GameCube as well, thanks to the game's support of rumble when used with the Game Boy Player. The only beef to be had is with the lack of any kind of multiplayer support, but that's a minor point. As the first entry in what may well be a Game Boy Advance series, Mario and Luigi delivers in every way."
Compiler Platform / Score
Metacritic 90
GameRankings 90.41%


An image promoting the Joke Contest for Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
An image promoting the contest

For a month, a knock-knock joke contest was held on the game's website.[6] Each week for four weeks, a submitted joke was chosen to advance to the Grand Prize round. The semifinalists received a Game Boy Advance SP and a copy of the game. In the Grand Prize round, the winning joke was chosen by the contest's celebrity judge, Kathy Griffin. The grand prize of the contest consists of a Nintendo GameCube, Wario World, Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, F-Zero GX, Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country, a Game Boy Player, a Nintendo GameCube–Game Boy Advance Link Cable, a Memory Card 251, a GameCube messenger bag, and "a year's worth of online comedy-writing classes at Writer's Village". The grand prize-winning knock-knock joke was the third week's winning joke and goes as follows:

Knock, Knock.
Who's There?
Pencil who?
Your pencil fall down if you don't wear a belt.


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For a complete list of media for this subject, see List of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga media.


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 Princess 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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Audio.svg A New Adventure Begins
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Audio.svg Let's Go!
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References to other media[edit]

Title screen of the Mario Bros. sub-game.
  • Donkey Kong: When the Border Bros. tell Luigi to jump and then Mario jumps again, they will say "Simmer down, Mario. Give the "Jumpman" routine a rest", Jumpman being one of Mario's development names. Also, at one point Mario rescues Luigi at Woohoo Hooniversity by traversing a stage full of rolling barrels as well as a Skeletal Pirate that resembles Donkey Kong in charge of Barrel.
  • Donkey Kong 3: The Belly Blech worm is based on the Creepy enemy from this 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.
  • Nintendo Entertainment System: Sledge says, "Now you're playin' with power!" after he and Mallet make the hammers, referencing the slogan of this system.
  • Super Mario Bros.: A cover of the Ground Theme from this game is often heard as tutorial music, and it also plays in Little Fungitown. 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. Also, one of the platforming sections in Bowser's Castle is modelled after a typical castle level, complete with Mario using the axe on the bridge and dropping a Bowser cutout into lava. The music played in caverns, the Mysterious Mine Carts minigame, and Beanbean Castle Sewers is a cover of the underground theme from this game. Finally, the Border Jump minigame uses a background with the castle and flagpole from the game. In addition, Rookie's movesets indirectly referenced the attacks Bowser used in later worlds.
  • The Legend of Zelda: In Bink's minigame, the Stalfos sprite from this game appears on the right for a few seconds once the player gets 30 points.
  • Final Fantasy series: Psycho Kamek's white and red-trimmed robe is the same often worn by White Mages in many of the Final Fantasy games.
  • 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: Bowletta uses the Koopa Clown Car in Little Fungitown. Also, a ? Block from Super Mario World can be seen in Woohoo Hooniversity, and the Koopalings are fought in the order in which they are fought in this game, including Wendy's pre-fight challenge being similar to her boss fight from Super Mario World. A cover of the overworld theme from this game can also be heard during some of the minigames. The Japanese commercials for Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga also have a rearrangement of this game's theme playing in the background.
  • Kirby series: A poster in the Yoshi Theater references this series.
  • Super Mario Adventures: At some point in the game, Luigi dresses as Princess Peach, like in the comics.
  • 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 World 2: Yoshi's Island: A cover of the "Powerful Infant" theme is played during the Star 'Stache Smash minigame in this game.
  • Yoshi's Safari: The Sniper Bills use Super Scopes to attack Mario and Luigi.
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars: The Geno doll returns as a cameo in the Star 'Stache Smash minigame (but he doesn't return in the remake). 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, "Mario is Everyone's Star", the music played at Mario and Luigi's house as well as the Warp Pipe zones is a cover of "Super Pipe House", the theme from Mario's Pad.
  • Super Mario 64: Inside the Castle Walls is arranged in the game's soundtrack, and a ! Block from it can be seen in Woohoo Hooniversity. Several of Mario's voice clips are recycled.
  • Yoshi's Story: Boddle uses an attack similar to the Yoshis' egg launch against his assistant. When Yoshis eat Bean Fruit, they become incredibly happy, which is based on Yoshis eating fruit to become happy in this game.
  • Mario Tennis: Larry uses a spiky tennis racquet before his fight that resembles Bowser's in this game.
  • Paper Mario: A type of block from this game is seen in Woohoo Hooniversity. Also, the Hammer, Super Hammer, and Ultra Hammer return.
  • 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 Main 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 standard Game Boy Horror.
  • Super Mario Sunshine: One of the Border Jump challenges is known as the "Super Border Jump Sunshine", a reference to this game's title. Additionally when the player first controls Mario, the Toad that first speaks with Mario says, "So off on an adventure yet again! ...I just hope your long vacation hasn't left you out of shape," which is in reference to the vacation Mario took in Super Mario Sunshine. In Beanbean International Airport, the infesting Piranha Plants are removed by blasting them with water (and electrocuting them), which allows Princess Peach's plane to land. This is similar to the beginning of Super Mario Sunshine, where Mario and Peach land in the Delfino Airstrip, and Mario fights a Piranha Plant creature by washing its goop away with water. The Piranha Bean is designed after Petey Piranha, who debuted here.
  • The Legendary Starfy series: A poster in the Yoshi Theater references this series.
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!: A poster in the Yoshi Theater references the Japanese boxart for this game.

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 returns to run Fawful's Bean 'n' Badge. Bowser affectionately calls Baby Bowser a 'little Firebrand', Mario's skill from this game. When fighting the Hammer Bros in the Vim Factory, they use an attack that is identical to the Bros. move, "Knockback Bros". The ending theme of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was reused as the ending theme for Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.
  • 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", which is a possible reference to Fawful.
  • 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 Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga instead of his appearance in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Parts of Cackletta's theme can be heard in the music heard inside Princess Peach's Castle (after Fawful's takeover).
  • 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. Part of Driftwood Shore's music is an arrangement of the music that plays in Gwarhar Lagoon and Oho Oasis in this game.
  • Nintendo Badge Arcade: The Pixel Collection badge set contains a badge depicting the Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Game Pak.
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam: A cover of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga's battle theme plays when Mario and Luigi battle together, before Paper Mario joins the team.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Prince Peasley appears in this game as a spirit. Mom Piranha and Piranha Bean are mentioned in Palutena's Guidance for Piranha Plant.
  • Yoshi's Crafted World: Certain level elements from this game are made from Starbeans Iced Coffee boxes.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオ&ルイージRPG
Mario ando Ruīji Āru Pī Jī
Mario & Luigi RPG

Chinese (simplified) 马力欧与路易吉RPG[7]
Mǎlì'ōu yǔ Lùyìjí RPG
Mario & Luigi RPG

Chinese (traditional) 瑪利歐&路易吉RPG[8]
Mǎlì'ōu & Lùyìjí RPG
Mario & Luigi RPG


  • This game was featured in the Playback section of the 263rd issue of Nintendo Power.
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is the only Mario & Luigi game to be playable on a home console at launch, due to being compatible with the GameCube's Game Boy Player. It would also receive a Virtual Console re-release on the Wii U and so would Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.
  • This game was planned to release in Mainland China by iQue, but left unreleased due to the huge scene of piracy in China at that time. The unreleased Chinese prototype received an ISBN, meaning it was approved for distribution despite the ban on video games from the Chinese government.

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