Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

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This article is about the remake of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. For information about the original game for the Game Boy Advance, see Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
North American box art of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
North American box art
For alternate box art, see the game's gallery.
Developer AlphaDream[1]
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release date Japan October 5, 2017[2]
HK October 5, 2017
ROC October 5, 2017
USA October 6, 2017
Europe October 6, 2017
Australia October 7, 2017
South Korea April 12, 2018
Language(s) English (United Kingdom)
English (United States)
French (France)
French (Canada)
German
Spanish (Spain)
Spanish (Latin America)
Italian
Dutch
Japanese
Korean
Genre Platformer, RPG
Rating(s)
ESRB:E - Everyone
PEGI:3 - Three years and older
CERO:A - All ages
ACB:G - General
USK:0 - All ages
GRAC:All - All ages
Mode(s) Single-player
Format
Nintendo 3DS:
Game Card
Digital download
Input
Nintendo 3DS:
Serial code(s) CTR-BRMJ-JPN (Japan)

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions is a game in the Mario & Luigi series released for the Nintendo 3DS worldwide in October 2017 and in South Korea on April 12, 2018. It is an enhanced remake of the 2003 Game Boy Advance game Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. The game has an added story called Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser,[3] which takes place simultaneously with the main story. The game has amiibo support for the Minion Quest mode, where the Koopa Troopa, Goomba, and Boo amiibo are compatible. The game is the first remake in the Mario & Luigi series, the third game in the series to be released for the Nintendo 3DS, and the sixth game in the series overall. Unlike the previous two games, the environments are no longer rendered in 3D. As a result of this, the game is only playable in 2D.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

The graphical changes between both versions, showing Bowser literally breaking the fourth wall.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
The graphical changes between both versions, showing Bowser literally breaking the fourth wall.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
The graphical changes between both versions, showing Bowser literally breaking the fourth wall.

The remake of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga has updated graphics, soundtrack, and controls, looking visually similar to Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. The story is mainly the same as it was in the original game. However, some additions and alterations to the gameplay have also been made.

List of changes[edit]

Gameplay[edit]

  • The Mario Bros. remake is no longer included, being replaced with a new side-mode, Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser, which is accessible via the suitcase after Mario and Luigi spot Captain Goomba, who is seen running off after Fawful, just before reaching Beanbean Castle Town.
  • Pressing X Button in the overworld makes both Bros. jump or swim simultaneously.
    • The line of the Koopa Troopa in the Koopa Cruiser originally telling the player about switching places was changed to inform about this mechanic.
  • Mario and Luigi's positions can no longer be switched manually. Instead, they switch automatically when selecting a move.
  • In the original game, using the Hammer or Hand Powers on the other brother before unlocking the skill linked to it results in an animation where the brother in front gets angry and scolds the other. In the remake, nothing happens when doing so.
  • Cutscenes can be sped up with R Button, or with the icon on the touch screen.
  • The game now has many new features due to the added second screen.
    • Mario & Luigi's passports showing their level and stats are displayed in battle. When afflicted with a status ailment, a page slips out from that brother's passport to display its name.
    • A tutorial for attacks is displayed in battle similar to the one in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.
    • In the overworld, the touch screen can be used to switch between moves like the High Jump or the Spin Jump.
    • The player can also press a button on the touchscreen to display a zoomable mini-map where they can also place pins. The player is given twenty pins for each area and can remove a pin by tapping on it twice.
  • Mario and Luigi are now able to swim high while underwater.
  • Heart Blocks are present in every version of the game unlike in the original, where only the Japanese version featured them, and are far more numerous.
  • Similarly to Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, saving can now be done at any point on the overworld.
  • The post-battle screen is now similar to the ones used since Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and this time, the player should press A Button to collect the EXP and coins.
  • There is now a shades-wearing Hoohooligan merchant behind Blablanadon's nest in Hoohoo Village. He initially sells a set of two Nuts for 72 coins, and when the player returns before heading to Bowser's Castle, he offers sell an Ultra Mushroom, an Ultra Syrup, an Ultra Nut and a 1-Up Super for 750 coins.
  • There is now a Beanish character in Beanbean Castle Town that allows the player to scan compatible amiibo to obtain stamps.
  • The shopkeeper of the Information Booth no longer sells information to the brothers, and instead looks at the player's records, awarding items based on their progress with blocks, beans, the number of battles won, the number of enemies defeated, the number of Excellent attacks done and the number of battles fled from.
  • The game can now be saved after defeating the final boss.

Menu[edit]

  • The menu screen features a guide option, showing how certain actions are performed similar to Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.
    • This function is also available in battle via the bottom screen.
  • The percentage and amounts of beans and ? Blocks found can also be viewed in the menu screen's Records section along with a summary of the current story, called "The Story So Far".
  • A music option was added in the Records section. Unlike in the previous entries, it is not accessible from the title screen but from the in-game menu screen. The player can also listen to the music from the original version of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga in addition to the one from this game, the latter's tracks having "DX" at the end of the name.
  • Options have also been moved from the title screen to the menu screen.
  • Easy Mode from Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is added, and can be found on the menu screen.
  • There are now only two save files instead of three.

Items[edit]

  • Boo Biscuits are included in this game, behaving as they did from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.
  • Many bosses now drop new gear such as Hoohooros dropping the Hoohooros Slacks or Rookie dropping the Rookie Badge.
    • Most bosses now always drop their items or gear when defeated.
  • Enemies can now drop a third item that can only be obtained from the Game Boy Horror SP.
  • Accessories can now be obtained throughout the entire game and not just from Professor E. Gadd.
  • Some items heal a different amount of HP or BP than they did in the original game:
  • Each blend in Starbeans Cafe requires less beans, from 25 (25 for single bean, 15/10 for two beans) to 10 (10 for single bean, 6/4 for two beans), and the stat boosts given are reduced by half.
    • Because of this, the player can obtain all seven of E. Gadd's accessories much sooner.
  • The Great Force now resembles the Triforce and gives the traditional item jingle from The Legend of Zelda series.
  • The rare item drop affect from the Game Boy Horror SP now only applies to the bro who has it equipped, rather than affecting both regardless of who has it equipped. The bro who does not have it equipped now can only force a rare drop through a Bros. attack, or countering a counterattack caused by a Bros. attack.
  • 1-Up Supers no longer heal all BP.

Badges[edit]

  • The Mush Badge A and Mush Badge AA deal less damage than in the original game.

Battles[edit]

  • Battle statistics for Mario, Luigi, and enemies have changed, generally increasing the difficulty.
  • Mario and Luigi now jump twice on an enemy if a solo jump's action command is entered correctly, just like in the previous installments since Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.
  • Bros. Attacks no longer have the three Modes, but have "Normal" and "Easy" difficulties, the latter version being more lenient with button inputs for a Bros. Attack while requiring more Bros. Points.
  • Bros. Attacks have been tweaked, some having different attack properties, while some have new button inputs.
  • Advanced Bros. Attacks are now separately selected from the original Bros. Attacks, have "Super" to their name (Super Splash Bros., Super Bounce Bros.), and cost more Bros. Points to use.
  • All battle backgrounds now scroll whenever Mario or Luigi use a Bros. Attack.
  • The Emergency Guard from Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is added.
  • The Solo-Attack-Command Block is replaced with separate Command Blocks for Jump, Hammer, and Hand-Attacks.
  • Like the other 3DS Mario & Luigi games, Fleeing does not require the player to mash the A Button and B Button buttons and does not cause the player to lose coins.
  • Hammer guarding now holds for as long as needed, instead of it only lasting for a short time before Mario or Luigi would drop his hammer and become vulnerable.
  • When Mario or Luigi strike an enemy with their hammers before initiating battle, it no longer makes them dizzy; instead, they take damage and their speed is dropped.
    • Hand Powers can also be used to perform first strikes. Aside from taking damage, Firebrand can burn enemies and Thunderhand can make them dizzy.
  • Bosses obtain the Fury status, turning red (or different colors) when low on health, as in Paper Jam. Some bosses now have altered attack patterns or new attacks:
    • When low on health, Trunkle covers the tree on its head with both hands, making it impervious to attacks.
  • Some enemies can now take critical damage from Jump and Hammer attacks in addition to Fire and Thunder attacks.
  • Clumphs now take critical damage from Mario's Firebrand attacks, especially the Fire Bros. attack.
  • In Ludwig von Koopa's battle, Mario and Luigi cannot use their command blocks, and Ludwig only uses one attack, which can be countered with hammers.
  • The number of turns it takes for Time Bob-ombs to explode in Roy's battle is increased from eight to nine, while in Wendy's and Larry's, it is reduced to seven and five, respectively.
  • Luigi thinks of all the "Super" versions of his Bros. Attacks unlike the original, where he only thinks of the advance command for the Cyclone Bros. attack.
  • Mario's and Luigi's HP and BP are no longer fully refilled after defeating bosses.
  • The Super version of the Thunder Bros. features a purple electrifying uppercut with three lightning bolts instead of blue with one lightning bolt if Luigi executed it correctly.

Puzzles and minigames[edit]

  • The time limit to collect ten Hoohoo Spirits in Hoohooros's minigame has increased from 30 seconds to 35.
  • The amount of Hee Beans rewarded from mini-games have been altered slightly. Some minigames have their point goals lowered to make earning Hee Beans easier.
  • The amount of blocks needed to be hit in Jojora's block minigame in Joke's End has decreased from 30 to 25.

Characters[edit]

  • Many character sprites are designed similar to the sprites of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, with their overall design reflecting more of recent entries than the ones of the original game.
    • Troopeas are bipedal rather than quadrupedal, wearing shoes and otherwise more closely resembling their Koopa Troopa counterparts, apart from the beansprouts on their heads.
    • The Koopalings take on their modern designs rather than their original designs.
    • The NPC Koopa Troopa crew from the Koopa Cruiser no longer wear flight uniforms.
    • The Toads in Peach's Castle and Little Fungitown are now regular Toads with differently colored spots and vests rather than differing in age, gender, height, and clothing.
  • The large, pudgy Ankoopas that block paths have been replaced with larger, ordinary Big Koopa Troopas.
  • Mechakoopas replace Mecha-Chomps in Woohoo Hooniversity.
  • Dr. Toadley replaces Psycho Kamek in Little Fungitown.
  • The top faces of Oucher Glasses appear to have happy faces rather than sad ones, while the mad faces on the bottom stay the same.
  • Bink's design has been changed from his original Donkey Kong-like appearance to that of a generic S.S. Chuckola crew member.
  • Boomerang Bros. from the original game are now named Beanerang Bros. and are treated as a separate race to the standard Mushroom Kingdom ones (which are found in Minion Quest). They also drop Oho Gear in all versions.
  • Cheep Cheeps and Puffer-Cheeps are replaced by Spiny Cheep Cheeps with the same behavior.
  • Several enemies that had duplicate names but different palettes and stats have been renamed to be "Elite" versions, akin to what Elite Troopea was to Troopea. These include Elite Pestnut, Elite Chuck Guy, Elite Gritty Goomba, Elite Dry Bones, and Elite Limbo Bro.
  • Cackletta's soul has been given a new design. She has a blue jewel on her forehead, has light yellow eyes instead of darker yellow, bloodshot ones, and her arms are now color coded to match the elements they use. Additionally, she is bigger and is a 3D model rather than a 2D sprite (as with Shiny RoboBowser).
    • When low on health Cackletta's entire body gains a red tint, the eyes and heart turn green, and the jewel becomes gray.
    • Cackletta raises her index finger rather than her middle finger when using her spinning fire attack. The change was likely made due to the original resembling the middle finger gesture considered obscene in the West.

Areas[edit]

Music[edit]

  • Various music has been replaced. The music for the Star 'Stache Smash has been replaced with an arrangement of Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam's mini-game theme, the music for the Barrel and Chuckola Bounce mini-games is replaced with an arrangement of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team's mini-game theme and the tutorial music is an arrangement of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time's tutorial music.
  • When getting a game over, an arrangement of the death jingle from Super Mario Bros. can be heard, while in the original game, the battle music continues playing.
  • In the opening scene, Prince Peasley's full theme plays before Fawful steals Princess Peach's voice. In the original game, a drumbeat is heard before the first half of Prince Peasley's theme plays.
  • Instead of the music stopping when Princess Peach's Castle explodes, the music keeps playing as it explodes.
  • After landing in Stardust Fields, the music does not start playing until after the cutscene where Luigi gets stuck in the ground is over.
  • The music no longer changes during the scene where Dragohoho hatches from his egg; instead, the Hoohoo Mountain theme keeps playing until the boss battle starts.
  • When Mario & Luigi enter Beanbean Castle during both times the town is under attack, the devastation theme keeps playing instead of the Beanbean Castle theme.
  • Professor E. Gadd's theme is now taken from Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon rather than being an arrangement of his theme from the original game.
  • Sledge and Mallet's cave home in Beanbean Fields now plays the Beanbean Fields theme instead of the Hoohoo Village/Beanbean Castle Town theme.
  • Rather than the music for Gwarhar Lagoon/Oho Oasis playing after the S.S. Chuckola moves out of Teehee Valley and into the ocean and crashes, no music plays.
  • When Mario confronts Bowletta and Fawful on top of Joke's End, Cackletta's theme plays instead of the Joke's End theme.
  • The danger music plays when Larry traps Luigi in a barrel; in the original game, the danger music does not play.
  • The battle music that was used for Fawful in Bowser's Castle is now the battle music that was used for Cackletta in Woohoo Hooniversity just like in the original game's Japanese release, rather than that used for Popple as in the original game's releases outside of Japan.
  • Before Mario and Luigi fight against Bowletta, Cackletta's theme does not speed up like in the original game.
  • In the original game, when Bowletta pretends to be defeated, the devastation theme plays, then the music stops when the Time Bob-omb arrives. After it KOs Mario and Luigi, Cackletta's theme plays as Bowletta gloats over the brothers lowering their guard before she inhales them. In the remake, Bowletta's boss music continues until the brothers have been inhaled, though it still stops as normal before resuming.

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • The "M" and "L" on Mario and Luigi's respective caps are now red and green respectively, instead of both being black.
  • Mario & Luigi now make sounds whenever they are hit in battle as well as during Bros. Attacks.
  • The level of an enemy is now displayed next to their name when targeting them in battle.
  • The Toads guarding Princess Peach no longer abandon her in Cackletta's attack, but are struck down by lightning.
  • Several cameos have been added to Mario's and Luigi's house:
    • There is now a trophy from Mario Kart 8 on a shelf and a Wii Wheel hanging next to it.
    • Mario's tennis racket and golf club can be seen on a shelf above and leaning on Mario's bed, respectively.
    • Mario's hardhat and tool belt from Super Mario Maker is hanging beside the workbench on the first floor of Mario's House.
    • Mario's Cap is now on the clothing line outside of the house rather than on the coat-stand inside, fixing a minor continuity issue when Mario puts on his clothes.
    • A carpet in front of the Bros.' beds looking like a Yoshi's Egg has been added.
    • Mario's yellow cape from the Cape Mario form can be seen on the coat hanger.
    • Above the stairs, there is a picture of a Shroob saucer.
    • A pendulum clock has been added to the wall.
    • A blueprint of the first level in Mario Bros. can be seen on the workbench.
  • Mario does not jump on the Toad that tells him about Peach.
  • Each area has a unique stamp when the game is saved, whereas in the original, there was only one stamp. For example, Princess Peach's Castle has a mushroom stamp whereas the Koopa Cruiser and Bowser's Castle have Bowser's head as a stamp.
  • After Tolstar tricks Bowser after giving him 100 coins, Bowser calls him a "swindler" rather than a "welcher." This may have been changed because the older term is offensive slang in the United Kingdom.
  • The cannon that Bowser gets stuck in during Stardust Fields now flies away upon firing him out, rather than blinking away after the camera pans back to Mario and Luigi.
  • After Mario and Luigi leave Beanbean Castle after beating Queen Bean, a Pea shows up and gives Mario a badge and teaches him how to equip badges with Luigi sulking over not getting one like in the GBA version. However, badges are obtained as early as the Dragohoho battle in this version.
  • During Popple and Rookie's battle in Chateau de Chucklehuck, if Popple has been damaged for the first time, Rookie calls him "Boss" rather than "The Great Popple". This was likely done to keep Rookie's dialogue consistent.
  • The cafe's owner no longer asks the player if they wish to continue making more drinks after making one.
  • Bean depressions are now known as bean hollows.
  • Dr. Mario sound effects are added when fighting Viruses in Woohoo Hooniversity.
  • Sledge and Mallet now inform Mario and Luigi that they've moved after defeating Mom Piranha and tell them to come by.
    • They are also not in the cave until then. In the original, they could be visited any time after Oho Oasis.
  • Geno no longer explains the minigame, Star 'Stache Smash, with a disembodied text bubble replacing him. This is likely due to licensing reasons, as Square Enix owns the character of Geno.
  • The monitor that Bowletta uses to communicate with the heroes in Beanbean Castle is now a Nintendo 3DS (blue the first time and pink the second time), rather than the original game's Game Boy Advance.
  • The original map of the Beanbean Kingdom from the original version of this game can be found in the captain's quarters of the S.S. Chuckola.
  • The underwater sections in Gwarhar Lagoon have a greener tint and a slightly different battle background from the sections in the Seabed.
  • One of the two Toads that was convinced into winning an Invincibility Mushroom now wonders if it might pump up his muscles rather than the possibilities of clearing up his skin.
  • When Mario gains Bean Fever, while in this state, his HP is reduced to 1 and his BP is reduced to 0, but when he is cured by the Crabbie Grass, his HP and BP will be full.
  • The underground sections in Teehee Valley use the same battle background from the Guffawha Ruins.
  • The posters in Yoshi Theater, which used to reference other Nintendo franchises such as Kirby, Wario, and The Legendary Starfy, are now replaced with new posters depicting films mostly involving characters from previous Mario & Luigi games, including Broque Monsieur, Broque Madame, and Broggy (Bowser's Inside Story), a Shroob invasion (Partners in Time), Prince Dreambert (Dream Team), and a Cheep Cheep.
  • There is now a night sky in Joke's End when climbing up to the fourth and fifth floors.
  • When Prince Peasley informs Queen Bean that the civilians of Beanbean Castle Town have been evacuated, he now flourishes his hair with a gleam.
  • The original game featured a cutscene upon entering Bowser's Castle, where Fawful informs Bowletta about the arrival of Mario and Luigi, and she summons the Koopalings. This cutscene is missing from this game, since in Minion Quest, Bowletta disguised as Bowser orders Captain Goomba and the other minions of Bowser to attack Mario and Luigi instead.
  • The Koopalings are now given a full amount of dialogue since they do not have any in the original game.
  • The mini Mechakoopas in Ludwig's section of Bowser's Castle have been replaced with purple versions of the windup toys in Woohoo Hooniversity due to their role being repurposed.
  • Roy Koopa now explains the Time Bob-omb's function instead of an on-screen text.
  • The Time Bob-omb detonates harmlessly once a Koopaling is defeated instead of fleeing.
  • When she possesses Bowser and becomes Bowletta, Cackletta gets Bowser's roar, though her Beanish form's laughter is retained.
  • Mario and Luigi strike their fighting poses rather than freaking out after Cackletta explains her plans to conquer the Mushroom Kingdom and breathes fire before the final battle.
  • When she summons stars, Cackletta winks to signal which Bro. she will attack, winking the left eye for Mario and the right one for Luigi. Additionally, the stars that miss the Bros. have their colour changed to yellow.
  • The ground during the final battle now has a design of Cackletta's grin.
  • Bowser's reaction upon it being revealed that he was in fact Peasley's "gift" varied from the original game. Originally, he was shown sneezing (implying that he caught a cold presumably from his fall into the ocean earlier). Now, he is shown sobbing before proceeding to rage out, implying that he was not fond of being stuck inside the package.
  • The credits now show the plane's destination from behind. Originally, they were shown to the side of the plane. As such, when it passes over Bowser's Castle, Bowser just falls off-screen. In Minion's Quest, it was revealed that his castle was destroyed after the present fell off. It was later rebuilt by his minions after the destruction.
    • Also, when a present containing Bowser drops on Bowser's Castle, it took place at nighttime, instead of sunset.
    • Additionally, when the words "THE END" appear, the Yoshis no longer applaud; instead, the screen fades to black. The Yoshis applaud in the title screen instead for the 3DS remake.
  • Fawful no longer misspells Cackletta's name as "Cakletta" when he mentions her before he fights Mario and Luigi a second time. Additionally, Peach's line "Wow! Luigi! You're face looks so much more...manly!" has been changed to "Wow! Luigi! Your face looks so much more...manly!" due to the original quote having a typo.

Enemies[edit]

Main article: Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions bestiary

Regular enemies

Image Name Level HP EXP Coins Dropped Location
Sprite of a Goomba from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Goomba 1 6 2 0 Koopa Cruiser
Sprite of a Fighter Fly from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Fighter Fly 2 10 2 3 Stardust Fields
Sprite of a Bill Blaster from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Bill Blaster 3 16 3 4 Stardust Fields
Sprite of a Beanie from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Beanie 5 18 6 5 Hoohoo Mountain
Beanbean Castle
Beanbean Fields
Chucklehuck Woods
Seabed
Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of a Beanbean Kingdom version of Dry Bones from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Dry Bones 6 24 8 5 Hoohoo Mountain
Sprite of a Rex from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Rex 7 28 13 6 Hoohoo Mountain
Sprite of a Sharpea from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Sharpea 8 10 2 3 Beanbean Fields
Sprite of a Sworm from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Sworm 8 24 2 8 Beanbean Fields
Sprite of a Parabeanie from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Parabeanie 11 32 8 6 Beanbean Fields
Sprite of a Troopea from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Troopea 11 37 16 6 Beanbean Fields
Sprite of a Tanoomba from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Tanoomba 26 101 33 20 Beanbean Fields
Sprite of a Lakipea from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Lakipea 13 38 24 15 Beanbean Fields
Sprite of a Bob-omb from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Bob-omb 23 55 14 10 Beanbean Fields
Sprite of a Paratroopea from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Paratroopea 24 92 29 8 Beanbean Fields
Sprite of a Super Fly from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Super Fly 9 30 14 7 Beanbean Castle Sewer
Sprite of a Beanbean Kingdom version of a Spiny from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Spiny 8 24 15 8 Beanbean Castle Sewer
Sprite of a Pestnut from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Pestnut 10 27 10 6 Chucklehuck Woods
Sprite of a Gold Beanie from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Gold Beanie 10 20 50 99 Chucklehuck Woods
Seabed
Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of a Chuck Guy from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Chuck Guy 11 28 16 8 Chucklehuck Woods
Sprite of a Fuzzbush from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Fuzzbush 12 43 21 10 Chucklehuck Woods
Sprite of a Laser Snifit from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Laser Snifit 13 48 18 12 Woohoo Hooniversity
Sprite of an Eeker from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Eeker 15 60 25 10 Woohoo Hooniversity
Sprite of a Yo Bro from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Yo Bro 15 70 25 14 Woohoo Hooniversity
Sprite of a Blue Virus from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Sprite of a Red Virus from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Sprite of a Yellow Virus from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Virus 14 72 20 10 (blue and red), 12 (yellow) Woohoo Hooniversity
Sprite of a Mechakoopa from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Mechakoopa 16 56 35 18 Woohoo Hooniversity
Sprite of a red Oho Jee from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Sprite of a blue Oho Jee from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Oho Jee 17 72 4 3 Oho Oasis
Fire Palace
Thunder Palace
Sprite of an Elite Pestnut from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Elite Pestnut 18 66 25 12 Seabed
Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of a Goomdiver from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Goomdiver 17 54 36 14 Seabed
Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of a Blooper from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Blooper 19 78 45 18 Seabed
Sprite of a red Piranha Plant from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Sprite of a blue Piranha Plant from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Piranha Plant 19 72 (red), 63 (blue) 4 5 Beanbean International Airport
Sprite of a Gritty Goomba from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Gritty Goomba 20 66 40 15 Teehee Valley
Sprite of a Spiky Snifit from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Spiky Snifit 21 94 45 18 Teehee Valley
Sprite of an Elite Chuck Guy from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Elite Chuck Guy 21 70 30 16 Guffawha Ruins
Sprite of an Oucher Glass from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Alternate sprite of an Oucher Glass from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Oucher Glass 21 64 40 15 Guffawha Ruins
Sprite of a Limbo Bro from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Limbo Bro 22 96 35 20 Guffawha Ruins
Sprite of an Anuboo from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Anuboo 23 88 60 24 Teehee Valley
Non-spiny Spiny Cheep Cheep from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's MinionsSpiny Spiny Cheep Cheep from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Spiny Cheep Cheep 24 64 70 12 Seabed
Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of a Starkiss from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Starkiss 23 58 60 15 Seabed
Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of a Malibut from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Malibut 25 110 80 18 Seabed
Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of a Mecha-Blooper from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Mecha-Blooper 26 130 100 40 Seabed
Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of an Elite Troopea from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Elite Troopea 23 99 72 18 Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of an Elite Gritty Goomba from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Elite Gritty Goomba 23 80 60 16 Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of a Beanerang Bro from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Beanerang Bro 24 112 88 28 Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of a Sand Cheep from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. ???? (Sand Cheep) 24 89 70 12 Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of a Sharkbone from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. ???? (Sharkbone) 25 60 80 15 Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of an Ice Snifit from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Ice Snifit 26 112 90 20 Joke's End
Sprite of a Glurp from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Glurp 27 84 80 10 Joke's End
Sprite of a Clumph from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Clumph 28 178 140 45 Joke's End
Sprite of a Scaratroopea from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Scaratroopea 27 112 90 18 Joke's End
Sprite of an Elite Dry Bones from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Elite Dry Bones 29 98 110 20 Teehee Valley
Sprite of an Elite Limbo Bro from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Elite Limbo Bro 29 124 130 18 Teehee Valley
Sprite of a Gunner Guy from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Gunner Guy 31 124 99 24 Bowser's Castle
Sprite of a Hammer Bro from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Hammer Bro 33 132 120 70 Bowser's Castle
Sprite of a Boo from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Boo 33 13 90 40 Bowser's Castle
Sprite of a Chomp Bro from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Chomp Bro 35 240 120 60 Bowser's Castle
Sprite of a Magikoopa from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Magikoopa 34 144 130 35 Bowser's Castle
Sprite of a Sniper Bill from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Sniper Bill 32 110 100 30 Bowser's Castle


Bosses

Image Name Level HP EXP Coins Dropped Location
Sprite of Bowser from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Bowser 1 12 0 0 Princess Peach's Castle
Sprite of Fawful (first fight) from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Fawful (1) 2 30 (both phases) 0 0 Koopa Cruiser
Sprite of Tolstar from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Tolstar 4 50 30 100 Stardust Fields
Sprite of Hoohooros from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Sprite of a Pillar from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Hoohooros 6 Hoohooros - 56
Pillar - 3
36 20 Hoohoo Mountain
Sprite of Dragohoho from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Sprite of a Hoho Stone from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Dragohoho 7 Dragohoho - 169
Hoho Stone - 12
50 30 Hoohoo Mountain
Sprite of Queen Bean from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Queen Bean 10 Main - 144
Arms - 34
150 50 Beanbean Castle
Sprite of Popple from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Sprite of Rookie from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Popple & Rookie (1) Popple - 11
Rookie - 12
Popple - 90
Rookie - 150
Popple - 50
Rookie - 120
Popple - 200
Rookie - 30
Chateau de Chucklehuck
Sprite of Wiggler from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Wiggler 13 98 120 87 Chucklehuck Woods
Sprite of Chuckolator (sword and shield) from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Chuckolator 14 350 260 200 Chucklehuck Woods
Sprite of Cackletta from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Cackletta 16 420 320 150 Woohoo Hooniversity
Sprite of Popple from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Sprite of Rookie from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Popple & Rookie (2) Popple - 16
Rookie - 17
Popple - 220
Rookie - 300
Popple - 100
Rookie - 250
Popple - 200
Rookie - 60
Woohoo Hooniversity
Sprite of Mom Piranha (red) from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Sprite of Mom Piranha (blue) from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Mom Piranha 20 320 420 250 Beanbean Airport
Sprite of Trunkle from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Sprite of Trunkle (small) from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Trunkle 23 Body - 300
Tree - 190
Small - 58
500 400 Teehee Valley
Sprite of Hermie III from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Hermie III 26 Main - 680
Claws - 120
600 150 Gwarhar Lagoon
Sprite of Popple from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Popple 27 520 600 600 Chucklehuck Woods
Sprite of Piranha Bean from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Piranha Bean 26 230 250 180 Beanbean Fields
Sprite of Jojora from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Sprite of one of Jojora's friends with yellow hair from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Sprite of one of Jojora's friends with pink hair from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Jojora & one of Jojora's friends 29 Jojora - 500
Friend - 1100
Jojora - 500
Friend - 800
Jojora - 500
Friend - 500
Joke's End
Sprite of Popple from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Sprite of Birdo from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Egg from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Popple & Birdo with Eggs 30 Popple - 600
Birdo - 390
Eggs - 30
Popple - 300
Birdo - 900
Popple - 800
Birdo - 40
Teehee Valley
Sprite of Iggy Koopa from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Iggy 33 480 550 400 Bowser's Castle
Sprite of Morton Koopa Jr. from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Morton 34 900 600 400 Bowser's Castle
Sprite of Lemmy Koopa from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Lemmy 34 540 650 400 Bowser's Castle
Sprite of Ludwig von Koopa from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Ludwig 35 999 700 400 Bowser's Castle
Sprite of Roy Koopa from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Roy 36 1100 750 400 Bowser's Castle
Sprite of Wendy O. Koopa from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Wendy 37 800 800 400 Bowser's Castle
Sprite of Larry Koopa from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Larry 38 980 850 400 Bowser's Castle
Sprite of Fawful (second fight) from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Sprite of Fawful inside his dome from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Fawful (2) 39 880 999 999 Bowser's Castle
Sprite of Bowletta from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Sprite of Bowletta (dark) from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.Sprite of a Flaret from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Bowletta with Flarets 40 Bowletta - 1200
Flaret - 24
0 0 Bowser's Castle
Model of Cackletta's Soul from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Cackletta's soul 40 Head - 300
Arms - 320
Heart - 1280
0 0 Bowser's Castle

List of shops[edit]

Main article: List of shops in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser[edit]

Main article: Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser

As an addition to the port, Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser is added as a new campaign.

Gallery[edit]

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

Glitches[edit]

Main article: List of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions glitches

Wrong action commands[edit]

If the player flees a battle, remains touching the enemy, and initiates a Dunk Hammer at the same moment the enemy finishes blinking, the battle will begin with Mario's hammer in the air. If the player flees again, Mario will remain in the back regardless of what command is selected, and can use Luigi's commands with various odd results.[4] Entering a Green Pipe while this glitch is in effect will disable all action commands.[5] The game will softlock if either Mario or Luigi hits a Heart Block.

Promotion[edit]

A quiz game, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Trivia, was released on the Play Nintendo website in 2017.

Reception[edit]

Reviews
Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Nintendo 3DS Heidi Kemps, GameSpot 8/10 "Even though Minion Quest falters, it's still an optional outing that doesn't detract from what's fundamentally an excellent adventure. Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga has aged astonishingly well, and the various improvements offered in this remake only serve to make an already great game even better. Whether you're a series veteran or visiting the Beanbean Kingdom for the very first time, there's no better way to experience this classic RPG."
Nintendo 3DS Thomas Whitehead, Nintendo Life 9/10 "Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is a classic, and this new version is arguably the definitive version. Yes, Bowser's Minions is a harmless but shallow add-on, but the Superstars are the real attraction. This is a series that has a distinct and special place within Nintendo gaming, and after experimentation and not-always-popular approaches in the 3DS era of games, this takes us back to the IP's roots. What a treat it is, too - funny, smartly designed and pure unpretentious joy, this is a great start point for those that missed the original in the Game Boy Advance era, and should also be tempting to those with fond memories of the adventure."
Nintendo 3DS Chris Carter, Destructoid 7.5/10 "For many, tacking playable goons onto Superstar Saga won't be enough to revisit the world of Beanbean Kingdom mostly because the campaign is still the same uneven adventure it was before. But even though many will see the minion angle as a throwaway, I loved creating and molding my own little army bit by bit, and found it to be a worthwhile distraction."
Aggregators
Compiler Platform / Score
Metacritic 81
GameRankings 81.76%

Media[edit]

For this subject's sound test, see Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions sound test.

Staff[edit]

Main article: List of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions staff

The remake was directed by Shunsuke Kobayashi and produced by Shinya Takahashi and Tetsuo Mizuno, with Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka supervising the production. The arrangements of the music cues in the game were written by Yoko Shimomura, the same person who composed the tracks originally.

Quotes[edit]

Main article: List of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions quotes

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

Unused Beanbean Kingdom image[edit]

The full title screen background

An unused, higher-resolution version of the Beanbean Kingdom background from the title screen can be extracted from the game's files. The image is never fully seen in-game, as it is partially covered by clouds and the edges are cropped.

Captain Beanie[edit]

Sprite of an unused Captain Beanie from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

A Beanie with a blue flag, which appears to be incomplete due to the flag not animating, exists in the game's data. It may have been an early idea for how enemy captains would look before they were made to look the same as other enemies.

References to other games[edit]

References in later games[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオ&ルイージRPG1 DX
Mario ando Ruīji Āru Pī Jī Wan Derakkusu
Mario & Luigi RPG 1 DX

Chinese (traditional) 瑪利歐&路易吉RPG1 DX[6]
Mǎlì'ōu & Lùyìjí RPG 1 DX
Mario & Luigi RPG 1 DX

Dutch Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowsers onderdanen
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
French (NOA) Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
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French (NOE) Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Les sbires de Bowser
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
German Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowsers Schergen
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
Italian Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Scagnozzi di Bowser
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
Korean 마리오 & 루이지 RPG 1 DX
Mario & Ru'iji RPG 1 DX
Mario & Luigi RPG 1 DX

Spanish (NOA) Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
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Spanish (NOE) Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Secuaces de Bowser
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

References[edit]

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