Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
- 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.
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|Release date|| October 5, 2017 |
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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, 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
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
- 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 in the overworld makes both Bros. jump or swim simultaneously.
- 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 , 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Mush Badge A and Mush Badge AA deal less damage than in the original game.
- 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.
- 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 now turn 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 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
- 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.
- Many character sprites are derived from the sprites of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, causing their appearance to be different with respect to the one 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 Troopas 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 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.
- Toadtown Square was renamed "Peach's Castle".
- Beanbean Outskirts was renamed "Beanbean Fields".
- Beanbean Castle Sewers was renamed "Beanbean Castle Sewer".
- Four new green pipes were added, bringing the total amount from nine to thirteen: one in Hoohoo Village, one at the Mine Cart Platform at Hoohoo Mountain Base, one in Chucklehuck Woods near Winkle Colosseum, and one at the start of the surfing minigame in Oho Ocean.
- Because the player has access to the map on the touchscreen, maps on the walls of areas no longer appear.
- There are now ? Blocks in the game that contain soundtracks that are added to the Music player.
- Beanbean troops now block the pathways to the north and south Beanbean Fields until the player defeats Queen Bean.
- Invisible beanholes that can be found by Mini-Mario or the Game Boy Player are now made visible.
- The Magikoopa in the second room of Bowser's Castle is no longer seen.
- 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.
- 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 drop as early as the Tolstar 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.
- Roy Koopa now explains the Time Bob-omb's function instead of an on-screen text.
- 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.
- 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.
|Bowser||1||12||0||0||Princess Peach's Castle|
|Fawful (1)||2||30 (both phases)||0||0||Koopa Cruiser|
|Hoohooros||6||Hoohooros - 56
Pillar - 3
|Dragohoho||7||Dragohoho - 169
Hoho Stone - 12
|Queen Bean||10||Main - 144
Arms - 34
|Popple & Rookie (1)||Popple - 11
Rookie - 12
|Popple - 90
Rookie - 150
|Popple - 50
Rookie - 120
|Popple - 200
Rookie - 30
|Chateau de Chucklehuck|
|Popple & Rookie (2)||Popple - 16
Rookie - 17
|Popple - 220
Rookie - 300
|Popple - 100
Rookie - 250
|Popple - 200
Rookie - 60
|Mom Piranha||20||320||420||250||Beanbean Airport|
|Trunkle||23||Body - 300
Tree - 190
Small - 58
|Hermie III||26||Main - 680
Claws - 120
|Piranha Bean||26||230||250||180||Beanbean Fields|
|Jojora & one of Jojora's friends||29||Jojora - 500
Friend - 1100
|Jojora - 500
Friend - 800
|Jojora - 500
Friend - 500
|Popple & Birdo with Eggs||30||Popple - 600
Birdo - 390
Eggs - 30
|Popple - 300
Birdo - 900
|Popple - 800
Birdo - 40
|Fawful (2)||39||880||999||999||Bowser's Castle|
|Bowletta with Flarets||40||Bowletta - 1200
Flaret - 24
|Cackletta's soul||40||Head - 300
Arms - 320
Heart - 1280
List of shops
Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser
- “As Mario and Luigi embark on a grand adventure, another quest is unfolding somewhere nearby... So begins the story of Bowser's Minions!”
- —Unlock text, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
This adventure exclusive to this remake develops alongside and with the main Mario Bros. story. It involves Bowser's minions battling the enemies of the Beanbean Kingdom to rescue Bowser, after he is knocked out from Stardust Fields, led by Captain Goomba. The battles are the two armies automatically fighting against each other, though the player can choose which characters to send in, give more power to Special Skills by performing certain actions such as repeatedly pressing a button, pressing a button with the correct timing or aiming correctly at the enemies, and choose one of the actions available to the captain, the latter of which costs CP. At the end of a battle, there's a chance of one or more of the opponent's allies joining the player's team. There are three types of troopers: Melee (who only fight physically), Ranged (who fight exclusively with projectiles), and Flying (physical fighters who fly). The types follow a rock-paper-scissors triangle of strength and weakness, with Melee units being strong against Ranged units but weak against Flying units, Ranged units being strong against Flying units, but weak against Melee units and Flying units being strong against Melee units but weak against Ranged units.
The story of Minion Quest is shown as a movie, just like the main Mario Bros. story, in the Yoshi Theater.
The story starts off right after the Mario Bros. have defeated the first two enemies in the game, the two Goombas. After they are defeated, they are placed in barrels, and the one on the right complains about how he got trounced by the Mario Bros. again, with the one on the left saying that it's about time the Goombas rose up and made a name for themselves. Unbeknownst to anyone in Bowser's army, these two Goombas would eventually become Captain Goomba and Private Goomp over the course of their adventure.
They are taken care of by the Koopalings Roy, Wendy, and Iggy, who tear into them and mercilessly taunt them about how useless, expendable, and trash they are and proceed to give them orders, but before they can do so, the Koopa Cruiser gets attacked by Fawful and starts to sink into the area around the border between the Mushroom and Beanbean Kingdoms, just like in the main story, and every one of Bowser's army of baddies is thrown clear of the wreckage.
Captain Goomba regains his consciousness and awakes in a cave. He attempts to see if there is anyone nearby, but he can hear no answer, so he looks outside and finds that he is on a huge mountain. He sees Bowser, who had just been shot out of the cannon in Stardust Fields, fly through the air into the distance. Deciding to rush after his leader, the captain of the Goombas warms up for some action and takes off in pursuit of Bowser, and thus begins the untold adventure. After beating two Beanies who come across his path, Captain Goomba comes across some of his fellow kind arguing over who should be the captain and lead the rescue. Overcome with joy, he meets up with them, where they explain the situation to him, and after he convinces them to join him on the adventure, they officially make him a captain and give him his flag. Initially they only agreed to this because no one else wanted to, but he slowly starts to win their sincere support and respect and prove himself a true captain. Captain Goomba learns the tutorials of the game the first few levels.
The crew fights various Goombas, and a pair of Hammer Bros. who were going to live with the Hammerhead Bros. The squad comes across two Paragoombas, who take Captain Goomba for an enemy and attack his squad. After defeating them, the now-freed Paragoombas tell him the bad news: Fawful came across Bowser and made plans for him, and the Paragoombas attempted to interfere and stop him, but he brainwashed them with his headgear's smoke and shooed them away to fight his enemies. The minions make fun of the captain's "aura of stupidity"; this becomes a running gag throughout the story. Ludwig and Lemmy are encountered on the mountain, but they pay the squad no mind as they continue to look for Bowser themselves.
Eventually, Captain Goomba comes across Fawful, who has Bowser with him. Before he can do anything, however, Private Goomp arrives to take credit for defeating Fawful. Fawful uses his brainwashing smoke to brainwash Private Goomp, but fails to brainwash Captain Goomba due to his true minion spirit. Captain Goomba and his squad fight against Private Goomp and his brainwashed forces, and after the battle, Fawful knocks Goomp and Captain Goomba off the top of the mountain, and flees to the castle to retrieve the Beanstar, once again drawing parallels with the main story. Later, Captain Goomba consults a Hoohooligan about Bowser's whereabouts, and jumps off the bridge to the base of the mountain, making a huge crash in the process.
Outside Beanbean Castle Town, the Koopalings are discussing their plans about how to find Lord Bowser, and even wonder if he has been kidnapped. They easily dispatch a rowdy group of Beanies, but are ambushed by Fawful, who uses a more powerful spray to brainwash all the Koopalings after the normal one proved to be ineffective.
Captain Goomba and his squad come across a Shy Guy strolling around, who throws a turnip at Goomba. Afraid for a second that he might be brainwashed, the captain is ready to fight, but the Shy Guy says they are on the same side, and he was only attacking due to the fact other minions were hostile. Shy Guy joins Goomba's team as a new captain.
The two captains and their squad eventually encounter Lakitu, who explains to them that when the Koopa Cruiser exploded, it sent the minions flying across the entire kingdom, and that they will have to recruit all of the minions before taking their last stand against Fawful. Lakitu says he will scout the nearby areas for any minions, but before he can do so, a brainwashed Larry snatches him away for building Fawful's army. However, the duo of captains are able to rescue him, and they continue their search.
Later on, the group runs into Prince Peasley, and they ask him if he has seen any Stalking Piranha Plants lately. One sneaks up behind Captain Goomba, and a battle ensues with a few Piranha Beans. After the fight, Captain Goomba humorously sends a Piranha Bean to attack Prince Peasley. The squad then encounters the Elite Trio, with Private Goomp at the forefront. Goomp says he intends to recruit all the minions and get recognition from Bowser, so he, along with Sergeant Guy and Corporal Paraplonk, fight the squad, with Captain Goomba winning the battle. After the battle, the three then argue over why they lost, causing a fight to ensue. The squad decides to ignore them and continue. Eventually, the group confronts Larry, who is ordering his minions to help build a fortress for him, so he can conquer Beanbean Castle Town. In the ensuing battle, Captain Goomba wins against Larry, and convinces him to join their cause, although Larry strongly dislikes taking orders from a Goomba. He informs the squad that the Koopalings are scattered around the world, knowing the locations of three of the Koopalings: Iggy in Chucklehuck Woods, Wendy in Gwarhar Lagoon, and Morton in Teehee Valley.
The squad enters a cave filled with Boos, and encounter Professor E. Gadd, who talks about his ghost research and his inventions, including a time machine. They wander into Chucklehuck Woods, where Iggy is busy taking over the forest. Captain Goomba starts to smell an addictive fragrance that makes him wander off into Bubbles' lair. Inside the cave, they see Bubbles, who mistakes them for the ones who are causing the turmoil in the forest, and he breaks the floor with his feet, sending the entire squad plummeting down into the underground. Getting out, they encounter Cork and Cask, who ask for help retrieving the Red Goblet in exchange for info on Iggy's whereabouts. Sergeant Guy has split up with the Trio, and attempts to beat the squad alone, but fails and instead joins the squad. The squad soon meets a Boo who becomes another captain (although he just wanted the flag). Finally, at Mother Chuckalola, the squad encounters and defeats Iggy, and he joins the squad's team.
In Gwarhar Lagoon, Captain Goomba is swarmed by eager Hermie club fans, only for Wendy to appear and taunt the squad. The Hermie club then attacks Wendy, so the minions give chase. Although she escapes, she has set up a "cute battle contest" that will determine the cutest group, which the Hermie club plans to join. Hermie III snatches a Bob-omb and Starlow, a Star Sprite, to use as decorations for the cute contest, which leaves the rocking starfish Spangle dejected. Starlow escapes, and shooes both Hermie and Spangle away, before leaving to possibly enter the cute battle herself. Corporal Paraplonk is encountered training his Paratroopas for the contest, and after a battle, joins the squad. The cutie battle begins which gives Shy Guy stage fright, and he bails as a result. The minions must get through a few rounds earning points, and eventually Wendy gets fed up and decides to fight early. After the battle, Wendy joins the squad, and after leaving, the Star Angels (Starlow, Spangle, and two Starkisses) end up winning the prize.
Back at Hoohoo Mountain, Bowser is seen looking for food. The minions lose sight of him, and ask a Hoohooligan what happened to Bowser. He explains that Bowser was able to escape Fawful's capturing, but got struck by a "hard object" (which made him lose his memory). Popple, who was in the village stealing food, trips on Bowser, causing him to wake up and start following Popple. Back at Chucklehuck Woods, Popple has already made Bowser his Rookie, but momentarily loses sight of him. Popple asks the captains for help in finding "Rookie," but they intimidate Popple into fighting. Rookie does appear, however, but he does not recognize his former lackeys, and burns Captain Goomba when the latter tries constantly to no end to get him to come back home to the castle before leaving.
The squad makes their approach to Teehee Valley, where Morton is attempting to take over the Toad village. Encountering Private Goomp in the desert, they battle his Goomba squadron and gain him as the last Elite Trio member. They "save" a single Toad that works at the arcade at the town, and bribes Captain Goomba into getting an Invincibility Mushroom in a cave in exchange for beans, and in yet another parallel to the main story, it turns out they got a Poison Mushroom instead of an Invincibility Mushroom, which caused Mario to get Bean Fever. Among a group of Troopeas, a lone friendly Koopa is encountered, and becomes a captain, though his affinity for rhyming is usually frowned upon. Eventually, the group finds Morton and defeat him, and he joins the squad.
Popple is encountered again, this time looking for a replacement for the previous Rookie (candidates include a Fighter Fly, a Beanie, a Paratroopea, a Tanoomba, and Birdo). Upset that the squad attacked him in the Woods, Popple fights the minions, but is defeated again. Birdo, the only Rookie left, carries Popple away. Meanwhile, the cutscene where Bowser becomes Bowletta plays, implying Bowser was just beaten.
Lakitu informs the crew that the Koopa Cruiser is being repaired in Joke's End, but Fawful appears to tell them he took over Bowser's Castle, and that Bowser is "no longer of this world anymore." Making their way to Joke's End, they find the Koopa Cruiser in ruins, so they decide to defeat minions to gather tools, unaware they are being spied on by Roy. Once they have enough allies, Roy launches a surprise attack, but soon comes to his senses and joins the squad, telling the squad to stop a bomb the Elite Trio had placed on the cruiser. With the cruiser repaired, the squad flies to Bowser's castle.
The castle is filled with the hardest enemies thus far. Ludwig and Lemmy are encountered and fought, and once defeated, the Koopaling team is complete. Eventually, as a test of strength, Ludwig orders all the Koopalings to fight at the same time. Captain Goomba defeats them all, and they gain the Koopalings' respect.
The group encounters Fawful once again, and although he taunts the squad mercilessly, they defeat him and make their way to Bowser's chamber, where Bowser (seemingly returned), immediately tells Captain Goomba to "destroy" Mario; it is presumed that the army turns its attention to the Mario Bros after this. After a while, it turns out "Bowser" was actually Bowletta in disguise, and when Captain Goomba confronts them about this, she and Fawful use a trapdoor to send the squad into a dungeon, which turns out to be a Mecha-Fawful factory. After a long final battle which tests all the skill levels, the minions defeat Fawful one final time and escape the dungeon. It is unknown what happened to Fawful after this, it is presumed he fled and went on to fight Mario and Luigi, once again in a parallel to the main story.
After Bowletta's ultimate defeat, the minions reunite with a returned Bowser, only for the castle to explode sending Bowser and his minions crashing into the screen. Later, Bowser gets stuck in the present in the airplane, and all the minions chase after it on their way home. Back at Bowser's castle, Bowser begins to promote Captain Goomba, only to realize he was the "hard object" that fell on Bowser's head and gave him amnesia. Bowser angrily chases after Captain Goomba, and his title and flag are taken away as the story comes to a close.
|Image||Name||Type||Special||Description||Starting level||Strong against||Weak against|
|Captain Goomba||Melee||Rocket Headbutt||The go-to soldiers among Bowser's Minions. They move fast and charge into foes!||1||N/A||N/A|
|Captain Shy Guy||Ranged||Throw the Fight||You can't beat that poker face. They excel at evasion and pummeling Lakitus and Lakipeas with turnips.||8||N/A|
|Captain Boo||Flying||Evasion Cloak||For Bowser's sake, they won't be frightened! No, really! Prone to mocking their foes and attacking from above.||14||N/A||N/A|
|Captain Koopa Troopa||Melee||Rock Solid||They look innocent, but their shells provide a tough defense. Dry Bones may share their bone structure, but beware-they know their weakness!||23||N/A|
|Captain Goomba (Gold)||Melee||Rocket Headbutt||The go-to soldiers among Bowser's Minions. They move fast and charge into foes!||N/A||N/A|
|Captain Boo (Gold)||Flying||Evasion Cloak||For Bowser's sake, they won't be frightened! No, really! Prone to mocking their foes and attacking from above.||N/A||N/A|
|Captain Koopa (Gold)||Melee||Rock Solid||They look innocent, but their shells provide a tough defense. Dry Bones may share their bone structure, but beware-they know their weakness!||N/A|
CP are used to activate Captain Commands. The higher the captain's level is, the more CP and Captain Commands he will have; each captain can have a maximum of 10 CP. After a battle, some CP is restored; by 1 if the captain has a maximum of 1-5 CP, 2 if the captain has a maximum of 6-8 CP, and 3 if the captain has a maximum of 9 or 10 CP. The only other way to increase CP in a level is through the Chance Captain Command; if the player is lucky, they will get 5 CP out of it, but it costs 3 CP to use.
|Captain||Starting CP||Levels where CP is increased|
|Captain Goomba||4||5, 6, 12, 19, 27, 35|
|Captain Shy Guy||5||9, 15, 21, 28, 35|
|Captain Boo||6||20, 24, 29, 35|
|Captain Koopa Troopa||8||27, 35|
|Name||CP used||Captain Goomba level||Captain Shy Guy level||Captain Boo level||Captain Koopa Troopa level||Description|
|Deny||1||1*||8*||14*||23*||Surprises an opponent and cancels their Special Skill before they can pull it off.|
|Rally||4||7||8*||Cheers on the whole squad and raises their SPIRIT for a limited time.|
|Chance||3||5||14*||23*||Creates a block that can be hit to score a bonus.|
|Play Dead||4||16||12||18||23*||Feigns defeat on the battlefield so enemies will turn their attention elsewhere.|
|Lightning||7||32||30||Shrinks and weakens enemies for a limited time.|
|Parry||5||10||18||22||23*||Completely blocks two enemy attacks. Time it perfectly to counterattack!|
|Pass the Bob-omb||6||24||26||23*||Starts a game of catch with the enemy captain using a Bob-omb on the verge of exploding.|
|Thwomp Thump||6||30||32||Drops a mean Thwomp that deals heavy damage to everyone on the ground! Can be avoided by jumping.|
|Clash of Captains||6||23||Exclusive to Goombas. A showdown with the opposing captain. Be mindful of the damage that will be taken from the enemies along the way!|
|Call for Backup||4||8*||Exclusive to Shy Guys. Sends in one of your reserve troopers to charge into battle and back you up.|
|Sneak Attack||6||15||Exclusive to Boos. A stealthy attack from behind an enemy captain. Can it be pulled off against types you're weak to?|
|Shell Shock||4||23*||Exclusive to Koopa Troopas. A spinning shell attack! Damages all nearby foes.|
* - The captain's starting level upon being recruited, meaning these Captain Commands are available from the start.
|Image||Name||Type||Special||Description||Strong against||Weak against|
|Goomba||Melee||Rocket Headbutt||The go-to soldiers among Bowser's Minions. They move fast and charge into foes!|
|Paragoomba||Flying||Cranium Crush||Goombas who soar the sky with grace. With a spin they can do a Cranium Crush.|
|Big Tail Goomba||Melee||Spin Cycle||Bulky blokes with high POW and HP. They can sweep up foes by spinning their tails.|
|Goomba Tower||Melee||Whomping Wallop||They can use Whomping Wallop to attack all foes in front of them. Weak against Boomerang Bros.|
|Koopa Troopa||Melee||Rock Solid||They look innocent, but their shells provide a tough defense. Dry Bones may share their bone structure, but beware—they know their weakness!|
|Koopa Paratroopa||Flying||Cranium Crush||A harmony of heavy shell and light wings. They spin around in the air and attack their enemies from above.|
|Koopa Paratroopa (Red)||Flying||Cranium Crush||A harmony of heavy shell and light wings. Strong against Spear Guys and other spear-wielding enemies.|
|Dry Bones||Ranged||Chain Shot||Their calcium-deficient bodies are weak. They despise losing to Koopa Troopas.|
|Boo||Flying||Evasion Cloak||For Bowser's sake, they won't be frightened! No, really! Prone to mocking their foes and attacking from above.|
|Bomb Boo||Flying||Kaboom Bash||A rare type of Boo that explodes! They are especially strong against Ice Snifits.|
|Tail Boo||Flying||Spin Cycle||A rare type of Boo with a tail. Getting hit with said tail really smarts!|
|Big Boo||Flying||Piercing Projectile||A big ol' Boo. It's slow, but it flies and has incredible HP and POW.|
|Broozer||Melee||Air Bash||Those deep red gloves are proof of their strength. They especially like to break mechanical things.|
|Shy Guy||Ranged||Throw the Fight||You can't beat that poker face. They excel at evasion and pummeling Lakitus and Lakipeas with turnips.|
|Spear Guy||Ranged||Rain of Pain||They like to throw their special spear and weave about. Especially strong against Pestnuts, but weak against red Koopa Paratroopas.|
|Fly Guy||Flying||Mega Tackle||Shy Guys who fly through the sky. No lie! Some say they know the weakness of the Ice Bros...|
|Bandit||Ranged||Throw the Fight||Their constant movement masks their lack of power. Just who are those mischievous eyes targeting?!|
|Buzzy Beetle||Melee||Rock Solid||Those hard shells aren't just for show! They boast the Rock Solid ability, and their defense is airtight.|
|Para-Beetle||Flying||Dive Attack||A veritable flying fortress. Their bodies are protected by a hard shell. Weak against their rivals, the Buzzy Beetles.|
|Hammer Bro||Ranged||Rain of Pain||Those Hammers are deadly from a distance. Their Rain of Pain attack is to be feared!|
|Fire Bro||Ranged||Rain of Pain||They throw fireballs as well as a Mario Bro! Burning Fuzzbushes and Pokeys is a cinch, but they're weak to Ice Bros.|
|Ice Bro||Ranged||Throw the Fight||That chilly ice is especially strong against Fire Bros. They're weak against those expressionless Fly Guys.|
|Boomerang Bro||Ranged||Piercing Projectile||They throw boomerangs with ample gusto. Strong against Pokeys and Goomba Towers.|
|Spiny||Melee||Spin to Win||They have a hard shell and painful spikes. Though small, their spin attack is mighty! They seem to be weak against Lakitus.|
|Lakitu||Flying||Chain Stomp||They hustle about atop a cloud. They're strong against Beanies and Spinies, but their weakness is a Shy Guy's turnip attack.1|
|Pokey||Melee||Whomping Wallop||They may move slowly, but their HP is their pride. Watch out for the spines that cover their bodies! Weak against boomerang wielders.|
|Chain Chomp||Melee||Charging Champ||Unstoppable when they're off their chains. Difficult to control and highly destructive.|
|Chargin' Chuck||Melee||Air Bash||That padding makes for high POW and DEF. They tend to go overboard with their brawn and are weak against Mechakoopas.|
|Fire Stalking Piranha Plant||Ranged||Spitfire Fury||They walk about while spitting out powerful flames. Hey, aren't Fuzzbushes and Pokeys flammable?|
|Spike||Ranged||Throw the Fight||They spit up and throw Spike Balls at foes. Gross! The larger ones they throw are especially strong.|
|Bob-omb||Melee||Kaboom Bash||They have explosive power upon impact. Handle these Melee troopers with care.|
|Mechakoopa||Melee||Mega Tackle||They use their small bodies to bob and weave about. Especially strong against Chargin' Chucks, but weak against Broozers.|
|Magikoopa (Blue)||Flying||Chain Shot||Magikoopas dressed in blue. They tear into enemies from atop their brooms.|
|Magikoopa (White)||Ranged||Feed the Speed||Magikoopas dressed in white. They use their magic wands to raise a nearby unit's SPEED!|
|Magikoopa (Red)||Ranged||Power Up||Magikoopas dressed in red. They use their magic wands to raise a nearby unit's POW!|
|Magikoopa (Green)||Ranged||Sure Shot||Magikoopas dressed in green. They use their magic wands to raise a nearby unit's ACCURACY!|
|Private Goomp||Melee||Rocket Headbutt||A Goomba with dreams of grandeur. He's quite good at dodging attacks and avoiding being lectured.|
|Corporal Paraplonk||Flying||Cranium Crush||An elite Koopa Troopa with big dreams. The bucket on his head gives him a tough defense.|
|Sergeant Guy||Ranged||Sure Shot||An elite Shy Guy with big dreams. His cowardly nature is great for dodging.|
|Larry||Ranged||Throw the Fight||One of the seven notorious Koopalings. Has high ACCURACY and is secretly great at sniping.|
|Morton||Melee||Chain Stomp||One of the seven notorious Koopalings. Moves slowly, but just one attack can break through rock.|
|Wendy||Ranged||Piercing Projectile||One of the seven notorious Koopalings. You'll pay dearly if you underestimate her power!|
|Iggy||Ranged||Power Up||One of the seven notorious Koopalings. Powers up characters close to him.|
|Roy||Melee||Spin to Win||One of the seven notorious Koopalings. Quite proud of his incomparably high HP.|
|Lemmy||Ranged||Spitfire Fury||One of the seven notorious Koopalings. Has incredibly high EVASION.|
|Ludwig||Ranged||Chain Shot||One of the seven notorious Koopalings. Has a great balance of POW and DEF.|
|Bowser Jr.||Flying||Smack Back Attack||King Bowser's only son. Rumored to be especially strong against Magikoopas.|
|Starlow||Flying||Dive Attack||A Star Sprite with unsurpassed SPEED. Rumored to be especially strong against mechanical baddies.|
|Prince Peasley||Flying||Charging Champ||The dashing prince of the fair Beanbean Kingdom. Rumored to particularly enjoy conquering Gold Beanies.|
1 - Despite the description, Lakitus don't actually have an attack bonus against Beanies, but they do against Spinies and Sharpeas. Sharpeas are also not mentioned in the description.
|Image||Name||Type||Special||Description||Strong against||Weak against|
|Beanie||Melee||Mega Tackle||Enemies frequently seen in the Beanbean Kingdom. They move and hop about the battlefield.|
|Gold Beanie||Melee||Mega Tackle||Rare Beanies with a gloriously golden glow. Defeat one to win lots of EXP.|
|Parabeanie||Flying||Cranium Crush||Beanies that fly through the air. They soar about the battlefield on small wings.|
|Troopea||Melee||Rock Solid||Foes that strongly resemble Koopa Troopas. Their body is protected by a hard shell.|
|Elite Troopea||Melee||Rock Solid||They resemble regular Troopeas but are a bit stronger. They're quite proud of that vibrant color.|
|Paratroopea||Flying||Cranium Crush||They strongly resemble Koopa Paratroopas. The leaves on their head are good luck.|
|Scaratroopea||Flying||Cranium Crush||They strongly resemble Paratroopeas. Full of pride for those bright shells.|
|Gritty Goomba||Melee||Rocket Headbutt||They resemble Goombas but are...much grittier. Those spears make for powerful headbutts.|
|Tanoomba||Melee||Spin Cycle||They're proud of their POW, despite their small size. Quite speedy, so try to take them down quickly.|
|Limbo Bro||Melee||Smack Back Attack||Their bodies are much lighter than they appear. They charge headfirst into foes with great power!|
|Elite Limbo Bro||Melee||Smack Back Attack||A more powerful variation of Limbo Bros. Their Smack Back Attack is quite strong.|
|Beanerang Bro||Ranged||Piercing Projectile||They look like Boomerang Bros., but more stylish. Their sunglasses kind of make them look evil... Strong against Pokeys and Goomba Towers.|
|Ice Snifit||Ranged||Spitfire Fury||Fashion-forward Snifits sporting spiffy coats. They spit out rock-hard snowballs. Ouch! Weak against Bomb Boos.|
|Sharpea||Melee||Spin to Win||Foes that strongly resemble Spinies and are weak against Lakitus. Stepping on those spikes hurts A LOT.|
|Lakipea||Flying||Chain Stomp||Though their POW is average, be mindful of their high HP! They hate turnips and the Shy Guys who throw them.|
|Rex||Melee||Mega Tackle||Mighty dragons that can't fly, despite having wings. They charge forward when they spot an enemy.|
|Pestnut||Melee||Spin to Win||They are completely covered in painful spikes. It hurts no matter where they hit you. Weak against Spear Guys.|
|Elite Pestnut||Melee||Spin to Win||Powerful Pestnuts that thrive underwater. Those sharp spikes are a real threat. Weak against Spear Guys.|
|Chuck Guy||Melee||Spin Cycle||They charge forward wielding a spear. Weak against red Koopa Paratroopas.|
|Elite Chuck Guy||Melee||Spin Cycle||They resemble regular Chuck Guys but believe themselves to be superior with a spear. Weak against red Koopa Paratroopas.|
|Clumph||Melee||Whomping Wallop||Foes that pride themselves on their POW. They strike the ground with giant clubs.|
|Piranha Bean||Ranged||Spitfire Fury||They spit out powerful flames. Still, they're easily burned themselves, what with being plants and all.|
|Starkiss||Ranged||Spitfire Fury||Love hurts, and so do those hearts they spit out! Their bodies are among the lightest in the kingdom.|
|Fuzzbush||Ranged||Rain of Pain||They tread lightly on tiny legs. Weak to Fire Bros. and Fire Stalking Piranha Plants.|
|Birdo||Ranged||Throw the Fight||She wears a pretty red ribbon atop her pink head. Known to build up power and spit out eggs.|
|Popple||Ranged||Rain of Pain||The greatest thief in the kingdom...or so he says. Recruited the amnesiac Bowser as his underling.|
|Mecha-Fawful X||Melee||Charging Champ||Mass-produced robots that serve Fawful. They charge into foes with their giant bodies.|
|Mecha-Fawful Y||Flying||Cranium Crush||Mass-produced robots that serve Fawful. Those heads are known to fly about.|
|Mecha-Fawful Z||Ranged||Piercing Projectile||Mass-produced robots that serve Fawful. They fire powerful beams from their chests.|
|Most Furious Fawful X||Melee||Chain Stomp||Cackletta's faithful underling. Fights as a Melee trooper.|
|Most Furious Fawful Y||Flying||Dive Attack||Cackletta's faithful underling. Fights as a Flying trooper.|
|Most Furious Fawful Z||Ranged||Chain Shot||Cackletta's faithful underling. Fights as a Ranged trooper.|
|Fawful||Ranged||Chain Shot||Cackletta's faithful servant with extreme fury issues. Brainwashes Bowser's Minions to take over the world.|
|Melee Mischief||All units must be Melee troopers||POW 5%↑ and HP 5%↑ for all allies|
|Flying Fun||All units must be Flying troopers||HP 5%↑ and DEF 5%↑ for all allies|
|Ranged Revenge||All units must be Ranged troopers||HP 5%↑ and LUCK 5%↑ for all allies|
|Ranged x2 Hind Support||6 Melee troopers and 2 Ranged troopers||ACCURACY 10%↑ for all allies|
|Ranged x3 Hind Support||5 Melee troopers and 3 Ranged troopers||LUCK 10%↑ for all allies|
|Flying x2 Hind Support||6 Melee troopers and 2 Flying troopers||DEF 10%↑ for all allies|
|Flying x3 Hind Support||5 Melee troopers and 3 Flying troopers||EVASION 10%↑ for all allies|
|Half-and-Half A||4 Melee troopers and 4 Flying troopers||POW 5%↑ and DEF 5%↑ for all allies|
|Half-and-Half B||4 Melee troopers and 4 Ranged troopers||SPIRIT 5%↑ and LUCK 5%↑ for all allies|
|Half-and-Half C||4 Flying troopers and 4 Ranged troopers||HP 5%↑ and DEF 5%↑ for all allies|
|Burly Brigade||7 or more2 giant units3||HP 5%↑ and POW 5%↑ for all allies|
|Gallant Goombas A||
||HP 10%↑ for Goombas|
|Gallant Goombas B||
||HP 10%↑ for Paragoombas|
|Super Goomba Squad||HP 10%↑ and SPIRIT 10%↑ for allies|
|Heroic Shells A||DEF 10%↑ for all allies|
|Heroic Shells B||DEF 10%↑ for all allies|
|Super Shell Squad||DEF 10%↑ and HP 10%↑ for all allies|
|Dreams of Buzzy Beetles||DEF 20%↑ for all allies|
|Bros. Bonanza!||ACCURACY 15%↑ for all allies|
|Mighty Masks A||
||ACCURACY 10%↑ for all allies|
|Mighty Masks B||
||ACCURACY 10%↑ for all allies|
|Super Mask Squad||ACCURACY 20%↑ for all allies|
||POW 10%↑ for all allies|
|Super Boo Brigade||POW 10%↑ and DEF 5%↑ for all allies|
|Ice Cloud||HP 10%↑ and POW 5%↑ for all allies|
|Dance of the Green Shells||DEF 10%↑ and HP 5%↑ for all allies|
|Red Boots of Courage||POW 10%↑ and HP 5%↑|
|Danger Abounds||LUCK 30%↑ for all allies|
|Glorious Manes||HP 15%↑ for all allies|
|Proud and Round||EVASION 20%↑ for all allies|
|Proud and Spiny||HP 10%↑ and DEF 5%↑ for all allies|
|Green Power||HP 20%↑ for all allies|
|Team Throw||ACCURACY 20%↑ for all allies|
|Spinning Tails||POW 10%↑ for all allies|
|Wind It Up||DEF 10%↑ and HP 5%↑ for all allies|
|Old Reliable||HP 15%↑ and DEF 5%↑ for all allies|
|The Elite Trio||HP 15%↑ and SPIRIT 10%↑ for allies|
|The Prince and the Mastermind||POW 15%↑ and SPIRIT 10%↑ for allies|
|The Seven Koopalings||HP 20%↑ and POW 10%↑ for all allies|
|Super Rare Squad||DEF 20%↑ and LUCK 20%↑ for allies|
2 - As stated by the game; however, it is not possible to have more than seven giant units in a squad since the eighth slot must be occupied by one of the captain characters, none of whom are giant units.
3 - The giant units are Big Tail Goomba, Goomba Tower, Big Boo, Broozer, Pokey, Chain Chomp, Chargin' Chuck, Morton, Roy, Ludwig, and Bowser Jr.
|Melee EXP Bean S||A bean that gives 10 EXP to Melee troopers. Effect is halved if eaten by other troopers.|
|Melee EXP Bean M||A bean that gives 100 EXP to Melee troopers. Effect is halved if eaten by other troopers.|
|Melee EXP Bean L||A bean that gives 1,000 EXP to Melee troopers. Effect is halved if eaten by other troopers.|
|Melee EXP Bean DX||A bean that gives 3,000 EXP to Melee troopers. Effect is halved if eaten by other troopers.|
|Ranged EXP Bean S||A bean that gives 10 EXP to Ranged troopers. Effect is halved if eaten by other troopers.|
|Ranged EXP Bean M||A bean that gives 100 EXP to Ranged troopers. Effect is halved if eaten by other troopers.|
|Ranged EXP Bean L||A bean that gives 1,000 EXP to Ranged troopers. Effect is halved if eaten by other troopers.|
|Ranged EXP Bean DX||A bean that gives 3,000 EXP to Ranged troopers. Effect is halved if eaten by other troopers.|
|Flying EXP Bean S||A bean that gives 10 EXP to Flying troopers. Effect is halved if eaten by other troopers.|
|Flying EXP Bean M||A bean that gives 100 EXP to Flying troopers. Effect is halved if eaten by other troopers.|
|Flying EXP Bean L||A bean that gives 1,000 EXP to Flying troopers. Effect is halved if eaten by other troopers.|
|Flying EXP Bean DX||A bean that gives 3,000 EXP to Flying troopers. Effect is halved if eaten by other troopers.|
|Super EXP Bean S||A bean that grants 30 EXP, regardless of unit type.|
|Super EXP Bean M||A bean that grants 300 EXP, regardless of unit type.|
|Super EXP Bean L||A bean that grants 2,000 EXP, regardless of unit type.|
|Super EXP Bean DX||A bean that grants 5,000 EXP, regardless of unit type.|
|HP Bean||A bean that increases your HP by 1.|
|POW Bean||A bean that increases your POW by 1.|
|DEF Bean||A bean that increases your DEF by 1.|
|SPEED Bean||A bean that increases your SPEED by 1.|
|SPIRIT Bean||A bean that increases your SPIRIT by 1.|
|Recruit 20 Goomba Minions||Recruit all types of Goomba Minions||Recruit "that guy" (Recruit Bowser Jr.)|
|Recruit 20 Koopa Troopa Minions||Recruit all types of Koopa Troopa Minions||Learn all Captain Commands|
|Recruit 20 Shy Guy Minions||Recruit all types of Shy Guy Minions||Perform all Skills|
|Recruit 20 Boo Minions||Recruit all types of Boo Minions||Recruit all Characters|
|Use beans to fortify 50 times||Recruit all types of Melee troopers||Use beans to fortify 200 times|
|Defeat 300 enemies||Recruit all types of Flying troopers||Receive 500 EXCELLENT ratings|
|Recruit 20 Spiky Minions||Recruit all types of Ranged troopers||Raise a Minion's level to 40|
|Receive 100 EXCELLENT Ratings||Defeat 1000 enemies||Defeat 1500 enemies|
|Clear 50 quests||Clear 100 quests||Clear 200 quests|
|Recruit 50 Minions||Recruit 100 Minions||Recruit 150 Minions|
The game is compatible with the following amiibo from the Super Mario series.
amiibo can be used after the player defeats Queen Bean and grants stamps which can be redeemed for prizes.
- Bowser Jr.
- Boo (read/write)
- Goomba (read/write)
- Koopa Troopa (read/write)
Nintendo eShop description
- American version
There are so many surprises, thrills, and laughs in store for Mario and Luigi that it isn't even funny...except it is! Every hoo-hoo, hee-hee, and ha-ha in this classic RPG adventure has been remade for Nintendo 3DS™ systems. Plus, an all-new squad-based strategy tie-in sees Bowser's Minions on a quest to stop Fawful. "Have you readiness for this?!?" Sure you do! So guide the Bros. on a journey through the Beanbean Kingdom to recover the stolen voice of Princess Peach. Every step on your path and every stomp on a Goomba has been completely recreated with enhanced graphics, lighting, and new gameplay options. Take down enemies using special Bros. Attacks and solve puzzles with Bros. Actions. Do you have fury? Especially due to Fawful? Then go behind the scenes of this superstar saga by captaining an army of Bowser's minions. With 50+ minions to recruit, strategy is on your side!
- European/Australian version
The game that launched the Mario & Luigi series returns looking better than ever before. In this renewed classic, Mario and Luigi journey to the Beanbean Kingdom with Bowser to restore Princess Peach's voice.
Control Mario and Luigi simultaneously, making use of their unique Bros. Moves to solve puzzles and emerge victorious in action-packed battles. Pay heed to the enemy's patterns and time your reactions right to land satisfying counterblows.
Included in this remake is the Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser mode, which tells the story of the game from the perspective of Bowser's minions. Recruit characters to grow you own Minion army as you fight to locate your missing leader!
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.
Wrong Action Commands
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. Entering a Green Pipe while this glitch is in effect will disable all action commands. The game will softlock if either Mario or Luigi hits a Heart Block.
A quiz game, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Trivia, was released on the Play Nintendo website in 2017.
|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."|
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- For a list of in-game music, see List of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions in-game music.
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.
Pre-release and unused content
Unused Beanbean Kingdom image
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.
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
- Super Mario Bros.: An arrangement of this game's death jingle is heard when getting a game over.
- Super Mario Bros. 3: The Koopalings reprise their roles from Superstar Saga. They also appear in the Minion Quest side-mode, where Larry is the boss of the plains world, Morton is the boss of the desert world, and Wendy is the boss of the water world, as they were in this game.
- Super Mario World: A yellow cape can be seen on the coat rack in Mario's house.
- Mario Golf series / Mario Tennis series: Mario's golf club and tennis racket can be seen next to his bed.
- Paper Mario series: The Goombas' Rocket Headbutt Special Skill in Minion Quest is similar to their Headbonk move from these games, along with the Headbonk Goombas from Super Paper Mario.
- Luigi's Mansion: Aside from the reference supplied when encountering him in the main game, E. Gadd also mentions that he created the Starbeans Cafe franchise to provide funding for his ghost research during the events of Luigi's Mansion when encountering him in Minion Quest.
- Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time: A poster depicting a movie involving a Shroob invasion appears in the redesigned Yoshi Theater. E. Gadd also mentions he is building a time machine when encountered in Minion Quest. A picture of a Shroob saucer is seen in Mario and Luigi's house above the stairs.
- Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2: Bomb Boos appear in Minion Quest.
- Mario Kart Wii: A Wii Wheel is shown under the stairs in Mario's House.
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story: Dr. Toadley replaces Psycho Kamek, while Broque Monsieur, Broque Madame, and Broggy cameo on another poster. Starlow and Mechawfuls also appear in Minion Quest.
- Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon: E. Gadd's theme is directly taken from this game.
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team: The game runs on the same engine used in this game. Many graphics originate in this game. Prince Dreambert also cameos on a poster. One minigame theme in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions is an arrangement of "Challenging Actions" from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.
- Mario Kart 8: A trophy from this game appears in Mario's House.
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker: An Invincibility Mushroom appears in Minion Quest.
- Super Mario Maker: Parts of Mario's Builder Outfit, specifically the hardhat and toolbelt, appear in Mario's House.
- Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam: An arrangement of "Do It Now!" appears as a minigame theme in this game.
- Paper Mario: Color Splash: Morton's way of speaking is similar to how he speaks in this game.
References in later games
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: The song "This Is Minion Turf!" appears in this game. The Fire Stalking Piranha Plant is mentioned in Palutena's Guidance for Piranha Plant.
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey: The Minion Quest mechanic returns as a story mode for Bowser Jr. In addition, Captain Goomba, Captain Koopa Troopa, Captain Boo, and Captain Shy Guy make a reappearance as enemies and allies. Captain Goomba's inadvertent role in giving Bowser amnesia (as well as that mode's ending where he got demoted as a result) is indirectly referenced right before Bowser Jr.'s tutorial fight against him, where Captain Goomba states he does not wish to upset Bowser again. Both Morton and Ludwig also reference the Captains' role in saving Bowser near the beginning of and late in the game, respectively.
Names in other languages
Mario ando Ruīji Āru Pī Jī Wan Derakkusu
|Mario & Luigi RPG 1 DX|
|Chinese (Traditional)||瑪利歐&路易吉RPG1 DX
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||-|
|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
Malio & Luiji RPG 1 DX
|Mario & Luigi RPG 1 DX|
|Spanish (NOA)||Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions||-|
|Spanish (NOE)||Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Secuaces de Bowser||Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions|
Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser
|Koopa Troop RPG|
Kùbā Jūntuán RPG
|Koopa Troop RPG|
|Dutch||Schurkensaga: Op zoek naar Bowser||Villain saga: Looking for Bowser|
|French||Super Sbires Saga: les sauveurs de Bowser!||Super Minion Saga: the saviours of Bowser!|
|German||Schergen-Saga: Findet Bowser!||Minion Saga: Find Bowser!|
|Italian||Scagnozzi in azione: In cerca di Bowser||Minions in action: Searching for Bowser|
|Koopa Troop RPG|
|Spanish (NOE)||Historia de un secuaz: En busca de Bowser||Story of a minion: In search of Bowser|
- Fact sheet
- Nintendo (June 13, 2017). Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions - Game Reveal - Nintendo E3 2017. YouTube. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
- Official Chinese website for the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary. Retrieved October 23, 2020.