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Beans are collectible items that have made an appearance in five games to date. Additionally, the Beanish are a race of bean-like people.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Beans are plentiful in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and while collecting them is entirely optional, they will help Mario and Luigi. There are four kinds of beans in the game, and each is acquired in a different way.
All beans can be taken to the Starbeans Cafe, where they are blended into stat-boosting Bean Juice for Mario and Luigi.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Beans are dug up by Baby Mario and Baby Luigi or can be won in minigames in Thwomp Caverns. These can be traded to Fawful in his shop, Fawful's Bean 'n' Badge, for Badges. The Beans in this game bear a resemblance to Hee Beans, although they are never actually given any name other than "Bean".
The first time the player activates the Start menu after getting a Bean, Stuffwell will break in and explain where the player can see the number of Beans collected.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, beans are optional and can boost stats. These beans are called Heart Beans (which adds a point to the player's HP), Special Beans (which adds a point to the player's SP), and Power Beans (which adds a point to the player's attack power). An Emoglobin in the Energy Hold, a Toad in Toad Town, and Toadsworth in the Toad Square provide information about beans.
The Star Menu allows the player to see how many beans they have collected as well as the total number of beans in each area. It also allows the player to use beans in the consumable item list where they are categorized by bean type. There are 251 beans in the whole game. Most of them are collected from beanholes – flashing dots underground in Bowser's body and X-shaped bean symbols on the ground of the overworld – by using Drill Bros. and jumping out. A small number of them can be collected from characters by doing sidequests: 15 from PR Toad, and 39 from Kuzzle.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Like in other Mario & Luigi games, beans are a collectible in this game, to the extent they were in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, where they boosted the brothers' stats upon eating them. Beans are marked as Xs in the ground, and upon Mario digging one up gives the player a bean that permanently boosts one of the brother's stats by one stat point. Unlike the earlier games, there are Beans for all of the stats rather than just beans for Power, HP and SP (which was changed back to BP as of this game).
Beans are only dug up in the Real World. If the player pauses the game and goes into the Beans section in the Collection Menu, they can find a list of all the areas with beans and how many they've found and how many there are in each area. Stat DX Beans that increase the aforementioned stat by three points can also be obtained from Golden Beanies as a drop and from Kylie Koopa upon completing a Level 3 puzzle within the goal time for the first time. Beans can also be gained from equipping the Wellington Boots/Farmer Boots, which may turn coins into bean drops. There are a total of 143 beans that can be dug up in the game, with there being 24 Heart Beans, 24 Bros. Beans, 24 Power Beans, 24 Defense Beans, 23 Speed Beans, and 24 Stache Beans to find.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Beans returned in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, acting the same way they did in both Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. Like in the previous games, the number of beans collected in each area can be viewed in the menu, this time from the Collection screen. Beans are dug up from X-marked circular spots on the ground and walls, and can be collected with the Trio Drill ability on the overworld.
In addition to this, the Wellington Boots return and cause enemies to drop beans when defeated. The Bad Nabbit mission also gives the player beans after each battle with Nabbit, as well as after completing the quizzes in the game. Finally, the Broozers' barrel throwing attack may sometimes cause one or more beans to appear when countered.
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