Best Mario & Luigi Games

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The Top Ten

1 Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

A better graphic remake!

This game rightfully deserves the number one spot. The story is amazing, the villain is both perfectly easy to love and hate, the whole idea of playing as Bowser is wonderful and the giant battle mechanic is lots of fun. People keep comparing this to Partners in Time, so I'll throw in my two cents as well. I find it kind of petty that people like PiT more because you can play as 4 characters rather than 3. First off, Bowser hits harder than both babies combined ever did, and I hated how the babies always did barely any damage by themselves, despite at one point being a higher level than the adults. Also, I personally found it annoying to always have to rely on the babies to use the hammer and to collect beans, and also to solve most puzzles. While it is a bit weird having to wait so long to actually walk around in a 3d environment as the brothers in this game, it still holds up much more than PiT, having better graphics and a better soundtrack. But hey, that's just my opinion.

Best story, and gameplay

Partners In Time is much better than Bowser's Inside Story. Here are the top 1 reasons.

Top 1: The graphics, animation & visuals are much better.

Top 2: Much better music.

Top 3: You get to play as 4 players while in Bowser's Inside Story, you only play as 3 characters.

Top 4: Better worlds & levels.

Top 5: Time travel.

Top 6: Much more of a cause of nostalgia.

Top 7: Partners in Time is much more original.

Top 8: The Baby Mario Bros.

Top 9: The bosses are much better than in Bowser's Inside Story.

Top 10: Not as much of a tough game,

I love partners in time but I like this better. Bowser's inside story's graphics seem slightly more advanced to me, and although the game is tough, partners in time is MUCH tougher! - HeavyDonkeyKong

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2 Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

Absolutely delightful experience. Tough it drags at some parts, at others it hits hard with its atmosphere and dreamlike premise. Every major plotpoint feels powerful or at the very least thematically fun/fitting. Combining the 2D graphics with 3D enviornments has been kinda sucking the magic out of recent entries, but I am willing to defend it here. This property made the game stand out from previous entries, increased the overall scope of the game and truly gave the game its sweet "Dreamy" feel. I think that it comes without saying that this entry has the best overall soundtrack in the franchise.

You may disagree, but from my experience (finished all first 4 entries) This one will be my favourite episode in the entire franchise. Even with its flaws.

I know that Bowser's Inside Story might be a little better, but so much was taken from it that it kind of feels like Bowser's Inside Story. Plus, it's a Nintendo select, so it is a bit cheaper in price while being an incredible game!

Not just my favorite in the series, but one of my favorite games PERIOD

This game is great! Look past the graphics and see it for the more important stuff. Antasma was a good villain, and Bowser was great in this game. The gameplay is original and immersive, the music is great as always, the story is interesting, the bosses were really fun, and the dream world was a great new concept! The game is pretty long, especially compared to the other Mario RPG's and it's not perfect, but it's so creative, original, and fun, and it had me entertained from start to finish!

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3 Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time

Partners in Time is the best game in the series.
There are many factors to this: The first being the amazing soundtrack. It doesn't get any better than Partners in Time. In addition, the bosses, consisting of infamous ones such as Kamek and Bowser, plus totally original ones such as the Shrooboid Brat and Mrs. Thwomp are some of the best in the series, and all are amazing. The final battle w/ Elder Princess Shroob marks one of if not the hardest boss fights in the series. With 3,500 health, it's more than any other in the series. Oh, and that's just phase 1. Elder Princess Shroob helps to bring to life the evilness that the Shroobs stood for, in the vilest way. Partners in Time also has a wide diversity of worlds, a few of my favorites being Yoshi's Island, Thwomp Volcano, and Star Shrine. Partners in Time is simply an amazing game, and should be at the top of this list.

This Game Has 4 mario brothers!
No, but for real - It has a great story.
So vote me for president.

Personally I love this game since I was a kid and still love it to this day

First game I owned and a great simple introduction to RPG's. I recently re-played the game and it hasn't lost any charm it had originally. I couldn't get through inside story again though, the long winded story and bowser easy fight style (copy&paste of Mario and luigi, if they have spikes or shield flame otherwise spam punch and bro attacks) just ruined the exited mood I had going back to it.

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4 Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

This is the first Mario & Luigi game I played and it's one of the best Mario games I've ever played! Pherhaps the most original Mario game ever created! So basically Peach's voice gets stolen by the evil Cackletta so that she can awaken the beanstar, who could make all her wishes come true, and it could only be activated with a royal and nice voice, this is so original it makes video games like Super Mario Odyssey look like New Super Mario Bros. I don't think there's a single bad thing about this game, it's so good! The story, the gameplay, the music, pretty much everything! I love the amount of plot twists too! It's like in every world there's a new plot twist and sub-plot and it's amazing! Despite all those positives, a few flaws can be found, for example, there is a twist in THe middle of the game involving Birdo in a negative way, and I won't spoil but I did not like that. Despite that, this is probably one of the greatest games ever made. I have no idea how this is at number #4 ...more - darthvadern

This game is awesome! Why is it in 4th? Bowser's inside story is my 2nd favorite. I like this game 1% more.

I know everyone loves this one, and I do too, but I think it is the weakest of the four Mario and Luigi games (excluding Paper Jam since that may or may not count and is a little worse in my opinion anyway even though I like it). I never had the nostalgia for this game or appreciation of the innovations it made like most people do, since I played Bowser's Inside Story first out of this series. When I look at the series from a more unbiased perspective, I happen to like this one a little less than the others, but I'm sure others have different opinions, which is fine. In my opinion, the story was a little lackluster and anticlimacitc at the end, even though it had some fantastic and original characters and moments. The gameplay was just a little less fun as well, although it was still a blast. The music is pretty good but has less standout tracks to me than the other games. Overall, I still love it just like I love all the other Mario RPG's, but it didn't have as much appeal as some of ...more

This game rocks due to beautiful visuals & great animation, but why is Princess Peach being defenseless & incapable of taking care of herself?! She is putting us in trouble at Teehee Valley because we have to rescue & escort that bad-tempered princess of the Mushroom Kingdom from many minions. That ruined the whole game! Nonetheless, the whole game is awesome! But the text? It is confusing. The story? Average. This game is overrated, but it is nonetheless the best Mario RPG, especially in that segment where Mario & Luigi encounter Kirby & Wario on posters! This game is beautiful, & the music is beautiful! I would give this game a 6.8. Ah, the good old days...

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5 Mario Luigi Paper Jam - 3DS

Although this is when the Mario & Luigi series started to go downhill, at least it's not what Sticker Star did to the Paper Mario series, this game is still an enjoyable game! Sadly while this game used the princess peach gets kidnapped by Bowser story, the great thing about this game is probably the papercraft battles and the music! They were excellent! The papercraft battles are very unique and the best thing about the game! It helps it stand out from other games and the music was excellent! Just listen to Mountaintop Secrets! It's one of the best songs ever made! Paper Mario makes the battle system quite interesting as well as it allowed for trio attacks and his own attacks are different from mario & luigi's (no pun intended). The only big downside is that the story is (as you read above) boring and the worlds are the same grass, desert and beach worlds, but at least the worlds don't feel too empty. It's a pretty good game overall - darthvadern

PAPER JAM...AMAZING!

Mario and Luigi Paper Jam is the best game in the series. This game has the best bosses, music, and gameplay. Paper Mario makes the battle system a lot more interesting and this adds more strategy to the game. The weakest part of this game is its story. Bowser kidnaps peach for the billionth time and Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario have to save her. Another thing some people don't like about this game is the paper craft battles. If you can get used to the controls than its not as bad as people say it is. Overall Mario and Luigi Paper Jam is definitely a game Mario and Luigi fans should check out.

The WORST!

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6 Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey

Mario and Luigi is my favorite series of all time and this game is my favorite. The concept of going inside bowser is genius, the battle system is great, bosses are cool, music is amazing, graphism are also amazing, bowser is a nice change of pace from Mario and Luigi, the characters are good, and the story is both funny and epic. I prefer the remake over the original because of the improved graphism, adding a theme for the dark star and dark Fawful, and while bowser jr's journey is mediocre for the gameplay, you don't have to play, and it's still one thing the remake have that the original don't. Plus, at the very least it's interesting for the story.

Why is this number 7

The original may be the bestselling game in the series but the remake is the worst selling game in the series.

The original sold around 4 million copies while the remake only sold around 20000 copies.

Such a shame a great remake sells so poorly.

Probably the best looking game in the series, the effects especially inside boser is great to see, from lighting effects the squishy ground to reflective and slimy looking tissue, it all looks so good to the eyes. They've outdone themselves somehow making bosers insides even more fun to explore.

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7 Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

Better than original! - darthvadern

I'm not sure if this counts as its own game, but I prefer it over the original. - MrLoser

Just the best in the series for me, even after playing all the other games though.

I love this game so much

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