Top 10 Reasons Why Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is Better Than Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

"People are crazy for preferring M&L: BIS over M&L: PIT. I will show you the true proof why M&L: PIT is superior compared to M&L: BIS, which is just overrated and a horrible sequel.

The negatives I have toward M&L: PIT are that it's too hard at times. Princess Peach is so annoying because of her squeaky, girlish voice, her pink dress (I hate dresses in general), and her personality, which is prissy, mostly negative, short-tempered, infantile, unkind, and defenseless - which is inappropriate for her tall & healthy physique.

M&L: PIT is the best Mario & Luigi RPG ever, not M&L: BIS!

M&L: SS deserves a favorable B+. It is a joy to play such a funny game with nice soundtrack/visuals.

M&L: PIT deserves a stellar A rating.

M&L: BIS deserves an unfavorable D-. It can have many good aspects in it, but M&L: BIS was done wrong with a disgraceful soundtrack.

M&L: DT deserves a bad D rating."
The Top Ten
1 You play as 4 playable characters instead of 3, and the Baby Mario bros. beat adult Bowser

I disagree with that point since what I like about multiple characters is that they give us more variety to the gameplay. Bowser in Bowser's Inside Story is a good example. He is different enough to give variety to the game yet similar enough to not feel out of place. Meanwhile, the babies don't change enough from Mario and Luigi to provide true variety. They can go to small places, I guess?

Both the baby characters and Bowser are good in their own way and bring on fun gameplay. None is better than the other. Well, okay, Bowser is more interesting, but still.

2 Its soundtrack is flawless and much more creative

Both are equally flawless and creative, in my opinion!

I like Partners in Time, but it honestly has my least favorite soundtrack in Mario and Luigi series (I haven't played Paper Jam yet), while Bowser's Inside Story has my favorite, with Dream Team being a ridiculously close second.

Agreed. There are a lot more good tracks than in Bowser's Inside Story.

3 Better graphics/engine/visuals

Honestly, I agree with this. The pixels are sharper, and the coloration is better. For the original, at least. The remake is much better.

4 You time travel!

Meh, time traveling is one of the most overused and boring plot themes ever, in my opinion. Although this game does portray it better than most other media...

Well, it is a cool concept with some good execution. Not as cool as going inside Bowser, though.

5 The levels are much more interesting and graphically perfect.

Now, the levels on paper sure are more interesting in Partners in Time. It's a shame, though, they're really linear and don't feel as immersive because of the bland map on the top screen.

Bowser's Inside Story had slightly more advanced graphics, but whatever!

Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time is a great game.

6 It has a more serious, mature soundtrack/content

Here is a problem I have with Partners in Time: it is super dark, arguably darker than Super Paper Mario, but where Super Paper uses atmosphere and music to make sure that you feel the gravity of the situation.

Mature? Mario doesn't need to be mature!

Even though Partners in Time is the darkest Mario game to date, and I applaud it for that, I still felt Bowser's Inside Story was more colorful and immersive.

7 It does not overdose on King Bowser

What do you mean, Bowser is overdosed in BIS?

Bowser was the protagonist of Bowser's Inside Story...

8 Not likely to ever be remade (thus a rarity)

That's the saddest part. I played all of the other Mario & Luigi games on the 3DS with their remakes, and the graphics made them feel so alive and immersive. Partners in Time, though, is stuck with old-school graphics. Not that simple graphics are bad, the environments and story just don't feel as intense or interesting as a result.

It's a rare piece of Mario content that, as far as we know, will never be replicated, unlike Superstar Saga and Bowser's Inside Story.

9 Shroob is better than Dark Bowser

I agree with that a lot. Dark Bowser is just the Dark Star having replicated Bowser's DNA. Since when haven't we already seen a star of power in a Mario game? Whereas, the Shroobs are an alien race who know nothing but destruction and feel more like a threat as a result.

10 Stronger humor

Both games have Fawful and Bowser, so this is hard to say. In any case, Partners in Time is still an excellent game, but it's probably my least favorite of the four games so far. Still, it's a great game!

I never particularly cared for the humor in either game, as I play the games for the story and setting. However, the baby characters kind of annoyed me in Partners in Time, so...

The Contenders
11 It's not too popular

It's a shame seeing as how great it is. But Bowser's Inside Story is still overall a bit better, honestly.

12 You only need the stylus once
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