Just like its predecessor, Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story has gotten the 3DS remaster treatment from Nintendo. It features a similar art style and many of the same features as its cousin, but is still sporting a few differences since it’s a remaster of the third game in the series rather than the first.
The biggest difference is seen in the three-dimensional effects shown in the cutscenes; unlike the first Mario and Luigi game, which was a Game Boy Advance title, Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story hails from the Nintendo DS and was thus a bit more visually sophisticated. This doesn’t seem to have affected the overall look of the remake though. The folks over at Alpha Dream appear to have done an excellent job ensuring that this latest remake is visually consistent with the Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga Remaster. In addition to the improved visuals, this remaster will also have its own side story featuring Bowser Jr.
“Bowser Jr.’s Journey” focuses on Bowser’s son and the other Koopalings and fills players in on what exactly they were up to while the Mario Bros. were running around in Bowser’s inner workings. Based on what’s been shown so far, it looks like this mode will play very similarly to the “Bowser’s Minions” campaign from the Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga remake. In that game, the player must build their ideal army, watch it take on an enemy force, and hope they win. The story was entertaining enough last time around, but hopefully Bowser Jr’s Journey will involve a little more player input. Even if it doesn’t though, Bowser’s Inside Story is still an excellent entry in the Mario and Luigi series and absolutely worth checking out for those who missed out on it the first time around.
Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey releases for Nintendo 3DS on January 11.