Nintendo revealed at the Treehouse event after its E3 2017 Spotlight presentation that it is remaking the Game Boy Advance classic Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. of all the Mario & Luigi RPGs, Superstar Saga still remains one of the more popular entries, so expectations for it are naturally going to be high.
And I’m sorry to say that I already see a problem with this. When you remake a game, it’s supposed to look better than the original, something I do not see here. I like the standards set by Mario & Luigi: Dream Team once the series came to the Nintendo 3DS, but I don’t like them nearly as much as the expressive Game Boy Advance graphics that AlphaDream originally used.
Maybe they are technically better and loaded with detail, but they lose a lot of the character that made the game so irresistibly charming in the process. This would not be an adequate replacement.
As a standalone game though, it looks like it’s a lot of fun. You can’t complain too much about these Mario & Luigi games because they’ve always been a blast, when they haven’t been drawn out to extreme lengths at least, and the color, combat, and fun interpretation of the Mario & Luigi remain all intact.
I’m sure it will be a lot of fun and a trip down memory lane, one that makes me wish I was playing the original.
The game also comes with an RTS mini-game called Bowsers’ Minions. It is both a single and multiplayer game in which you pick Bowser’s classic underlings as units and try to beat down rival teams. Simple, inoffensive, possibly fun in the right setting. I’ll probably check it out when I inevitably buy it.