Mario & Luigi Dream Team is the fourth entry in the Mario & Luigi RPGs for Nintendo’s handheld systems. With a release in North America for 3DS Aug. 11, 2013, I had more than a month to complete and try the “Hard” mode of the game before making an analysis.
For veterans of the series, many characters found in previous entries make cameos throughout the journey across Pi’illo Island. Mario and Luigi are on vacation where Princess Peach accidentally carried into the depths of the castle. Mario and Luigi venture through a series of rooms where the basics of the game are learned before gathering a petrified pillow. Luigi decides to plop on a bed with the newly found pillow found where a dream portal opens and Peach enters. Mario leaps into the dream portal where he learns about the Pi’illos and the game truly begins.
Players can enjoy the vast Pi’illo Island as the largest field to traverse. Some of the quests throughout the game seem to be roadblocks to keep the player from having open exploration at times, but towards the end, many of the regions need to be revisited to discover areas hidden away before field abilities are gained.
The tutorials, although most are skippable, are prevalent throughout the game. Every new field ability comes with a series of events that will thoroughly exhaust any possibility the player would ever encounter. The tutorials for Luiginary Attacks and Bros. Attacks are completely skippable. An option even appears in the menu for the tutorials and practice for all the attacks.
The difficulty definitely welcomes new and casual players. Unlike previous entries, the Save Block is unnecessary. Players can now tap the “S” on the touch screen to save practically anytime. Battles resulting in a “Game Over” provide an option not only to “Try Again” but also to “Try Again (Easy Mode)”. Anyone that loses a battle can select “Try Again (Easy Mode)” to topple over nearly every opposing force in the game, except the last bosses.
Fortunately, for any players feeling the game is too easy or want to resist the urge to use the “Retry (Easy)” option to barrel through the game, a “Hard” mode is available. Although “Hard” mode cannot be selected until defeating the game once, go ahead and barrel through just to get to this mode for a taste of what the classic Mario & Luigi games had to offer. In this mode, “Game Over” means game over, which results in the player being sent back to the title screen before re-loading from the last save. Besides the lacking forgiveness, players will now encounter enemies with higher stats.
Overall, this entry tried to include something for everyone. Puzzles, action, story, challenges and treasure hunts will easily add plenty of replay value to the game, especially to achieve a 100 percent file.
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