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E3 2009: Nintendo Conference – Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story Announced For DS This Autumn

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Nintendo fans got another welcome Mario-based surprise at Nintendo’s Conference when it was confirmed that the next Mario & Luigi DS RPG entitled Bowser’s Inside Story, was not only announced but also confirmed for release later on this year.
In the same vein as its predecessors, Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story allows players to control characters as a group, utilising their individual actions depending on the situation with each separate action being mapped to a face button. Just like the previous titles in the series, combat remains a mixture of turn based and timing based gameplay with the player rewarded with extra damage by pressing certain buttons at the time of impact of a specific attack.

Where this title differs from those that have come before it is that you actually play as the big-bad princess stealing lizard himself. Yep, you play as Bowser. The game begins with Bowser stomping into the Princess’s castle and swallowing our two favourite plumbers in a single gulp. Not content with being swallowed, our heroes also find themselves miniaturised whilst inside of Bowser, and it’s in this microscopic form that the mayhem really begins.

Whilst rummaging around the innards of the big bad lizard, Mario and Luigi can solve puzzles which affect the way in which Bowser acts on the outside. With one example being that when a particular puzzle was solved, Bowser grew to huge proportions prompting a touch screen style battle with other similarly gigantic enemies.

Due later on this year and boasting a lot of the self-referential trademark Nintendo humour that fans of the series have come to know and love, Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, will be a fine addition to the DS’ near unassailable library of quality RPG titles.

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Written by bitsnark

June 16, 2009 at 12:38 pm

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