Mario and Luigi 3: Bowser’s Inside Story Impression

Hidden behind the line of eager players waiting their turn to play Zelda was a playable demo of Mario and Luigi 3: Bowser’s Inside Story. Like the Zelda demo, it had several smaller segments, but I only opted for the Bowser one.

The demo started off by introducing Bowser’s main attacks, punches and fire breathing, and both were needed to advance through the forest. After the third screen, monsters started showing up on the map, and touching them initiates combat. Anyone familiar with a Mario and Luigi game will feel right at home; they haven’t changed the core mechanics one bit. With perfect timing, it’s possible to avoid every attack and do a little extra damage to boot.

Towards the end of the demo, Bowser rescued several goombas that had been captured by Fawful. After a quick tutorial to show you how to do special attacks, Bowser happily lights them on fire as they storm enemies for you. And right when you’d probably be fighting a boss, the demo ends.

In the end, you don’t learn that much from the demo, but it looks like the game is largely unchanged. The ability to play as bowser will freshen things up a bit. Mario and Luigi recycled a lot of attacks in Partners in Time, so the addition of Bowser is a breath of fresh air. Hopefully they’ll add even more new attacks to complement the humorous storyline. If you enjoyed either of the previous Mario and Luigi games, this is shaping up to be more of the same, which is a good thing.

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