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Mario isn't a stranger to RPGs; Nintendo's flagship mascot made the daring leap from platformers to the stat-crunching genre with Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars on SNES in 1996. Since then he hasn't looked back, with Paper Mario making a regular appearance on consoles and the excellent Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga debuting on Game Boy Advance.
While Super Mario RPG most certainly takes its cues from Final Fantasy, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is closer to Mario's platforming heritage, with isometric, layered environments that would regularly split the duo apart to throw switches and explore different paths.
While combat and exploration were enjoyable and refreshing for their action-based approach, perhaps the game's biggest attraction was its writing, which was consistently referential and always humorous.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was successful enough to see two sequels on DS which evolved the exploration formula further. Thanks to the system's additional two face buttons and additional screen, Partners in Time added Baby Mario and Baby Luigi to the mix for more complex puzzles, while in Bowser's Inside Story, the brothers find themselves shrunk and inside Bowser's innards, and attempt to aid him as he fights Fawful once again.
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