Earlier this year, rumors founded on a data mine began to circulate that Nintendo was planning to release a revised edition of one of its most beloved handheld RPGs for the 3DS. At E3 2017, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions was officially unveiled, and now we’re hearing some more details on the changes that have been made.
The remake of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was apparently being shown at a convention this week, and one attendee shared some hands-on impressions online. The game is mostly as players might remember, but a few tweaks have been made that make things slightly easier.
For instance, in the original game, Mario and Luigi would eventually buckle when players defended with the hammer for too long during combat. This doesn’t happen in the remake, making it easier to avoid taking damage from enemies because timing doesn’t really come into play.
Similarly, it’s no longer necessary to micromanage whether Mario or Luigi is leading the group while navigating the overworld, which was previously required in order to perform certain moves. Now, players can simply scroll through a list of techniques and the game will reconfigure the brothers automatically.
Nintendo has something of a reputation for going easy on players, so some fans will perhaps be frustrated by these tweaks, which could rob Superstar Saga of some of its challenge. However, there’s another change that’s been made to the game which should be well-received by all.
Apparently, the bottom screen of the 3DS is occupied by a music player, which offers easy access to the game’s highly-acclaimed soundtrack. The Mario series has some great tunes, and Superstar Saga is no exception, so this addition will likely be welcomed by new players and seasoned veterans alike.
The re-release of Superstar Saga looks great from what was shown at E3 2017. Despite the difficulty tweaks, it looks set to be an essential purchase for 3DS owners as the portable takes its victory lap.
Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions is set to hit the Nintendo 3DS on October 6, 2017.