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Mario and Luigi

Mario and Luigi

Mario and Luigi

Which is better of the Mario Brothers - Mario or Luigi? Mario or Luigi? Why do these questions even exist? The answer is obvious. The answer is also absolutely not obvious, and has been debated for decades, but the answer is clear: they're both the most amazing, unstoppable Superstars that ever existed. Orally, at least.

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Mario & Luigi is a series of role-playing video games developed by AlphaDream and published by Nintendo for the latter's various video game handheld consoles. The series is a spin-off from Nintendo's trademark Super Mario series, and stars the titular characters Mario and Luigi. The story follows the two on a quest to defeat the antagonist, primarily Bowser. It began in 2003 on the Game Boy Advance with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, the last title being Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam in 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS. Two other titles in the series, including Superstar Saga, had an additional remake for the Nintendo 3DS, with Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey being the last game in the series before AlphaDream declared bankruptcy in 2019.

The Mario & Luigi series took inspiration from Super Mario RPG when it came to turn-based combat. Yoshihiko Maekawa, a producer at Nintendo, noted how Super Mario RPG was inspired by a children's toy in Japan where you had to press buttons in musical succession. From there he conceptualized turn based gameplay that blended action with general RPG gameplay, where the player had to make timed button presses to be more successful. It was there the developers knew they were creating an RPG game that had a Mario feel. Transitioning to the Mario & Luigi series, AlphaDream revisited the timed button pressing combat system, making additions for the first game in the series, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Each game following, they experimented more with the buttons available, making further additions as the series progressed. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

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