The much-anticipated addition to the Mario & Luigi RPG series, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros., is nearing its launch date. The title has drawn plenty of attention due to Nintendo declaring 2013 “The Year of Luigi” and because it just looks plain awesome. I have to say that this is definitely great news for not only the 3DS but also for Luigi’s ever-growing popularity. The official press release for Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. has gladly shared the plot you will be spending hours getting acquainted with, and it is as crazy as you might expect,
In this fourth installment of the popular RPG series Mario & Luigi, the story opens with Princess Peach and her staff, plus brothers Mario and Luigi in tow, being invited for a sightseeing trip to the mysterious Pi’illo Island by its equally mysterious proprietor, Dr. Snoozemore. But after an initially hospitable welcoming to the island – albeit with Dr. Snoozemore noticeably absent – things make a turn for the worse when Princess Peach is kidnapped and pulled into a Dream World by a new enemy in the series, the ghostly bat king Antasma. To chase down this new foe and rescue Princess Peach, Mario must enter this Dream World through the dreams of sleeping Luigi, whose brain is revealed to be on a wavelength with the population of Pi’illo Island, the Pi’illo Folk. Alternating between Luigi’s Dream World and the real world, Mario and Luigi must solve puzzles, battle enemies, and even interact with creations of Luigi’s own imagination in order to succeed!
While Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. will still follow the fun and interactive gameplay elements the series is known for (the epic Stache stat is still living strong!), Luigi’s Dream World is definitely going to be mixing it up quite a bit. When traversing Luigi’s dreams, the Bros. are capable of performing numerous crazy attacks and skills that will utilize both the 3DS’ motion controls and 3D capabilities alongside your own skill. This means using Luigi’s very strange mind’s creations, like a massive ball of Luigi’s, to destroy your foes. You will also be able to use Luigi to cause environmental changes in his Dream World by using the 3DS’ bottom screen to tweak his mustache or tickle his noise. Doing so will allow Mario to use the changes to traverse puzzles and obstacles in very interesting ways. You can grab yourself a copy of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS on July 12th (EU), July 13th (AU), and July 18th (JP). Unfortunately, fans in Canada and the U.S. will have to wait until August 11th (NA) English release. I can assure you that the wait will be more than worth it! Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. and remember to keep dreaming about your future (It works for Luigi)!