More Information on Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

We got a slight tease of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team for the Nintendo 3DS in the last Nintendo Direct, and today’s brought some new information.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team: The game takes place on a mysterious island, and challenges Mario to go between the real world and Luigi’s dreams to rescue Princess Peach. The game will be available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Aug. 11.

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Katamario Damacy?

Yay, more rescuing Princess Peach.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: If we get no Super Mario Bros. 2 references here, I’ll be extremely disappointed. And no, Shy Guys or Birdo don’t count– I mean the big guys, like Wart, Tryclyde, or Mouser. Super Mario Galaxy (and Super Mario Galaxy 2!) without Tatanga were bad enough in terms of missed opportunities– this would be unbearable.

That said, I’m really looking forward to this one. The Mario & Luigi series is one that has only gotten more fun to play as it progresses, and Bowser’s Inside Story was the best one to date. And while we may not get to use Bowser (awesome voice and all) this time, Luigi’s dream self and the new 3D attacks look like it will make up for it.

Speaking of Bowser’s Inside Story, it appears some of the characters introduced there have returned for this chapter, including Starlow and Broque Monsieur (and what looks like Broque’s entire culture). Could Broggy and the adorable Blitties be far behind?

But wait! Doesn’t Broque dislike the Mario Bros.? Hmm, this could be interesting.

The other thing to note is the art style. Some have lamented the abandoning of the series’ charming pixel art in favor of 3D models, and I can certainly understand and appreciate that. At the same time, however, I think the series’ art style has transitioned beautifully into 3D, and the more I see of it, the more I like it.

More on this as the game approaches its August 11th release date.

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