I’ve had my eye on this game for a while, because the original Superstar Saga was one of my favorite games as a kid. I spent hours learning the timing of each attack and the tells of every enemy, and I was eager to see how the remake stacked up. Even back in the day the game was great about letting you say no to tutorials if you didn’t want them, and now this function has been streamlined with the addition of a guide that merely notifies you when new information is available, viewable (or not) at your leisure. A number of other quality of life improvements have been made: the X button makes both bros jump at once, you actually have an area map, etc. I blew threw the game in a weekend, and while my muscle memory surely helped it seems like the game is easier than ever. The difficulty is almost irrelevant to me because the world is bright and fun and the writing is hilarious, giving me a much-needed dose of laughs among the chaos of 2017.
Bowser’s minions is a much simpler game, a light strategy affair with limited interaction that nonetheless is an enjoyable time-waster.
I was so enthused by my playthrough of Superstar Saga that I immediately replayed Bowser’s Inside Story as well. The third game in the series, this DS entry has a number of great ideas, including Bowser as an amazing playable protagonist. The Giant Bowser battles force you to hold the DS like a book, and other than some microphone sensitivity issues I find them a really interesting change of pace. The rhythms of Inside Story are slightly different from those of Superstar Saga, but after a slightly rusty start I felt like a badasss once again, and completed the game in a similarly short amount of time.
I’m really glad Nintendo decided to remake Superstar Saga and I strongly recommend the remake to anyone with a 3DS if you’re looking for a fun distraction. If you can find it Bowser’s Inside Story is also excellent, although there are some really bad fat-shaming jokes in one section. I really felt a need to gush about these games, I feel like they’re underappreciated, weird little gems that rarely get discussed. If you’ve played the remake, what did you think? Was this your first experience with the series, and are you potentially interested in some of the other games?