|Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time|
North American box art.
|Release date||NANovember 28, 2005|
JPDecember 29, 2005
EUJanuary 27, 2006
UKFebruary 10, 2006
AUFebruary 23, 2006
|Ratings||E for Everyone|
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, or known in Japan as Mario & Luigi RPG 2×2 (マリオ&ルイージRPG2×2) is a role-playing video game developed by AlphaDream and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS handheld game console in 2005. It is the second game in the Mario & Luigi series, and is the prequel/sequel to Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for the Game Boy Advance. The game was followed by Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, released in 2009.
Although the prequel/sequel to Superstar Saga, the game's plot is completely unrelated to that of its predecessor with more emphasis on the time-traveling theme, which involves the protagonists traveling in between the past and present of the Mushroom Kingdom. The adventure follows Mario, Baby Mario, Luigi, and Baby Luigi while they search for Princess Peach, who has been abducted by an alien species only known as the Shroobs. The gameplay centers on the co-operation between the quartet, who must use their specific qualities and skills to solve puzzles to progress through and features multiple role-playing game elements, but with a turn-based battle system focused on timing accuracy. The game is considerably darker in tone than its predecessor, especially in its plot and themes.
In the Super Smash Flash series
The Ice Flower, an item originating from this game, appears as an item in Super Smash Flash 2. Like in the original game, it functions very similarly to the Fire Flower, which allows the player to shoot fireballs, except the Ice Flower allows the player to shoot iceballs instead.
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