Back in September long-time Nintendo developer AlphaDream remade its very first Mario & Luigi game, Superstar Saga, for the Nintendo 3DS. Reworking the controls, modernizing the graphics and adding the new Bowser’s Minions mode made for a fun, if empty, adventure, and now the team is back at it again with one of the follow-ups, but not the one you’d expect.
Skipping the contentious Partners in Time entirely, the next DS installment to be remade is Bowser’s Inside Story. As before the game follows the adventures of the titular duo as they explore Bowser’s innards in 2D, while Bowser explores the overworld. Certain elements will look very different, however, such as the giant Bowser battles which now use 3D models.
Like Superstar Saga the game will come with a bonus story mode, this time called Bowser Jr.’s Journey. As was the case there, it’ll follow an adventure that unfolds simultaneously, this time from from Bowser Jr.’s perspective. It’s worth noting that Bowser Jr. didn’t make a full story appearance until Paper Jam, the fifth entry in the series, so it should be fun to see how they tie him in.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey launches for the 3DS in 2019.