Parents' Guide to

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

By Alex Porter, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Funny, wildly imaginative romp with cartoony combat.

Game Nintendo DS 2009
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+

Just perfect!

So I was at Kmart one day,and was looking at the video games for my Nintendo DS.This game really caught my eye.So since I had extra money,I spent it on this game.When I got home,I played this game,and it was SO AWESOME! Everything about it was perfect from the levels to the music!
age 8+

Bowser's turn to rumble!!!

This game requires skill, but, as with many other games, practice makes perfect. I am especially fond of the Giga-Bowser battles, since you have to use your physical abilities, such as quick reflexes and long periods of blowing into the microphone. If you like combined genres, then this is the game for you! -10 year old

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (21 ):

This is a delightful and ingenious game. It beautifully and simply incorporates role-playing battles, platforming, and puzzle-solving into an engaging journey that's easy to follow. Sound, graphics, and story are all artfully done and integrated seamlessly into a single package. But perhaps most fun here are the characters and dialogue. From Fawful's nonsensical speeches, to the Mario Bros. mock Italian gibberish and Bowser's arrogant rants, each is given distinct personality and humor.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: September 14, 2009
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: January 15, 2019

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