Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey (ugh) arrived on Nintendo 3DS on January 11. It’s a 3DS update to the 2009 RPG of the same name (without Bowser Jr.).
Shortly after the adventure begins, Bowser inhales Mario and Luigi. The brothers get a super up close and personal look at Bowser’s digestive parts and conduct most of their fights just three doors down from King Koopa’s colon. It’s a tremendously fun game and easily the best Mario RPG since 2004’s Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door.
Unsurprisingly, Nintendolife’s interview with Nintendo and AlphaDream about Bowser’s Inside Story creative process hints at some weird ideas that never came to fruition. There was, for example, a plan for Bowser to fly at alarming proportions (in the game, the characters affected by “The Blorbs”, mostly secondary characters, explode in the style of Violet Beauregarde). Oh, did you think Nintendo’s fetish fanart got weird with Bowsette? Things could have been a lot weirder.
The Mushroom Kingdom is affected by The Blorbs after the unfortunate Toads took over “Blorb Mushrooms.” One of the game’s producers, Nintendo’s Yoshihiko Maekawa, tells Nintendolife that the theme of strong characters goes hand-in-hand with their health issues.
“There was the idea of making Bowser eat too much and get fat. But the idea of The Blorbs has to do with health, ”says Maekawa. “And dynamism has to do with the element of the game. The health issue has to do with the element of history ”.
The term for The Blorbs in Japan is “Metakoro.” According to Mario Wiki, “’Meta’ probably from ‘metabo’, which is slang for ‘overweight’ in Japanese. Koro is probably derived from ‘korokoro’, which means ‘to roll’. ‘Byō’ simply means ‘disease.’
What’s next for the Mario & Luigi story? Are you sure there are plans for a Switch game? Slow down your roll. Both Maekawa and producer Akira Otani say they are not working on any follow-up projects and “Nothing has been planned.” That’s disappointing to hear, but plans can change in the blink of an eye from Mario. I’m not bothered by Nintendo’s decision to re-release the Mario & Luigi series, and I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to seeing a remake (heck, even a port!) Of The Thousand Year Door launching soon. .
The last new installment in the Super Mario RPG series was 2015’s Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam for the Nintendo 3DS.