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Development DS used on Mario & Luigi game

Alpha Dream development DSAlpha Dream, the developers of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time for the Nintendo DS used the pictured development DS before the real design was final. It looks like two GBA's with an SNES controller to interface. The game turned out okay, so we guess it worked out just fine.

[via GameSetWatch]

Japanese Mario & Luigi commercial

Hot Mario Bros."Mario and Luigi RPG TSOO!"

Yes, it's a Japanese Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time commercial, rife with the Hot Mario Bros., adult faces super-imposed on babies and...what's this? In-game footage? In a TV commercial? For a game? Those Japanese people sure are kerrazy.

[Via GamersReports]



GameFly users choose Crossing, Kart and comedy

GameFlyThe GameFly rental chart encompassing last week's temporary gaming action has been released and shows a rather shocking trend amongst DS gamers. Actually, no. That's a lie. The most popular DS game on the service was Animal Crossing: Wild World, followed closely by Mario Kart DS and Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time. Whilst the latter title is firmly stuck in the offline realm, the eagerness of gamers to try out the other two bodes well for Nintendo's Wi-Fi service. Hopefully most of the people that rented those fine games will end up buying them and putting some more money in the developers' pockets (at least those developers that choose to wear pants at all).

Metacritic's best games of 2005

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Everyone's a critic, right? Well, we know you are, since you just voted Mario Kart DS as the best DS game on the planet, and the beings of Polymutania IX would be hard pressed to disagree as their planet only got Burnout Legends as an alternative. It really does suck to be them.

It is Metacritic's goal to gather the reviews from all the critics in the universe and provide a single point for you to view them and decide whether or not a game is worth your time. Using the information they've managed to gather this year, Metacritic has unleashed their list of the best video games of 2005. Here are the completely unsurprising DS winners:

Game of the Year: Mario Kart DS
Dud of the Year: Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects
Best Action Adventure: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Best Fighting: Jump Superstars (According to those who imported it, anyway)
Best Platformer: Kirby Canvas Curse
Best Adventure: Animal Crossing: Wild World
Best Racing / Driving: Mario Kart DS
Best Puzzle / Rhythm: Meteos
Best RPG: Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Best Sports (Traditional): Fifa Soccer '06
Best Sports (Alternative / Extreme): Tony Hawk's American Sk8land
Best Strategy: Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Best Simulation: Nintendogs

Agree? Disagree? Apathetic? Frightened?

[via Joystiq]

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Interview

Mario & Luigi: Partners in TimeHaving just been released on the DS, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is looking to be an exceptionally enjoyable follow-up to the GBA's Superstar Saga. Apart from the great union between platforming and RPG elements, a common thread of quality between the two games has been the witty and self-referential writing. MTV (yes, that MTV) has posted up a rather interesting article and interview with the script writer for both titles, Nate Bihldorff. It details some of his influences, inspirations, his love for writing dialogue for villains and some truly amusing moments from the games.

Several hours into the game, a character implores Mario to save Princess Peach. "You will save her, won't you?" he says. "I assure you she is not in another castle."

Now that's funny.

[via 4 Color Rebellion]

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