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''Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga'' is the first game in the ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi Mario & Luigi]]'' spinoff series of the beloved ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' franchise, released in 2003 for the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance, and for the UsefulNotes/WiiU [=eShop=] in April 2014.

In one of the most elaborate original games made for the Game Boy Advance, [[TheHero Mario]] is sent to the Beanbean Kingdom, which conveniently adjoins the Mushroom Kingdom. [[LovableCoward Luigi]] reluctantly goes along after Mario and Bowser [[EnemyMine join forces]]. The BigBad Cackletta reportedly has stolen Princess Peach's voice (yes, her ''voice'') in order to activate the Beanstar, an artifact with the power to grant wishes.

''Superstar Saga'' has a [[VideoGameRemake remake]] for the UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS, called ''Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions'', that was released October 2017, updated to the same graphical style of ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam Dream Team]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPaperJam Paper Jam]]''. As indicated by the addition to the game's title, included in this remake is a new mode called ''Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which features Bowser's minions banding together in order to rescue their master]].

''Minion Quest'''s tropes can be found [[VideoGame/MinionQuestTheSearchForBowser here]].
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%% Please remember that all tropes belonging to Minion Quest should be in it's respective page %%
!!Tropes appearing in the original game:
* AbsurdlyHighLevelCap: The level cap is 99, and you'll most likely be around level 45 by the time you reach the final boss.
* AccidentalMisnaming:
** Characters invent names for Luigi, because they keep forgetting his name.
** Popple keeps referring to Mario and Luigi as "Red and Green" because he doesn't care to know their names.
* ActionInsuranceGag: At the end of the early gameplay scenes, Bowser's Koopa Cruiser is destroyed by Fawful. Talking to one of the Koopa Troopas found afterwards yields the comment, "The K-Koopa Cruiser... We haven't finished... paying it off.."
* AdiposeRex: Queen Bean is a rare female example.
* AnimateInanimateObject: The Chuckolator, an animated barrel of soda created from infamous jokes and puns.
* ApatheticCitizens: One of the Beanbean Castle Town residents asks you to find his pets for him once the town's started to rebuild from the attack. He tells you the little critters "aren't super-motivated, so they're probably still around town someplace". He seems to be of a type since he can't be bothered to go find them himself.
* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: At the start of the game, the exchange rate between Mushroom Kingdom coins and Beanbean coins is pretty shabby, something like 100M = 10B. Later on, Prince Peasley cockily bets 99,999,999,999,999 Mushroom Kingdom coins that he'll find the PlotCoupons first; even with the poor exchange rate, this is a pretty sweet deal. But when he makes good on the bet at the end of the game, the converted value of his promised ante is...99 Beanbean coins, meaning that over the course of a single game, the Mushroom Kingdom's economy has crashed so irretrievably that statistically, even the ''houseflies'' are begging for change in the streets of the nearest stable economy (probably Beanbean). Although it does take MoneyForNothing to its logical conclusion.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Trunkle's tree on its head, as using several Bros. attacks on it can take it out before it is able to divide.
* BalefulPolymorph:
** [[spoiler:Prince Peasley]] was turned into a dragon and trapped inside an egg before the game's events began -- the dragon is a ''very'' early boss fight. [[BeatTheCurseOutOfHim Apparently Mario and Luigi beating the stuffing out of the dragon breaks the spell.]]
** Woohoo Hooniversity professors are shown to get turned into Laser Snifits.
** [[spoiler:Bowser after being possessed by Cackletta. His face becomes Cackletta's and he gains some "female anatomy", to say the least.]]
* BalloonBelly: Whenever Mario drinks out from a water fountain and at one point, [[spoiler:the Chuckola Reserve]].
* BarrierChangeBoss: Mom Piranha's elemental weakness changes depending on her color[[note]]Lightning if she's red, fire if she's blue[[/note]], and is healed if hit by the wrong element.
* BerserkButton: Jojora doesn't react well when you attack her friends. On the other hand, she doesn't seem to mind too much being attacked herself, as she has killer defense. However, she will leave if you counter her attack.
* BetaCouple: Toadsworth and Lady Lima.
* BigBad: Cackletta, who wants to conquer the Mushroom Kingdom with the power of the Bean Star.
* BishieSparkle: When Prince Peasley flips his hair, [[UpToEleven the entire screen goes white]]. Downplayed on one occasion [[spoiler:due to the prince being shrunken]].
* BlandNameProduct: The Starbeans Café is an obvious take-off of the real-world Starbucks chain.
* BookEnds:
** The first time you see the Beanbean Kingdom, it's been destroyed. Towards the climax, when you come back, it's been destroyed again.
** You ride the Koopa Cruiser to the Beanbean Kingdom at the start of the game, which serves as the site for several tutorials and the first mini-boss, who ultimately destroys it. Between the last and second-last dungeons, you ride it again after its repair job. These instances are roughly thirty hours of gameplay apart.
* BossBonanza: The game has [[spoiler:a separate boss fight for each of the seven Koopalings in Bowser's Castle, followed by Fawful, Bowletta, and the Essence of Cackletta]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: One of the DummiedOut scenes in Starbeans Café has Wario say "Now that Iím here, this gameís finally gettiní good!" and later "Donít you have free drinks for celebrity guest stars in this game?".
* TheBusCameBack: The Koopalings return after being absent for more than a decade since ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''. They got PutOnABus again [[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii until 2009]].
* ButThouMust: You're forced to sit through the Hammerhead Bros.' tutorial [[ForcedTutorial even if you've mastered how the hammer works]].
* ButtMonkey: Poor Bowser. He gets [[CurbStompBattle curbstomped]] by Fawful, gets stuck in a cannon, gets fired out of it, hits his head so hard he loses his memory, works as [[GoldfishPoopGang Popple]]'s lackey for some time as "Rookie", finally regains his memory but falls who-knows-how-far from the Beanstar, [[spoiler:gets possessed by Cackletta, gets his castle blown up, gets beaten up by the Mario Brothers, then finally gets blown up ''with'' the castle and [[CameraAbuse hits the screen]], and is then dragged home by the plane and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking it's implied that he got a cold]]. He's not gonna try to kidnap Peach for ''a while''.]]
* CallBack: The Koopalings are fought in the same order they were in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', and the same three pairs (Iggy and Larry, Morton and Roy, and Lemmy and Wendy) are again given similar fighting styles, with Ludwig joining Morton and Roy [[spoiler:at least in the original game]].
* TheCameo: Geno from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' shows up to teach you how to play the SurprisinglyEasyMiniquest, with Creator/SquareEnix's permission.
* CameraAbuse: After Cackletta's spirit is destroyed and Bowser turns back to normal, he gets blasted out of his castle as the SelfDestructSequence finishes, and hits the screen, cracking it. He then slides down the screen before falling into the ocean far below.
* CaptainErsatz: Popple is suspiciously similar to [[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG Croco.]]
* CashGate: You need 100 coins to get a hand massage, which is required to learn the dash and walking backwards moves.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Remember Blablanadon from the Hoohoo areas? He's the only way to access Bowser's Castle at the end of the game.]]
* CloudCuckooland: Beanbean Kingdom, full stop.
* CognizantLimbs:
** [[spoiler:Cackletta's arms and head need to be destroyed before her heart can be targeted.]]
** [[spoiler:You have to smack Queen Bean's arms for her pointy crown to fall off, but you can bypass all that if you've learned Splash Bros. Advance, though you may still wish to destroy the arms to prevent her from using her shockwave attacks that can hit both brothers.]]
** Hermie III's claws can be targeted. He'll counter every attack used against him with his claws if his claws aren't down.
* CollectionSidequest: Finding all the coffee beans, including the hidden Hee beans.
* CombinationAttack: The main draw of the game is the way Mario and Luigi team up for puzzles and fighting. In all, their Bros. Moves are the Splash Bros, Chopper Bros, Fire Bros, Bounce Bros, Knockback Bros, Thunder Bros, Swing Bros, and Cyclone Bros.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: A Toad in Little Fungitown is playing an arcade game like this.
* ConsoleCameo: The Game Boy Horror SP is a modified UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance SP.
* ContinuityNod:
** Upon defeating Popple in his final battle, [[spoiler:Birdo TurnsRed and declares that "this is as far as you go!" This is the same line she would open her boss battles with in the ''Super Mario Advance'' version of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''.]]
** The moment Mario enters the castle's plaza, a Toad hopes his vacation hasn't slowed him down, referencing ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine''.
* CrossDresser: Luigi dressing up as Princess Peach (even doing a NoblewomansLaugh, if only to conceal his mustache).
* CurbStompBattle: At the start of the game, Fawful one-shots Bowser with an attack that would otherwise take five or so hits to defeat a Bro.
* DamselInDistress: In a unique twist, Princess Peach isn't kidnapped... but her ''voice'' is. [[spoiler:Well, she still gets kidnapped later, but it isn't the usual "whole game" deal.]] Even then, [[spoiler:it's not Peach's voice that's kidnapped. It's ''Birdo's''. Apparently, anyone can put on a pink dress and a wig and pass for Princess Peach, since Birdo, Luigi and even an ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime alien]]'' do it throughout the various ''Mario & Luigi'' games.]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: Luigi gets his moment to shine during a few plot points, such as having to go to a haunted house [[spoiler:when Mario is incapacitated]].
* DeadAllAlong: The grizzled old bean in a rocking chair who oversees the minecart minigame seems harmless and rocks in his chair with his trusty bright green dog at his side, he makes mention of how he's come to the end of his road. After you play the minigame and come to the end of the minecart tracks, he spontaneously ''fades into view'' right before you enter the room to greet you. Old dude's a ''ghost.''
* DeathMountain: Hoohoo Mountain. Hoohoo Village is located halfway up the mountain, but it was formerly populated by the Hoohooligans. The climb up the mountain shows their weapon Hoohooros, and jokes written on the walls in Hooroglyphs, an ancient form of writing.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: This happens to all the bosses, even if they are alive in the cutscene that follows.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: To an extent. After Tolstar is defeated, he reappears when the Brothers are cornered and accused by a group of Beanbean guards, vouching for your innocence.
* DevelopersForesight: The Tutorial Bowser, as with all the Bowser boss fights during the game, is programmed to be healed if it's hit with a fire-based attack and be vulnerable to thunder-based attacks. It's only possible to use these attacks on the Tutorial Bowser via hacking, since at the point in the game you're ''supposed'' to be fighting him, you only have Mario, and he only has one attack at the time: The element-neutral "jump" attack.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Cackletta the first time you face her, and she has [[ShockAndAwe somewhat]] [[DopplegangerSpin nasty]] [[CastingAShadow attacks]] to boot.
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: Woohoo Hooniversity houses the fight with [[DiscOneFinalBoss Cackletta]]... and the second showdown with [[GoldfishPoopGang Popple and Rookie]].
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: Fawful's infamous "Mustard of Doom".
* TheDragAlong: Luigi, at first. In fact, the literal example at the beginning (where Mario runs to Peach's Castle while dragging Luigi who is tangled in a rope tied around Mario) provides this trope's page image.
* TheDragon: Fawful, but later he wishes he was the main villain. He later gets his wish in ''Bowser's Inside Story''.
* DropTheHammer: Mario and Luigi get hammers after the second dungeon, and they are upgraded twice over the course of the game.
* DualBoss: Popple and his various "rookie" sidekicks.
* DummiedOut: The game code contains dialog for several different characters giving you the different accessories from [[ItemCrafting mixing bean juice]]: [[VideoGame/WarioLand Wario]] for the Greed Wallet, [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] for the Power Grip, [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] for the Great Force, [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox McCloud]] for the Bonus Ring, [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Captain Olimar]] (who speaks in boxless dialogue) for the Cobalt Necktie, and the racer from [[VideoGame/{{Excite}} Excitebike]] for the Excite Spring. [[VideoGame/LuigisMansion Professor E. Gadd]] would only show up to deliver the Game Boy Horror. [[http://themushroomkingdom.net/mlss_lost.shtml TMK has the scripts for the lost cameos.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The game has a number of mechanics that don't appear in future installments, namely the ability to switch leaders (in other words, make it so that Mario's following Luigi and not the other way around, for the purpose of using certain techniques), the Firebrand and Thunderhand powers (though techniques such as the Fire and Ice Flowers are usable in later games), the fact that the hammers the Mario Brothers obtains get upgraded twice over the course of the story (to break blocks they couldn't before), the fact that you can change the difficulty of the Bro Moves to make it harder or easier in exchange for altering the amount of BP it uses and its power, and the fact that it's possible for Mario and Luigi to figure out how to do variations of their existing Bro Attacks.
** These are the only Mario and Luigi games where the Bros. Attacks are based around the techniques Mario and Luigi learn to navigate around the overworld. As a consequence, they're the only games in the series where they're acquired automatically [[spoiler:(except for the two secret Bros. Attacks)]] instead of one collecting items in order to perform them (''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'') or collecting enough Attack Pieces (''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'' onwards). Consequently, this is the only Mario and Luigi game not to have a variation of the Green Shell/Red Shell Bro attack.
** This is the only Mario and Luigi game not to have an ExpositionFairy of some sort.
** Several recurring Mario enemies are given unique designs, including Dry Bones walking on all fours, thin and birdlike Boomerang Bros. and Hammer Bros. that are much fatter (making them look more like Sledge Bros. than typical Hammer Bros.). Later games use the standard designs of these enemies, while the remake only leaves Dry Bones unchanged; the Boomerang Bros. kept their designs but were reclassified as a separate type of enemy called Beanerang Bros., while other classic Mario enemies, such as Hammer Bros., use more standard designs.
** Bowser (and his other identities as Rookie and [[spoiler:Bowletta]]) are much shorter (he's about the same height as Mario) than the other appearances of him, which is even more obvious when his updated sprites are used in the remakes.
* EasterEgg: Mario jumping on Bowser in the cannon gives three coins, as coins play a major role later in the cutscene and it's possible to lose all of your coins beforehand by running from the Fighter Flies.
* EatingTheEnemy: Attempted by Bowletta during the final boss fight. [[spoiler: They pretend to be defeated, only for a bomb to knock out the Bros., and they inhale the Mario Bros. up. Unfortunately, this [[HoistByHisOwnPetard became their undoing]], as it led to a WombLevel where the Bros. were able to take on the Essence of Cackletta, and destroy her heart, thus ending Cackletta for good.]]
* EmbeddedPrecursor: ''Superstar Saga'' includes the Game Boy Advance remake of the ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' arcade game. It's the same remake included with the ''Super Mario Advance'' games.
* EnemyMine: Bowser. However, he helps the brothers only because he doesn't like ''other'' bad guys taking what he wants. Sadly, it doesn't last long, though, as throughout the whole game, [[ArbitraryHeadcountLimit events conspire to prevent him from helping]] for anything other than getting to the Beanbean Kingdom.
* EscortMission: Escorting Princess Peach through Teehee Valley to Little Fungitown. You have to keep her onscreen at all times, make sure there are no enemies heading towards her, and work quickly to open the gate at each section of the valley. If you don't do one of the first two, she gets kidnapped. Mario and Luigi must rescue her and try again. However, the player can make this easier by defeating every opponent on the field, then escorting Peach.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Popple helps Mario move the Beanstar out of harm's way and bows respectfully to him before a battle.
* EvilLaugh: Cackletta tends to... well, [[MeaningfulName look at her name]].
* EvilTastesGood: Fawful and his delicious doom mustard on victory bread.
* EvolvingAttack: If you use [[CombinationAttack Bros. Attacks]] enough times, one of the Bros. will take a second to think and then talk to the other, allowing you to do a different version of the attack, often with its own unique properties. The alternate Spin Bros. attack, for example, does less damage to normal enemies than the original, but it also allows Mario to jump on TheSpiny and do double damage to it.
* {{Expy}}: The Beanstar could be considered pretty similar to [[VideoGame/{{Pokemon}} Jirachi]].
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Birdo, after falling in love with Popple (if it is the same Birdo).]]
* FingerSnapLighter: Firebrand works more-or-less like this.
* FingerlessGloves: Sniper Bills, one of the enemies in Bowser's Castle.
* FlippingHelpless: The brothers can't get past the giant Koopas until [[spoiler:they've learned the fire dash attack]]. Using said move on the Koopas will knock them over, at which point they'll choose to stand in a place that's not in your way.
* FlunkyBoss: Mom Piranha, who is accompanied by respawning piranha plants.
* FoodEatsYou: The Chuckolator, a giant monster made of soda that the Bros. fight in Chucklehuck Woods.
* ForegoneVictory: Mario can't lose the first fight with Bowser, no matter what you do. Even if you miss every single action command, Mario will win.
* ForgettableCharacter: Luigi. People often seem to forget/not know his name, and what they do call him usually references the color green. For example, early in the game, we get "Mario and... [[BuffySpeak Mr. Green Mario Brother Guy!]]" A guard in front of Beanbean Castle addressed "the famous Mario and Lui-uh... other guy", forgetting the name in mid sentence. In a later scene, the same guard noted, "A very Mario-esque fellow and a Loo...uh, some other guy!"
* FrothyMugsOfWater:
** There is a hilarious segment in which the characters are involved with what is obviously a wine-making business, with grapes and grape vines, fermenting, vintages, etc. -- which all the characters describe as "soda". It's not so much censorship as a joke. In the airport, soda is banned on-site and will be confiscated. It is wine in the German version, however.
** Starbeans Cafe serves "Bean Juice." Not coffee. Bean juice. Quite a bit of gameplay is even dedicated to finding specific beans to use in particular "blends." There were going to be cameo appearances by other Nintendo characters who would come and drink the coffee, but they were written out of the game.
* GambitPileUp: Most allied [=NPCs=] are chessmasters at one point or another, with instances including [[spoiler:Peach and Lady Lima completely anticipating Cackletta's fake gift and kidnapping of the princess's voice, countering the plan by swapping out her and Birdo before the opening cutscene]], and nobody knowing what was going on until halfway through the game. Cackletta also manipulated crazy situations, such as making you fix the plumbing to cancel the castle security system. Even Mario and Luigi get in on it by [[spoiler:swapping Luigi and Peach to have him infiltrate the Koopa Cruiser]].
* GenderBender: [[spoiler:Bowletta]] has [[spoiler: Cackletta's]] personality and visuals in [[spoiler:Bowser's body]], even making the characters confused.
* GlobalCurrencyException: Those 100 coins you got at the beginning of the game turn out to be Mushroom Coins, and are worth 10 Beanbean Coins. (This doesn't matter, as you have to surrender them immediately.) And later, when you get 99,999,999,999,999 Mushroom coins, they're worth... 99 Beanbean Coins. But how could the exchange rate fluctuate so fast? The only logical, foolproof explanation is the RuleOfFunny.
* GoldColoredSuperiority:
** Golden Beanies have higher stats than the standard Beanie.
** The best Hammers in the game are golden.
* GoldfishPoopGang: The thief Popple and his various partners.
* GottaCatchEmAll: The four [[spoiler:Beanstar]] shards. Notably, Mario and Luigi must find eight fruit to collect one of the shards -- making it an example of Catching These Things to Catch All Of These Other Things.
* GrandTheftMe: Happens to [[spoiler:Bowser when Cackletta's ghost needs to quickly possess a new body in order to survive]]. This causes some PronounTrouble about whether the result is male or female.
* GreenHillZone: Not necessarily the first area of the game, but the Beanbean Fields definitely count as this.
* GroinAttack: One of the AmusingInjuries you can inflict on Luigi: [[spoiler:Use the Hammer to shrink Mario, then have Mario jump and have Luigi high-jump at the same time...]] You can get coins this way, but Luigi's health will gradually drop.
* GroundWave: At least one of the Koopalings causes ground waves by stomping when the heroic brothers fight him.
* HubLevel: Hoohoo Castle Town. Along with Beanbean Castle being located to the North, along with E. Gadd's coffee shop, and several shops for clothing and badges.
* HumanHammerThrow: The Swing Bros. attack has Mario swing Luigi around and throw him towards an enemy.
* HypnoPendulum: Technically a Hypno Staff, but in any case, Psycho Kamek uses it to [[spoiler:hypnotize Luigi into thinking he's Mario so he's brave enough to go to Guffawha Ruins]].
* ImplausibleBoardingSkills: How do you cross the ocean to get to Joke's End? Easy, Mario can use Luigi as a surfboard simply by hammering him into a convenient slot.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: Luigi's second Bros. Move, gained near the start of Chucklehuck Woods, allows him to turn Mario tiny by [[{{Slapstick}} hitting him with a hammer.]]
* InstantExpert: Mario and Luigi's Bros. Attacks. Reading the Secret Scrolls once for two moves is apparently enough as well. It's also played with, though, in that there's a hidden, more difficult form of each Bros. move -- appropriately named Advanced -- that can only be unlocked if the player successfully pulls off the move a large number of times.
* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: Pretty much everything Fawful says. [[note]]In the original Japanese version, he [[VerbalTic adds "rururururu" to the end of his sentences]].[[/note]]
* ItemCrafting: The various coffee beans are brought to Professor E. Gadd's coffee shop and blended into stat boosting drinks. He also gives out accessories (and a skit) every time a new type of drink is brewed.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Hermie attacks you because you barged in looking for a MacGuffin and happened to be a world-famous superstar, distracting his friends from fussing over him. Fortunately, in an optional sidequest, you can get him a replacement star that has a mutual relationship with him.
* ItsUpToYou: At one point, Prince Peasley challenges the Mario Bros. to see who can get the most plot coupons, with a large bet hanging on the line. The prince fails to get even a single one, as when trying to get his first one, he gets shrunken down and eaten. In addition, at the beginning of the game, Bowser offers himself and his army to help the Mario Bros., only for them to be shot down. [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted. You never needed to get involved in the first place, due to steps taken prior to the start of the game.]]
* KnowsAGuyWhoKnowsAGuy: Jojora is the buddy of the cousin of the descendant who once owned Joke's End.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Bowser loses his memory and ends up as [[GoldfishPoopGang Popple's dopey sidekick]]. He remembers it just after the second fight with Mario, but by then his mind's all but prey for Cackletta.
* LightningFireJuxtaposition: Mario and Luigi get Fire and Lightning abilities respectively. This might be due to their personalities. Mario, a hero, is brave and consistent, though his Fire powers existed before this game as the Fire Flower powerup. But Mario is also aggressive and impulsive, showing a little hotheadedness. Luigi, who is slightly lazy and cowardly (you could say that he's gone in a flash), is also more expressive in his emotions and funnier (he might have a spark of life in him). When Luigi does act, he can make all the difference, and he is as brave as his brother during events with strong enemies. Hence, the partnership between the two.
* LiteralMetaphor: Mario and Luigi have to jump the border from the Mushroom Kingdom to the Beanbean Kingdom early on. To do so, they play a game called "Border Jump", which is like fancy jump-rope.
* LostWoods: Chucklehuck Woods. Even the music sounds foreboding and the area is the largest seen yet at the point the brothers first come to see it.
* ManHug: Mario and Luigi hug each other at least three times during their adventure; the first time being in Woohoo Hooniversity after Luigi is freed from a barrel mishap, the second time after rescuing Peach from her temporary Teehee Valley kidnapping during the EscortMission (though you can do this again if you let her be kidnapped again), and the third time is when Mario frees Luigi from his tied-up status.
* MesACrowd:
** When Trunkle starts running out of health, he'll create four couples of himself, one of which has his weak point inside. He'll then shuffle it around so that Mario and Luigi will have a harder time figuring it out.
** Cackletta will split into three when you fight her, though each clone will only attack the Mario Brothers once per round. However, if Mario or Luigi attack the wrong one, it will burst into a swarm of bats.
** Lemmy and Wendy can use this tactic, though they both had a tendency to give away who the real one is. It's more helpful for Wendy since she has a Time Bob-Omb, making for a good stalling tactic.
* MetalSlime: Gold Beanies. There's a rare chance of finding one after the brothers defeat a Pestnut (there's usually just a regular Beanie inside) and they run away the moment their turn comes around, but they drop a relatively large amount of experience and the Spiny Badge, which lets you stomp [[TheSpiny spiked enemies]]. They later appear in ''Dream Team'', where they're much stronger.
* MinecartMadness: An old Beanish man offers this minigame. Notably, compared to other mini-games, it's rather easy, though it's possible to lose gems if you don't watch your surroundings.
* MuggingTheMonster: Popple and Rookie attempt to rob Bubbles of the legendary Chuckola Reserve. Unfortunately for them, he is stronger than they thought and [[AxCrazy rather crazy]].
* MutuallyExclusivePowerups: The Piranha Bean will give out either the Piranha Badge or Piranha Suit, depending on whether or not it's fought with a certain item equipped.
* MythologyGag: The plan to disguise Luigi as Peach and turn him over to the villains first appeared in the comic ''ComicBook/SuperMarioAdventures'', which was printed in ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' over a decade earlier.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Fixing Beanbean Castle's plumbing deactivates the forcefield around the Beanstar. Of course, you have to do this to progress.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Cackletta and [[spoiler:Bowletta]].
* NobodyPoops: Lampshaded when Gadd wants to take a leak. Luigi solves this by vacuuming Gadd into the Poltergust 3000.
--> '''Professor E. Gadd:''' WHERE'S THE RESTROOM?
--> '''Clerk:''' Boss! You never built any toilets in this place!
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the Mario Brothers do not realize about Cackletta's soul transfer until it's too late.]]
* NPCRoadblock: Throughout the game, there are multiple large Koopas standing in areas just narrow enough that you can't go around them. You can't do anything with them until Mario and Luigi learn the fire dash maneuver, which allows them to ram the Koopa so hard that he gets knocked over, after which point he gets up and stands in a more convenient location.
-->"Derr...No matter what you hit me with, you can't knock me down!...I think."
* OcularGushers: Peach, [[spoiler:who is actually Birdo in disguise]], does this at the beginning of the game, and Luigi does it when telling Mario that [[spoiler:Peach got kidnapped by Bowletta]].
* OminousFloatingCastle: [[spoiler:Bowser's Castle]].
* OneHitPointWonder: Mario and Luigi at the beginning of the battle against [[spoiler:Cackletta's spirit]] due to the brothers being reduced to 1 HP and always moving second (if they are not overleveled). Can be {{Defied}} if either Mario or Luigi [[ActionInitiative is wearing the #1 Trousers, Anuboo Jeans, or Beanstar Pants]] and uses a healing item.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: This game has the Chuckolator. Which is literally living soda that grows stronger by the power of jokes.
* OutsideTheBoxTactic: The Trunkle boss dies to one or two hits of the Chopper Bros. attack to the forehead.
* PainfulPointyPufferfish: The Puffer Cheeps are globefishes that initally look like mere blue Cheep Cheeps, but harming them will cause them to inflate, revealing quills that damage the plumbers should they jump on them. Damaging them once more will deflate them.
* PalmtreePanic: Oho Oasis and Gwarhar Lagoon are tropical seaside regions in the eastern part of the Beanbean Kingdom.
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler:The first few arcs of the plot stem from the fact nobody tells Mario and Luigi what's going on until about a third of the way into the game. This is justified, as Bowser managed to make his way towards Peach before the Mario Brothers did. Fortunately, it doesn't impact the brothers too much, as they still manage to cure Queen Bean after a Beanbean Castle assault and defeat Cackletta for the first time.]]
* PronounTrouble: Queen Bean uses "he...she...uh, IT" to refer to [[spoiler:Bowletta, the result of Cackletta pulling a GrandTheftMe on Bowser]].
* RareCandy: The Bean Coffees. While Woo Beans and Chuckle Beans are plentiful, Hee Beans are only won in minigames, and Hoo Beans are stored in invisible blocks. There's an optional late-game minigame that awards Woo, Hoo, and Chuckle Beans, with the top prize being two of each after getting the first top prize.
* Really700YearsOld: Throughout their adventures in Chateau de Chucklehuck, the Bros. learn of Bubbles, the original founder and owner of the chateau and the rumored creator of Chuckola Reserve, a mysterious soda so shrouded in legend that some doubt its existence. Every indication is given that this character is long dead... [[spoiler:until, of course, Mario and Luigi meet him in the heart of Chucklehuck Woods, where he reveals he's been perfecting his soda for the past ''1000 years''. And what does perfecting soda for a millennium do? ''Grant it life'' and [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou make it try to kill you]], apparently.]]
* RecurringBoss:
** Popple is fought multiple times throughout the story, and Fawful is fought after the tutorial battle with him.
** [[spoiler:Bowser]], even being fought alongside Popple twice. [[spoiler:You actually fight him a total of four times]].
* RoyalRapier: Used by Prince Peasley.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:
** [[spoiler:Princess Peach and the Beanbean royalty had Cackletta's initial plan foiled ''before the game even started''.]]
** [[spoiler: Prince Peasley also saves the Bros. from Fawful twice, and blows up Bowser's Castle to stop the attack on the Castle Town in the end.]]
* RumpRoast: [[spoiler:Mario's Firebrand move when he's behind Luigi involves lighting a fire under Luigi's buttocks, causing him to run at breakneck speed.]]
* SaharanShipwreck: Complete with a SkeletonCrew. They were carrying a shipment of Chuckola Cola, until one sailor drank too much and broke a hole in the ship. [[spoiler:Mario and Luigi inadvertently give the ship its proper burial.]]
* SayMyName:
** One of the Bros. would scream the other's name if he dies during a battle.
** Luigi screams Mario's name in complete horror right when he comes down with the "bean fever".
* SdrawkcabAlias: Used to hide the word "fatso".
-->'''Skeleton:''' "Old Bloat is even more of an "ostaf" than before!... Whuzzat? You dunno what an "ostaf" is??? Seesh! It's simple! Try spellin' it backwards!"
* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:Peach's voice was never stolen; it was actually Birdo whose voice got taken away. Which explains why the Beanstar didn't like the voice.]]
* ShieldedCoreBoss: Fawful, the second time you fight him.
* ShiftingSandLand: Teehee Valley. It was at one point a seabed until the sea dried up.
* ShipLevel: The S.S. Chuckola, which is landlocked in Teehee Valley. The skeleton sailors here are holding one of the four Beanstar pieces hostage from the brothers, though they're willing to provide it to them if they help Old Bloat out from a crack in the wall. Unfortunately, they end up sinking before they can provide the Beanstar piece, causing it to head to Gwarhar Lagoon.
* ShoutOut:
** Nintendo had a few taken out -- the coffee shop was supposed to have a different Nintendo cameo for each new drink, but Professor E. Gadd's role was expanded at the last minute. The accessories he gives out are all references to the characters that would have been giving them out instead.
** The Chuckola Bounce minigame features monsters that spit rocks at you called [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Chuckoroks]].
** The barrel section in Woohoo Hooniversity is resembles a level from VideoGame/DonkeyKong.
** One of the Hammerhead Bros., after giving Mario and Luigi their hammers, says "Now you're playing with power!" That was an advertising slogan that was used until the mid-late [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem Super NES]] era.
** The Viruses from ''VideoGame/DrMario'' are enemies in Woohoo Hooniversity, and can be defeated by having more than one be the same color by jumping on them (the remake has a chime from the game playing when you do this).
* {{Slapstick}}: Try having whichever brother is in the rear use their abilities on the other before you've learned the proper Bros. Techniques.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Joke's End is cold and frozen.
* SoleEntertainmentOption: A video arcade in Little Fungitown, and a cinema to the north of Beanbean Castle Town.
* SoloSequence: There are a few situations in which one brother is out of commission, forcing the other to go alone. In addition, there are many puzzles in which the brothers separate for short times, emphasizing the teamwork in TeamworkPuzzleGame. One dungeon consists of both characters having a solo sequence at the same time. [[spoiler:It's Joke's End.]]
* StealthPun: Joke's End is the place all bad jokes go due to their ''frigid'' reception.[[note]]Joke's End is a SlippySlideyIceWorld and is full of tough enemies and puzzles that are no laughing matter.[[/note]]
* StuckInTheirShadow: Happens InUniverse. Characters recognize Mario, but either forget Luigi, or acknowledge that Luigi is the brother "left behind". This references older games (''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', the first ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'') where Luigi stayed at home while Mario did everything. This is subverted in-game when Luigi is mistaken for a wannabe recruit.
* TennisBoss: Larry Koopa takes this literally, as he uses a tennis racket for one of his attacks.
* TempleOfDoom: The Guffawha Ruins which Luigi has to visit, since they contains the cure for Mario's Bean Fever.
* ThemeNaming: The places around Beanbean Kingdom are named after types of or onomatopoeia for laughter.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Luigi finally gets some recognition (including [[AccidentalMisnaming actually being called by his name]]) when the brothers meet some in-universe fans.
* TrainingBoss: Bowser, as the tutorial. He does one point of damage to you (Mario has 11), and is automatically defeated when he is damaged on the sixth turn. Your only battle command is to attack him and hence damage him, so it's impossible to ''lose'' this fight.
* TreeTopTown: Little Fungitown is a town built by Toads on top of a series of mushrooms.
* TrrrillingRrrs: Luigi says "Thunder" this way when selecting the Thunderhand ability.
* UnderTheSea: The floor of Oho Ocean.
* UnEvilLaugh: Fawful has a goofy, high-pitched laugh, in contrast to Cackletta's witch-like cackle.
* UnstoppableRage: The brothers first meet Queen Bean after Cackletta forced her to eat a Belly Blech Worm, which turned her into a muscular brute that only focused on violent destruction.
* VerbalTic:
** Popple has the habit of adding "see?" to the end of his lines, see?
** Perhaps you noticed the elderly researcher in Castle Town, and his brother in the Yoshi Theater. Both say "perhaps" often.... Perhaps! (Note: The former uses the word pretty much anywhere in his sentences, whereas the latter always sticks them at the end.)
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Poor Luigi gets on the receiving end of this if you attempt a High Jump when Mario is mini, and have Mario jump just before Luigi lands on top of him. You earn one coin for pulling this off, but Luigi loses one HP in return (4 HP in the remake), and looks like he got racked in the balls. It's hilarious to pull off, though.
* VideoGameStealing: Swing Bros. Advanced can allow the Bros. to steal an item from an enemy.
* VileVillainLaughableLackey: Fawful was Cackletta's [[TheDragon Dragon]], and his [[IntentionalEngrishForFunny strange way of talking]] was played for laughs.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Queen Bean -- at that point, the game quits playing around with you and expects you to ''really'' know how to do timed attacks, dodge, and counter. Fortunately, taking out her arms will weaken her.
* WarmUpBoss:
** Tolstar, who simply throws spiked balls at our heroes, occasionally trying to fake out our heroes by tossing them above their heads. He eventually starts attacking more when his HP goes down.
** Before Tolstar comes Fawful, who introduces the concept of enemies telegraphing their attacks to distinguish which brother they are attacking.
* WeaponsGradeVocabulary: Peach's [[spoiler:(actually Birdo's)]] voice is stolen and replaced with Cackletta's [[StuffBlowingUp explosive vocabulary.]] The characters keep having to scurry out of harm's way whenever she speaks. Then she attempts a full paragraph, and blows out every window in the castle.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Hammering Mario or Luigi or setting fire/electrocuting Luigi or Mario before they have learnt the appropriate moves will cause the unlucky bro to yell at his tormentor.
** Peach wants to go to Little Fungitown. Luigi thinks it's a bad idea. [[TheAllSolvingHammer Mario whacks Luigi on the head with his hammer]] and says "Let's go!" Problem solved.
* WickedWitch: Cackletta is a witch and uses magic to attack.
* WombLevel: [[spoiler:The final boss battle takes place inside Bowser/Bowletta's stomach, though it strangely looks more like a volcano interior than a stomach. In the remake it looks even ''less'' like a stomach.]]
* TheWorfEffect: At the start of the game, ''Bowser'' gets knocked out in ''one hit'' by Fawful. The same attack takes at least 5 hits to down a bro.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: Actually averted here, due to the heroes being one step ahead. [[spoiler:No, not the Bros., the ''[[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething royalty]]''. The villains fail to obtain both Peach's voice and the Beanstar due to a BatmanGambit by the Princess herself, thus they start bombing the Beanbean Kingdom out of rage.]]
* YouHaveResearchedBreathing: Once Luigi learns how to properly shock his brother with the Thunderhand on the field, the Bros. gain the ability to move in sync with one another as well as the ability to ''walk backwards''. Why Luigi needs to electrocute Mario order for them to accomplish this is a mystery.

!!Tropes appearing in the remake:
* AdaptationNameChange:
** The very odd-looking Boomerang Bros. from the original game are renamed to Beanarang Bros. for the remake so they could keep the same design. Traditional Boomerang Bros. appear in ''Minion Quest''. Averted with the quadrupedal Dry Bones, which keep the same name even though bipedal Dry Bones are also present.
** The tougher {{Palette Swap}}s of certain enemies went by the same names as the first versions in the original game, but here they get the "Elite" descriptor, which was originally exclusive to the Elite Troopea.
* AdaptedOut:
** [[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG Geno]]'s [[TheCameo cameo]] is gone in the remake.
** Psycho Kamek is gone and is replaced with [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Dr. Toadley.]]
** Mecha-Chomps from Woohoo Hooniversity are replaced with Mechakoopas, a standard Bowser troop that appeared in ''Dream Team'' and ''Paper Jam''. Both of these enemies share a mechanic where they malfunction after taking a hit, swapping the meaning of their attack signals.
** The now-obsolete [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Power Grip]] is gone entirely. The new fifth cameo item, the Secret Specs, is a UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy.
* TheArtifact: In the original, when Mario jumps on Bowser while he's stuck in Tolstar's cannon, he gets three coins. This was done in case Mario and Luigi were to run from the two Fighter Flies before Tolstar and lose all of their money, which Tolstar would take in his introduction. In the remake, there's no way to lose money until Hoohoo Village, but the three coins are still there.
* ArtEvolution: Several of the familiar enemies who had a different appearance in the GBA game were redesigned to look more like they do in the main games as well as later ''Mario & Luigi'' games (for example, Hammer Bros. have paler beaks and aren't barefoot anymore). This also extends to their Beanbean Kingdom derivatives, like Troopeas, who went from being quadrupeds to bipeds.
* ArtShiftedSequel: In comparison to the previous 3DS ''Mario & Luigi'' titles, the game is primarily pixel-based like the original UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance version instead of a SpritePolygonMix. It also runs at a full 60 frames per second, instead of 30.
* ButThouMust: Averted with the Hammerhead Bros.' tutorial, which can now be skipped and is even the default option. They even drop the guilt-tripping (i.e., "Ouch! Try bein' polite, will ya?"). You can refuse their help with awkward silence when they insist on showing you. The Koopa on the Koopa Cruiser also allows you to skip his tutorial, but the field move tutorials in Stardust Fields, Chateau de Chucklehuck, and Gwarhar Lagoon still cannot be skipped.
* CallBack: The seven Koopalings are still fought in the order from ''World'' in the main game, and again with the same pairs with the same strategies. Ludwig, however, gets a completely unique fight like he did in ''World'' rather than being grouped with Morton and Roy like in the original.
* CallForward: Dr. Toadley appears in this game (in place of Psycho Kamek), though he first appeared in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory''.
* ConsoleCameo: The remake replaces the [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Power Grip]] with a UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy. The arcade games at the Little Fungitown Game Center and [[spoiler:Bowletta]]'s messages in the remake use a UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS.
* ContinuityNod: In Mario's slightly redesigned house is [[VideoGame/MarioKart8 a trophy]], [[VideoGame/MarioKartWii a Wii Wheel]], [[VideoGame/MarioTennis a tennis racket]], and [[VideoGame/MarioGolf a golf club]].
* DeathOrGloryAttack: This is now the tactic of [[spoiler:Ludwig von Koopa]], throwing a giant orb at you that will kill instantly whoever gets hit, while having to block smaller orbs.
* EasyModeMockery: If you have problems with the ActionCommands for Bros. Attacks, you can opt to switch to an Easy version that makes the commands easier; however, Easy Bros. Attacks will eat up an extra 50% of the normal cost.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: After leaving the castle for the first time, Luigi will still sulk over not getting a badge, even though enemies can drop them before that point (and he most likely has one equipped by then).
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: While all of the bosses originally had some relevance or foreshadowing, Trunkle can no longer be seen before his boss fight and has no extra appearances, making him this.
* InterfaceScrew: Iggy Koopa [[spoiler:does this in the remake when you fight him in Bowser's Castle now, swapping your stats around on the bottom screen]].
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: [[spoiler:Just like [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPaperJam Shiny [=RoboBowser=]]], Cackletta's Soul is a 3D model instead of a sprite, though her arms are still 2D.]]
* {{Retcon}}:
** Bowser's amnesia was caused by being shot out of Tolstar's cannon in the original, but here it's caused by [[spoiler:Captain Goomba falling on his head during the events of "Minion Quest"]].
** Bowletta's voice and roars, which were unique to her in the original, are replaced with Bowser's growls.
** [[spoiler: Cackletta's Soul's right and left arms are now blue and red respectively, though her design remains unchanged.]]
** In the original, the Koopalings were TheVoiceless, even their roar was just a noise at best. Here, they have their usual voice acting and can talk, even in Bowser's Castle (Roy Koopa himself explains the Bob-Ombs instead of the game). [[CallForward This is likely to follow the fact that they could talk in]] ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPaperJam''.
** In the original game, it was implied that the Koopalings and most of Bowser's army were brainwashed to serve Bowletta in the endgame. Although Fawful does brainwash the Koopalings in the Minions Quest game, [[spoiler:it is retconned when you fight them in Bowser's Castle in the remake, that they (under Captain Goomba's command) were ordered to defeat Mario by Bowser ... who was just Bowletta in disguise. This also removes the scene where Bowletta calls the Koopalings as you enter the castle in the original game entirely]].
** Thanks to an in-story mixup by Captain Goomba in "Minion Quest", the 'Invincishroom' Mario eats in Little Fungitown is clearly a Poison Mushroom. Causes a bit of a plot hole as a result, since there's still dialogue about possibly getting sick eating things from other regions.
* SceneryPorn: The game's graphics look wonderful, having taken ''Dream Team'' and ''Paper Jam'''s artstyle and improved upon it. [[spoiler: Bowser's Castle especially due to the lighting.]]
* SequelDifficultyDrop:
** Heart blocks, which were previously exclusive to the Japanese version of the original, appear in all versions here.
** An icon telling players to move shows up when Toad is controlled to make it more obvious he is being controlled. Similarly, the Mario Bros. have a conversation to alert players they need a hammer to leave Hoo Hoo Village.
** Bros. Attacks now have red and green rings to help the player with timing the attacks.
** Zig-zagged with Cackletta's Soul: while it can be restarted without having to beat Bowletta again and having the boss's Speed reduced (so a reasonably leveled Bros. pair will have a chance to heal from the previous HPToOne attack before being hit again), she got a massive buff to HP and a lot more attacks than the GBA version, making her a MarathonBoss.
* ShoutOut: The Limbo Bros. have a new attack animation in which they launch themselves in a flying headbutt with a pose identical to [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII E.Honda]].
* TookALevelInBadass: While a lot of the bosses have been buffed to some extent, Trunkle gets the biggest treatment by making the fight more complex while making it implausible to end the fight in one turn.
* TurnsRed: Similar to ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPaperJam Paper Jam]]'', once you get a boss at low health, they'll start to get angry and turn reddish, something that was only done with Bowletta in the original game.
* YouDontLookLikeYou:
** Bink, originally a Donkey Kong-looking skeleton, now looks identical to the rest of the S.S. Chuckola's crew.
** Inverted with the Koopa Troop, who now look closer to the way they do in most other ''Mario'' games.
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