YMMV / Mario & Luigi

  • Superstar Saga
  • Partners in Time
  • Bowser's Inside Story
  • Dream Team
  • Paper Jam

  • Awesome Art: Akira Noguchi's concept and promotional art uses a strange, very unique, very colorful style that looks wonderful. The sprites are also some of the most popular in the Mario franchise, to the point that it's popular to customize them.
  • Awesome Music: The entire series have a soundtrack composed by Yoko Shimomura.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Fawful is often cited as saying "I am the mustard of your doom!" This exact phrasing never appeared in any of the games and the mustard wasn't referenced in relation to himself, but to the Evil Plan he and Cackletta were carrying out.
  • Broken Base: While Bowser's depiction as one of the Badass protagonists in Bowser's Inside Story is universally loved, fans are divided on how he's depicted in the rest of the series. Bowser goes from an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain and Butt Monkey in Superstar Saga and Partners in Time to a Knight of Cerebus Big Bad in Dream Team and Paper Jam. Both portrayals have their fans, who frequently argue about which characterization works better for the Koopa King.
  • Ear Worm: The generic battle theme. So catchy that the mere sight of a .gif from the game can prompt it to start playing in your head.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Fawful, most definitely.
    • Though they caught on and made him the main villain in the third game.
    • While Popple came nowhere near Fawful levels of popularity, he was still the second most popular character from the first game and made a return for Dream Team.
    • Now that Fawful has been Killed Off for Real, Dream Team players have found the Massif Bros as two more characters with hilarious speech patterns, between their Russian accents and their constant mention of BEEF!
  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: While the gameplay of the series is fun, it isn't as innovative or unique as Mario is usually known for. Some would argue that the main draws of the games are their plots, characters, music and humor, which are considered to be among the best in the Mario franchise.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Fawful is one of the most beloved and quoted characters among the Mario fanbase for his hilarious personality and speech patterns.
    • Bowser. The first two games (especially Superstar Saga) give him the short end of the stick, but his playable role and feats of Badassery in Bowser's Inside Story are well-loved, and subsequent games let him keep the levels of badass he took and turn him into even more of a Knight of Cerebus than he is in the main platformers while keeping him as hilariously hammy as always.
  • First Installment Wins: Despite the sequels developing on and streamlining the gameplay further, many people still cite Superstar Saga as the best one in the series.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The games are much more popular in the US than they are in Japan or Europe. The English translation Woolseyisms probably help.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Many fans claim that the final boss themes of Bowser's Inside Story and onwards sound like Kingdom Hearts music. Cloud Strife, who appears in some Kingdom Hearts games, was eventually announced for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U where he can fight Mario, Luigi, Bowser and the others. Bonus points in that one of the final boss themes (from BiS) actually appears in Smash, so a "Mushroom Kingdom Hearts" is even closer to reality.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I HAVE FURY!"
  • The Woobie: Luigi, definitely. This scene and this scene from Superstar Saga and Partners in Time respectively, increase Luigi's woobieness when he breaks down crying in both of them.
  • Woolseyism: The games are known for diverting drastically from the Japanese scripts whenever Rule of Funny comes into play. The Hammer Bros. in the second game in particular definitely did not speak in 1337 in the original.
    • Fawful is interesting here, because he talks in a different funny way in every single translation. He adds Ru to the end of every sentence (repeatedly) in Japanese, has mangled Engrish in English, a strong accent in French, stutters in German, speaks the same in American Spanish versions, and speaks in refined Spanish with set phrases in the European Spanish versions. He speaks in metaphors in multiple versions.