Console: Gameboy Advance
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga kicked off one of Nintendo’s best Mario spinoff series. Although starting in the familiar Mushroom Kingdom, the game quickly transitions to Beanbean Kingdom, a large world that the brothers must traverse to recover Princess Peach’s voice. Broken down to its core idea, Superstar Saga was a turn-based role-playing game. But Nintendo and developer AlphaDream layered the combat by adding timing based maneuvers that nodded back to Mario’s platforming roots. Controlling Mario and Luigi simultaneously also contributed to the game’s many fun area puzzles. Superstar Saga stands out today as one of the GBA’s best RPGs.