Mario & Luigi: Night Shades
MLNS box
European boxart.
Developer(s) AlphaDream, Raindrop Studios
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release Date(s)
2015 Q1
Single Player, Multiplayer
Age Rating(s)
ERating 3Rating
Genre(s) Adventure, RPG
Media Included Nintendo 3DS Cartridge

Mario & Luigi: Night Shades is an upcoming Nintendo 3DS game developed by AlphaDream and Raindrop Studios. It is the fifth title in the Mario & Luigi series of adventure RPGs.


After the strange disappearance of many Toads, as well as odd disappearances of colours in certain areas, Princess Peach holds a meeting to find out what is happening, inviting Mario, Luigi, Daisy, Toad, Toadsworth, Toadbert, Starlow, Professor E. Gadd, and Toadiko to her castle. During the meeting, all of a sudden, Bowser slams through the door; however, he appears to have strange powers and is glowing in many different colours.

A tutorial battle happens with the player controlling only Mario, as Luigi fell asleep during the meeting. After the battle, Bowser appears to get even more mad. He slams into walls, and in the end, slams down into the ground in the centre of where the meeting was held. Groups of attendants of the meeting fly away in different directions, far away from each other, due to the huge impact of Bowser's odd powers.

Mario is the first to be seen waking up, on the Freaky Forest island. After walking around for a short while, Luigi and Starlow are found quickly. After they wake up, Starlow explains basic controls and the menu. They decide to move around the island and see if there is anyone else that might know a way to go back to the Mushroom Kingdom to see what Bowser is up to. After walking and battling around and talking to the worried inhabitants of a small village on the island, they spot a group of four Hammer Bros. patrolling around the island.

Mario and co. overhear them talking about attacking the village. They talk in an odd speech manner and glow in a weird way similarly to Bowser during the meeting. After hearing about the attacking, Mario and Luigi have to stop them from attacking. After a short dialogue, they challenge the four Hammer Bros. to a battle.



Battle system and stats

The battle system from the previous games in the series is confirmed to return; HP, SP, POW, DEF, and SPD, as well as STACHE for the bros. and CROWN for the princesses.

  • HP, standing for Heart Points, indicates the amound of health the player has. HP is lost when an enemy performs a succesful attack. When the HP reaches zero, the character passes out and can be revived by 1-Up Mushrooms and its varities.
  • SP, or Special Points, indicates how many times the characters can use a special attack. When Special Attacks are used, the gauge becomes emptier. Each Special Attack uses a certain amount of SP. SP can be replenished with Syrup.
  • POW, or Power, indicates the strength of the character. The more POW a character has, the more damage they can inflict.
  • DEF, or Defense, indicates the resistance against enemy hits. The more DEF a character has, the less damage they will take.
  • SPD, or Speed, indicated the speed of a character. The faster they are, the more likely they are to strike before enemies.
  • STACHE (Mario and Luigi only) / CROWN (Peach and Daisy only) indicates the luck the character has. The more they have of this stat, the more likely they are to inflict critical hits. It can also have effect outside of battle, in luck-based minigames.

The Battle System remains largely the same; Mario and Luigi have the option to choose Jump, Hammer, Flee, Bros. Attack, and Items. Peach and Daisy can use Parasol, Kick, Flee, Princess Attack, and Items.

By battling much, the player earns EXP, or Experience Points, which makes them level up. Similarly to the previous games, levelling up will eventually also level up the rank.



Character In-game description
Mario M&LRQ
Mario, the beloved hero, is the most balanced character. His best stat is POW, so make sure to whack some enemies!
Luigi M&LRQ
Luigi accompanies Mario on his journey. Despite that, he is weaker than Mario. However, his DEF and HP is what he excels at!
Peach M&LRQ
Peach avoided being kidnapped by Bowser for once, and stars alongside the Bros. and Daisy. Her POW is exceedingly low, but her HP and SP are very high.
Daisy ML
Daisy accompanies the Bros. and Peach on their journey. Her POW is higher than that of Peach and Luigi, but not better than Mario's. She also has a very high CROWN stat, as well as fairly good SPD.


Character In-game description
575px-Yellow Star
Starlow, the yellow star sprite, hosts and guides you! She has much knowledge about enemies and areas, so ask her when you need to.
Pix Pix is the queen of the Ho'olu Isle. She rules the island with care and tries to hold up the balance in the world.
M&L Bowser
Toadsworth M&LRQ
Toadsworth is Princess Peach's loyal servant. He is worried about the princess and takes care of her at all times, and sure worries a lot after he got seperated from her!
Toad Toad is also a loyal servant of Peach; however, he is still young and carefree.
E Gadd
Professor E. Gadd
Corporal paraplonk
Corporal Paraplonk
Private Goomp MLBIS
Private Goomp
Sergeant guy
Sergeant Guy
M&L Yoshi
Broque Monsieur
Broque madame
Broque Madame