|Mario & Luigi: The Reflection Section|
|18th June, 2017|
|Single player, Online Battle Mode|
|Media Included||3DS Cartridge|
The next instalment in the Mario & Luigi series, is Mario & Luigi: The Reflection Section. The game, just like the previous 2, features a new world to be explored, aside form the main overworld: The Reflection World! In this game, the villain: Miokyne, attacks Crim City during a ceremony, and begins trapping people inside glass, mirrors and water, which can all serve as portals to the Reflection World. So, Mario and Luigi, team up various people along the way, but most importantly with a Mirrite named "Refi", allowing them to switch between the 2 worlds and finding a way to stop Miokyne's evil scheme along the way.
Bowser laughs “Bah, like I’m waiting for you bozos to catch up! In case you haven’t realised, I’m kinda in a good ‘world-conquering’ mood right now! I can’t risk losing that before I even get to the attack! So why don’t you just MOVE YOUR B-” Suddenly a large puff of smoke puffs off the Koopa Clown Cart and a “crud” later, the flying cart falls straight from the sky and crashes into a rather strange location...
Bowser get’s up of the floor, realising that he just crashed into some sort of temple in vast desert of salt and water... “Argh, what the heck is this? Didn’t even realise I was flying right above this wasteland! Uh, this is weird, it’s like the sky is below me or something”. Sergeant Guy then swoops down to report that his troops are waiting above and that they’ll need to stop to refill his Clown Cart for a minute. Bowser regrettably understands and follows his former “Elite Trio”. But after they leave, a dark shadow drifts over the temple... and an anonymous voice echoes “Thank you for freeing me... you fool...”
Meanwhile, Mario wakes up in the morning where a greenish Toad called Inn T. welcomes him a good morning. “It’s been an honour having you stay here in Glasga Village! But today’s the day! The event in Crim City! Say, why don’t you make an early head-start? Luigi’s still taking a lazy nap in so... I’ll tell him when he wakes up! You run ahead, and I’ll be there later as well!”. Mario agrees, so with that he exits the house and leaves the village to the west (all while the villagers bid him farewell. This takes you onto Crimsway; a linear path which serve for some basic tutorial stuff like jumping and talking ect. After a short travel, you reach the event itself: Crim City! You are greeted by some tourists at the entrance who tell you that Peach is in the Castle.
So, you head straight to the castle, but at the entrance, Luigi catches up! ...By tripping over at the door in a true Comedic-Luigi Moment. With that, he joins you, and you continue heading up through the castle. However, along the way, a mysterious character with a green hat and a scarf wrapped around their head tells you “Beware of mirrors and windows... it’ll all make sense shortly”, and then walks of suspiciously.
Eventually they reach Princess Peach, accompanied by Toadsworth who welcome you to what Peach explains is the “Reflection Festival” will begin shortly. “Now, just as long as that oversized scoundrel doesn’t make an entrance here, thing should be fine!” Toadsworth is paranoid. Peach laughs and says it will be fine... so guess what happens next?
Suddenly, a dark shadow grows over the centre of the room, and from out the floor, a black, ghostly figure takes shape. “Hahaha, you spoke a bit too soon there princess”. “I’m not sure whether to be glad or not that it’s not Bowser... WAIT WHAT?!” Toadsworth panics. “Let’s make this quick. I am Miokyne, and from this moment on, this shall be my first bit of territory to retake!”. “R-retake? Hold on, this area hasn’t been ruled for centuries!” Princess Peach says cautiously. “Oh and now you Mushroom Kingdomers are planning to take the land for yourself because no else owns it formally? Well, in that case, I guess you could say that Mirranea’s King... HAS RETURNED!”
Miokyne then uses his power to smash the windows and creates crystal like objects with them. Luigi gets scare and tries to run away, but then, one of the crystals smashes into him, trapping him inside the reflection of the glass. “What is this Witch Craft!?” Toadsworth cries. Mario then heroically jumps forward, and so a battle begins. Here Toadsworth will explain the basics of battle. Afterwards, Miokyne gets angry, and traps Toadsworth and Princess Peach inside the glass crystals, leaving only Mario left, all while the surrounding castle begins falling in ruin. “Hmmm, your persistence reminds me of an old enemy... all the more reason to DISPOSE OF YOU!” with that, Miokyne finally traps Mario inside a crystal as well...
“No! What has he done?!”
Later, Mario is still trapped inside the glass crystal, but the location is unknown. Thing is Mario can’t do anything! But lucky for him, at this moment, a strange hat looking spirit-thing, finds the crystal and enters the reflection. This allows it to meet Mario in the Reflection World. (Mario’s still trapped but it’s more like a cell inside the crystal). In the reflection, the colours of everything in the real world are inverted, meaning this area has bright white walls. The hat-spirit thing introduces itself as “Refi” and explains that she has come to help you get out, but she’ll explain the details later.
Refi gains Mario’s trust, in which she explains how the Reflection World works in correlation to the real world and how to use it to escape: “Okay, I can allow to go in and out of the mirror world at will, but there’s another cell outside of this crystal so, if you can exit the Reflection World in a certain mirrored area, then may be able to get out of here!”. With this in mind, you use Refi to escape the cell. With that, Refi tells you that they should also save other prisoners while they’re here, as well as finding Luigi.
Using this new ability to switch between the 2 world, as long as you are in front of something like, glass, crystals or a mirror, you soon reach the room where Luigi is (still trapped in the crystal), so you go in to free him, however Refi explains that in other people’s crystals, you need to destroy a glass lock by jumping at it; once that is done, you can free the person from the Reflection World. After a comedic Luigi moment of him missing his brother, the brothers rejoin forces, and get ready to save the other prisoners.
You manage to free many Toads and other people that were at the Reflection Festival, by taking them out of the Reflection World with Refi, and then freeing them with a Dungeon Key that you find. You should also find 10 attack pieces from Attack Blocks scattered around the area; Collect them all and Mario and Luigi get their first Special Attack, Red and Green Shells. After freeing all the people from their cells, and battling basic enemies along the way (Goombas/Shardas), you manage to escape the dungeon, and find out that the dungeon they just went through is actually just on the outskirts of Glasga Village.
However, the village happens to be swarming with many enemies, so Refi escorts everyone to an out-of-the-way shed, which actually happens to have stairs leading down into a secret sanctuary of sorts. Here Refi finally explains things: “You see I’m actually what’s known as a Mirrite; a being from the Reflection World, however, my appearance is a bit eh, how can say... NOT WHAT I SHOULD LOOK LIKE?! Listen Mario bros. I need your help or at least, Shella does!” Mario and Luigi look at each other as if to say “who?”. Refi continues “You see, I’m working with this girl called Shella; she’s determined to stop Miokyne, and I especially am the same, as you see, Miokyne is ALSO a Mirrite, although, more the ghost of one...”
“I’m sorry, this may seem sudden but we or... I need your help! If we don’t stop Miokyne then he could ehm... well, actually I really don’t know his goals and motives but I do know that we’re gonna be needing this ability to travel to the Reflection World a lot so I need to help you! I’m sure you understand, think about Princess Peach! You want to save her right? Well, what d’ya say? Will you help me?”. Mario nods heroically, but Luigi is not so brave in that sense... But with a bit of motivation from Mario, Luigi takes it upon himself to help out.
“Yay! I did good then? Master Shella should be proud then! Listen, Shella told me that once I got you, to meet her in the Arnolfin Hills! They’re just North of here, we can get they’re no problem! So ready?” Mario and Luigi nod surely, and with this strange, slightly uncertain goal, so begins the next big adventure of Mario and Luigi!
The Musing Sea
Mirranean Salt Desert
The main new mechanic is, with the use of Refi, to be able to switch between the real world and the reflection world. The way to do this is by going up to things like Mirrors, Glass, Crystals or Shallow Waters, and then using Refi to quite literally morph into a backwards world, mirroring the real one. The puzzles will often involve altering things in the Reflection World to change what mirrors it in the real world. However, you often also be saving Mirrites from the Reflection World, who like the Pi'illos in Dream Team Bros., will offer you help for saving them.
The other big new mechanic is Party Members. But they're not like Paper Mario. Instead, the partners are only temporary, meaning you'll depart from them eventually, and also, you can only have 2 party members with you at once. The switching bros. mechanic returns from the original Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga, but with more characters to do it with, it means that depending on how the characters are positioned, will effect what move you use. A lot of the time, abilities will be combined to make interesting outcomes for the abilities.
The Party Member Mechanic also plays a large role in the Reflection World, as Refi insists that at least one person stays in the real world while the others go on in the Reflection World. This means you can actively switch between the characters in the real world and those in the Reflection World.
|The big hero himself, on a new adventure between his world and a new Reflection World!|
|Paired with his big brother, being the hilarious coward he is, he's sure to offer much comedy in this adventure.|
|A small "hat", who claims to have once been a Mirrite, who joins with Mario and Luigi with the objective of stopping Miokyne. Because of this, her ability to switch between the 2 world allows Mario and Lugi to do the same, so they may progress onwards.|
|The new main villain! Miokyne was once a Mirrite, but is now the mere ghost of what he used to be. His goal is to regain his original body, but wishes to do far more afterwards...|
|Peach is the one who invites Mario and Luigi to Crim City, and while Miokyne has no real need for her, Bowser is still on the move...|
|Up to it again, Bowser, self proclaimed king of evil, is trying his usual in trying to kidnap Princess Peach, but also as usual, ends up getting in the way of everyone else's plans...|
Party Members are a new addition to this series, but are still quite different from those of the Paper Mario series. Firstly, the party members aren't permanent, meaning they will depart at some point in the plot. Also, you can only have 2 Party Members with you at once, making a full group of 4. The abilities also work in a much different way, where you reposition the characters you want to use, bringing them to the front, front-middle, middle-back or back, to access different abilities.
|Character||Description||Front Ability||Middle-Front Ability||Middle-back Ability||Back Ability|
|A bulky Miner/Construction Worker, who runs a mining business, selling rare rocks, with his wife Burla||Can smash rocks or activate things with his hammer||Can push Mario/Luigi in front of him inside the ground, or make them small to fit through gaps if you're standing on a metal pad.||Knocks Mario and Luigi into a ball, which can then be knocked up onto a higher ledge with his hammer.||Knocks Mario and Luigi into a ball, in which the 4th character will jump on top, to then roll them around.|
|A mysterious Shelltop, in which little is known about her early on. She helps Mario and Luigi on various occasions before joining the group, and like Refi, is working to stop Miokyne.||has no front ability, but can jump slightly higher and further.||Will jump on Mario/Luigi's head to perform a spin jump, to get across gaps.||Will jump on both Mario and Luigi's heads, which can be used to perform a spring jump, allowing Shella to get up high Vertically.||Mario, Luigi, Shella and the other character will all stack up, which can be used as a sort of monkey chain, to grasp onto distant bars and swing across them.|
|An honorable tribal man from the Arco Desert, who somehow learnt to control the power of fire. He first joins Mario and Luigi to help them defeat "Twisterock", but decides to help them on their dire quest afterwards.||Can create a flame to set things on fire.||Burns Mario/Luigi from the back, causing them to dash quickly, which can be used to knock down wooden doors.|
|The teenage royal prince of Sitnalta, who Mario and Luigi meet after his father told them to find him. Despite being a Strealoid Prince, he happens to be quite "chav-y", as he uses a lot of slang.||Can create water from his hands, but in cold areas, it becomes ice instead.|
|A young "cloudy" girl who happens to be the daughter of Master Sensado in the Eden Skies. Mario and Luigi meet her scavenging in the ruins of Crim City, and she joins them to help them reach Eden Skies.||Can create a powerful gust of wind to blow things away or spin turbines||Jumps of Mario/Luigi's head to then glide over short distances with her cloud abilities.|
Reflection World Enemies
Reflection World Bosses
- Glasga Village
- Crim City
- Arnolfin Hills
- Darnol Rock
- Arco Desert
- Shatter Ruins
- Kaleidio City
- Musing Sea
- Fungi Island
- Mt. Miriad
- Mirror Palace
- Eden Skies
- Savanna Valley
- Smoky Shrubland
- Smoke Volcano
- Mirranean Salt Desert
- Mirranean Citadel