I had played Mario & Luigi: Bowser's inside story before getting this game and loved it so I had high expectations going in. It met all those expectations and exceeded them. The 'formula' from all the other Mario & Luigi games doesn't really change, but that's a good thing (in my opinion). It has the same sense of humor that I love, and the same sort of combat mechanics. The graphics look even better than they were in BIS. The story is nothing too deep but interesting enough. Would definitely recommend it.