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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Also known as: Mario & Luigi RPG (JP)
Developer: AlphaDream
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Game Boy Advance
Released in JP: November 21, 2003
Released in US: November 17, 2003
Released in EU: November 21, 2003
Released in AU: November 28, 2003

AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
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MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was the third Mario RPG game, the first on a handheld system and the first of the Mario & Luigi sub-series.


Regional Differences
For versions of games released in such a short span of time, there sure are a lot of these.

Unused Music

The game has eight unused audio tracks. Some appear to be finished while others appear to be early versions of existing audio tracks. Additionally, there exist two variants of the title theme from the Japan-only game Tomato Adventure, which formed the basis for Superstar Saga.

This jaunty little tune starts off similar to Little Fungitown's music.
A variant of the battle theme. Possibly an early revision.
This song is the first of two variants of the Tomato Adventure title theme. It uses the Game Boy's pulse channels for lead and harmony, rather than using samples.
The second variant of the title theme from Tomato Adventure. This song uses samples for the lead rather than the Game Boy's pulse channels, unlike the first variant. Also, it does not loop.
A quite sinister theme that sounds similar to Woohoo Hooniversity.
A variant of the Teehee Valley theme without the lead.
A variant of the Beanbean Castle Town theme without the lead.
An alternate variation of the File Select theme.

Unused Sound Effects

E. Gadd's voice.
E. Gadd saying "Luigi".
E. Gadd saying "Mario".

Starbeans Cameos

To do:
Make other sprites into an animation and place below.

There's a large amount of leftover text and sprites which suggest that originally each drink you made at the Starbeans Cafe was supposed to trigger a cameo by a different Nintendo character, instead of just E. Gadd (who incidentally also has his own unused text). All sprite animation speeds are estimated.

E. Gadd

E. Gadd :  Hmm... My sniffer's detecting the 
aroma of a new kind of juice...

Cashier :  Oh! Professor Gadd! 
How've you been, sir? 
Are you here to try our new 
drink? You can ask those two 
there for Woohoo Blend! 

E. Gadd :  Oh! Just wonderful! A new blend! 
How about a try, youngsters? 
Hmm... This flavor fills the old 
bones with brimming strength! 
Yep, a drink like this'll surely boost 
my spirits during ghost research. 
Listen, youngsters, let me thank 
you. I insist you take this. 
Hmm... I wonder what I should 
invent next...  


Wario :  Ah ha ha ha! Move it! 
Wow! Now that I'm here, this 
game's finally gettin' good!  

Cashier :  Oh! Wario! What's a bad dude 
like you doing here? 
Oh! I got it! You came to pay 
your tab from the other day!  

Wario :  What are you talkin' about?!? 
You tryin' to give me a bad rep 
with stupid rumors? I oughta...  

Cashier :  Aww, come on! Just pay up! 
I'll even take beans if you got 'em. 
Come on! You're a rich guy, right?  

Wario :  Uh... OK. Maybe next time. But... 
Don't you have free drinks for 
celebrity guest stars in this game? 
Wa ha ha ha ha ha ha! 
Do you guys really like drinking 
nasty stuff like this? 
Ah! Whatever! Hope this 
covers your costs! 
Blech! Drinkin' that stuff made me 
wanna go shave my tongue! 
Uh-oh! Gotta go!  

Fox McCloud

Fox :  Fox here!  

Cashier :  Hey! Aren't you Fox McCloud, 
the Star Fox leader? Are you here 
to taste our new juice? No way!  

Fox :  Uh...yeah. So why don't you 
serve me up a cup at your 
special guest star rate? 
What's that? A call?  

A call :  Fox! Help me! 

Fox! Where are you??  

Cashier :  Wow! You sure are one busy guy... 
Er, I mean, one busy fox!  

Fox :  Thanks for the discount! 
Will this cover the rest? 
Mission complete!  

Fox Walking Forwards


Fox Walking Backwards


Fox Drinking Coffee and Answering Call


Incoming Call


Captain Olimar

Olimar's dialogue would have been presented in item text boxes as opposed to speech bubbles (as if he is logging his thoughts rather than actually speaking, befitting of his native series).

Olimar :  ...I detect a strange, yet pleasing 
aroma drifting through the atmosphere 
of this cafe. It would seem to require 
further investigation...  

Cashier :  Wow! This is a rare treat! 
If it isn't Captain Olimar!

Olimar :  What is this? Before my eyes 
stands a strange life form. 
It resembles me slightly, so I 
shall dub it...Marlio! 
...Further investigation indicates 
that the drink that this Marlio 
holds is the source of the aroma. 
I shall now partake of its flavor. 
Why! Its flavor is most satisfying! 
Finding that such a drink could 
be partook of in such a place is 
a tremendous discovery, indeed! 
This Marlio creature exhibits what 
seems to be a longing expression... 
Perhaps it will react if I present 
it with something... 
I have just noticed a strange, 
unsightly green creature standing 
next to the Marlio... It could be 
a dangerous life form. I feel I should 
attack it before it attacks me.  

Olimar Walking Forwards

ML-SS-Olimar Walking Forward.gif

Olimar Walking Backwards

ML-SS-Olimar Walking Backward.gif

Olimar Walking Sideways


Olimar Drinking Coffee


Olimar Throwing A Pikmin


Blue Pikmin Being Thrown


Pikmin Crowd Idle


Pikmin Crowd Moving


Samus Aran

Cashier :  Whoa! A power outage? 
Yikes! Samus Aran! I see you're 
rocking and rolling as usual! 
...Looks like your energy tanks are 
empty! Sorry, but can't you give 
your Hoolumbian to Samus? 
Oh! Feeling better?  

Excitebike Racer

Cashier :  Hey? Is that the sound of a 
motorcycle I hear? 
Hey, buddy! What are you doin'?! 
This isn't a drive-through!!! 
What? Are you thirsty or 
something? Fine, but no need 
to get so...EXCITED! 
Are your engines on full throttle?  


Cashier :  Whoa! Link! The Hero of...what 
is it, now? Anyway, long-time, 
no see, buddy! 
What are you doing here? Did you 
get lost in a dungeon again? 
What? You're having trouble 
finding the fairy fountain? 
Oh... It's game over, and your 
bottles are all empty? 
Are your hearts filled now, kiddo? 


The gift you get when you make a new drink was also supposed to be specific to the character cameos above. In fact, there's unused text relating to these gifts:

You got the Triforce! 
You got an Energy Tank! 
You got a Gold Ring! 
You got the Game Boy Horror! 
You got a UV Lamp! 
You got Wario's Gold! 
You got an Excite Spring!

The Excite Spring managed to survive into the final game unaltered. The others survived too, but had their names changed to be less obvious references to the cameos:

Blend Character Original gift Final gift
Woohoo Blend E. Gadd Game Boy Horror Game Boy Horror SP
Hoohoo Blend Wario Wario's Gold Greed Wallet
Chuckle Blend Fox McCloud Gold Ring Bonus Ring
Heehee Blend Captain Olimar UV Lamp Cobalt Necktie
Hoolumbian Samus Aran Energy Tank Power Grip
Chuckoccino Excitebike Racer Excite Spring Excite Spring
Teeheespresso Link Triforce Great Force


Unused Items


The following equipment exists in the game, but you're unable to obtain any of them during the course of the game. They're listed together with their in-game description.

Chuckola Pants - Pants made to look like Chuckola Fruit.
Heavy Slacks - Very heavy pants made of Hoohoo Blocks.
Light Slacks - Very light and made of Parabeanie wings.
Jeanie Jeans - Magic jeans that boost DEF in battle.
Jeaniest Jeans - The best-looking, best-fitting jeans.
Safe Guard - An outfit that blocks status ailments.
Oho Gear - Pants with a raging wave print.

Interestingly, the Oho Gear is obtainable in the Japanese localization of the game, but is unobtainable through legitimate means in the original English release.


You got a Game & Watch! 

The Game & Watch was probably supposed to be a key item, since it appears in the game's text right after the Beanlet and Beanstone text.

You got a Spiritual Bros.!

This could've been a badge. Either way, it isn't coded in the game.

Unused Sprites


There are different colored palettes for the Bean Fruit; in the final game, only the purple one is used.


Unused item sprites of a book, diploma, and key.


Unused coin sprites, including a palette for red and blue ones.


Unused sprites of what appears to be an early Lady Lima.


Boddle's assistant has an alternate palette.


An unused sprite of the statue from Woohoo Hooniversity on fire.


An unused cloaked Beanish character.


Early ability icons. The final "bubble" sprites are larger, and the final icons are bigger and more detailed.


Extremely small sprites of what appears to be a fly with hair... It's pretty hard to tell.

One can only guess the sequence the letters were meant to be put in.

Graphics for the letters M, A, R, I, and O, as well as one of a star.

Unused Enemies


A dummy Goomba enemy. At level 100, it has 100 HP, 3 DEF and 100 Speed.


A dummy enemy, also at level 100. It has 0 HP, 3 DEF, and 100 Speed. Players get 999 EXP points after defeating it.


Another dummy enemy, with the same stats as the dummy Goomba.

Mossy Goomba


A purple palette swap of the Goomba enemy. It has stats lower than the average Goomba.

Pop Goomba


Same as above, except it's a red palette swap.



A paragoomba! It has lower than average stats.

Nice Guy


Appears to be a standard Hoohooligan. Not seen in battle through normal gameplay.


These aren't programmed in as enemies, but their names appear in the ROM.


More than likely an alternate name for the Mecha-Chomp enemy.


This was supposed to be one of the names of the ???? enemy which appears in Gwarhar Lagoon, as is evident by the official Nintendo Power guide which actually lists this as the enemy's name.

Left Pincer
Right Pincer

Likely alternate names for the Left Claw and Right Claw from the Hermie III battle.

Unused Enemy Scripts

Two enemy scripts can be found at 0828335C and 082833C8 in (U) version. These two scripts are mostly alike, but the second one has the arrow keys. When it is an enemy's turn, it'll wait for you to press a button before attacking.

  • A button - Attack Mario with first ability.
  • B button - Attack Luigi with first ability.
  • L button - Attack Luigi with second ability.
  • R button - Attack Mario with second ability.
  • Left arrow key - Attack Luigi with third ability.
  • Right arrow key - Attack Mario with third ability.

Debug Room

There is a somewhat buggy debug room hidden in the game, which can be accessed by using the code 02001E90:0001. To bring Luigi along with you, put in 02001E9C:0001.

How to access:

  1. Start a new game.
  2. Save and quit.
  3. After the game resets, turn on the code.
  4. Restart your save game.
(Source: Cen)
Room 1 Room 2
M&LSS-DebugRoom1.png M&LSS-DebugRoom2.png

You start in the left map with Mario alone. It's possible to leave through the northern part of the stage and immediately return with Luigi. Returning with Luigi alters the level somewhat, or perhaps takes you to a different room. It's possible to return to the first map (with Luigi still) by walking north on the "island" at the top-left of the stage.

Miscellaneous notes about the room(s):

  • There is no music.
  • The multiple copies of Popple don't say anything despite having a "talk" icon appear when you're next to them.
  • Touching the Beanie in the second map immediately begins a battle with a single Goomba. The game crashes after pressing A when a message bubble appears reading "Press the A button here!"
  • In the first map, it's possible to get stuck in the air (still able to walk around) by jumping into objects from below.
  • In the first map, it's not possible to walk up hills. They act more like walls.
  • With Mario alone, pressing Start exits the room and attempts to take you back to where you saved your game, but essentially freezes the game.

If you use 02006E15:DB for Mario and 020071B1:DB for Luigi, you should be able to walk up the slopes in the buggy room. This just removes the 20 flag that causes the glitches. Alternately, if you are using the (U) version, put in 082FB0B3:6F for Mario and 082FB0C7:6F for Luigi. This is Mario and Luigi's data in the NPC section.

To do:
Add the rest of the unused rooms. 0004 (Seabed), 0005, 0008, 0009 (Bicycle Blocks), 000D (Cutscene Debug Room), 0016 (unused Starfields room), 01FF.

Unused Room Objects

Perhaps once used as a sort of gatekeeper?

There's a Toad programmed out in Toadtown Square that can be programmed back in by memory editing. You can walk right under him, and he has no conversation or movement data.


In the room on the Koopa Cruiser where battles with Goombas are available, there's a disabled Save Block able to be programmed back in. It is fully functional, and saves the game like it is supposed to, though the game displays glitched text for the area in which it displays where you saved at.

(Source: Teawater of Yoshi's Lighthouse)

Bros Attack Placeholders

MLSS TempBrosAttack.png

There are placeholder Bros Attack entries which can be turned on by setting the appropriate flags. They all have the in-battle description Temp. When used, they deplete the brother's BP and the turn ends immediately; Nothing happens.
Attack Name "Have it" flag "Know Advanced version" flag
Jump 3 0200485F (5th bit) 02004861 (7th bit)
Hammer 2 02004860 (2nd bit) 02004862 (4th bit)
Hammer 3 02004860 (3rd bit) 02004862 (5th bit)
Fire 2 02004860 (8th bit) 02004863 (2nd bit)
Fire 3 02004861 (1st bit) 02004863 (3rd bit)
Jump 2 0200489B (4th bit) 0200489D (6th bit)
Jump 3 0200489B (5th bit) 0200489D (7th bit)
Hammer 3 0200489C (3rd bit) 0200489E (5th bit)
Thunder 2 0200489C (8th bit) 0200489F (2nd bit)
Thunder 3 0200489D (1st bit) 0200489F (3rd bit)

Unused Loading Zones

A few rooms have a dummy loading zone in the top left corner of the screen, at position 0, some of which will lead to nearby rooms while others will lead to room 0: The debug room (on the English version) or the opening cutscene (on the Japanese version). Examples:

Room Leads to Room
51 (Starbeans Café) 41 (Beanbean Castle Town East, intact)
197 (Sea bed, yellow pipe to mainland) 0 (Debug / Opening Cutscene)
101 (Stardust Fields, Highjump/Spinjump Tutorial) 0 (Debug / Opening Cutscene)
To do:
A more complete list can be found here.

Gsys Labels

There seems to be a bank of pointers to gsys labels located at 0839ECC4 in the (U) version. (083A0504 in (E), and 08388B34 in (J)). Above and below this bank seems to be associated with this. Probably used as On/Off for Mario and Luigi. Was this once used as a debug menu? It is assumed that the assembly codes that used this data were deleted before release. Some of these gsys labels have "kusu" in them, which comes from the Japanese name for Oho Oasis, Kusu Island. It seems odd that they are named "solar" and "moon" hand powers, though. One of these has "Kuppa" in them, which is the Japanese name for Bowser/Koopa.

These labels seem to be related to the flags located at 02004338. It's unfortunate that labels weren't found for the rest of them.


Battle Backgrounds

In battle, you only see 240×160 of each background, but the backgrounds themselves are all actually 512×256. Only very few battles make use of scrolling in any way, such as the final battle and Trunkle. Perhaps scrolling was originally intended to happen in all battles, as is the case in Bowser's Inside Story.

Wrecking Crew


Graphics and a tilemap for a Wrecking Crew-like scene exist within the ROM. A proper method of accessing them has not yet been discovered.

((U) version – Palette: 0x08201790; Image: 0x082017B0; Map: 0x08201210)

Build Dates

The following build dates are found in the ROM at 0x5202A4 in the US version, 0x521C74 in the European version, 0x4119A0 in the Japanese version and 0x33bb6c in the Not For Resale Demo.

US Europe Japan Demo
Oct  4 2003 06:21:36
Oct  4 2003 06:25:50
Oct 16 2003 18:10:12
Oct 27 2003 18:22:53