Much like the Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions remake that debuted on the Nintendo 3DS in 2017, Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey is another remake that comes packed with a brand new mode.

So, while fans may know all there is to know about Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, Bowser Jr’s Journey is a new entity of its own, with a different story and a new combat system. So, with the information provided, here is an overview of the story and combat of Bowser Jr’s Journey:


 *All details & imagery comes from Nintendo


Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr's Journey

Story Overview:

Bowser Jr. wants in on the action!In this all-new mode, Bowser Jr. takes matters into his own hands and sets out to prove himself. Is he destined for greatness like his papa?

You can’t spell “Bowser Jr.” without “OW”Bowser Jr. is leading an army now, so you’d better go along with it. Create your own formations, support allies with an arsenal of moves, and conquer the chaos in every action-packed battle.


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Combat Overview:

Units: Troops fall into one of three types. You can inflict more damage if you deploy types strong against the type of enemy.

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Squad Formation: Prior to battle, take note of which characters, types, and formations are being used in your enemy’s formation.

Battle: To win, you only need to defeat the commander. If you defeat all enemy units, you get an EXP bonus for a perfect round!

Power Triangle: The Power Triangle shows you which minion type holds power over another. You can get more critical hits against enemy types that your troops are strong against.

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*If you progress enough through the game, Bowser Jr. can be changed to any of the three types.


Assembling your Minions:

Squad Formation: You can deploy up to nine troops and arrange their position.

*If you arrange your units in a certain position, you may get a formation bonus!

Enemy Formation: Take note of the enemy’s formation before battle. If the enemy has melee units in the front lines, put flying units in yours.

The Battle Begins:

First Officer: Set Kamek or one of the Koopalings in the First Officer slot next to Bowser Jr., and they’ll bestow extra bonuses during battle.

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First Officer Skills: Depending on the character, First Officers have different support skills you can activate to help during battle.

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Captain Skills: Skills can have various effects, like blocking enemy attacks or healing your units. It costs CP to use Captain Skills.

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Auto Battle: Your troops automatically take and inflict damage. Special attacks trigger intermittently. Press the A Button with the right timing to inflict even more damage.

Win or Lose: To win, you only need to defeat the commander. If you defeat all enemy units, you get an EXP bonus for a perfect round! You lose if Bowser Jr. is defeated.

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 As always, we hope you found this guide helpful.


By Jack Longman

In 2015, when rumours of the NX and Zelda U were everywhere, my brother and I started Miketendo64 and we've been running it ever since. As the Editor-in-Chief, I have attended video gaming events in three different countries, been to preview events, and penned more than 4,000 articles to date, ranging from news, to features, reviews, interviews and guides. I love gaming and I love all things Nintendo. I also love Networking, so don't be afaid to reach out. Email: / Website: YouTube channel:

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