Presentation - Just like the previous Mario and Luigi entries, the script of the story is stronger than the traditional Mario game. The last game focused heavily on Bowser being a playable character for the first time, and the bros had to travel inside his body. The story set up is very similar to the previous entries, but doesn't have Bowser nearly as involved as we was back then. The bros travel to Pi'illo Island to help save the day.
This time around, this latest game focuses more on Luigi because Mario has to travel inside his dreams occasionally. For some strange reason, pulling Luigi's mustache has an effect in his dream world. You can also have Mario roll around on a bunch of other Luigi's and turn Luigi into a giant.
Other than traveling inside Luigi's dreams, the other half of the game has both Mario and Luigi traveling around together and defeating enemies/bosses for extra experience points. There are occasional mini-games where both of the bros have to cooperate together.
Graphics - Unfortunately the visuals are a step backward from Partners in Time and Bowser's Inside Story because there are no black outlines around the character models and the rest of the environment/landscapes. Also, the visuals are even slightly blurrier than the previous games even without the 3D effect.
Sound - The music in the beginning of the game is still a remix from Super Mario 64. So far the tracks aren't nearly as memorable is it was in Partners in Time and Bowser's Inside Story. I'm not saying that the music is terrible, but just hasn't stuck to my memory yet. The sound effects are as spot on as they were before in the pervious entries.
Game play - The controls are responsive and accurate. Shifting between Luigi's dreams and the real world makes his game fresh and different from the previous entries.
Lasting appeal - Unfortunately, this is only a single player game, so there will be no download play, local play, and internet play. There are also no signs of a StreetPass mode either. Other than the lack of multiplayer, the length of this game is even longer than the previous entries in the series. Although Mario and Luigi: Dream Team is not the best in the series (Bowser's Inside Story is the best in the series), it's still a better game than Partners in Time. I still recommend Mario and Luigi fans to buy this game and celebrate "The Year of Luigi".
The Good - having Mario travel inside Luigi's dreams makes this game more interesting to play, game is pretty lengthy, retains most or all of RPG elements from previous games, and controls are accurate and responsive
The Bad - visuals are blurrier with no black outlines, music isn't as memorable, and no multiplayer mode
Presentation - 10
Graphics - 7
Sound - 7
Game play - 10
Lasting appeal - 8
Overall 8.4 out of 10 GameSpot Score 8.5 out of 10