Last week, a dataminer who goes by the handle SciresM reported that he'd discovered an apparent port or remake of the GBA game Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga in a 3DS file database. Although we can't confirm this rumour, we did discover a new bit of evidence this week that makes it seem very likely.
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On April 29, SciresM tweeted: "Pretty excited for 00040000001A4800 (Ever Oasis) and 00040000001B8F00 (Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga DX)." A few days later, he added this:
Ha, Nintendo finally fixed their leaky metadata server. Might as well post everything I've got. Attached: ML:SSDX, Ever Oasis icons. pic.twitter.com/ZbD8TWHM0q
— Michael (@SciresM) May 1, 2017
(SciresM is well-known for collecting and publicising Pokemon information from hacks and datamining.)
Ever Oasis, announced last year for the 3DS, is coming out next month, but as far as I can tell, that icon hadn't appeared anywhere before SciresM tweeted it. So logic would follow that if the Ever Oasis icon is real, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga DX is, too.
At an event in New York City earlier this week, Nintendo showcased a demo version of Ever Oasis (check out our video hands-on of one of the quests), so I opened up the home screen and checked out the icon. Sure enough, it's the same one SciresM tweeted.
Nintendo did not respond to a request for comment yesterday.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, released in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance, is the first game in the RPG franchise, and is generally considered to be pretty great, so a 3DS port or remake would be welcome, if this is true. Although we can only hope it's coming to Switch, too.