Reviews and Problems with Paper Mario: Sticker Star
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Paper Mario Sticker Star
Family Friendly Gaming
8 September 2013
Excerpt: I was so excited when Nintendo announced Paper Mario Sticker Star on the Nintendo 3DS. We blanketed the game with excessive amounts of coverage. I had one mild concern about the game, but reserved judgment until I got to play it. I scraped up enough money to finally purchase this hand held title. WOW, Paper Mario Sticker Star is a huge disappointment.
Summary: The Paper Mario series has long followed an odd trajectory, filling in the holes left in the wake of new trends on Nintendo consoles. The original N64 title and its GameCube sequel worked to satiate both fans of 2D Mario games and fans of turn-based RPGs, who both felt a bit left behind on those two consoles.
Conclusion: Sticker Star is sometimes light on directions, and it’s definitely light on story, which is kind of a bummer. That said, the sticker-based battle system is innovative and is remarkably fun to toy with. The NPC’s are a trip to converse with, and the paper motif is as compelling as ever. Paper Mario: Sticker Star is a quicker, more streamlined play than either Thousand Year Door or Super Paper Mario.
Excerpt: Let’s be honest, Super Paper Mario on the Wii wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Some liked it, and many others were irritated that it didn’t follow on in the footsteps of The Thousand-Year Door. In other words, Intelligent Systems decided to throw the majority of the traditional turn-based battle mechanics that the series was well-known for out of the window.
Conclusion: Unfortunately for it, Paper Mario: Sticker Star has to deal with being a “pretty good” entry in a series that is usually considered amongst the best games on their respective consoles. While I did have fun with it, there were times when I felt like I was just going through the motions, and very little of the innovation or character of previous entries shone through.
Excerpt: Interaction has always been a key selling point in Mario's role-playing adventures. Whereas traditional turn-based RPGs force you to watch battles unfold, Nintendo throws a welcome layer of strategy into its games, as players tap buttons in rhythm to maximize attacks and reduce damage from enemies. This basic foundation is alive and well in Paper Mario: Sticker Star , and there's plenty more to love about this charming 3DS title.
Pros: Stickers let you build Mario's arsenal from the ground up, a variety of paper-crafted worlds, tricky puzzles, "depth-defying" 3D effects, catchy tunes.
Cons: Dialogue pales in comparison to previous Mario RPGs.
Excerpt: In the toad town of Decalburg, they are preparing for the Stickerfest event where a comet comes down and grants their wishes. In typical fashion, Bowser ruins everything by kidnapping Princess Peach, breaking the comet into pieces, and scattering them throughout the kingdom. The comet’s aide, Kersti, blames Mario for touching the comet, not realizing that he was only trying to stop Bowser.
Pros: A fun and unique twist on the Paper Mario franchise by requiring stickers to do battle.
Cons: Not the same formula as the previous Paper Mario games, but it’s still fun and fits in with the rest.