With the release of Paper Mario: Sticker Star the Paper Mario franchise has reached its fourth game instalment and also marks the first on a handheld console. This classic fourth wall breaking franchise follows a similar formula to previous titles with a few small tweaks.
Like the games that precede it Paper Mario: Sticker Star has a distinct paper craft appearance for visuals. The new mechanic on offer though is that of stickers which hide in plain sight and in difficult to reach locations while also serving as the items and power-ups of the game which are primarily used in the combat.
Set within the Mushroom Kingdom and its surrounding areas the story follows the Sticker Comet which lands every year in the kingdom and is considered good luck to wish upon. Bowser shortly turns up to ruin the comet party though by touching the comet and creating an explosion which propels 6 stickers into the far reaches of the kingdom. At the same time Bowser becomes possessed with power, giving him the strength to knock out Mario while fleeing with Peach.
To restore order and bring back Peach Mario goes on a journey to collect the scattered stickers. Joining players is Kersti, a fairy sticker who guides Mario and helps him use the power of stickers throughout his journey.
These stickers can be found spread across the game world also also purchased using any game coins collected. While they are used primarily in combat they can also be used on the environment to solve puzzles or reach new areas.
Combat returns to the style of the original two Paper Mario games with a turn based system. Encountering various enemy types and varying numbers in each battle players must use the stickers they find (or buy) to complete attacks (and removing it from your inventory). Combat stickers are primarily split between hammers and jumps which are effective against different enemy types.
- The fourth Paper Mario title and first for handheld devices.
- Collect stickers to use in battle and in the environment.
- Returns to the popular turn based combat of the first two titles.
- Explore a paper world with the usual fourth wall breaking moments.
- Available for Nintendo 3DS.
Review Platform: 3DS