Retro Gaming 10’s- Paper Mario: Sticker Star (2012)

The Nintendo 3DS was arguably the best handheld game console of the 2010’s prior to the release of the Switch console in 2017. During early to mid 10’s we got to see many memorable titles that became best sellers on the 3DS console including Mario Kart 7, Pokemon X & Y Yo-kai Watch 2 and Pokemon Sun and Moon. But there also fair share of 3DS titles that got overlooked back in the early 2010’s such as Paper Mario: Sticker Star 2012. For those who do not know Paper Mario: Sticker Star was developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo in 2012. Paper Mario: Sticker Star was the sequel to the critically acclaimed Super Paper Mario game from 2007 and was the fourth main entry within its series. The storyline for Paper Mario: Sticker Stars revolved around Mario and his partner Kersti attempting to collect pieces of the shattered Sticker Comet following an accident involving Bowser. The plot for Paper Mario: Sticker Star was not quite as good as its predecessor where players where players had to shift back and forth between dimensions but it did return back to the turn-based RPG gameplay mechanic that was absent in Super Paper Mario.

It should also be noted that the quality for Paper Mario: Sticker Star felt like a step down from Super Paper Mario since it was on the Nintendo 3DS handheld game system opposed to an actual home console like the Wii. The limitations off the Nintendo 3DS meant that players had less diversity in relation to allies and enemies with most characters consisting of either Toads, Goombas or Shy Guys. In relation to baddies we got to see the standard enemies that have appeared in older Mario games like the Hammer Bros, Bob-ombs and Koopa Troopas. Paper Mario: Sticker Star had consisted of six different worlds and could be completed within a few days depending on your skill level. Despite, not being the best entry within its series Paper Mario: Sticker Star had managed to reach roughly over 2.4 million units in sales. Its a bit surprising that Paper Mario: Sticker Star had surpassed The Thousand Year Door game from 2004 which arguably had a better storyline. However, the GameCube console which Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door was released for ended up being a failure in relation to commercial sales unlike Nintendo 3DS. Paper Mario: Sticker Star was definitely an underrated RPG title from 2012 that many people most likely missed out despite how popular the Nintendo 3DS was back in the early 2010’s.

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