Paper Mario is my favorite game. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is a fantastic game. Super Paper Mario was okay. Paper Mario: Sticker Star… it exists.
When Paper Mario: Sticker Star was released for the Nintendo 3DS on November 11, 2012, I tried not to get my hopes up too much for it. The first two games were great and the third game, for the Wii, was just okay for me. I was hoping Sticker Star would at least be on the same wavelength of Super Paper Mario. I also wondered how it would be on a handheld when the rest of the series was on home consoles.
Sticker Star, to say the least, disappointed me. It’s because of this game, I don’t get my hopes up for any good Paper Mario games that are announced (not that there’s been very many).
I played the game once and never looked back. I beat the game because I wanted to get through the whole thing just to say I did it. With that said, I haven’t picked up this game since late 2012 or early 2013. It’s been a long time and I don’t remember much of it other than it is frustrating.
The sticker concept was pretty good. I thought it was an interesting mechanic to add into the battle system, but it was executed poorly.
The biggest thing I remember about the game was the final battle with Bowser. Certain stickers are needed for the battle and need to be used at specific times during the battle. I tried and failed so many times, wasting lives and stickers. I eventually looked up a walkthrough online and followed that in order to beat the game.
That was my biggest problem – the final battle. It was so anticlimactic because I couldn’t figure it out myself and there was only the one way to get through it. For a Mario RPG game, I’d prefer to throw whatever punches I can, not rely on specific stickers that I may or may not have in my inventory before the battle begins.
I remember lying in bed during the final battle and Kris was lying in her bed playing through the game as well. I can’t remember if we beat it at the same time or not, but the two of us were frustrated together.
When I did beat the game, I didn’t have any sense of accomplishment. In fact, I felt like I wasted my time.
Aside from the battle mechanics and the final fight with Bowser, the game was just okay. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. Maybe someday I’ll try to play it again and relive those frustrating days.