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I have fallen in love with the series after the 64 and GCN installments. They both rank in the top ten of my favorite games ever. While Super Paper Mario is still a great game, it didn't feel as good as the original two. When news dropped of a turn-based Paper Mario game for the 3DS, I was ecstatic. While other games caught my eye and lured me towards the system, Sticker Star is what sold me. Sticker Star was the second 3DS game i owned, behind Mario Kart 7. Was this game worth the $40 investment? YES. Was Sticker Star the Paper Mario turn-based RPG I had hoped for? No, unfortunatly. While the game is still fun and the sticker battle mechanic is great, the game was missing two vital things. First, Party members. Party members were awesome. In fact, I can name Goombario, Kooper, Bombette, Parakarry, Bow, Watt, Sushie, and Lakiluster (or Spike) off the top of my head. Not only were they fun and memorable characters, but the added new gameplay mechanics, and allowed strategic ways to fight enemies, which was improved in the second installment. Sadly, Mario is fighting solo in this adventure. Also, and more importantly, there is no Star Points or leveling up. Only Your health increases, and you do that by finding such an item in the maps themselves, not through fighting. The problem is that fighting is not as rewarding, as it only gets you coins, which you buy stickers with, which you use to fight. I find myself fleeing a lot in this game, for there is no punishment in doing so. Despite these flaws, the game is still enjoyable, It is still funny, witty, and well written, and has some of the best music in the series. Don't let these changes discourage you, this is a classic, and is a reason to get a 3DS.

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