Paper Mario: Sticker Star

One of the best things about having a kid is getting to play with their toys when they are tired of them. That’s how I’ve gotten to play Paper Mario: Sticker Star over the past weekend!

Paper Mario: Sticker Star is the latest in the line of the Paper Mario series that has had a number of different entries along its decade long history. From the first Super Paper Mario on the N64 and a new title on every Nintendo console from then until now, I’ve enjoyed every entry in the series, although each one has been a little bit different.

Sticker Star goes back to the franchise’s roots with light role-playing elements and turn-based combat. The key mechanic is the use of stickers, which serve as your attacks in the battle mode of the game. From hammers and boots to fire flowers and shells, each stick serves a different role. There are even shiny rare stickers that do extra special boosted effects when you use them. A kind of lottery system allows you to use more than once sometimes in battle, but it’s a little too random for my tastes.

I’ve been playing several hours now and it’s been a lot of fun. The trademark goofy humor is very present here, and I’ve been laughing and enjoying the dialog and story events. Combine that with a bright, color art style, and this game is a real treat. Certainly a refreshing break from Assassin’s Creed III and Guild Wars 2!

Pokemon X and Y

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t completely stoked for the newly announced Pokemon games coming out this fall. X and Y is an all-new generation of Pokemon made for the 3DS. Nintendo is advancing the formula a bit here it appears, with improved animations and graphics, with a 3D game world. Looks really interesting, and those starters look great! Even better, the games will be released simultaneously for most regions this fall. Video below.