Defending Paper Mario Sticker Star

Please don’t eat me alive for liking Sticker Star. We’re all entitled to our own opinions. If you do disagree with something I write, please feel free to respectfully give your stance on the matter in the comments below.


Once upon a time, on my 8th birthday, I was greeted by a 2000 Wii points card, and I was dead-set on getting MarioParty 2 on the Virtual Console. I bought that game first chance I got, but I still had 1000 more Wii points left. I saw Paper Mario while browsing through the games, and I thought it looked interesting. Despite not knowing anything about it, I took a chance, and used my last few Wii points on Paper Mario, and boy was I impressed! I loved watching Mario flip around when he turned. I loved the simple yet engaging combat system. I even loved spending all my money on those weird pig things! Paper Mario was the game for me, so when I saw Super Paper Mario for the Wii, I freaked out. I saved up my money for weeks, and finally got the game. Super Paper Mario looked GORGEOUS coming from the N64 version, and I thought the 2D side-scrolling action was a nice change of pace for the series. Now I haven’t played the Thousand Year Door yet, but I have been begging my parents to get it for my birthday next week. I have high hopes for the game, and I can’t wait to play it.

Now, picture this. A ten-year-old kid, who loves the Paper Mario series, sees Paper Mario Sticker Star on the eShop. What does he do? … HE GOES CRAZY!!! I swear I watched that trailer at least thirty times. Nothing was going to get in the middle of me and this perfect, paper=filled adventure. I rustled up all the money in my piggy bank, went to my local Fred Meyer, and got a charging station for my Xbox 360 controllers. I also got Paper Mario Sticker Star! I was wowed. I played this game to death. From getting all the stickers into the museum to fighting every enemy in every level. I love this game, and I’m here to tell you why.

One of the most common complaints I hear about Sticker Star is that there are no partners. Although this is unfortunate, it didn’t effect my enjoyment of the game at all. You see, I didn’t know Paper Mario games had a certain standard with me only played the original and Super Paper Mario. Those two games were so different. I thought Sticker Star would be just as different, and in some regards it was. I didn’t think of partners as an integral part of a Paper Mario game, so this didn’t bother me at all.

Another huge complaint I hear is that the game doesn’t give you enough direction in what to do. Given, I had watched a let’s play of the game beforehand, but I never once found myself not knowing what to do. During boss battles, I would see Kersti tell me that I needed dome scissors or a sponge, so I would die the first time, come back with the thing sticker I needed and beat the boss. This, once again, didn’t bother me at all. I don’t know why, but it didn’t.

People said this game didn’t have much of a story compared to the other games in the series, and I agree. Remember, I was only ten or eleven while playing this. I didn’t play games for the in-depth story. It was about the adventure and fun gameplay, and I thought Sticker Star had both of those qualities. Whether it was fighting boomerang bros by a poisonous swamp or battling rats in an old mansion, I was always having fun. People also say there’s no reason to fight in sticker star because of the absence of a level up system. This is a fair argument, but I didn’t care for the exact same reason: I didn’t know enough about video games at the time to know what a game was “supposed” to be like.

What I’m trying to say is that Paper Mario Sticker Star is a fine game if you just take it for what it is. Is it as good as the older games in the series? Not at all. My rating of the games I’ve played go from Super Paper Mario at first to Sticker Star at third, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad game. It just happens to be the weakest in an amazing series. It’s like comparing Super Mario Galaxy to Super Mario Bros. 2. Super Mario Bros. 2 is a good game. It’s just not nearly as great as the Mario Galaxy games. All in all, Sticker Star is an okay game in my book.