Around the beginning of December Nintendo released a new Mario game called Mario & Luigi Paper Jam. This weekend I found myself bored and at a loss for what to do, so I decided to download the game and give it a try. The idea of the game is pretty simple. The book containing the Paper Mario world was opened and all the characters from that world were released into the “real” world. Now there are two Bowsers and they’ve captured both the paper and real Peach in Bowser’s castle. Mario and Luigi now need to save both the princesses before they take over the mushroom kingdom.
I found this game to be very different from any Mario game I’ve ever played before. It honestly reminded me of the Pokemon games. You go through the world by following your route on the map to save the princesses. Along the way you battle Bowser’s troops while levelling up Mario and Luigi. The whole battle style is very much like Pokemon battles where you take turns attacking, and you get Exp. for every battle you win. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this at first, but it really works for this game and I found myself enjoying levelling up my characters. There is also an easy mode that you can turn on for battles if you’re new to this type of game or if you’re a younger player. I left this feature off, but I liked how it was there if you need help but it wasn’t forced on you if you didn’t want to use it.
One of the downsides to playing this game on an older 3DS instead of the New 3DS is I can’t really use the amiibo functions they have built into the game. The game allows you to create custom amiibo characters to battle with in the game. I haven’t really looked into the different options and specifics of this feature at this point. I don’t have any amiibo right now anyways so they would be of no use to me at this point, but I’m honestly not going to buy an amiibo reader just so I can use them on my older 3DS.
All in all I think Mario & Luigi Paper Jam is a really good game even if it isn’t what you’d traditionally expect a Mario game to be like. The one thing I really liked about this game is it does not baby you like I found previous Mario games did (looking at you Super Mario 3D Land). The game is a bit of a challenge which makes it way more enjoyable. Besides, there’s always the option to make the game easier if you don’t enjoy the struggle.