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By ericyo On 15 Nov, 2012 At 03:14 PM | Categorized As Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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It’s been since 2007 since we have seen a Paper Mario game, now we finally see it come back with a different twist and style. All new on the Nintendo 3DS. The games are renowned for their distinctive visual style, which consists of two-dimensional paper cutout characters moving about in three-dimensional papercraft worlds. This particular game gives you the diorama feel. It’s the type of game I’ve been waiting to see on the 3DS for quite sometime.

First the unboxing! (see video above). One thing I noticed and mentioned in the video is the lack of instructions in the manual. Coming from a generation were manuals consisted of 30 pages or so and lots of pretty pictures, it’s weird to see a manual consisting of… well… no pages. The game looks as standard as can be, nothing to fancy about it. One thing that did catch me be surprise from GameStop is the extra swag I got. A giant Mario sticker!

The story starts with a special Sticker Comet that comes from the sky to fill the wishes of those who see it during the Sticker Fest. Well as we all know, someone out there wants to harness the power of the Sticker. When Boswer touches the comet or star, it spreads 6 Royal Stickers through out the land with the help of Kersti, your guide. Of course along with this, Princess Peach is no where to be found.

The controls are as simple as they get outside of battler. The A button is for jumping, B to use the hammer which allows you to interact with the environment, example being some flowers that can be flipped around and trees that can be hit to reveal new paths. The X button allows you to access your Album. The Album is where all your stickers will go, more on that later. Finally the Y button allows you to enter a state called “Paperization” that allows Mario to place stickers anywhere on the visible overworld to activate certain events.

Time for the meat of the game, stickers. Stickers are the bread and butter of the game. Unlike the previous titles, the player increases maximum HP and other stats through collection of stickers instead of gaining experience awarded from winning battles, so no more XP.  Stickers are vastly available around the game world, along with that there is shops that sell stickers. Stickers come in many different varieties, everything from “Jump” stickers, “Hammer” Sticker, Fire and Ice Flower Stickers and Mushroom Stickers. There are also different versions of these stickers called Shiny and Flashy, think of collectible cards that had a shiny or flashy version of it. Best stickers are Thing Stickers, basically real-world objects, such as baseball bats and scissors, that can be turned into special types of stickers, which are often needed to solve puzzles in the overworld. For example, a Fan Thing Sticker can be placed in strategic areas in the environment and, when activated, creates wind that moves or destroys obstacles.

The battle system (see video above) does resemble the previous Paper Mario games, turn-based battles. These battle start when Mario comes into contact with an enemy. As we know the battle and attack is determined by the amount and variety of stickers that you are holding. For example, using the Jump sticker will cause Mario to jump on the head of an enemy. Carefully timing the A button will cause a bonus hit. Some stickers allow for the bonus to continue for quite sometime. Thing Stickers are used to inflict more damage on enemies, and certain types of Thing Stickers are required to defeat boss characters. However, each sticker is removed from play after one use. So use them wisely.

Overall the game is a VERY welcomed edition to the 3DS family. The game is very fun and brings a very fresh and new gameplay to the Paper Mario family. The game does keep you on your toes and gets you thinking when solving a puzzle. The humor on the game might give a chuckle or two. The game is very enjoyable and I see great replay value with it.

By ericyo On 26 Oct, 2012 At 03:02 AM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Previews, ROG News | With 1 Comment

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Reggie Fils-Aime today was once again the host for today’s Nintendo Direct, he introduced all of Nintendo’s holiday goodies along with some teasers to early 2013. Nintendo along with many 3rd party publishers have a great deal of games to satisfy hardcore Nintendo games as well as casual gamers. I certainly was not left disappointed with the amount information gathered from today’s presentation.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star is due to be released on November 11th in North America, and December 7th in Europe. Reggie explained over and over again that Nintendo will have the game available both in hard copy at the stores and digital copy via e-Shop. Nate Bildorf gave us a bit more details about the game as well. With Mario in this game there is no XP all you do is collect stickers to fight your opponents. Now remember once the sticker is use the sticker is gone. Coins and battles will be key to buy and win stickers. The battle spinner in battle will be key for winning battles.

Next, Reggie spoke about the Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask that comes out this Sunday. Reggie recommends anyone and everyone, even if you have played the game to give it a shot. The game comes with more puzzles than ever before. In addition to all the puzzles though story mode, the game adds 365 downloadable puzzles at no extra charge. One for everyday of the year.

DLC was released for New Super Mario Bros 2 today, 2 new course packs along with a leader board on the games official website. The Gold Mushroom pack is exactly as you read it, a level full of Golden mushrooms for you to collect. Challenge pack B, will challenge you to get a high score and share it with others.

Also talked about a few of the smaller games, one of those games was crosswords plus. The game has endless puzzles that come through SpotPass at no extra charge. Not much further info was reveled about the game. The next game is Art Academy Lessons for everyone. The game has a lot to offer for artist and beginning artist, the game is available now in the eshop and in stores, along with DLC coming soon. 2 packs are available now and 10 more lessons coming later. Finally Style Savvy Trendsetters was talked about for those who like to run a virtual store. There a Fashion Contest demo available now for download and another one Shopping Spree coming this December.

e-Shop starts to be the talk of the show with a few more adds to the library. Pushmo’s equal is talked about with Crashmo. The trick with this game is gravity with new gadgets such as floating blocks doors and move switches. This game will available November 2nd. Fluidity Spin Cycle is another game talked about that uses the full Nintendo 3DS as the controller. The game features an all story book setting and levels are designed for repetitive play. Some area require items to complete puzzles. The game will be available December 27nd.

New trilogy of games coming from Level-5 are also coming, Liberation Maiden from Suda-51. The game is available today. Also due this year the second 2 part trilogy. Aeroporter and Chrimson Shroud are coming soon.

From the creators of Cave Story, Nicalism, Night Sky and later this year Ikachan are coming to the 3DS as well.

If you love Mutant Mudds from Renegade Kid there is 20 new bonus levels also available today.

Reggie also revealed a new trailer for a game that was leaked accidentally by Reggie at E3, the only thing we know about this game so far is that it will include some DLC for new maps and story lines to along with it. Also Reggie Fils-Aime stated in the latest Nintendo Direct that the game will be coming to North America during the first half of 2013.

Now finally for one of my favorite games coming in early 2013 is Animal Crossing New Leaf. The game is now allowing you to choose your shops and hours. How and why? well because you are now the major. You now have the ability to design your outfits from head to toe, that includes socks as well. People will have the chance to share the creations and designs via QR code. As major you will also have control of what major land marks to place in your town, thus letting you mold your city to your desire.

I certainly have open arms for all the upcoming Nintendo 3DS games coming up Animal Crossing and Sitcker Star being my main choices. I have a very very busy schedule the next couple of months filled with video game playing!

Source: Nintedo Direct