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New Mario game released for 3DS

9:51 AM, Nov 12, 2012   |    comments
'Paper Mario: Sticker Star' for the Nintendo 3DS.
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The newest installment of Nintendo's Paper Mario franchise flattens the mustached hero into a two dimensional, paper-thin character that's sure to "stick" with gamers.  Paper Mario: Sticker Star for the Nintendo 3DS introduces a new way for players to solve puzzles and execute attacks using stickers, which are found throughout the game.  The colorful game world looks like a shoebox diorama, and takes on a sense of depth in full 3D, without the need for special glasses. 

"The Paper Mario series is known for its inventive battles and quirky humor," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing.  "The 3D graphics and the introduction of stickers add a fresh new element that will have players glued to their games." 

As players explore the world of Sticker Star, they will encounter hundreds of digital in-game stickers.  By using "paperization" to flatten the game world, Mario can solve puzzles, which can range from moving a windmill blade that blocks his path or getting to hard to reach places.  When stickers are placed in correct spots, the world transforms or secret areas can be accessed.  Stickers come in all shapes and sizes and each will have a unique effect when used in puzzle solving or attacking enemies.  There are even flashy and shiny stickers that are more powerful and hard to find. 

Stickers are also the key to the game's turn-based battles.  Players choose their sticker attacks and unleash them on their enemies.  Attacks can be as simple as bouncing on Goombas with a jump sticker to fighting a boss with a more powerful flashy or shiny sticker.  They can also spend coins to use the Battle Spinner, a slot machine-style game that rewards players with the option to use up to three stickers in one turn.  Players can become more powerful by beating bosses and completing side missions. 

The game can be found both at traditional retailers as well as through Nintendo's eShop.  Club Nintendo members who download and register this game before Jan. 6, 2013, will receive a free download code for the Donkey Kong: Original Edition game.  Donkey Kong: Original Edition has never been seen in the U.S. and is not available for purchase. 

Paper Mario: Sticker Star is rated "E for Everyone" by the ESRB.

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