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  • Summary: Paper Mario jumps out of a book and into the bizarre adventures of Mario & Luigi, resulting in hijinks. Become the superstar team of Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario to take on quests, take down enemies, and untangle these two unique universes in this playful new entry in the Mario & Luigi series.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 76
  2. Negative: 1 out of 76
  1. Nov 30, 2015
    90
    Paper Jam Bros truly is a gem. Lengthy, rewarding, full of surprises, it manages to capture both spirits, the Mario & Luigi and the Paper ones. Don't miss this game.
  2. Jan 27, 2016
    85
    All in all, Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam is still a fun RPG that fans of the previous game will enjoy.
  3. Jan 28, 2016
    82
    Mario & Luigi Paper Jam is not perfect but definitively is a solid and accessible RPG with all the humor and charming that only Alpha Dream can do with the Super Mario franchise. A solid combat system and a few improvements to the classic formula make this crossover as an enjoyable trip.
  4. Nov 30, 2015
    80
    The usual, beautiful Mario & Luigi. The innovations introduced by this chapter are enough to infuse a bit of variety to the adventure. For the rest, it is the usual great mix of action, platform and RPG.
  5. Dec 1, 2015
    75
    Mario & Luigi Paper Jam Bros is a nice game that should delight any Nintendo fan. The combat is well balanced but some activities are very boring and you feel that devs had to fill in the gaps.
  6. Jan 20, 2016
    70
    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is just as wacky and enjoyable as any other past iteration of the series, but it fails to change things up in a meaningful way for longtime fans.
  7. Feb 11, 2016
    40
    Because creativity comes at the cost of cohesion, the whole adventure turns into one irritating mini-game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 47
  2. Negative: 5 out of 47
  1. Jan 30, 2016
    10
    Mario and Luigi Paper Jam is an excellant RPG for all ages fun game play amazing humor great story an overall perfect game i felt like itMario and Luigi Paper Jam is an excellant RPG for all ages fun game play amazing humor great story an overall perfect game i felt like it wasn't too hard for the younger gamers and not to easy for the hardcore gamers i recommend you pick this game up you won't regret it. Expand
  2. Dec 27, 2019
    10
    I don't think Paper Jam is as good as the masterpiece that preceded it, but it's still a fantastic game. The gameplay is still fun, the musicI don't think Paper Jam is as good as the masterpiece that preceded it, but it's still a fantastic game. The gameplay is still fun, the music is still great (maybe even my favorite soundtrack in the series), and it gave Paper Mario the treatment that Sticker Star wishes it could give. Now, if only the story was a little better... Expand
  3. Mar 21, 2016
    9
    This game is super awesome! DEFINITELY the best Mario & Luigi game. The storyline was great with the 2 dimensions. The graphics are good. TheThis game is super awesome! DEFINITELY the best Mario & Luigi game. The storyline was great with the 2 dimensions. The graphics are good. The characters are great. I also really liked the dialogue. Mario & Luigi Paper Jam is such a great RPG game and I would definitely recommend it to everyone. Expand
  4. Dec 26, 2016
    8
    Pretty good. It handles most tutorials better than Dream Team by making them optional/skippable. The only tutorials you can't skip is for thePretty good. It handles most tutorials better than Dream Team by making them optional/skippable. The only tutorials you can't skip is for the Battle Cards which is a new mechanic which makes it's first appearance here. The over-world design is a bit bland but the music makes it more bearable. The newest mechanic sprinting makes traversing this world easier since areas are much larger. The combat is fantastic and is on par with Dream Team (which has my favourite combat in the series. The story may be weak but the dialogue and character interactions are fantastic and very entertaining. The toad mini-games are okay some are better than others but there are a few I didn't enjoy (the stealth mini-games for example). The giant paper craft battles are okay as well, they aren't as good as the giant Luigi battles from Dream Team. I'd say the giant paper craft battles are on par with the giant bowser fights found in Bowser's Inside Story. Overall I had a fun time It's currently tied with Bowser's Inside Story as my third favourite in the series. I don't think it's as good as Superstar Saga or Dream Team but it's definitely better than Partners in Time. If you are a Mario & Luigi fan you'll enjoy it. If you are a Paper Mario fan whose never played a Mario & Luigi game before this is the perfect entry point. Expand
  5. Jan 24, 2016
    7
    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam was just as I expected it to be; rich in gameplay, but paper flat in story and character. Covering the positivesMario & Luigi: Paper Jam was just as I expected it to be; rich in gameplay, but paper flat in story and character. Covering the positives first, the battle system is great as it usually is. The addition of Paper Mario means you need to pay extra attention to enemy attacks and you need to stay alert at all times to ensure all three characters stay alive. Paper Mario’s unique jumping counter attack is very useful, but at the same time can cause some slip ups in timing when combined with the other two Bros. It's a level of challenge that I greatly respect. The special attacks are great as well, adding in a few new ones to the mix of a few returning, which strikes perfect balance. The enemies themselves are a bit of a mix, but the positive thing is that they’re attack patterns make for excellent and challenging battles. Some great examples are the paper enemies and their real world counterparts and how it’s interesting how the real world enemies use their paper forms for attacks. The boss battles are incredibly challenging and very fun to play through, with almost everyone being unique and challenging. Even the two giant Pokeys, who are hands down the most unimaginative bosses, have such a stellar battle. While the bosses themselves follow in the same path as the enemies where they’re all just characters we’ve seen in main games, they are for the most part interesting choices, especially ones like Petey Piranha, King Bob-omb, King Boo and the Koopalings, who I’m actually kinda glad to see return and get actual dialogue. The interactions between the real world and paper world characters is humorous, which ties in with the game retaining a charming sense of witty dialogue, which is always appreciated in a Mario & Luigi game.

    However the game isn't perfect. With Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario being two of the most creative series in the whole Mario universe (minus Paper Mario: Sticker Star), it was a complete bust to see none of that creativity return, instead giving us generic enemies and locations we’ve seen before. The lack of creativity in those areas really bogs it down and gives a stale feeling to the game, despite the stellar gameplay. The characters is a huge thing, as they’re all just a bunch of generic Toads and they all come off as annoying due to their constant panicking and nonstop fear of everything. I know that’s how Toads are, but they took it way overboard in this game. But don’t think I’m criticizing the Toad’s behavior for no reason; the fact they’re like this leads to some tedious and annoying Toad chases where you have to hunt down Paper Toads. It happens so frequently that it just feels like filler. The storyline is another huge flaw in this game, as it’s just another Bowser kidnaps Peach, Mario beats Bowser deal, just with an extra Bowser and Mario. And using Paper Mario: Sticker Star as the base inspiration for all the enemies was a terrible idea as well, as Sticker Star is easily the weakest game in the Paper Mario series. So really, it’s only the gameplay that lives up to the series standards. The chase scenes with Nabbit and Paper Toads just feel like filler to make up for the lack of story and to make the game feel longer, when really the storyline is short and unimaginative with a few “get these characters” shoved into it. So overall I’ll give the gameplay praise for what it is and I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the game, cause I did. It had charming and humorous moments that I greatly appreciate and a challenge factor that keeps the battles fun. But because the Mario team took two of the most stellar sub series there are and thinned it down to mainstream material makes the game look stale and unimpressive. So all in all, the game isn’t terrible and it’s still a solid entry to the series that no fan should miss, but long time fans may be disappointed by certain aspects of the crossover.
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  6. Jan 26, 2016
    7
    It is a good game the only thing wrong is the story that I found disappointing and silly, tedious search of the toads paper, the characters ofIt is a good game the only thing wrong is the story that I found disappointing and silly, tedious search of the toads paper, the characters of pixelated paper and little low framerate, also lack the exploitation of Nintendo, it appears that the 3DS this as adornment because it is very annoying to switch to 2D and 3D several times as could be, hopefully in the next mario & Luigi fix those problems. Expand
  7. Jul 21, 2020
    0
    Boring, tedious, unfulfilling - unsatisfying... *GARBAGE!!!*

    Play the games that came before it - because this... is. GARBAGE!!!

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