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76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 76 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 76
  2. Negative: 1 out of 76
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  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. Nov 30, 2015
    90
    Mario & Luigi series refresh its formula without changing it. Alpha Dream achieves their objective adding paper to the gameplay. The result? Another important chapter for the saga.
  3. Nov 30, 2015
    90
    This game is in no way a revolution of what’s come before, but that doesn’t matter one bit - the mechanics are still as solid as they always were, the humour still makes my face ache from smiling, and not once did it ever outstay its welcome.
  4. Nov 27, 2015
    90
    This game is a must-have for fans of the Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario games. But even if you've never touched a Mario game before, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros is strongly recommended.
  5. Nov 30, 2015
    89
    Mario & Luigi Paper Jam Bros. is a great RPG that always offers new things to do and new mechanics to learn but the level design is too linear and the story is too simple.
  6. Jan 20, 2016
    88
    Paper Jam doesn’t disappoint while not dramatically changing the formula previously established, but it ranks high in the Mario RPG pantheon thanks to its improvements in pace, willingness to trust its players to figure out the mechanics, and its goofy multi-Mario-verse premise.
  7. Dec 11, 2015
    88
    This is the high quality we’ve got used to from Alpha Dream. And even though some of the well known elements are getting slightly stale, Paper Jam mixes it up with some fresh parts and adds a quirky humor you wouldn’t come to expect.
  8. Feb 9, 2016
    86
    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is a very accessible, captivating, and fun game that mixes up a few genres very nicely to provide a robust and enjoyable experience.
  9. CD-Action
    Mar 4, 2016
    85
    Despite recycling Paper Jam Bros. never looks like a half-hearted effort. [02/2016, p.69]
  10. 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.
  11. Jan 15, 2016
    85
    It’s a middle of the road RPG in a sense, because it skimps out on some of the deeper mechanics that the genre is known for while double dipping on others. In a sense it’s the best type of RPG for a mobile device such as the 3DS then – offering bite sized worlds to have fun in for a short time and a combat system that links up with this design perfectly. But it’s deep and long enough to be considered a wholesome adventure, and one that never loses its way in terms of writing, challenge or intrigue along the way.
  12. Nov 30, 2015
    85
    It’s a better game than Dream bros and Paper Mario Sticker Stars, that intelligently mixes its two sub-genres to give life to something unique and fun. Another great game in the Nintendo 3DS library.
  13. Nov 30, 2015
    85
    It's just one of the best Mario-themed RPGs out there. The exploration is pure fun, and the combat system works just fine.
  14. Nov 30, 2015
    85
    Adding Paper Mario to this fun mix is very balanced. In some cases he is a good choice, but he also makes the attack options bigger for your enemies. Timing is essential and if you do not have it, this game will be an even tougher cookie than it already is. Paper Jam Bros. feels like confetti: colorful with lots of variety and content. To make this party even better, the cutesy dialogues are very funny.
  15. Pelit (Finland)
    Mar 3, 2016
    84
    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros is an action-packed, varied and in places, amusing RPG with familiar Mario-faces. The story is pretty much nonsense, though. [Feb 2016]
  16. Jan 20, 2016
    84
    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam has personality. There's a little bit of extraneous filler here, in the form of papercraft battles and optional amiibo cards, but people who chose to focus on the delightful story, fantastic battle system, and assortment of mini-games will be more than happy to join Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario on their adventure.
  17. Jan 28, 2016
    83
    In the case of Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, it seems the real consequence of joining the franchises is that it makes for a game based on brevity and ingenuity — both of which seem to depend on the collaborative aspect of keeping the best and dispatching the rest.
  18. Jan 26, 2016
    83
    Even though the visuals are a bit softer and there are a few elements you may have run into before, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam continues the winning streak for the team at Alphadream. It's done remarkable work mixing the Paper Mario universe into the mix, and the hilarious script, backed by a strong combat system, will keep RPG fans of all ages pleased. This is one adventure that certainly doesn't wear thin.
  19. 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.
  20. Dec 14, 2015
    82
    Mario & Luigi Paper Jam Bros. successfully merges two franchises into one entertaining turn-based JRPG!
  21. Dec 1, 2015
    82
    We had a great time with Paper Jam Bros., a game that delivers a good RPG experience without all the complexity of other games. Some of the new additions didn't work as well as expected, but it didn't disappoint us.
  22. Nov 30, 2015
    82
    The latest entry in the Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario series is a good one. The new trio works smoothly, and the game is as funny as it has always been. But the Paper Toad missions are a bit tedious and the Papercraft battles lack something.
  23. Mar 28, 2016
    80
    Mario and Luigi Paper Jam successfully mixes the two long-running Mario RPG series, but outside of a few new Paper-based gameplay surprises it’s the same solid, self-aware role playing experience you’d expect from the Mario and Luigi series.
  24. Jan 28, 2016
    80
    AlphaDream hits the mark again in terms of combat and dialogue, even if some new additions fall flat.
  25. Don’t even bother registering your Amiibo. That way you won’t be tempted to use them. And you’ll be able to play the game the way it was meant to be played for people who have to muddle through without any Amiibo. Do that, and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam has potential to prove as satisfying as just about every other game in this great series.
  26. Jan 21, 2016
    80
    By shoving the story aside and doubling down on its great battle system, Paper Jam smartly emphasizes what the series does best. Some of the padding can be a little annoying, but the way paper-thin characters add new angles to enemy encounters makes this crossover more than just a simple gimmick.
  27. Jan 21, 2016
    80
    It’s not the deepest RPG out there, but sometimes it’s nice having a lighter experience. One that calls back to a simpler time, where intuition is far more important that meditated planning. Aside from some button mashing and less-than-stellar mini-games, Paper Jam is worth a try for some good ol’ fashioned fun.
  28. 80
    With superb writing and fun combat, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is another solid addition to the series’ lineup.
  29. Jan 20, 2016
    80
    This amusing crossover of Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario adds another solid title to the Mario RPG lineup. Though the recurring minigames and the length of some battles can get a little tedious, combat is generally immersive and fun, and a good sense of humor breathes life into the well worn Bowser-captures-the-princess plot.
  30. 80
    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is a wonderful mashup of two already great series. The visuals aren't all that impressive, even for the 3DS, but the gameplay is classic Mario RPG stuff. Fans of either series will like how these two come together in the story department, with a truly enjoyable script that will have players laughing throughout.
  31. Jan 19, 2016
    80
    Its platforming sections won’t be troubling Super Mario 3D Land, but if you’re looking for RPG Mario at his modern best, you won’t go far wrong with this.
  32. Jan 7, 2016
    80
    One of the better JRPGs on a system that’s full of them.
  33. Jan 4, 2016
    80
    An excellent mix of Mario worlds is united by simple, but rock-solid RPG elements. Regarding the gameplay, there is nothing in Paper Jam Bros. to criticize; concerning the story however, the game offers too little – a little pity in an adventure that can take tens of hours. Even so, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. is a perfect tip for a Christmas gift.
  34. Games Master UK
    Jan 3, 2016
    80
    Another gleefully entertaining RPG adventure for gaming's favourite brotherly pair. [Christmas 2015, p.74]
  35. Dec 11, 2015
    80
    It may not be the RPG we had sought at the beginning, but it’s one that marries together most (though not all) of what makes this Mario spin-off so immediately engrossing.
  36. Dec 7, 2015
    80
    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is a really rock solid game, with a few visible creases that need to be noted before purchase. It captures the bright colorful fun of the Mario universe perfectly, pairing it with incredibly well-localized dialogue and a very strong combat system.
  37. Nov 30, 2015
    80
    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. brings forth a very interesting and fun crossover between two of Nintendo's most cherished series featuring some of its most appreciated characters. The two worlds come together in a very successful way, even if it's clear that the mechanics of the Mario & Luigi series are more predominant than those of the Paper Mario series. The amount of tutorials could be lower to make the experience more fluid and its plot is too predictable but this remains a fun and enticing title.
  38. Nov 30, 2015
    80
    One of the craziest crossovers ever seen in a videogame. Constantly changing the rhythm and showing new gameplay methods and with a hilarious plot. One of the best in their series.
  39. 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.
  40. Nov 30, 2015
    80
    While Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is in many ways a retread of what's come before, it's exactly what anyone could ask for from the series while also being open enough to win over those who play it for the first time.
  41. Nov 30, 2015
    80
    In the end it's Paper Jam's simplicity that makes it a great starting point and an easy recommendation, but also holds it back from taking full advantage of more dimensions than ever before.
  42. Nov 30, 2015
    80
    If you’ve never played a Mario & Luigi game, this is the perfect on-boarding point. It’s got a hilarious script, near-flawless battling, and bucketfuls of charm.
  43. Dec 7, 2015
    79
    Mario’s latest RPG is well designed, brings back the stuff we liked about the previous games and adds a couple of cool new concepts while it’s at it. That being said, Nintendo could’ve done more with the crossover between the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi worlds.
  44. Feb 11, 2016
    75
    A good game that retreads a lot of old ground and uses its last few hours to squander the good will it's earned up until then.
  45. Jan 29, 2016
    75
    Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam is a silly little romp through the Mushroom Kingdom with classic JRPG fun and a few less-than-stellar tricks up its sleeve.
  46. Jan 21, 2016
    75
    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is a delightful game with all the love and charm you’d expect from Nintendo poster boys…only now with a dash of poster boy made from poster board. Fun, laughs, and a generally good time are all to be had if you pick this up for your 3DS.
  47. Dec 7, 2015
    75
    The gameplay is surprisingly funny and creative and it all looks great. But, its predecessors were better, especially when it comes to story and the repetitiveness of the gameplay.
  48. 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.
  49. 75
    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. was enjoyable, but it suffers from some severe pacing problems.
  50. Jan 23, 2016
    74
    Somewhere in Paper Jam are trappings of a great game.
  51. Feb 10, 2016
    70
    Without a doubt, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. is just as solid an RPG adventure as its predecessors, avoiding the pit that Partners in Time fell into with its multi-character approach.
  52. Feb 10, 2016
    70
    For those who enjoy what it offers, Paper Jam delivers a fine representation without varying the formula much.
  53. Jan 31, 2016
    70
    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is an odd game, a semi-successful title that achieves a lot of success in its different elements but fails to come together as a cohesive title.
  54. Jan 23, 2016
    70
    Though it’s not the best game in either series, Paper Jam delivers enough well-executed turn-based combat to please fans of both Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi. It’s unfortunate that the writing and humor aren’t quite up to snuff, but fast-forward through the dialogue and you’ll soon find yourself staring at another gang of bad guys just asking for a fire flower to the face. That’s a jam worth playing.
  55. 70
    With Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Nintendo and AlphaDream have presented yet another solid RPG set in the iconic Mushroom Kingdom. There's lots of familiar gameplay to be found, which fans should enjoy, as well as some humorous juxtaposition that results from two worlds colliding. However, the game doesn't do enough to make itself feel unique, and its new mechanics are hit and miss.
  56. Jan 21, 2016
    70
    While not bringing anything particularly new to the series, Paper Jam Bros. still manages to be a thoroughly enjoyable game in the Mario & Luigi franchise. It's a simple, fun and colorful RPG – sometimes brought down by tedious fetch quests and bland paper battles, but with a big, soft heart on the outside.
  57. 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.
  58. Jan 20, 2016
    70
    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam can get a bit grindy at times and drag on at certain times, especially the first time where it looks like the game's end is at hand. But there's more than enough masterfully comedic writing to carry the day, between the sight gags, fourth-wall-breaking references, and Luigi's pratfalls.
  59. 70
    Satirical and self-referential, backed with some boundlessly creative combat systems and the endlessly bright Mario aesthetic, Paper Jam might not be a huge step forward from its predecessor on the Nintendo 3DS, but it is every bit as much fun.
  60. Jan 20, 2016
    70
    It’s certainly not a bad game by any means, it just doesn’t do enough with the Mario and Luigi RPG or Paper Mario brands to really stand out.
  61. Edge Magazine
    Jan 3, 2016
    70
    This attempt to fuse two very different Mario worlds is more than the sum of its mismatched parts. [Jan 2016, p.122]
  62. 70
    There’s a disappointing lack of invention in the paper thin story and characters, but the combat and witty dialogue is as good as the series has ever been.
  63. Nov 30, 2015
    70
    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. sadly falls flat on its face at the final hurdle, but is a light-hearted and hugely enjoyable romp up until that point. There are great nods to both Mario & Luigi RPG and Paper Mario franchises, and the three protagonists make a great team in this 3DS RPG. Questionable decisions around the use of Amiibo and the mini-game side-quests can’t be ignored, but the charm of Paper Jam Bros. can’t be understated.
  64. Nov 30, 2015
    70
    As expected, fitting Paper Mario into the universe of Mario & Luigi falls flat from a narrative point of view, although Paper Jam Bros. brilliantly unfolds the multifaceted powers of Mario's slimmest incarnation.
  65. Feb 18, 2016
    67
    The battle system is inventive and addicting, the graphics are lovely, and much of the dialogue is good for some genuine laughs, but at the end of the day Paper Jam doesn’t do enough to capitalize on its otherwise novel premise of merging the Mario & Luigi world with Paper Mario’s.
  66. Feb 15, 2016
    66
    Just don’t expect anything you haven’t seen before.
  67. NF Magazine
    Feb 4, 2016
    65
    I have never been so completely charmed – and yet so utterly frustrated – by the same game, at the same time. [Issue #19 – January/February 2016, p.67]
  68. Feb 4, 2016
    65
    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam excels at RPG combat, but is bogged down by tedious minigames and a disappointing story.
  69. Jan 25, 2016
    65
    Painfully generic, Paper Jam is dull and boring in many respects, but at least has some decent mechanics going for it.
  70. Jan 22, 2016
    65
    Those desperate for a dose of Mario could do far worse, but it's hard to look inside this machine without seeing what's gotten tangled up inside.
  71. Feb 26, 2016
    60
    As with many Nintendo games of the last few years, its gameplay elements are immaculately designed but risk nothing.
  72. Jan 29, 2016
    60
    As Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Paper Mario: Sticker Star proved, Nintendo has a knack for showcasing new and inventive ideas in both series. Paper Jam effectively relies (and often coasts) on its novel crossover appeal.
  73. Jan 27, 2016
    60
    Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam is a crumpled up discarded note, recycled into a paper-thin product. At its core, it’s good. The dynamic combat system has never felt better, but the rest of the package is padded with poor mini games and excessive backtracking. As a die-hard fan of both series, this was a let down.
  74. Nov 30, 2015
    60
    A safe and conversation mash-up that fails to meet the high standards of the best Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario games.
  75. Jan 20, 2016
    59
    Mario & Luigi’s great combat can’t make up for a dull story, flat humor, and tedious Toad Hunts.
  76. 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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  1. Dec 9, 2015
    There's little to complain about on a technical level, but Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam Bros quickly becomes a repetitive slog.
  2. Jan 26, 2016
    Those clever, dialogue-driven interludes are all the downtime Paper Jam needs. Yet it pads itself out with mindless chores that waste time and momentum. It’s maddening when you have to endure so much chaff just to reach that rewarding point of forward progress—and it is rewarding.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 175 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 175
  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. Full Review »
  2. Feb 7, 2016
    6
    When Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam was announced in early 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS, we were all left just a little bit confused.

    The title,
    When Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam was announced in early 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS, we were all left just a little bit confused.

    The title, which crosses over the two Mario role playing game series, Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi, is fun, sure, but it loses its focus in trying to streamline game play with new and innovative ideas. This is where Paper Jam folds.

    The premise is simple enough: Luigi, being the not-so-smart guy he is, accidentally opens a book portal to the Paper Mario dimension, releasing Bowser, his son and plenty of goombas, koopas and shy guys into the Mario & Luigi world. Of course, this also includes paper versions of Peach, Bowser and Mario. But not any of the awesome supporting characters that make the Paper Mario games so great. More on that later.

    We’re then introduced to the central conflict of the game, and it’s sort of lame. For two game series that have prided themselves on engaging villains, lengthy story lines and nostalgic callbacks to the original Mario role playing game, Paper Jam doesn’t seem to get it. Here, paper Bowser and regular Bowser team up, kidnap Peach and attempt to rule the world. Great. Also, Bowser Jr. and his counterpart seem to lead very sad lives.

    But, as with all Mario titles, we can’t always look so closely at the story. And in this entry, the game play is where things work just a little bit better.

    The general combat is a great improvement over 2013’s Dream Team. Though we’ve lost the ability to stack tons of Luigis on top of each other, we get some great mechanics in the form of power-ups, items and more. When Paper Mario is brought into the fold, things get even more exciting, albeit a bit complicated.

    Paper Mario has the ability to copy himself and attack with them. It’s a gimmick, sure, but it works, and it makes the grinding battles go by that much faster. Speaking of fast, the game sports a fast forward button, allowing players to speed up cutscenes and text bubbles, a welcome addition. You can also skip tutorials if you’ve played a game in the series before.

    The game’s newest feature comes in the form of giant papercraft mech battles, courtesy of the displaced paper Toads. These battles have you piloting a mech in real time and taking out other giant-sized papercrafts. It’s really fun, actually, but why is it here?

    In recent years, the RPG roots of the Paper Mario series have taken a backseat to innovative ideas like this one, but it was only a matter of time before the Mario & Luigi series caved as well. It would be nice to see things like this in a wholly original title, and have these RPG series focus on great story and awesome characters like literally anyone from Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. Hey, it is kind of cool to see Nabbit from New Super Mario Bros. U, though.

    Overall, Paper Jam is a solid foundation bogged down by its own innovation. The watercolor art is stunning, Mario and Luigi are still hilarious, but we need more than a few pancake jokes and Toad-catching minigames next time, Nintendo.

    - Nicholas Friedman, Denton Record-Chronicle
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  3. Jan 22, 2016
    8
    A lovely game for you to keep in your Nintendo 3DS collection. People have been dying to get it and they finally got what they deserved. Don'tA lovely game for you to keep in your Nintendo 3DS collection. People have been dying to get it and they finally got what they deserved. Don't miss this, North America, at all! Full Review »