Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam has been out for some time now, and Nintendo sent Gamnesia a copy of the game for exclusive coverage. Typically when this happens we provide that coverage in the form of a review, but Paper Jam isn't your average RPG—and for that reason, I've been finding a lot of difficulty covering it in the average review format.
This was one of the talking points in the Game Corner on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video above for our full discussion about what makes Paper Jam so wildly different from other RPGs and the difficulties that's presented, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.
Paper Jam introduces a huge number of new game elements, from minigames to mandatory sidequests, all with new types of gameplay slapped together in a pile of ideas that are all clever, but are terribly incohesive. It also includes a great deal of collectibles, challenge missions, and other features to reward players of all different types. This results in a game that's a jack of all trades, master of none, and may not even be right to call an RPG despite its influential roots. But the difficulty therein is that each playthrough of the game may be slightly different depending on how you go about the game, and my initial runthrough was a painful, uninteresting slog through a game that was, in my run, simultaneously too long and too easy. Playing through in other ways wouldn't be a solution either, partly for lack of time, but primarily because my first, second, third impressions and beyond have already been formed by my first playthrough, and nothing that could later change my mind will be untainted by having already played it so recently and coming away unsatisfied. We decided that a discussion video like this is the best way to get my honest thoughts out there in a way that doesn't do injustice to the quality of the game behind the experience, so if you're interested in learning more about all of these thoughts (including many that are far more positive than what you've just read), be sure to check it out above!
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