Mario & Luigi Paper Jam

Rating Summary

Based on 57 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

54%

Critics Recommend

Based on 57 critic reviews
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No Recommendation / Blank
Dec 2, 2015

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros is wholesome, warm, but occasionally wearisome.

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Nov 30, 2015

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.

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7 / 10
Dec 2, 2015

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.

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8.8 / 10.0
Jan 20, 2016

Mario & Luigi continues to have the best sense of humor of Nintendo's assorted franchises, and a quicker pace in the tutorial and storytelling departments make this one of the best entries yet

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6.5 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2016

Paper Jam's cute and punchy moments are offset by its frustrating repetition

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Jan 28, 2016

AlphaDream hits the mark again in terms of combat and dialogue, even if some new additions fall flat.

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Unscored
Jan 25, 2016

Delightful, yet tedious. Paper Jam is beautifully crafted but just doesn't know when to quit.

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Jan 22, 2016

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.

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Jan 29, 2016

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. Where gameplay is good, it's got subtle strengths and intense engagement. Where it's bad it borders on game-breaking design, likesome of those Toad-capturing sections, and RPG-lite mediocrity. Hopefully, the game is representative of growing pains for the series.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2015

Overall, 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. While it sometimes holds your hand for a little too long and at times fails to take proper risks, it was consistently polished, enjoyable and memorable.

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