Nintendo Power Reveals Paper Mario: Sticker Star Details

While we did get new details on Paper Mario: Sticker Star from the recent Nintendo Power issue earlier this week, we now have a full list of notable details from the issue. Courtesy of Nintendo Everything, check out the list below and make sure to leave behind your comments and opinions!

Story details

  • Begins on the night of Sticker Fest
  • Mushroom Kingdom holds annual Sticker Fests so that its residents can see the Sticker Comet arriving
  • A wish made on the comet is said to likely come true
  • Bowser and his crew show up and disturb the festivities
  • Bowser wants the comet’s powers for himself
  • Browser lunges toward the comet, but once he does so, it shatters and its pieces fly across the kingdom
  • Crown sticker lands on Bowser’s head
  • Bowser becomes sparkly and more powerful than ever before
  • He kidnaps Princess Peach and runs off
  • Mario goes after Peach right away
  • He comes across a flying crown named Kersti
  • Kersti is the caretaker of the Royal Stickers
  • Royal Stickers are wish-granting elements of the comet
  • One of them wounded up on Bowser
  • Kersti accompanies Mario on his quest and helps him out in using stickers


  • Stickers are the main gameplay element in Sticker Star
  • Can find stickers all over
  • Take a sticker by walking up to it and pressing “A”
  • Need stickers to use techniques and attacks in combat
  • Stickers can be purchased at one of the game’s shops for coins
  • Album holds a limited number of sticker
  • More pages will be added to your album as you progress


  • Turn-based battles
  • Choose a sticker from your album
  • Each sticker features a corresponding move that you’ll carry out such as a jump or hammer attack
  • Tap the “A” button right before an attack to cause extra damage
  • When an enemy is attacking, hit “A” right before the attack to lessen the damage
  • A sticker’s efficacy is based on its condition
  • A mint-condition sticker is more powerful that a worn-out one
  • Special stickers have boosted stats
  • Can use the Battle Spinner before a fight
  • Spinner is a machine-style mini-game
  • Uses some of your coins
  • Match two or more symbols to earn bonus items and the opportunity to take more stickers into the fray

Level structure

  • Paper version of the Mushroom Kingdom appears as an overworld map
  • Decalburg is the starting hub
  • Buy and sell stickers at Decalburg
  • Talk to residents as well
  • Head off to new worlds from Decalburg
  • Worlds have multiple levels like a Mario platformer
  • Worlds have enemies, stickers, and puzzles

How levels play out

  • World 1-3 – Bowser-shaped watersprout is in your way; need to turn it off to progress
  • Need to obtain the comet piece at the end of each level
  • You’ll sometimes encounter 3D objects such as scissors, a faucet, and a trumpet
  • These are categorized as “Things” in the game
  • Use these items to solve puzzles
  • Some portions of the world will be missing
  • Bowser Jr. will tear up a bridge away from the background and crumple it
  • Returning it to its rightful place requires “Paperization”
  • Press “Y” to make your immediate surroundings become 2D and fall down like a piece of paper lying on a table
  • Mario and Kersti hover above the page
  • Mario can place something (like the bridge) on the background
  • Added object becomes a part of the scene once you return the setting to normal


  • World looks like its composed of paper and cardboard
  • Arts-and-craft project feel is emphasized
  • Bridge is folded up like an accordion and sealed with a sticker
  • Peeling the sticker away causes the paper to realistically bounce upward before settling down
  • Paper characters can be flown around, folded, and crumpled
  • All of these can be used against you during battle
  • Enemies may roll themselves up into a cone to prevent you from jumping over them
  • Other enemies fold themselves like a card to double the enemies
  • First world boss: Goomba that combines with a troupe of his minions to form a giant Goomba with Megasparkle strength
  • Koopa Troopas fold up into their shells like origami
  • Has humor like previous Paper Marios
  • Paper nature of the characters/environments is used for gags
  • Nintendo Power says the dialogue is consistently clever

Sticker examples

  • Jump: stomp on a single foe; can use it to bounce multiple times; can’t be used on spiked enemies
  • Hammer: Common attack; can’t be used on flying creatures; produces a shockwave that hurts an enemy group
  • Mushroom: restores hearts
  • Fire Flower: throw fireballs; can hit multiple targets
  • Shell: hit enemies with the shell; hits anything in its path; won’t hit flying enemies
  • POW Block: useful for a lot of damage; smash it to damage all ground-based enemies; can crumple (stun) them
  • Baahammer: decorated with a sheep image; makes your enemies fall asleep; enemies will be open to further attacks, but they’ll regain some health while sleeping
  • Eekhammer: like a normal hammer, but can be swung multiple times
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