Got Paper Mario today! Anyone else have it? And does anyone else have any thoughts on it?
About a half hour in so far and it's pretty good. They've definitely cleaned up at least some of the usual Paper Mario garbage, though if you're not a fan of the walls of text, they're still around. (love them!) The battle system is pretty decent, though I'm still learning it. Attacks are now a finite commodity that you need to seek out. It takes getting used to, though. Action commands are still in though for both attack and defense. So brush up on your timing!
You know what the attack mechanics are reminding me of? Remember older RPGs that had magic systems that used a finite number of spell casts rather than a magic meter? Sticker Star sort of reminds me of that. Of course, you have to collect the "casts" yourself around the world map (stuff is everywhere so it's cool) but it has that same sort of feel. Because with a lot of the games that gave you a limited number of spell casts, you could not refill your spell cast count until after the battle, which made you very careful about what you used and when.
Sticker Star offers a similar sort of setup and it's not too bad. My only complaint so far is that there is not a lot of variety in Mario's attack types yet. In other games you at least had a badge or two that added some neat effects by this point in the game.