So I picked up Paper Mario: Sticker Star two days ago because Best Buy had it on sale for 50% off. (I also snagged Resident Evil 6 for $19.99...ka-CHING!)
I gotta say, I don't understand the brouhaha over this game. It's pretty slight on mechanics, but it's still fun, charming, and very solidly put together. And it's evocative enough of past Mario titles I've loved to keep me happy when each new bell is rung. It's not the greatest thing ever, I'd say a solid 7.5 out of 10 due primarily to the aforementioned shallowness...though I could see bumping it up to an 8 if the mechanics expand at all as I progress. Even so, I genuinely feel the venom that was spit over Sticker Star when it launched was unwarranted.
Though it does add further credence to my long held belief that Nintendo fans are their own worst enemies in this one regard. When they insist that anything the Big N touches is mana from heaven, or that anything in a similar vein must be crap because its cribbing from a Nintendo title, or act as if legitimate criticism of Nintendo's core franchises is just trolling...well, I think it makes the rest of this community eager to latch onto anything remotely negative. In a way they might otherwise not do if it weren't for the aforementioned super-fandom. I dunno...just a thought...but from where I sit it appears Sticker Star was swept up in a wave of negativity that had less to do with the game itself.