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Review: 'Mario& Luigi: Paper Jam' hits some flat notes

Role-playing games like "Fallout 4" and "The Witcher 3" are beloved for their complexity, ambition and overwhelming variety of things to do. But those same traits scare some players away, particularly grown-ups who may not have 100 hours free to really dig in.

Nintendo's lighthearted "Mario & Luigi" adventures are a good fix for people who like their role-playing in more digestible chunks. They're essentially RPG-lite, simplifying the character building and inventory management of more complicated epics. They make great introductory RPGs — and they're challenging enough to keep genre veterans on their toes.

"Mario & Luigi:...