How I wound up with Nintendo's Paper Mario: Sticker Star for the Nintendo 3DS is rather unremarkable. My family asked me to put together an Amazon.com wish list for the 2012 holidays, I wanted Paper Mario, I put it on the aforementioned list, my parents bought it and sent it to me as a gift, the end. The real story here is not so much how I acquired the game, but what I did with it once I had it and when I finally found the time to play it. See, while I received the game in early December, I didn't have the chance to finally open the box and play the game until the middle of January. I had been planning a long weekend getaway with my girlfriend Nicole after the holidays, and since every good vacation needs a game to go with it, I made it a point to finally start playing the game just prior to the trip. Our destination? Historic St. Augustine, Florida for four days of relaxation. Paper Mario was along for the ride, but this trip was secretly about more than just getting away for a few days and certainly about more than saving the Mushroom Kingdom.
This was the weekend that I asked Nicole to marry me.