Arcade (Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam)

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The Arcade

The Arcade is a minigame area in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. Located in the clouds above any Lakitu Info Center in the game, it's accessible via a green pipe to the left of the entrance and hosts the Battle Ring, Papercraft Battle Ring and Attackathon machines, which let players replay boss battles, Papercraft battles and play the Bros. Attack endurance minigames, respectively. However, the Arcade can only be accessed after going to Sunbeam Plains for the second time. The bros can also buy Lakitea for 20 coins from the nearby shopkeeper. This will fully heal all members of the party.


Boss Battle Ring[edit]

Just like The Gauntlet from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and the Battle Ring from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, the Boss Battle Ring lets players refight tougher versions of bosses defeated earlier in the game.


Boss Name Recommended Level Boss Beaten Points S-Rank Points
Petey Piranha 17 15 60
Big Pokey Duo 20 15 60
Paper Petey Piranha 25 45 180
Rampaging Wiggler 28 45 180
Chargin' Chuck Corps 32 90 360
Bowser Jr. Duo 39 90 360
King Boo 41 90 360
King Bob-omb 44 90 360
Kamek Duo 48 90 360
Boss Medley (all previous bosses + Dry Bowser) 50 100 400

When battling a boss in the Boss Battle Ring, the player will get given a limited amount of items, which will lower their final score if used. They can choose their Battle Card deck like normal, but they will only start with 10 Star Points. Finally, both Assist Mode and Easy Mode aren't usable in the Boss Battle Ring, and will be automatically disabled when a battle starts.


Similar to the Mad Skillathon in the previous game, the Attackathon is a series of Bros. Attack endurance minigames. Unlike in the previous two games, however, there are no prizes to be gained from the minigames themselves. Instead, the game's Expert Challenges system has challenges set for getting A and S ranks in each of the Attackathon minigames, with the points being used to buy gear from the Expert Challenges/points shop.

Bros./Trio Attack Challenge Description A-Rank Points (2000) S-Rank Points (3000)
Trio Racquet Hit targets with the ball to score points. Use A Button, B Button and Y Button to swing your racquet. Pay attention to the targets you're hitting! The ball will slow down if you hit a Cheep Cheep and it will speed up if you hit a Ninji. Watch out! If you hit a Boo, the ball will disappear completely! 15 60
Trio Whirligig Collect the spiralling cards using Left/Right on the Circle Pad. Then press A Button to rip through the paper barriers and move on. Look out for cards with star icons to earn the most points! If you miss 3 cards, the game will end. Avoid the whirlwind - it will blow away all the cards you've collected. And if you hit a Fire Bar, your game will go up in smoke! 15 60
Trio Shuriken Use the Circle Pad to aim for the falling cards, and then throw shuriken using A Button or B Button. As your shuriken hits the card, press Y Button to rip through it and earn points. Cards with an M icon can be scored only by Mario, and ones with an L icon can be scored only by Luigi. Hitting a card with a POW Block icon will score all of the cards on the screen at once. Cards with the clock icon will stop time briefly. Hitting a card with a Bowser icon is the same as letting a card fall to the ground. In between rounds, giant enemies will appear. You only get one shot, so try to hit as many as you can! Aim carefully! If 3 cards hit the ground, the game will end. 45 180
Cannonball Chuck Press A Button to begin swinging the cannonball, and then press A Button again to release it. You get 5 tries to pop as many balloons as possible. Use the Circle Pad to aim the cannonball in the air, and aim for the flying balloons to increase your score multiplier. Watch out for the Parabombs, and be sure to correct for wind. If you miss the target completely, the game will end. 30 120
Mega Thwonk Press B Button each time one of Luigi's feet touches the ground. You'll score points and build power with each successful foot strike. As you approach a fortress, press A Button to swing Luigi's hammer. If you've built up enough power, you'll destroy it and move on. Watch out for mud puddles! The timing of Luigi's footsteps will slow down. When enemies appear, press A Button at the right time to avoid them. The game ends if you run into an enemy or fail to destroy a fortress. 100 400
Toad Trail Use the Circle Pad to help Mario and Luigi navigate along the rails. Be sure to press forward at all times! You can jump over gaps in the rail by pressing A Button. At the end of the line, you'll have a chance to speed up even more by passing over several Dash Panels. If you hit all the Dash Panels, you'll have a chance to smash a big target at the end for even more points. If you miss a Dash Panel or run into a Thwomp, your run will end. Pick up bonus points along the way by smashing the smaller targets. How many can you hit? 100 400

Note: Mega Thwonk is listed before Toad Trail in the Challenges list, but after it in the Attackathon select menu. There is also a C ranking (if the player gets between 0 and 999 points) and a B ranking (between 1000 and 1999 points), but neither award Challenge points.

Papercraft Battle Ring[edit]

Like the Giant Battle Ring in the previous game, the Papercraft Battle Ring lets the player replay any papercraft battles these beaten across the course of the game.


Boss Name Boss Beaten Points S-Rank Points
Papercraft Megacrinkle Goomba 15 60
Papercraft Kamek 15 60
Papercraft Bowser Jr. 40 170
Papercraft King Boo 45 180
Papercraft Bowser 100 400