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  • Summary: Get ready for a new role-playing adventure as Mario returns to paper form to stop a dangerous threat. In Paper Mario 2, Mario can dodge, inflict damage, and impress the crowd to strengthen his attacks. Also, Mario and his friends have more paper abilities. They can now turn sideways to slipGet ready for a new role-playing adventure as Mario returns to paper form to stop a dangerous threat. In Paper Mario 2, Mario can dodge, inflict damage, and impress the crowd to strengthen his attacks. Also, Mario and his friends have more paper abilities. They can now turn sideways to slip through cracks, fold into a paper airplane to fly, roll into a tube, and more. They can also use a variety of items like hammers and thunderbolts to defeat their enemies. Expand
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  1. Positive: 53 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. Cheat Code Central
    100
    A RPG that captures the excitement and fun of the Super Mario Bros series and combines it with depth found only in top-shelf RPGs. It all adds up to what is sure to be consider another Mario classic.
  2. Now that it has arrived however, we can safely say that it's firmly up there as one of the best games released this year.
  3. Nintendo Power
    92
    Hardcore RPG fans, wait for "Baten Kaitos;" everyone else, plan on following the most hee-haw-larious yarn spun in years. [Dec 2004, p.140]
  4. 90
    It mixes together some very well-designed elements, such as its battle system, level design, puzzle design and its funny, charming storyline.
  5. Retains so much of the original that anyone who loved the first one will still love this one, and anyone who hated the first one will likewise hate this one.
  6. Some of the story is a bit contrived and the game may give players a bit of "been there, done that", but it's a very fun game to play through. There are enough twists in the story and surprises to be seen to keep Mario fans playing until the very end.
  7. Game Informer
    68
    The art and combat are killed in their tracks by the game's downright shameful dialogue. [Nov 2004, p.158]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 140
  1. May 7, 2015
    10
    This game is really amazing! The turn battles, plot, story, badges, items, partners, sidequests, placesm, enemies and boss, all of this inThis game is really amazing! The turn battles, plot, story, badges, items, partners, sidequests, placesm, enemies and boss, all of this in this game is awesome! It's a true a evolution of the first Paper Mario for Nintendo 64, too bad that its sequels for Wii and 3DS (i prefer calling then as spin-offs of the Paper Mario series) doesn't reached the level of quality that this title have... Expand
  2. Dec 11, 2011
    10
    The story is silly, yet captivating, and the controller inputs utilized during the battle segments keep the turn-based battles engaging. TheThe story is silly, yet captivating, and the controller inputs utilized during the battle segments keep the turn-based battles engaging. The characters are charming, and I actually found myself looking forward to encountering new enemies, even the ones that were just recolored sprites (the Tattle bestiary system and the item library were also nice features, providing impetuses for scouring the nooks and crannies of the world for hidden goodies and ingredients for recipes). The platforming features in the out-of-battle world were also satisfying, and the abilities Mario gains and those that his partners grant him have imaginative uses. The areas of the game are accessible with very little backtracking, too, as new shortcuts are opened up to the player. My one gripe about the game is a trivial matter. At one point in the game, I became stuck in the Palace of Shadow with one HP. Unfortunately, I reflexively hit the first save block that I saw, not realizing that it would make getting out of there very difficult (I was pretty much in the middle of the chapter, and had no healing items). As such, a "Teleport to Rogueport" option would have been nice. Expand
  3. May 19, 2020
    10
    As soon as you hear Rogueport's theme, you'll fall irreversibly in love with this game for the rest of your life. It's just THAT memorable.As soon as you hear Rogueport's theme, you'll fall irreversibly in love with this game for the rest of your life. It's just THAT memorable. And the game is just THAT good. A 10. In every possible way. Expand
  4. Apr 30, 2014
    10
    This was my favorite game in the Paper Mario series, and my favorite game of all time. It had crisp graphics and an AMAZING soundtrack. ForThis was my favorite game in the Paper Mario series, and my favorite game of all time. It had crisp graphics and an AMAZING soundtrack. For me, nearly everything about it was great. The Chapters had very creative sub-plots and bosses and they had creative designs. Chapters 3 and 6 were so much different from the others and thats what was great about them. The overall plot of the game was just as great and the Shadow Queen made a great Final boss. The game had some great NPCs that had personality with their dialogue, speaking of, this game always had funny dialogue, making the characters seem more real. This overall is a great game, i suggest you play it if you haven't yet. Expand
  5. JPK
    Jun 8, 2019
    10
    An Absolute Masterpiece
    The Thousand Year Door not only improves over it’s terrific predecessor, It OUTDOES IT in almost every way.
  6. Jun 22, 2020
    9
    Loved playing this game. Everything about it was just fun. It had good puzzles and gameplay, the story was neat. Personally I thought it wasLoved playing this game. Everything about it was just fun. It had good puzzles and gameplay, the story was neat. Personally I thought it was even more fun than the first paper Mario. Expand
  7. Jun 17, 2018
    0
    Why does this exist? Its just TloZ : OoT 2: Electric boogaloo but its mario. EVERY single trope is used here, the difficultly is unfair atWhy does this exist? Its just TloZ : OoT 2: Electric boogaloo but its mario. EVERY single trope is used here, the difficultly is unfair at times regardless of what level you are at unless your overleveled. doesn't matter anyway becuase you can spam power bounces over and over on nonspiked enimes and spam hammers onspiked enimies and use your partners as meat shields and use thier purposes once or twise. thank GOD we got sticker star and color splash to make up for this overrated **** Expand

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#1 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2004
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#3 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2004