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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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Score distribution:
  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 135
  1. Jun 30, 2015
    10
    Hardcore RPG who expected an experience like Final Fantasy or Chrono Trigger might not enjoy this game all that much, but overall it's anHardcore RPG who expected an experience like Final Fantasy or Chrono Trigger might not enjoy this game all that much, but overall it's an outstanding game and is personally my favorite Mario game ever. Not only does it have a surprisingly good story for a Mario game, but also has a combat system that flows extremely well. The system of leveling up is a little simple, but it works well, and the badge system adds a nice touch. The only real issue is that it's a bit too similar to the first Paper Mario game, but it still is different enough that it feels like a unique and fantastic experience. 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. Oct 16, 2014
    10
    I was curious to see the reviews for this game and they are positive like I expected. I actually want to play this game again.
    Usually I have
    I was curious to see the reviews for this game and they are positive like I expected. I actually want to play this game again.
    Usually I have to pick on some flaw in a game, but in this one I don't think I can find one.
    The game looked stunning. Every bit of progression made me feel apart of this game. The concept was so smart and really fits well for a Mario title.
    Another thing I found about this game, is that it was quite dark in a way which is hard to explain which was certainly unexpected.
    There were also so many witty characters that made me laugh a lot.
    One of my favourite areas in the game is during the wrestling chapter where you fight that hawk.
    I may seem a bit strange when I point the reasons why I liked it
    1 - I was a huge wrestling fan
    2 - When you had to wait for your time to fight, it somehow felt good to be waiting in the locker room.
    3 - You didn't really know what was going to happen

    I also found the game very challenging aswell. You had to have great timing for dodging attacks and you had to be properly equipped and leveled to succeed.

    The wrap this up. The game looked beautiful (not a word that I usually say) but its true.
    Game play was perfectly balanced and a pleasure to explore the world and find out what it had to offer.
    Music was quirky and very Mario-Like. Music is a big check box for me in gaming.
    It had some strange humor which was quite subtle and mature. I really had to thing twice on what was said!

    10/10 masterpiece
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  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. Aug 17, 2020
    9
    Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is everything a faithful sequel should be, taking the concept of the original and expanding on it in a newPaper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is everything a faithful sequel should be, taking the concept of the original and expanding on it in a new way that feels both fresh and familiar. The battle system from before has been near-perfected in this entry, alongside a truly unique and memorable world, tied together by the best hub world the Mario series has ever seen. The soundtrack expands on this "fresh and familiar" style by forming a very distinct style for the Mario series that still takes from many of the defining aspects of its home series. This game deserves every bit of respect it gets, and should serve as the gold standard for what a turn-based Mario RPG should be. Expand
  7. Aug 30, 2020
    0
    This game is so overrated and it’s not even funny, I went in with high expectations but man was I disappointed. My big problem with this gameThis game is so overrated and it’s not even funny, I went in with high expectations but man was I disappointed. My big problem with this game has to be levels(the main gameplay) they are just soooo boring, repetitive, and backtracking filled like I can’t even put to words the amount of backtracking this game has it’s actually insane. The combat is pretty fine but in terms of RPGs it can feel a bit bland and repetitive but it’s definitely better then going back and forth and back and forth and back and forth like almost the entire game is. The overarching story albeit more complex and unique then most Mario games it ends up feeling more boring then bowser kidnapping peach because of the danm writting it’s just so pointless and has wayyy too much fluff. The music is alright and that’s about all I can say is good about this game. I didn’t even feel motivated to beat this but unfortunately I did. Expand

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