Paper Mario

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  • Summary: Mario pals around in an all-new action adventure! Mario's back in his first adventure since Super Mario 64, and this time, Bowser's bent on preventing a storybook ending. When Princess Peach is kidnapped, Mario plots to rescue the seven Star Spirits and rid the Mushroom Kingdom of Koopa'sMario pals around in an all-new action adventure! Mario's back in his first adventure since Super Mario 64, and this time, Bowser's bent on preventing a storybook ending. When Princess Peach is kidnapped, Mario plots to rescue the seven Star Spirits and rid the Mushroom Kingdom of Koopa's cruel cohorts. As he travels from the tropical jungles of Lavalava Island to the frosty heights of Shiver Mountain, he'll meet up with seven all-new companions... and he'll need help from each one or there'll be no happily ever after. Expand
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  1. 100
    Deceptively deep, this is the new blueprint for action RPGs and one of the last must-haves for the N64.
  2. Daily Radar
    100
    If you're severely allergic to overly cute-and-cuddly games, take some Dramamine before heading off on Mario's adventure.
  3. No matter what your tastes are, after just an hour in Mario's new world, we can guarantee that you?ll not want to move from your chair. Ever.
  4. What it does have is a great story, fun puzzles, and epic battles. Any RPG fan would be absolutely nuts to pass on Paper Mario.
  5. With a standout graphical look to it, and the great traditional RPG style, Paper Mario is certainly one of the best RPG games out there.
  6. Not only is Paper Mario a superb RPG, but it's also another quality N64 game that simply shouldn't be missed.
  7. 80
    Despite having a unique look, the visuals certainly aren't the highlight of Paper Mario. It's the fun adventure, mixing intuitive controls and straightforward gameplay that make this a great addition to the N64 library.

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  1. Jul 22, 2016
    10
    Paper Mario is the reason why the Nintendo 64 wasn't forgotten still in 2001 it was still going but struggling to stay with fans but the gamePaper Mario is the reason why the Nintendo 64 wasn't forgotten still in 2001 it was still going but struggling to stay with fans but the game has good story, good gameplay, good music, good rpg mechanics, and everything else is great! Expand
  2. Nov 28, 2012
    10
    Where to begin...This game is my favorite game of all time. To begin, let's start with the presentation, graphics and audio. The graphics areWhere to begin...This game is my favorite game of all time. To begin, let's start with the presentation, graphics and audio. The graphics are very good for n64. The contrast of the 2D characters with the 3D background still holds up today.
    The music is almost flawless. The title screen music gives the player a sense of fun urgency to begin the adventure, the battle themes are classic, and the remaining themes are all conducted perfectly, fitting their respective environments.
    The story appears to be typical of a mario game as bowser steals peach and mario must rescue her. However, Paper Mario's story shines in its details. The npcs of the game are given a great amount of characterization, which this creates a sense of connectivity within the game that is not seen in many other mario games. The story is revealed in storybook fashion, with each world being called a chapter instead. Each chapter is completely different from the previous, keeping the game fresh by introducing new environments, objectives, puzzles, characters, and gameplay. After each chapter, you get to see what peach is up to. This is the worst part of the game, as you have to control kidnapped peach in an attempt to find out information to get relayed to mario. However, this is an interesting concept that would get expanded on in the next 2 paper mario games.
    Onto the actual gameplay elements: As you progress in the game, you pick up several party members. These party members are needed for puzzles and assist you in battle. The battles are turn based, yet are interactive, as you can perform action commands to do more damage or block attacks, much like in mario rpg. As you progress, you get more attacks, upgrades, badges, and items that add an amazing amount of depth and strategy to the game. You can level up if you get enough battle experience. As a kid I didn't know any better but to always increase my heart points (health) rather than allocating it between flower points and badge points. The bosses all bring something new to the table, and you must figure out a strategy to beat each one. Other gameplay elements include solving well thought out puzzles that progressively get more rewarding and challenging, collecting star pieces to get new badges, and exploring the vast maze of the toad town tunnels. Yeah, so in summary, the battle system is pretty amazing and deep and tops off an almost flawless game.
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  3. May 27, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. If Super Mario 64 started the N64’s run with a bang, then Paper Mario certainly ended it with a bang. It is not the last game officially made and released for the N64, but it certainly feels like the swan song for it is as great or even greater than Super Mario 64 in many cases.

    While Super Mario 64 was a 3D platformer, Paper Mario is a turn-based battle Role Playing Game (RPG) that has 2D paper characters in a 3D world, and it is an extremely diverse and large one too. Along the way, you will pick up partners that you can switch depending on the task at hand, and have colorful backgrounds. A self-taught Goomba in Goombario, an adventurous Koopa in Kooper that is the son of the adventurer Kolorado, A feisty peace loving Bob-Omb in Bombette, a mail carrier Paratroopa in Parakarry, the headstrong privileged Boo leader in Lady Bow, a baby electric spark in Watt, A fish out of water Cheep Cheep in Sushi, and a rogue turn friend Lakitu in Lakester. Peach also gains a sidekick in a little star named Twink.

    The story and soundtrack is extremely solid, but what make this game standout among Mario games is how Bowser and Peach are portrayed in it. In almost every Mario game, Peach is a fragile, high-pitched, and dumb damsel in distress, and Bowser a manically cocky villain. Not the case at all with both in Paper Mario 64. In Paper Mario 64, Bowser is an extremely intelligent villain where you get creeps from him being on screen just because he is so refreshingly intelligent here. He completely suckerpunches Mario by lifting Peach’s Castle into space, and then you are forced into a fight that you will never win and casts Mario into the empty vacuum of space to fall back down to earth. Peach is certainly not dumb in this game either, and you will have to control her in between chapters where you have to stealthily sneak out of her trapped bedroom. Peach is at her absolute finest after Chapter 6, where you have to disguise yourself as a guard and sneak deep into the castle. How you get caught in the end is not a case of Peach being dumb at all. Instead Bowser’s cunning villainess sidekick in Kammy Koopa is at first fooled, and then smells a rat and blows your cover.

    The chapter system is based on the 7 star spirits that are imprisoned by Bowser and Kammy Koopa, and stealing the all-powerful Star Rod. The prologue starts with Mario falling into a wooded area in the humble Goomba Village, and the imprisoned Star Spirits in one final burst of strength revive him. After that, Mario is discovered by a young Goomba girl in Goombaria, who takes them to Goomba Village. Your first partner is her brother in Goombario, and after saving their grandfather in Goompa, goes on the path toward Toad Town that serves as the main hub for the game. The first 7 chapters start at the entry of the world region each star spirit is imprisoned in, conclude with freeing the star spirit, and end with you doing stuff with Peach to help Mario down below. However after the 7th chapter concludes, there is just a final cutscene of Peach and Twink getting confronted by Bowser and Kammy Koopa knowing that Mario is coming back with force. The 8th and final chapter starts at the entry to Bowser’s Castle, and ends with the ultimate showdown against Bowser and reclaiming the Star-Rod. Overall, a masterpiece game that ends the N64 era as greatly as Super Mario 64 started it.
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  4. Jan 1, 2021
    10
    Bursting with charm and humor.

    Good - The dialogue and cutscenes are charming and hilarious. Really gave life to the whole mario
    Bursting with charm and humor.

    Good

    - The dialogue and cutscenes are charming and hilarious. Really gave life to the whole mario universe.

    - the combat was a lot of fun. Vvarious QTEs were challenging but fun to pull off, but not too punishing to the point where I would get frustrated.

    - The character and level designs were diverse. Never was there an area or population that felt repetitive.

    - I loved how the items all had an image shown with it. It made the whole game more visual friendly. Unlike many RPGs where I feel like I'm scrolling through walls of text to manage items.

    - The Peach segments were funny, and was a good step away from the Mario gameplay.

    - Partner abilities in and out of battle were fun to use.

    - Travelling with the spin move gave me something to do to move faster, which made traversing a little less boring.

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    - nothing
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  5. ColeW.
    Feb 12, 2008
    10
    I just bought this for the Wii virtual console last week and I can't stop playing it! It is incredibly immersive and just plain fun!
  6. JPK
    Jun 8, 2019
    9
    Terrific Start To A Classic Sub-Franchise
    Paper Mario is creative, funny, well written, and gorgeous.
  7. Jun 17, 2018
    0
    it sucks, tropes are used, the moves are generic, and the game NEVER ceases to stop crashing every 5 seconds.

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#2 Most Discussed N64 Game of 2001
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#2 Most Shared N64 Game of 2001