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. Positive: 15 out of 15
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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. Negative: 1 out of 110
  1. Jan 19, 2015
    10
    In my opinion, and I've played around 300 games, this is the best game ever made. Whether it's the very clever level design that never getsIn my opinion, and I've played around 300 games, this is the best game ever made. Whether it's the very clever level design that never gets boring, the unique enemies each with their own weakness and lore, creative bosses at the end of every chapter, multiple chapters for a very long playtime, an amazing story full of detail and back-stories, tons of lovable and unique characters to play as well as meet and become friends with, a big handful of companions to battle alongside, the hundreds of special abilities and strategies for defeating hundreds of different enemies and bosses, or if it's the amazing atmosphere and polish, I'm sure you will absolutely love Paper Mario.

    The amount of items and badges (special abilities) and creativeness thrown into Paper Mario is incredible, it literally never get's dull and I've played through it about four times completely now. I never get bored playing this game and I guarantee you won't either. Enter an amazingly fleshed-out and detailed world with tons of secrets to discover, a long and engaging story, and tons of atmospheric scenery: The world of Paper Mario 64.

    The detail and love put into this game by it's creators and artists and programmers is outstanding, they truly don't make games like this anymore. This is my all-time favorite game, and I'm sure you'll see why within an hour of starting it up for your first time (though some may think it starts pretty slow; but I feel that adds so much to the progression and development of your character). I don't usually tell people to go through the hassle of trying to play older generation games since it's not always easy, but no matter how difficult I think every true gamer should at least play through this once to get a good taste of what makes a good game good. This is the definition of perfection, I don't believe I could find any flaws in this game, and I have tried in the past and failed. Everything is so lovingly crafted and playing this game just makes me forget about all of the tiny worries in life, and brings me to such a happy place it's unbelievable.

    Do yourself a favor and ask your parents if they have an N64 from when they were a kid (or if you're my age or a little older dig out yours), and buy this game used on Amazon or eBay, and tell me it's not one of the most amazing experiences you've ever had (:
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  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. RodH.
    Apr 29, 2004
    10
    Great game, deeper than SMRPG, hopefully 2 will be as good.
  4. CammeronJ.
    Sep 9, 2001
    10
    It has lots of action and adventure. I love it.
  5. DylanS
    May 4, 2008
    10
    Previous mario games, sadly, did not have much story involved. But, Paper Mario makes the story incredibly Epic, and started a series of more Previous mario games, sadly, did not have much story involved. But, Paper Mario makes the story incredibly Epic, and started a series of more deep games after this. Not just other Paper Mario games, but the original descendants of Super Mario 64 [Such as Super Mario Sunshine and Mario Galaxy]. It takes days to finish, which is a good thing. And each time you play it, you can do it a different way [As you can focus and different strengths like badges and HP, I believe this is a form of RPG.] It also lasts to, as being a Nintendo 64 game - Many people still play this, 2 game consoles later after the N64. I believe this game deserves our full respect! Expand
  6. Feb 25, 2019
    9
    Cast: 10/10
    Story: 6/10
    Fun: 9/10
    Gameplay: 9/10

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  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