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. Negative: 1 out of 116
  1. Mar 30, 2016
    10
    Paper mario has a bad story but everything is so perfect except that.

    Gameplay is awesome battle system aswell. This game is an awesome
    Paper mario has a bad story but everything is so perfect except that.

    Gameplay is awesome battle system aswell.

    This game is an awesome begining of the series.

    10/10 easy
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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. Apr 28, 2022
    10
    This is my favorite game of all time. Everything in this game is near-perfect, or at the very least, pretty good. The story is basic, butThis is my favorite game of all time. Everything in this game is near-perfect, or at the very least, pretty good. The story is basic, but good, even if it's not as deep as that of TTYD and Super Paper Mario. While its not too graphically impressive today, it still looks pretty nice, especially Chapter 7. The enemies are also very well-done. There are some annoying ones, like the Hyper Clefts, Groove Guys, Clefts, Amazyee Dayzees, and Crayzee Dayzees are dreadful to fight, but that's such a small number in comparison to how many enemies there are in this game. Clubbas, White Clubbas, Gulpits, Frost Piranhas, Putrid Piranhas, Duplighosts, Ruff Puffs, Huff Puffs, and most of the Shy Guys are some of the best enemies in the game. And then there's the bosses. Goomba King and General Guy, while nothing special, are good. The Koopa Bros. are great, and then literally all of the other bosses in the game are some of the best in the entire series. Tutankoopa and Tubba's Heart are in my top ten, Lava Piranha is in my top 5, and Bowser, Huff N. Puff, and Crystal King make up my top three. Then there's the chapters. The original Paper Mario has the best chapters in the entire series. There isn't a single bad one here. Chapter 8 I'm a little mixed on, the Prologue is a good introduction, Chapter 1 is an even better introduction, Chapter 4 is good, though it does have some backtracking that holds it back, Chapter 6 is a similar story to Chapter 4, but slightly better since it has a way better boss, better music, and I just like it better, Chapter 5 is simply a really solid chapter with a few annoyances, a few fantastic parts, but mostly just really good, Chapter 2 is in my top five favorite chapters in the series, I really like getting to thoroughly explore Mt. Rugged for Parakarry's letters, Dry Dry Desert is vast with tons of different rooms to find, Dry Dry Outpost is my second favorite town area in this game, and Dry Dry Ruins is my third favorite Dungeon in this game, Chapter 3 is also in my top five favorite chapters in the series, Forever Forest is a really cool and creepy are and is Lost Woods done right, Boo's Mansion is a really fun mini-dungeon, and is in fact the only mini-dungeon in the game, with just puzzles and no enemies, Gusty Gulch is a simple but fun area, Tubba Blubba's Castle is my second-favorite dungeon in the game with lots of fun stealth sections, Chapter 7 is in my top three favorite chapters in the series, I love the Penguin "murder mystery" in Shiver City, like Gusty Gulch, Shiver Snowfield is a basic but fun area, Starborn Valley gives some more depth to the stars, Shiver Mountain is another awesome area and the Crystal Palace is the best dungeon in the game. Expand
  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.

    Bad

    - 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. Mar 26, 2019
    9
    Absolutely fantastic. I absolutely loved the world, the design was amazing, the characters were as colorful as the artwork, and the writingAbsolutely fantastic. I absolutely loved the world, the design was amazing, the characters were as colorful as the artwork, and the writing was so witty and fantastic. I greatly enjoyed this classic journey, and it's one I'm sure I'll play again someday. Expand
  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