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Prometheus
12-11-2007, 12:27 PM
Paper Mario - Nintendo 64

(released 2000 Japan -2001 Rest of World - re-released on Nintendo Wii Virtual Console July 2007)

RPG (role-playing game)

Paper Mario, also known in Japan as Mario Story is a RPG that was considered the sequal to Super Mario RPG on Super Nintendo. The game stays true to its RPG roots, but introduces a theme new to the video game industry. The game features a 3D environment similar to that used in Super Mario 64, but the characters are designed as flat two-dimensional sprites reminiscent of 16-bit Mario games in the style of Super Mario World, which creates the impression of the characters being paper figurines. This was a completely new style back in 2000, and no game to this day apart from Paper Mario's sequels has attempted this and succeeded as much as the Paper Mario series.

The plot is what you would expect from a Mario game, simple. Bowser kidnaps Princess Peach (actually in a very similar way as he does in the new Super Mario Galaxy), the catch being to confront Bowser you need the help of the 8 Star Spirits, who have been scattered and imprisoned throughout the Mushroom Kingdom by Bowser and his minions.

The game takes place in a real world environment reminiscent of the Final Fantasy series, with many towns, castles, and free range areas (deserts, forests etc.) which can be explored. The game is set in the Mushroom Kingdom, which is divided into different regions through which Mario must traverse. Locations include a tropical island, a vast desert, a frozen mountain, a haunted forest, a paradise flower garden, Bowser's castle, and the inside of a toy box.

The battles take place using a traditional turn-based RPG battle system, with battle being shifted onto a separate screen and Mario and his enemies advancing in a turn based battle. Skills and part members are varied, and apart from the opening battles there's never a dull moment in Paper Mario. Another break from the norm would be initiating a timed button press along with your attacks for extra damage.

Looking back, Paper Mario's graphics haven't aged that badly, with nice 2D characters, however the 3D environments can get a bit choppy, and a lot of the time they don't look all that different. As for Paper Mario's sound, the same can not be said. Very simplistic MIDI music, that sounds annoying most of the time, and the other sound effects just sound really rough. The game has a good length, and will take you between 20-25 hours to complete.

Looking back, Paper Mario was a real step forward for Nintendo, and remains one of the most influential Nintendo role-playing game. If you're a fan on the Paper Mario series, and want to see where it started out, buy this game off of Virtual Console, it would be money well spent.


Score: 9/10

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Lightning Strike
12-11-2007, 12:58 PM
nice game, friend said this was a very good game, and nice review

Prometheus
12-11-2007, 01:02 PM
oh yeah

do you have a wii? if you do its worth picking it up on VC for 1000 points

Nintengod
12-11-2007, 01:04 PM
Is it superior to Super Paper Mario, and the classic SNES Super Mario RPG???

Prometheus
12-11-2007, 01:06 PM
I'de say its better then the SNES Super Paper Mario RPG because it brings so many new things to the plate, as for it being better then Super Paper Mario, they're equal because they both have their pro's and con's.

Lightning Strike
12-11-2007, 01:43 PM
I havent played either, but as i said, i heard this one was great

Talentz
12-11-2007, 05:45 PM
Nice review,got the game at home...I fill like playing It again.

Anathema777
12-11-2007, 06:00 PM
Is it superior to Super Paper Mario, and the classic SNES Super Mario RPG???

I don't know about Super Paper Mario, but I think Super Mario RPG was better. It could be a minor child nostalgia, but I have played both the games and I would have to choose Super Mario versus Paper Mario.

Nice Review by the way.