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Paper Mario (Nintendo 64)

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Up in Star Haven, there exists a Star Wand that allows the stars to grant wishes to those who are pure of heart. The Star Wand is looked over by the Seven Star Spirits, who protect it in its sanctuary. However, Bowser attacks Star Haven, steals the Star Wand, and locks up the Star Spirits so that they cannot challenge his power. With his new powers, Bowser defeats Mario and lifts Princess Peach's castle into the air, taking her and all her guests as prisoners. Now, the only way to challenge Bowser's unbridled power is to rescue all seven Star Spirits, which have been imprisoned all over the land.

Paper Mario is the follow-up to Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars. Basically, this is an RPG set in the Mario universe. Mario has the ability to gain experience and grow levels by defeating enemies and bosses. Mario also has the ability to recruit teammates to help him out in turn-based battles. As well, Mario can collect badges that will help his combat abilities, star pieces that he can trade for badges, and more items that he can use throughout the game. The Star Spirits will also aid him in his quest.

All the characters in the game are 2D within a fully 3D world. This gives the feeling that each character is made out of "paper".


Paper Mario Nintendo 64 Hyper Goombas can charge up and increase their attack power.
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 Goombario and Mario reach Toad Town at last
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 The perks of being a plumber
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 Fighting a pair of Stone Chomps.

Alternate Titles

  • "马里奥物语" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "Mario Story" -- Japanese title
  • "マリオストーリー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Paper? Yes. Mario? Yes. RPG? nonononono Pixelspeech (953) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars
The best RPG for N64 Willy105 (16) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

The Press Says

The Next Level Apr 09, 2001 A 100
Da Gameboyz Jul 07, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
GameSpot Feb 05, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
Electric Playground 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
Gamer's Pulse Jun 12, 2001 94 out of 100 94
Gamesmania Oct 31, 2001 90 out of 100 90
All Game Guide 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamePro (US) Feb 06, 2001 4 out of 5 80
Retroage Feb 19, 2011 7 out of 10 70 Jul, 2005 6 out of 10 60


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The number 64 is prominent in the game. Instances include the name of the train, the name of the bar near the port, and the number of Star Pieces that can be obtained from Chuck Quizmo's quizzes.

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Rogee (506) added Paper Mario (Nintendo 64) on Dec 11, 2001
Other platforms contributed by gamewarrior (5067)