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Paper Mario

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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 Tubba Blubba's heart.
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 Traveling through the dark and menacing Forever Forest.
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 Hyper Goombas can charge up and increase their attack power.
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 Thanks to the Star Spirits, Mario has managed to recover

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 Nintendo 64 Pixelspeech (953)
The best RPG for N64 Nintendo 64 Willy105 (16)

The Press Says

Nintendojo Nintendo 64 2001 9.6 out of 10 96
Nintendojo Nintendo 64 Mar 29, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
GameSpot Nintendo 64 Feb 05, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
Gamer's Pulse Nintendo 64 Jun 12, 2001 94 out of 100 94
Mag'64 Nintendo 64 Oct 05, 2001 85 out of 100 85
Game Revolution Nintendo 64 Feb 01, 2001 B+ 83
RPGFan Nintendo 64 May 28, 2001 82 out of 100 82
G4 Tech: Tech TV Nintendo 64 Feb 23, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Nintendo 64 Oct 09, 2001 15 out of 20 75 Nintendo 64 Jul, 2005 6 out of 10 60


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At one point in the game, a whale says "They really should call you Doctor Mario"- a reference to another of Mario's classic roles.

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