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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 Wii Swimming with Sushi.
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 Traveling through the burning hot Dry Dry Desert.
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 Traveling through the dark and menacing Forever Forest.
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 Mario has gained his first partner!

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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 (949)
The best RPG for N64 Nintendo 64 Willy105 (16)

Critic Reviews

The Next Level Nintendo 64 Apr 09, 2001 A 100
Da Gameboyz Nintendo 64 Jul 07, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
Gameplay RPG Nintendo 64 Oct, 2000 94 out of 100 94
Gamer's Pulse Nintendo 64 Jun 12, 2001 94 out of 100 94
Gaming Age Nintendo 64 2001 A- 91
Mag'64 Wii Mar 06, 2011 9 out of 10 90 (GAF) Nintendo 64 Apr 28, 2003 9 out of 10 90 (UK) Wii Jul 14, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Gamekult Nintendo 64 Mar 10, 2001 7 out of 10 70 Nintendo 64 Jul, 2005 6 out of 10 60


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1001 Video Games

The N64 version of Paper Mario appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • The Koopa Brothers are based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • 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.
  • In a reference to the Nintendo 64, 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.
  • One entry in Luigi's secret diary reads, "I wish I had my own game... with my name in the title." Another reads, "I'm terrified of ghosts!" These are references to the Nintendo Gamecube title, Luigi's Mansion.


  • EGM
    • February 2006 (Issue #200) - named #141 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time"
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