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Paper Mario (Wii)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall MobyScore (10 votes) 4.1

The Press Says

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Nintendo Life
Paper Mario was, much like Super Mario RPG was to the SNES, the swansong of the N64. It was followed by a sequel, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, in 2004. It's still a frequent debate which of the two is better, though I would have to go with the sequel. Still, the original Paper Mario is also brilliant! Since the Wii can play GameCube games, you can just buy Paper Mario on VC and hunt down a copy of the sequel if you don't already own it. Any self-respecting Nintendo fan should play at least one of them.
Even after all this time, Paper Mario is some of the most fun to be had when playing a video game. The graphics and sound are starting to show their age, but with how well the game is designed, along with the amount of content available, it's easily worth the cost of downloading over the Wii Shopping Channel. This is a game easily accessible to RPG newcomers, but there's actually a lot of depth to be had for those willing to search and explore. Paper Mario is one of my favorite games of all time and after giving it a go yourself, I'm sure you will see why.
Kurz vor Schluss der N64-Ära brachte Nintendo mit „Paper Mario“ noch mal ein letztes Juwel für die 64-bit-Maschine auf den Markt. Ein lustiges und zu keiner Zeit langweiliges Abenteuer mit einem originellen Grafikstil bietet Nintendofans genau das, was sie von einem fantasievollen Spiel mit ihrem Lieblingsklempner erwarten. Durch den angenehmen Schwierigkeitsgrad ist das Spiel glücklicherweise auch für Einsteiger oder jüngere Spieler hervorragend geeignet. Mit 1000 Wii-Punkten, die beim Download für das Spiel fällig werden, ist man - angesichts des gehandelten Preises von 30 bis 40 Euro des Originalmodules auf dem Gebrauchtmarkt – froh, dass Nintendo uns dieses zeitlose RPG-Vergnügen über die Virtual Console auch für die Wii anbietet. Und jetzt los, die sieben Hohen Sterne befreien sich nicht von alleine!
Ich habe bisher leider nie ein N64 besessen und entsprechend auch bis vor Kurzem nie Paper Mario gespielt. Umso froher bin ich, dass man das Spiel dank der Virtual Console heute auch problemlos auf der Wii nachholen kann. Obwohl das Spiel inzwischen schon über zehn Jahre auf dem Buckel hat, wirkt es überraschender Weise kaum angestaubt, was man über viele andere Spiele der PlayStation-N64-Ära leider nicht mehr sagen kann. Einmal mehr zeigt sich, dass liebevoll gestaltete 2D-Sprites einfach besser altern als Polygon-3D-Grafik. Zusammen mit einem gelungenen Kampfssystem, interessanten Charakteren und äußerst witzigen Dialogen weiß Paper Mario zum Preis von zehn Euro auch heute noch zu überzeugen.
After over 100 different Wii Shop downloads, it's not often now that a game makes me actively excited to get connected, click through to New Releases and confirm a purchase – but Paper Mario did just that. It's an excellent title that's pure Nintendo, it's held up very well even placed into context against its GameCube and Wii era sequels, and it's an RPG for goodness sakes. It's about time we had a true, deep, hours-upon-hours long adventure to be able to spend our Wii Points on – and here it is, so do just that. Paper Mario will run you 1000 of your Points, and it's worth every one. Grab it and enjoy one of Mario's best "different genre" placements.
This is an epic RPG experience, and for all the hours you'll spend tearing through Paper Mario, it is a downright steal for the $10 Nintendo is asking. Aside from some visual fuzz inherent to the game's age, Paper Mario feels as fresh and fun as when it first came out.