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Super Paper Mario (Wii)

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Description

In this action-platformer, Bowser and Peach find themselves at the wedding altar, forced into marriage by the evil Count Bleck. With this union, a void will engulf the entire universe as foretold by the book, the Dark Prognosticus. Before Luigi can stop Count Bleck, the villain escapes with an item known as the Chaos Heart. However, there is another book, called the Light Prognosticus, which can counteract the Dark Prognosticus. The Light Prognosticus foretells of a hero dressed in overalls. This hero is believed to possess the power to stop certain destruction of the universe.

Mario, joined by Peach, Bowser, and a new group of friends, must travel through eight worlds in search of Pure Hearts. Each character has a special ability, which can help the player solve the game's many puzzles. Mario can flip between the second and third dimensions in order to find items, secret pathways, and pound enemies. Peach can use her parasol to float long distances and to defend against enemy attacks. Bowser uses his fire breath to light things and to fry enemies.

Super Paper Mario does not fully depart from its RPG roots. For instance Mario and friends receive points from baddies. These points allow Mario and company to level up. Items can also be used to attack enemies or gain lives. Players collect coins to pay for more items.

Players can shake the Wii remote after jumping on bad guys but before hitting the ground to gain extra experience points. Players use Tippi, a Pixl, allowing them to point the remote at the screen to find secrets. Other Pixls, who help in other ways, can be found along the way. Pixls besides Tippi can be used by pressing the 1 button.

Screenshots

Super Paper Mario Wii Title Screen

Alternate Titles

  • "スーパーペーパーマリオ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "슈퍼 페이퍼 마리오" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

Good On "Paper", Average In Reality. So Hai (338) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
The Anti-Difficulty Movement Pagen HD (85) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars

The Press Says

Game Vortex 2007 90 out of 100 90
GamePro (US) Apr 24, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Realm of Gaming Oct 18, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Gamer Within 2007 8.7 out of 10 87
Atomic Gamer Apr 24, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Nintendo-Online.de Oct 22, 2007 8 out of 10 80
AllAboutTheGames.co.uk Oct 25, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Good Game Oct 02, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven Sep 27, 2007 79 out of 100 79
Tweakers.net Oct 03, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75

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Trivia

Development

Super Paper Mario was originally announced as a GameCube game at the 2006 E3 show in May 2006. Likely due to greater-than-expected pre-release Wii popularity, the game had been moved to that system by September. The only major addition appears to be the addition of the 16:9 mode.

Glitch

There is a bug in the original European release when playing the game in UK English, German, or Spanish. After meeting Mimi in Chapter 2-2, if you talk to her before picking up the key that opens the nearby trap, the game will freeze. Nintendo of Europe offered a workaround on the website and planned to offer a replacement disc as well.

References

  • Just prior to fighting the boss of Chapter 1 Fracktail, he says several things referencing real world computers/electronics including "CTRL + ALT + DEL." He also states "I am error" alluding to the infamous character in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
  • Fracktail's eye contains the Wii Shop Channel logo animation while he is "processing" to decipher Mario's identity.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2007 – #3 Best Wii Game of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #9 Wii Game of the Year
    • 2007 – Wii RPG of the Year
Information also contributed by Johsua J. Slone and Sciere

Related Web Sites

  • Super Paper Mario (Nintendo's Official Wii Section for Super Paper Mario.)
  • Wikipedia (In-depth overview of the game at the open encyclopedia)
Guy Chapman (1744) added Super Paper Mario (Wii) on Apr 10, 2007