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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 The perks of being a plumber
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 After defeating an enemy, bonus coins, HP and FP appear
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 Acquiring the Super Boots.
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 Oh, you mean this switch I just pressed?

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Alternate Titles

  • "马里奥物语" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "Super Mario RPG 2" -- Working title
  • "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 (1006)
The best RPG for N64 Nintendo 64 Willy105 (19)

Critic Reviews

Da Gameboyz Nintendo 64 Jul 07, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
Nintendojo Nintendo 64 Mar 29, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95 Nintendo 64 Mar 15, 2005 93 out of 100 93 (UK) Wii Jul 14, 2007 9 out of 10 90 (GAF) Nintendo 64 Apr 28, 2003 9 out of 10 90
IGN Wii Jul 20, 2007 9 out of 10 90
64 Power / big.N / N Games Nintendo 64 Sep, 2001 89 out of 100 89
Mega Fun Nintendo 64 Oct, 2000 86 out of 100 86
RPGamer Nintendo 64 Nov 10, 2004 8 out of 10 80
FNintendo Wii U Aug 28, 2015 8 out of 10 80


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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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