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1001 Video Games

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The Pianta are gangsters in this game.


  • A small toad in Petalburg will rave about his favorite video games if you talk to him. When you go into the town for the first time, he will talk about Fire Emblem for the Game Boy Advance. Later, around the time you make it into Hooktail's castle but before you beat Hooktail, he'll be talking about Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64. Finally, when you come back to the town after beating Hooktail, he'll tell you that he's playing Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. All three of these games were developed by the company Intelligent Systems.
  • In the scene where Peach takes a data disk from Grodus' room and puts it in his computer, the image shown on the computer screen is the start-up theme for the Famicom Disk System, an add-on for the Famicom (a.k.a. Nintendo Entertainment System) released only in Japan. The Disk System used floppy-like disks instead of cartridges and helped to pioneer the concept of saving game progress. Some of Nintendo's most famous games, such as Metroid and The Legend of Zelda, were first released on this add-on system.
  • When Mario approaches the arena in Glitzville for the battle with Rawk Hawk, one of the crowd members calls him Jumpman. This is the name Mario went by in the original Donkey Kong.
  • While in the X-Naut Base near the game's end, you propel yourselves upward into a air conditioning vent. Normally, you go to the left-but instead, go all the way to the right until you hit the wall and another vent. Turn paper thin and fall into the chamber below. You'll be in a changing room. Open up the curtain and you and your allies will be transformed into 8-bit sprites, just like in the other Mario RPGs.


  • 4Players
    • 2004 – Best Console Role-Playing Game of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2004 – #2 GameCube Game of the Year
    • 2004 – GameCube RPG of the Year
Information also contributed by Tiago Jacques

Contributed by gamewarrior (5084) on Oct 27, 2004. [revised by : FatherJack (62754) and Patrick Bregger (223322)]. -- edit trivia