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Paper Mario (Nintendo 64)

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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 He's not kidding, either.  Really.
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 Parakarry is handy for getting over wide gaps.
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 Fighting a pair of Stone Chomps.
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 Mario and Watt in Yoshi's Village.

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 Pixelspeech (943) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars
The best RPG for N64 Willy105 (16) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

The Press Says

Nintendojo Sep 11, 2000 9.8 out of 10 98
Nintendojo Mar 29, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
GameSpot Feb 05, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
Gameplay RPG Oct, 2000 94 out of 100 94 Mar 15, 2005 93 out of 100 93
HappyPuppy Feb 16, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Thunderbolt Games Jul 17, 2007 9 out of 10 90
RPGamer Nov 10, 2004 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Oct 09, 2001 15 out of 20 75


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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.

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Rogee (506) added Paper Mario (Nintendo 64) on Dec 11, 2001
Other platforms contributed by gamewarrior (5067)