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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall User Score (51 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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The Next Level (Apr 09, 2001)
What are you waiting for? It's not every day that the Nintendo 64 gets RPGs, let alone ones that are as splendid as Paper Mario. Packed with challenge and charm, one can't go wrong purchasing Mario's latest adventure.
Here it is, the Nintendo 64's first true RPG, Paper Mario. This is not only an RPG, but it's also a platformer. This is the sequel to the Super NES hit, Super Mario RPG. This game has 2D characters in a 3D world, which are opposite to the graphics used in Yoshi's Story. The reason the game got it's name is because all the characters are as thin as paper. The graphics may seem kiddy, but it's the gameplay that makes the game fun.
Nintendojo (Sep 11, 2000)
As a Mario title, Mario Story is the ultimate homage to the Mario universe, and quite frankly it's hard to imagine the game being any better than this. Let's hope Nintendo will make a Gamecube version that will be even bigger and better.
Nintendojo (2001)
In conclusion, if you’ve never tried an RPG before, Paper Mario is just the game that will get you into the ever-popular genre, and if you’re already an RPG fan, than Paper Mario will be a great addition to your ever-growing RPG library.
Da Gameboyz (Jul 07, 2004)
Paper Mario truly is a strong addition to the Mario franchise we've come to know and love. With its light-hearted plot, loveable characters, innovative gameplay and perfectly fitting music, this game should appeal to anyone and everyone. Sure, it's aimed slightly at a younger audience, but that's easy to overlook in such a wonderful game. Fans of Super Mario RPG will surely love Paper Mario, as will nearly anyone else.
Nintendojo (Mar 29, 2001)
Considering the amount of time between the end of the N64 and the 'Cube, it's a good thing this is such a long adventure. This is absolutely a quality title and you'd be remiss to miss it. Enjoy.
Yeah, Paper Mario has more sugar than most children’s breakfast cereals and it lacks the movies found in many role-playing games. What it does have is a great story, fun puzzles, and epic battles. Any RPG fan would be absolutely nuts to pass on Paper Mario.
GameSpot (Feb 05, 2001)
With stunning graphics, excellent sound, and extremely solid gameplay, Paper Mario is a quality game on all fronts. The sprite-based graphics combined with classic Mario gameplay make this a must-own for any Mario lover, and the simplified RPG system makes this a compelling game for both RPG fans and non-fans alike. Games of this caliber are few and far between, and it's too bad that Paper Mario might be the last great 2D Mario game.
Gameplay RPG (Oct, 2000)
En définitive, Mario Story est un excellent RPG qui me ferait presque acheter cette console que je ne porte pas dans mon cœur, espérons maintenant qu'il sorte un jour en français.
Gamer's Pulse (Jun 12, 2001)
Every aspect of PM works to create an excellent experience. It puts an innovative graphical style, outstanding audio, and excellent gameplay in one package. The end result is a vastly superior product. If there is a knock on the game, it is that it seems to be directed at a younger audience. Children will enjoy the cartoonish graphics, lack of complex statistics, and relative ease. More experienced RPG gamers might be annoyed by these aspects, but it is a worthy purchase for anyone who wants to have an old-fashioned good time.
93 (Mar 15, 2005)
Si no tuvistéis la oportunidad de disfrutar de este título, os recomendamos encarecidamente que os hagáis con él, aunque ya no sea tarea fácil, aunque siempre podréis probar su secuela, aparecida hace unos meses para Gamecube.
Gaming Age (2001)
There's so much to enjoy in this game that I really can't find anything to dislike. Some may find the cutesy graphics a turn-off, but anyone that actually plays the game for more than an hour will be hooked. The game isn't too high on the challenge level, but the quest will take a long time to complete, especially when compared to Mario RPG. If you like Mario games; if you like RPGs; if you like playing fun games; you simply must purchase this game. Don't let the graphics fool you! This game is a blast for all ages.
90 (UK) (Oct 18, 2001)
Paper Mario is an RPG rich with ingenuity and style, and it's good fun besides. There are twists and turns in the plot, plenty of familiar faces and those all-important Mario moments that only a true fan will understand. It's also the best RPG on the Nintendo 64, and acts as a superb gateway to the genre, particularly for young fans to whom the bewildering complexity of games like Final Fantasy means nothing. This is the N64's Secret of Mana, with a few more familiar faces to boot. Buy it and forget about the GameCube, for now.
HappyPuppy (Feb 16, 2001)
If I had to sum up Paper Mario in one word, it would be "charming." The graphics, sound, gameplay, and especially the characters, remind me of everything I loved about gaming in the '80s. Although the game is comprised of old-school elements, it's still a great game by today's standards. While the greatness of Bon Jovi and Journey is lost on our young Gabe, I truly hope people like him discover and appreciate what this fine game has to offer. The kids will go wild.
90 (Oct 31, 2001)
Man kann Paper Mario getrost als ein weiteres Meisterwerk der kreativen Köpfe bei Nintendo bezeichnen. Dieser unverwechselbare Charme, die unglaubliche Liebe zum Detail und das fesselnde Kampfsystem mit viel Taktik und Freiheiten werden euch an das Joypad fesseln. Aber genug geredet, ich habe schon wieder einen neuen Sternensplitter entdeckt und Bowser kann nicht mehr weit sein - Prinzessin ich komme!
Cubed3 (Sep 26, 2004)
It really is a difficult task for a team of game makers to follow on from what was already a brilliant game, but Intelligent Systems did just that. Taking their vast amount of previous experience, it built upon the Nintendo-Squaresoft foundation and made tweaks to the gameplay and length that move the series from entry-level role-playing to out-and-out RPG heaven, but still without the heavy statistics. Want a fun, but not too brief RPG adventure? Get this, get it now!
Thunderbolt Games (Jul 17, 2007)
With an engaging battle system, charming visuals, and references that will make any Mario fan giddy, it is hard to fault Paper Mario at all. Nintendo 64 owners can finally rejoice. Not only do they have a fantastic role-playing title now, but they also have one of the most delightful games of this generation. Everything -- from the comical sound effects to the hilarious one-liners to the cartoon paper graphics -- coexists wonderfully to create a feel-good, easy-going environment, and that’s part of Paper Mario’s charm: it never takes itself too seriously.
90 (GAF) (Apr 28, 2003)
Considering the closest Miyamoto has ever gone to RPG himself was the Zelda games, Paper Mario is a very well-made game. A worthy psqeudo-sequel to Mario RPG, it succeeds in being easy enough for beginners and hard enough for the challenge-seekers. Certainly it does a good job in keeping the charm that the original SNES game created for itself. And that, in itself, is a pleasant surprise, indeed.
IGN (Feb 05, 2001)
Paper Mario is the best RPG for Nintendo 64, and moreover, a great entry into the genre versus any system. While the cute, simplified look of the game and its similarly colorful mascot characters may turn off those looking for a Final Fantasy killer, it'd be a huge mistake to pass this title up for that reason alone. For underneath its 2D surface, Paper Mario is a fantastically deep, intuitively designed, and wonderfully rewarding experience complete with enhanced takes on old-school turn-based fighting mechanics and a statistic system that would satisfy any RPG fanatic. A must buy for Mario fans and RPG lovers alike. And if you've never played an RPG before, this is the perfect one to start with.
(German version)
Waschechte Rollenspiele gab es für das Nintendo 64 bisher kaum und wenn, dann waren es meist mittlere Katastrophen. Auch wenn Paper Mario sicherlich nicht die “Erwachsenen-Ansprüche“ eines Final Fantasy erfüllt, so bringt das Spiel doch jede Menge Spaß - und das ist im Endeffekt alles, was zählt! Vom teils nervigen (weil sich wiederholenden) Sound abgesehen, bietet Paper Mario alles, was das Spielerherz begehrt: ausgefeilte Charaktere, eine unterhaltsame und durchdachte Geschichte, ein faszinierendes Kampfsystem. das auch nach hunderten Schlachten nicht langweilig wird, eine abwechslungsreiche und sehr originelle Optik und für Anfänger einen leichten Einstieg. Diesen möglicherweise letzten großen Hit für das Nintendo 64 sollte sich niemand entgehen lassen!
Mega Fun (Oct, 2000)
Wer Mario nur aus seinen zahlreichen Jump&Run-Abenteuern kennt, hat jetzt die Möglichkeit, ihn von einer ganz anderen Seite kennenzulernen. Bei Mario Story fasziniert vor allem das durchdachte Gameplay, welches sich deutlich von herkömmlichen Rollenspielen abhebt. Leider bleibt die Story hinter einem Mantel aus japanischen Schriftzeichen verhüllt, doch auch hier dürfte man noch Hervorragendes erwarten.
Mag'64 (Oct 05, 2001)
Geschmacksstreiterein sorgen. Da bin ich mir sicher. Ich für meinen Teil kann damit leben, bin aber kein Fan der Grafik. Wenn ich mir vorstelle Paper Mario in der Grafik eines Zelda oder Banjo Tooie...,aber lassen wir die Grafikspielchen in Zusammenhang mit Zelda. Ich habe in diesem Testbericht bei weitem noch nicht alles angeschnitten, da könnt Ihr beruhigt sein. Wer sich für das Spiel interessiert wird noch genug Aufregungen und Spannung erleben. Ich für meinen Teil kann jedem der Interesse für ein RPG hat dieses Game wärmstens an's Herz legen. Wer mit der Grafik leben kann bekommt hier ein wunderschönes Spiel für sein N64, das dem gebeutelten RPG Fan schöne Stunden beschert. Bis zum GameCube Release wird es die Zeit zwar nicht überbrücken. Aber für kalte Winterabende ist das Spiel genau das richtige. Und denkt dran. Wenn man Bowser gefunden hat, hat man ihn noch lange nicht besiegt.
(Japanese version)
Eine riesige Barriere gibt es jedoch immer noch auf dem Weg zum Mario-Spielspaß: die japanische Sprache. Als potentieller Import-Spieler wirst du wenig Spaß haben, da es schon zu Beginn Schriftzeichen hagelt. Paper Mario ist zwar spielbar. doch die Story und vor allem die zahlreichen Rätsel sind dem Nicht-Japaner nur sehr bedingt zugänglich. Diese Tatsache drückt natürlich unsere Dauerspaß-Wertung.
Game Revolution (Feb 01, 2001)
Still, Paper Mario is a fun game and stands head and shoulders above most of the dreck the N64 offers these days. Though it gets a bit cute at times, most gamers should find hours of satisfaction in Mario's homecoming. Let's just hope he doesn't let it get to his head...the last thing we need is Mario eating too many mushrooms and singing about LSD, like Captain Kirk...
RPGFan (May 28, 2001)
If you need a decent Mario fix and can't wait for the GameCube, you should look into this. It's a surprisingly well-made RPG for a system that's been barren right up to the end. Just make sure that you don't need a good plot and you'll be fine. It might not be a must-have game, but you could do a lot worse.
Även om man är van rollspelare kan man finna nöje i det här äventyret. Och om man inte har spelat så många rollspel tidigare är det här ett bra spel att börja med tack vare det enkla upplägget. Dessutom är det ju ett bevis på att det fortfarande går att göra bra spel till Nintendo 64.
RPGamer (Nov 10, 2004)
The Nintendo 64 has catered almost exclusively to the younger generation, with a few notable exceptions, but they are now growing up. As the Game Boy Advance and the GameCube releases draw closer, Nintendo must induct these young players into the RPG community. Paper Mario serves this purpose very well. With all the Badges and helper abilities open for Mario to use, the game goes a long way to develop the problem solving abilities of the younger gamer. For the older, more experienced RPGamers, Paper Mario is a light, refreshing change from the norm, but can easily be completed in a rental period.
G4 Tech: Tech TV (Feb 23, 2001)
"Paper Mario" has a solid blend of classic platform gamer action; its RPG adventure and story elements create a worthwhile game. Too bad it only took Nintendo five years to get a worthwhile RPG on its platform.
GamePro (US) (Feb 06, 2001)
Despite the current slim pickings for the N64, Paper Mario is a great buy and should hold you over until Nintendo's new system arrives, it's a great adventure that all ages will have fun with.
In the end, Paper Mario is the sort of game Nintendo is so well-known for -- it's cute, it's charming, and most of all, it's a lot of fun. Great game design, hilarious character dialog, and that trademark Nintendo quality make this one title no one should be without.
75 (Oct 09, 2001)
La N64 accueille enfin un RPG, et de qualité qui plus est. Paper Mario est le titre idéal pour permettre aux plus jeunes de s'initier au concept des jeux de rôle. Ses nombreuses particularités en font un titre attachant que même un public plus mature est susceptible d'apprécier.
Retroage (Feb 19, 2011)
Osoby lubiące rozwijać swoją postać do granic możliwości, poświęcając na to ogromną liczbę godzin powinni zostać usatysfakcjonowani tą pozycją. Gra była jedną z ostatnich wydanych na Nintendo 64, które osiągnęły duży sukces. Od 2007 roku można ją nabyć również w usłudze Virual Console na konsoli Wii. Doczekała się również kontynuacji Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door na Nintendo Gamecube oraz Super Paper Mario na Wii.
Gamekult (Mar 10, 2001)
Sa finition parfaite, son univers graphique et sonore, et son scénario, font de Paper Mario un... Mario, ni plus, ni moins. Pour le meilleur et pour le pire : les fans du plombier à la casquette rouge peuvent se jeter dessus les yeux fermés, ils y trouveront exactement ce qu'ils attendent. Les autres, ceux que les années passées à manger des champignons et à sauter sur des tortues ont fini par lasser, auront peut-être envie d'aller voir ailleurs si les tuyaux y fuient.
60 (Jul, 2005)
My first impression of Paper Mario wasn't at all good. I played the game for about three hours, and hated it because it wasn't Super Mario RPG. I decided to give it another try this month mainly so I could beat it, and thus review it, and thus profess an entirely unpopular opinion. But alas, it just wasn't to be. Paper Mario is no Super Mario RPG, but considering its competition is friggin' Quest 64, it's one of the best RPGs available for Nintendo 64. I received mine as a trade for Duke Nukem 64, and while I'm not sure I came out better for it, I still say that Paper Mario is still worth whatever Duke Nukem costs today, if not more.
RPG Land (Mar 28, 2006)
Paper Mario was a defining moment for RPGs on the N64, which is a little sad, considering the quality of it. The game isn't bad, in fact, the battles are highly enjoyable, and the game's worth at least a rental simply because of that. It's just disappointing that everything else was merely average in this first Super Mario RPG sequel.