"It may possess a paper-thin aesthetic, but Paper Mario's biggest success is that it adds considerable depth to what is historically a story-weak franchise. The puzzles may be a little on the simple side, but otherwise this is a rich and fulfilling RPG experience -- something which is quite hard to come by on the Nintendo 64. Even today, it still has great visual charm."
User Reviews (12)
"A very great game that is one of the best offered on the Nintendo 64. It is also one of the few N64 games that actually have aged well graphics wise and gameplay wise. The only thing I can say bad about this game is that your partner is limited on options in a battle. Otherwise, you will have fun throughout this whole game."
"Paper Mario is a classic. In took what Nintendo and Sqauresoft's Super Mario RPG did and improved upon it. The worlds are fun to explore, the characters are funny, likable and interesting, and it spices up the usually boring Role-playing game battle system by adding action commands, a system also used in games like Super Mario RPG, Legend of Dragoon, and Mario & Luigi."
"A cutesy, childlike aesthetic, puzzles requiring little to no thought, and RPG elements so simple it might as well be called "Paper Mario: Baby's First RPG." SO WHY DO I LOVE IT SO MUCH? It has an undefinable charm that makes every second a joy to play. It's fun in its purest form; an adventure I can enjoy countless times. Just an incredible game."
"The best Mario role-playing game, and one that joyfully revels in, err, not revelling in the oft overused and overwrought cliches of the genre. Irreverent and playful, yes, but also full of atmosphere, charm, and sincerity. RPG gameplay stripped down to the bare-bones essentials, augmented by the best gameplay elements of the Mario platformers, amidst a plethora of sidequests and challenges of all kinds."
"Paper Mario is a game full of charm, both in it's usage and exploration of the Mario IP, as well as it's paper aesthetic. The artstyle, characters, and gameplay are simple, but also memorable, and draws you into the game. It has a slow start, but once it gets going, Paper Mario is a combination of lovely locations, wonderful characters, involving action, and surprising depth."
"World made of paper was an amazing idea to go turn technical restrictions into advantages! The story is captivating and the whole game is thoroughly charming. The chill visuals and simple fighting system get your guard down so you'll be surprised time and again. The occasional boring moments of having to backtrack and look for tiniest details for advancing bring it down a bit."
"What really made this game feel like something special for me was how the game itself doesn't take things seriously, always playing with the fact that this is a game, and that everything is seemingly made out of paper. Other Mario RPG games have continued Paper Mario's ridiculous brand of humor, but it is the Nintendo 64 title which really hits absolute grandness for me."
"If there is one negative aspect of the N64, it is that RPGs were few and far between on the console. Fortunately for those hungering for the genre, Paper Mario offered a simple, but satisfying RPG experience that was able to charm players with its adorable paper-thin look and an incredibly zany sense of humor. For any N64 owner, this game is worth owning!"
"I've always loved the Mario and Luigi Series and years ago I bought this game on the Wii Shop Channel.Probably the best thing I've ever bought and the successors that I've played after it have sucked in comparison.The levels and story line are great.The sidekicks you travel with are fun to fight with.Overall it's somewhat a brilliant Super Mario Game for the Nintendo 64."
"Having played this after he Thousand Year Door, every title since has been a disappointment in the paper Mario series. You can do only the A-block that is just -1 for all attacks, not the skill B-blocking that could prevent all damage. Story is rather boring but thankfully you care about your teammates. And it's still a fun RPG-adventure, not so much than TTYD."
"One of the greatest RPGS ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever ,ever."
"Of all the Mario RPGs I have played, this is definitely THE game that defines my childhood and the best game I have ever played of all time. With a deep story, quirky characters, fun gameplay, excellent soundtrack, charming atmosphere, and spot-on humor, it's no wonder why this game will be remembered for the books. Paper Mario is my #1 favorite video game series."
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