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Personally, I have loved the Paper Mario series since the Nintendo 64 era and have played them all on Switch via the latest version:Paper Mario: The King of Origami. But how do the six games in the franchise stack up against each other? I've rated them from worst to best and explained why they got that rating.
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Paper Mario: The King of Origami
Save the mushroom kingdom from the origami invaders
The evil King Olly has turned Princess Peach into origami and plans to take over the country. It's up to Mario to defeat the Origami King's minions and restore peace to the Mushroom Kingdom.
6. Paper Mario: Sticky Star Nintendo 3DS (2012)
I rushed to buy Sticker Star for my Nintendo 3DS as soon as it came out, but like many other fans I was quite disappointed. It's not a terrible game per se. The art direction is lovely and there are some funny moments. However, Sticker Star could not offer the same soul and basic mechanics that the previous parts of the series brought us.
The biggest downside of all was that this was the first game that didn't feature special travel companions. In previous games, these partners added more background information about the various locations Mario visited and often provided Mario with unique puzzle-solving abilities. So there is a lot of charm missing in this game. On top of that, the sticker combat system, which has ditched RPG combat in favor of single attack, is pretty nasty. The worst thing about the combat system is that your attacks disappear from your inventory after you use them. This keeps you on your toes, but also makes fighting a bit annoying at times.
5. Paper Mario: Paint Splatter Nintendo Wii U (2016)
Players were already a bit upset that the partners weren't in Sticker Star, but also that they weren't in the next Paper Mario game really upset a lot of people. Mario's companions bring so much heart and unique abilities to the franchise that their absence is painfully felt. Another downside is that Color Splash has a very similar fighting style to Sticker Star. Players use trading cards to attack, but when there are multiple enemies, players cannot choose which character to attack, making strategy a tedious nightmare. The worst thing is that the cards disappear after you use them, which makes fighting bosses a real hassle.
Of course, the updated art style is beautiful and the dialogue is fun. However, the plot isn't that great and this entry lacked the charm seen in most previous titles.
If you continue from here, things start to get a little dangerous. Most people would agree that Color Splash and Sticker Star are the least fun games on the list. However, people have very strong opinions about the order in which the top four Paper Mario games should be placed.
4. Superpapier Mario Nintendo Wii (2007)
The fan community is divided on this entry. On the one hand, Super Paper Mario offers hilarious dialogue. I'm not exaggerating here; This game has some of the ridiculously funniest lettering I've ever come across in a video game. You can also travel with a star-studded crew, including Mario, Bowser, Peach, and Luigi. The best thing about this team is that each member has unique skills and problem-solving talents that help them get through each level. Also, there is a story between the characters which adds a lot of fun to the different settings.
However, instead of just having a traditional RPG combat system used in the previous two games, this game also features a unique platform RPG combat style. The combat system is less challenging than previous games, which is a big disappointment. And while some aspects of the game are genuinely fun, some miss the mark and just seem weird (in a bad way). Also, at times it seems that the plot has not been fully developed, and the writers use excess dialogue as filler instead of plot development.
Super Paper Mario is unique in that it allows players to manipulate the viewport to see the world in 2D or 3D. Initially, players loved this feature as it offers some unique puzzle-solving situations. However, the game hardly ever takes full advantage of this mechanic, so the missed opportunity makes it seem like a gimmick.
3. Paper Mario: The King of Origami Nintendo Switch (2020)
The Origami King has some of the silliest dialogue in the entire series, with plenty of moments to make you laugh. However, the story also has surprisingly serious moments that tug at your emotions and add more depth to this adventure than others. Also, the companions are back, even if they look a bit generic. They offer specific puzzle-solving skills that were missing in some previous games in the series, but are still limited compared to the first two Paper Mario games.
You can travel to several new locations that are full of character. Also, this game features origami and paper mache villains to fight against. The clever visual stunts and tricks they perform are extremely entertaining to watch.
The biggest bone of contention lies in the game's unique but bizarre battle ring system. Most players love it or reallyAs a matter of factI hate it. Basically, you have to solve a puzzle within a certain number of moves to get a chance to attack. While this is fun at first, it gets pretty tedious after a few rounds. This is especially true in boss fights, which require you to find specific maze-like paths through this ring system in order to hit them.
2. Papier Mario Nintendo 64 (2001)
This was the first Paper Mario game ever. At a time when 3D graphics were all new and exciting, she brought things back to basics with her simple paper aesthetic. It also allowed us to experience the Mushroom Kingdom in a turn-based RPG that we hadn't seen since the SNES era with Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. There's a lot to love with the simple turn-based combat style, the various companions that Mario travels with, and the many hidden goodies that players can find just by playing the game.
This game is full of charm and class, plus it changes the whole thing about Bowser's kidnapping of Peach, as you get to play as a princess at the beginning of each chapter. I loved the princess sequences, whether it was sneaking around the castle gathering information on the Koopa King's next move or bribing a shy fat man by baking a strawberry shortcake. The plot is excellent and the characters are super funny.
1. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Nintendo Game Cube (2004)
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door took what the original N64 game brought to the table and added it in a great way. There are many fun travel companions for Mario to meet, each with their own looks and abilities. The turn-based RPG combat system is challenging and fun. There are also many unique badges to find that help the player influence Mario's fighting style and his companions' abilities. Adjusting your attacks is very rewarding and can help make fighting a lot more enjoyable. As if that wasn't enough, the plot is perfect.
Similar to the original game, players control Princess Peach between chapters. This time it's not Bowser, but a mysterious new enemy named Sir Grodus who has kidnapped her. Peach does everything to undermine Sir Grodus' crew, the X-Nauts. She also meets TEC-XX, a computer who decides to help her email Mario to learn what love is. It may sound cheesy, but these interactions are some of the most entertaining you'll experience in the game.
While Peach is busy undermining things from inside the enemy fortress, Mario and company are determined to save the princess and bring peace to the land. You can visit so many fun places and meet exciting characters. During the game, players have to fight various interesting bosses, including ghosts, evil pirates, a dragon, and various other villains. There are more puzzles to solve and more secrets to discover. With a great storyline, fun travel companions, witty dialogue, and an entertaining combat system, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door really isn't just the best Paper Mario game, it's also one of the best RPGs of all time.
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Though the ring battle system isn't the best, being able to explore a gorgeous world filled with a crafted aesthetic and hilarious NPCs definitely makes The Origami King worth buying. There are plenty of over-world puzzles to solve as you delve into various themed dungeons.Is Paper Mario still good? ›
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Paper Mario: The Origami King
Folded Bowser acts as a partner in the Origami Castle. In battle, he helps by breathing fire at foes in a line, for 50 damage - however, it is fire-based, so the damage may vary against certain enemies. He has a small chance of breathing a puff of smoke instead, which does nothing.
Every Boss Fight In Paper Mario: The Origami King, Ranked
- 1 King Olly.
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- 3 Water Vellumental. ...
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- 6 Hole Punch. ...
- 7 Mega Paper Macho Pokey. ...
Is Paper Mario 64 a good game? ›
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.