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Pint Size Paper Plumber!!!
Paper Mario (N64)
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Paper Mario (N64)
Advantages: It's Mario baby, RPG fun
Disadvantages: More level ups would have made for a longer gaming experience
I can't believe that even after so many succesful games I ever doubted Paper Mario. I wasn't convinced by it at all, I thought the idea of a 2d mario in a 3D world would just be weird. Thankfully however I was wrong, very wrong.
Paper Mario is an RPG developed by intelligent systems, it features little 2D characters roaming about in a 3D world.
I am a big fan of Mario in general and I am a sucker for a good RPG, so once i'd got over my iinitial scepticism I decided to try it out, and I'm so glad I did.
The story has been told numerous times before in previous outings, basically Bowser kidnaps the princess (this time by abducting the whole castle to the clouds above).
The brilliance of Mario games have never been to do with a unique and amazing story (although there is something pleasing about the simple rescue the princess formula that the games are notorious for), the games merits are it's addictive nature, it's simple yet compelling gameplay and it's sense of fun (a mario game will never take itself too seriously).
As Mario you progress through a number of areas (including deserts, sewers and glaciers) and one by one come accross new friends who can join your party, each new member will have an ability that allows you to progress further through the game, for example, early on you come accross a merry little fish who's swimming ability comes in very handy to stop Mario ummm, drowning!!! Which can prove hazardous to the young plumbers health.
As with all good RPG's you collect experience points that enable you to gain levels and choose one of three areas to expand Mario's abilities, namely increased health, increased magic power (for using special abilities that range from damaging multiple enemies to healing your party) and Badge points (along the way Mario can collect badges that each cost a certain amount of points to equip, the badges imbue Mario with extra abilities and improved powers). The more Badge points Mario has the more badges he can equip at any one time.
The game is set out in real time until Mario runs into an enemy, then the screen changes to display all available commands (attack, defend, items and magic) while the battle unfolds in a turn based fashion. Mario selects his commands and the right button is pushed just at the right time an attacking (or defensive) bonus will be awarded. For example when Mario is attacked, pushing the right button will reduce damage dealt to the heroic plumber.
Paper Mario is a triumph, the graphics are nice and colourful, the characters are fun and interesting, the locations are varied and well thought out and the gameplay is simple yet addictive (simple but not shallow). A brilliant RPG but I have to say that the imaginatively titled Super Mario RPG which was released prior to Paper Mario is a lot better (I'd rate PM a high 8 out of 10 while SMRPG was a good 10 for me).
Reccomended to Mario fans and RPG fans, in fact most people into gaming on any level will find PM alot of fun, definately worth picking a copy up as I bet you can get it really cheap these days.
Summary: More Mario Mayhem.
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