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Super! Paper! Mario! April 18, 2007

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Reviews, Video Games.
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I missed out on Paper Mario for the N64. Years later, after seeing the gaming goodness that was its GameCube sequel, Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door, I bought my brother a copy and spent many an envious night watching him play through one of the most amazing games I have ever seen. So when the third installment for the series was released for the Wii last April 9th, you can bet I was there at the Nintendo Store bright and early to pick up my copy of Super Paper Mario.

Oh yes.

Unless I’m mistaken, Paper Mario is the spiritual successor to the Nintendo-Square Enix (then Squaresoft) SNES RPG collaboration Mario and the Seven Stars. Unlike other Mario franchises, this one endeared itself to gamers with its unique rendition of the iconic character as an unabashedly 2-D cookie-cutter paper figure that players can fold, roll up and reshape to their hearts’ content. More, the series is also noted for providing stories that are as convoluted as they are engaging and hilarious, a match made in video game heaven.

This “super” installment of the series literally adds another dimension to the gameplay, allowing players to occassionally flip the world into 3-D in order to overcome some of the obstacles that confront the indefatigable plumber and his supporting cast of characters. It’s something that has to be seen to be believed (and for even more Super Paper goodness, Kotaku did a feature before the game’s release that perhaps says it all).

Oh, did I mention that the game begins with the wedding to end all weddings?

Need I say more?

Super! Paper! Mario!

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