Paper Mario (series)

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Paper Mario (series)[edit]

The Paper Mario series was started by Nintendo in 2000, with the release of Super Mario. It is largely based on a paper theme (as the name implies) and an RPG game. All of the games, except for Super Paper Mario, featured a turn-based combat system.[1] Recent games in the series have emphasized the non-RPG elements of the series.


All of the games in the Paper Mario series (with the exception of Super Paper Mario) featured a turn-based combat system. All of the games feature a paper-like theme, but most notably is in Paper Mario: Sticker Star and Paper Mario: Color Splash.

Timeline of release years
2000Paper Mario (Jp)
2001Paper Mario
2004Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
2007Super Paper Mario
2012Paper Mario: Sticker Star
2015Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
2016Paper Mario: Color Splash & Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (Na)

Paper Mario[edit]

Paper Mario[2][3] was released worldwide between 2001 (2000 in Japan). Its emphasis on the paper theme was not as strong as later games in the Paper Mario series.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door was released in 2004. It was the successor of Paper Mario and was similar in different ways; for example, both Paper Marios had multiple sidekicks to choose from and both had a story-like gameplay. In the game, a player main objective was to collect seven crystal stars[4] before reaching the end and defeating the Shadow Queen.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Super Paper Mario was a side-scrolling video game released on the Wii in 2007. Unlike it's predecessors, it had a 2D theme which could be "flipped" around and change to 3D.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

New to the Paper Mario series was Paper Mario: Sticker Star, which actually had papercraft world theme. Released on the 3DS, it has earned an aggregate score (playscore) of 8.17[5] on video game review aggregator whatoplay.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash is the fifth game in the Paper Mario series. It was developed by Intelligent Systems and released by Nintendo in October 2016.[6] Many fans of the series complained that Nintendo was removing the RPG elements of the series. Nintendo developers confirmed that they were moving the series towards more puzzle focused gameplay.[7] The game received an aggregate score (playscore) of 8.18 on video game aggregator whatoplay, based on 45 critics.


Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (also known as "Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.") is role-playing video game that is the fifth game in the Mario and Luigi series and a spin-off in the paper Mario series.[8] This spin-off series earned an aggregate score (playscore) of 8.20[9] on whatoplay.


The plot of most of the games was to save Princess Peach from Bowser, but in two of them one would have to obtain a set number of mystical devices before reaching the end of the game.


  1. Schreier, Jason (June 30, 2016). "20 Years Later, Few Nintendo Games Have Lived Up To Super Mario RPG". Kotaku. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  2. "IGN review of Paper Mario". Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  3. "Metacritic's review of Paper Mario". Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  4. Kasavin, Greg (October 11, 2004). "Gamespot's review of "Paper Mario: the Thousand Year Door"". Gamespot. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  5. "Paper Mario: Sticker Star" whatoplay. Retrieved February 4, 2020
  6. "Metacritic's review of Paper Mario: Color Splash". Metacritic. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  7. Totilo, Stephen. Kotaku Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. "The next Mario & Luigi RPG is Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam for 3DS". Polygon. June 16, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  9. "Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam" whatoplay. Retrieved February 4, 2020

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