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Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Member Review for the GameCube

By:
MattAY
04/18/07
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE RPG 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Nintendo 
DEVELOPER Nintendo 
RELEASE DATE Out Now

DAMN Maz, You've Lost Weight!

Mario in paper form?! I'd never heard of it until Gamecube, but apparently there was one for N64 too?? Either way, this one is mint!! It's an RPG that's waiting to be put together on your console and played with - plumber style!

So if you're curious about the title of the game and thinking, "is Mario ACTUALLY a piece of paper?" Your answer is hell yeah! And you dont chuck it aside like trash either because Mario will beat you up, equipped with both a hammer, and a sturdy pair of boots!!

The plot is, you're in a paper world! And you receive a letter from Princess Peach containing some sort of treasure map, and she says she over on some island checking the place out! It must be some sort of Princess thing - i dunno! But either way Peach is still a total numbnuts, and when you get to the island you cant find her! You meet some friends, and eventually find a professor that tells you about the map! And if you haven't guessed it already, the map has some connection with the thousand year door! And you have to find crystal stars in order to open it - and at the same time...find that ******* Princess!

So onto the fighting and shizzle! Well it's an RPG game, so fighting is done in RPG style - which means taking it in turns! When you encounter a monster the game takes you to a stage in front of an audience! You have two main weapons, a hammer and your jump ability! And you also have a sidekick depending on where you are in the story! You can choose which sidekick to have during and out of fights! It's a great system because some moves from sidekicks are needed for certain monsters, so there's a lot of tactics involved! Sidekicks involve a goombess named goombella, a kooper named koops, a fat oprah singing lady named Flurrie....and many more! You can purchase more moves, such as a triple jump, and a hammer throw etc! And also you can find update of hammers and boots...wahoo! You also have the power of the crystal stars as you collect them. These are powered by the audience (for some insane reason), and you can do insane moves to some or all your enemies! One of my favourites is to emit an earthquake on those buggery foes!

When not fighting, Maz moves around freely with the clackers of his boots on the floor! It's not a linear game at all, even though you have a general direction to go in for the story, you can go anywhere! Plus you have to backwards to places due to new moves you get. So there's many puzzles and treasures to go back for along the way! These moves are my favourite part of the game! They're all paper related! In order to get across those large gaps, you can turn into a paper aeroplane and glide down! In order to get through those small cracks in the wall, you can turn sideways so that you're paperthick in your view! And there are other moves including a paper boat on water, rolling into a ball to get underneath walls etc....and more moves also! It's so much fun to just use them because it's an awesome idea!

The graphics are really good, very clear and smooth as you can see! Probably doesnt take much power to make everything just look like paper eh! But it's a treat to look at still! And the producers are very imaginative on the level design etc! They've made all the objects paper related, can when you go onto the next screen, the paper turns much like a book! Very fun and light-humoured! I love it all!

The music is fun too! I like some of the tracks - most of them are bouncy and cheery songs, fitting to the image of the game! and if you're in a gloomy place, the music fits the atmosphere perfectly and goes all drony etc! The sounds effects are all blippy and chirpy, like every single mario game you've come across really! But in this it's like a normal mario game but tripled! every button you will press probaly causes some sort of squeaky sound to occur! Which isnt a bad thing, i personally enjoy all these little funny querks the plumber chucks at us!

SO you like plumbers right?! You like paper...we write on it, helps to pass our exams and stuff! You like a little fun, a little humour, a long and gripping RPG tale...all you need a moustached plumber with a red cap that went on one hell of a diet! Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is a great game to play! Not much wrong with this game, its a standard classy game which you will fall in love with over a short period of time! This is a fantastic game....write that down!!


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