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Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)

Paper Mario RPG (original title)
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One day, Princess Toadstool, or Peach, is on a trip to Rougeport, the town of pirates, theives, and other assorted criminals. Peach's trusted caretaker Toadsworth is, of course, making sure... See full summary »





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Credited cast:
Charles Martinet ...
Mario (voice)
Jen Taylor ...
Princess Peach (voice)
Scott Burns ...
Bowser (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nancy McConnor ...
Various (voice)
Sam Scavey ...
Various (voice)


One day, Princess Toadstool, or Peach, is on a trip to Rougeport, the town of pirates, theives, and other assorted criminals. Peach's trusted caretaker Toadsworth is, of course, making sure she stays out of trouble-but he is also not letting her have any fun. So she sneaks away while she is not looking at and a street vendor catches her eye. The mysterious vender tells her that he has a box that only a purehearted person can open, and inside is the key to vast treasure! Peach succeeds in opening the box, which contains a map. She sends the map and a letter to Mario...but by the time he gets to Rougeport, Peach is gone! Mario begins to search for her, and eventually discovers that the map can lead to the seven Crystal Stars-the mystical keys to opening a door far beneath Rougeport that is said to contain the greatest treasure in the world-The Thousand-Year Door! Mario then sets off to gather the stars, and find Peach. Along the way, he meets new friends and makes new enemies-all in his... Written by Anonymous

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During the opening movie (before the start menu), a book is shown with apparent non-English writing. This is a parody of the opening to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. See more »


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Spoofs Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) See more »

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One great game
29 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Paper Mario 2: Thousand Year Door is another one of those Ninentdo sequels that was put on a higher console than the original. But, like most of the 'higher console' sequels, I can't review the original, simple because I have not played it in a long time, or have not played it at all. For this one...I have not played it at all.

Anyways, Paper Mario 2 is an awesome game. Why? Well, most importantly, it has very simplified game play. No need for Final Fantasy like stats, and advanced customization. No. This one keeps the numbers of the stats small and tidy. For example, you only have a set of stats to manage: Health, Badge Power and Flower Power. Your health is obviously what keeps you alive. Any video game fan would know that. Badge Power tells you how many badges to equip. These badges can help you in battle, and the more badge power you have, the more badges you can equip. Simple. Flower Power lets you use special attacks. The more Flower Power you have, the more special attacks you can use. Simple as that.

The game is presented in 2-D, where the characters are paper-thin and can do things such as slip sideways into cracks in the wall.

The levels are top-notch. You will be given puzzles and challenges of all sorts. You will also be finding keys, fighting enemies, and using your allies help to advance further.

There are plenty of boss fights too. Each one is slightly different than the next. The fights are heck of fun too.

However, it does seem to have a few flaws. The coins are pretty hard to get. Things are priced pretty highly, and it takes a lot of times to gather the necessary amount of money. I'm sure it has other flaws, but I can't put my finger on them. I think I was expecting something on the same lever as Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and I was disappointed.

Well, it is a great game, just not as great as I'd like it to be.


Good: Simple game play, and level variation

Bad: I am kind of biased, because I was expecting something like Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Plus, the money system isn't that great.

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