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Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door en route

Mark E

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Paper Mario 2 is getting a release date in Japan this year and will be released in the U.S. sometime afterwards, I'm guessing, though no firm plans have been laid yet. But honestly, if Donkey Konga's coming, we can literally expect anything slightly less weird to make it over ;).


For those curious it is being made by the original developers, I do believe. According to IGN at least. PlanetGameCube picked up the story as well. Game's set to premiere in Famitsu sometime in the future.

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Paper Mario was the pseudo-sequel to Super Mario RPG on the SNES (co-developed with Square). The staple of the series since the N64 game has the been the 2D style "cutout" appearance that is so prevelant in the screens above (though the SNES game had similiar "rendered" graphics ala Donkey Kong Country for the SNES). The game woks much like your old school RPG's of yore, except with the token Mario slant on gameplay and characters.


As Mario you explore each map trying to accomplish your goals while enemies on the map can attack you (or you them which determines who attacks first). At which point you are taken to the "battle" screen where you can partake in turn based combat with a unique Mario flavor. The game also adds an element of the 2D platforming that the Mario series is so well known for. The recent Mario and Luigi Superstar for the GBA continued the Paper Mario tradition with an even more enjoyable combat system, more platforming elements and some very charming graphics.


It may sound proposterous to put Mario and company in an RPG but you would be suprised how fun and engaging it can be.

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Taken from Devin Morgan's FAQ on Gamefaqs.


Far, far away beyond the sky, way above the clouds, it's been said that there

was a haven where the Stars lived.


In the sanctuary of Star Haven there rested a fabled treasure called the Star

Rod, which had the power to grant all wishes. Using this wondrous Star Rod,

the seven revered Star Spirits watched over our peaceful world carefully...

very carefully.


Then one day, a terrible thing happened... The evil King Bowser appeared in

Star Haven and stole the Star Rod! Using its incredible power he quickly

imprisoned the seven Star Spirits!


Completely unaware of the trouble in far-off Star Haven, Mario was back home

in the Mushroom Kingdom, eagerly reading a letter from Princess Peach. It was

an invitation to a party at the castle! With much anticipation, he and his

brother Luigi set off for the party, oblivious to the chaos that lay ahead...



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I know the GBA has too many ports already, but Square and Nintendo would be kind of insane to not port Super Mario RPG over for a release. I never played Paper Mario, but the original was most excellent. Probably the last time I was flat-out impressed with Square too, come to think of it.

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Not surprising Glen.


As with any Square product, limited availability means ridiculously huge mark-up on the used game market. If I had back time I'd have bought a couple of copies of, well, everything and made mad money selling the damn things off :P.


At least Square reprints most stuff now or insures adequate supply.

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You know, Paper Mario was one of the few popular N64 games that I never played. You know what Nintendo should do? Offer up a pre-order deal where you can get a bonus disc with the first game on it, sort of like what they did with Ocarina of Time before The Wind Waker came out. That would be pretty f-ing sweet!

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I loved the N64 and recent GBA (Superstar Saga) incarnations, so I'll definitely be picking this up.


The real question is, will it also include a section where you prepare and bake a cake as Princess Peach? Gamers everywhere are dying to know. :green:

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