Paper Mario (JP) (formerly known as Super Mario RPG 2) is a Mario role-playing game that was released in 2000 for the Nintendo 64. It was originally going to be called Super Mario RPG 2 as a sequel to Super Mario RPG in development, but this was changed to Paper Mario. In the game, you play as a paper rendition of Mario, and make your way through eight levels, freeing the Star Spirits and having a confrontation with Bowser.
The game is modeled after popup books, with everything being made of paper while having a 3D perspective. Various things change much like a popup book, such as the front of a building falling over upon entering it.
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 Star Haven, Mario is 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...
Catastrophe at Star Haven
Beyond the clouds high in the sky above the Mushroom Kingdom, exists a place known as the Star Haven. Seven elder Stars called the Star Spirits are in a sanctuary guarding an old and legendary treasure known as the Star Rod. The Star Rod is said to grant any wish the user desires. The Star Spirits use the Star Rod to grant wishes of people of the world as well as watch over it. On this fateful day, Bowser and his minion Kammy Koopa break into the sanctuary. Bowser takes the Star Rod for himself and uses it to imprison the Star Spirits and take them to separate places around the kingdom to be guarded by his minions.
A Plea from the Stars
The player takes control of Mario at his house. He and Luigi had just received a letter from Princess Peach in the mail. It's an invitation to a party at her castle. So the two brothers, excited, enter their Warp Pipe and head to the castle. People and different creatures all from around the kingdom are at the castle. A loyal subordinate of Peach tells Mario that the princess is in her private chambers. As Mario and Peach greet each other in one of the upper rooms, a giant earthquake erupts. In shock, Peach and Mario are puzzled at the events. Bowser appears and breaks through a nearby window in his Koopa Clown Car. He explains to Peach that he used his castle to uproot hers and now the castle has been lifted high in the sky. Both he and Mario engage in a brutal fight. Though Mario gains the upper hand, Bowser uses the Star Rod to make himself invincible and easily takes down Mario. With a lightning bolt from the Star Rod, Bowser sends Mario plummeting out the window down from the castle high in the sky. Bowser laughs in victory and takes Peach. Mario, thought to be dead, survives the long fall and lands in a forest near Goomba Village. The family of Goombas find Mario unconscious and put him in a bed at the Toad House. During Mario's slumber, Eldstar, one of the Star Spirits, tries to contact Mario through a dream. Eldstar tells him to meet him on Shooting Star Summit. After Mario awakens, he finds out he has been unconscious for several days. Thanking the Goombas for their hospitality, Mario sets out for Shooting Star Summit. Kammy Koopa appears and finds out Mario is not dead. Telling Mario he can't defeat Bowser, she uses her wand to make a Yellow Block to block the path to Toad Town. Mario than helps Goompa find his Hammer to destroy the block. Mario sets out along the trail to Toad Town with his new party member, Goombario. Halfway to Toad Town, Mario finds that the path is blocked by a tower. The tower is home to the Goomba King and his allies the Goomba Bros. After Mario defeats them, they go to Toad Town and Shooting Star Summit. Here, the Star Spirits tell Mario what happened at Star Haven and the abilities that is bestowed upon the user of the Star Rod. They tell him he must rescue them from their prisons scattered across the land.
Meanwhile, Kammy Koopa had watched Mario's fight with the Goomba King and notifies Bowser.
- Peach (sidestory only)
- Twink (sidestory only)
- The Star Spirits
- Jr. Troopa
- Red & Blue Goomba
- Goomba King
- The Master
- Rowf and Rhuff
- Minh T.
- Koopa Koot
- The Koopa Bros.
- Tayce T.
- Tubba Blubba
- Gourmet Guy
- Big Lantern Ghost
- General Guy
- The Whale
- Village Leader
- Raphael the Raven
- Lava Piranha
- Wise Wisterwood
- The Sun
- Huff N. Puff
- Mayor Penguin
- Madam Merlar
- Crystal King
On the field, Mario can walk and jump around with one of his partners. He can activate their special power by pressing down on the C-Stick to solve puzzles, initiate battle, and more. All enemies (except for bosses) can be seen on the field making most battles optional, and a battle will begin if Mario touches the enemy, jumps on them, hits them with a hammer, or uses Kooper's or Bombette's special powers. Conversely, an enemy may have the first hit and initiate battle allowing it to attack Mario. In battle, Mario always takes the first turn, although he may let his partner act first by pressing the Z button. Battle is turn-based, so the player can take as long as they want to decide Mario's and his partner's actions. Possible actions include Jump, Hammer, Items, Star Power (rewarded by the Star Spirits upon release), Change Partner, Run Away, and Do Nothing. After successfully completing a battle, Mario is rewarded with Star Points which, if Mario collects 100, gets a level up where he can decide to increase his HP (Heart Points), FP (Flower Points), or BP (Badge Points).
- Upon learning that Princess Peach has been kidnapped, Goombario's father exclaims, "Princess Peach has been kidnapped...AGAIN!?" This is a running gag in the Mario series.
- If you jump in the pot in one of the rooms in the Boo's Mansion, you will change into 8-bit Mario accompanied by the original music and sound effects. Re-entering the pot or leaving the room changes you back. This only affects Mario.
- There are a few times when the sound effect of the random item feature from the Mario Kart series is used.
- Mario helps the Yoshis in this game, and is able to communicate with them.
- When you help the whale, he claims you should be called Dr. Mario.
- Mario can eventually upgrade his hammer to the Golden Hammer from Wrecking Crew.
- The level up music is a remix of the overworld music from World 1 of Super Mario Bros. 3.
- The Spin Jump originated in Super Mario World, but was horizontal instead of vertical. It was also used to kill enemies and break blocks instead of being a Ground Pound.
- This game was originally going to be called "Super Mario RPG 2" but was changed to "Paper Mario" instead.Of course, this is the second Mario RPG overall.
- This is the first Mario RPG to use Star Points instead of Experience Points.
- This is the first Mario RPG to have Bowser as the main antagonist. The second is in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, the third is in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, the fourth is in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, and the fifth is in Paper Mario: Color Splash.
- This is the first Mario RPG to be played in 2-D.
- Although Luigi isn't a playable character, this is Luigi's first major role in a Mario RPG.
- This is the first Mario RPG to be separated into chapters making game progress much easier.
- Oddly, the Star Rod makes its major appearance in this game. The Star Rod is normally associated with the Kirby series.
- This is the last game to be released for the Nintendo 64 in Australia.
- This game is known as Mario Story in Japan.
- The scenes where Mario finds the missing children of Yoshi Village are inspired by Humongous Entertainment video game: Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo where Putt-Putt finds and saves the missing baby animals.
- This is the only Paper Mario game of the series where Mario's Pad can be accessed during any part of the game.
- Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
- Super Paper Mario
- Paper Mario: Sticker Star
- Paper Mario: Color Splash
- Mario RPG Games
|Mario RPG series|
|Super Mario RPG series||Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars|
|Paper Mario series||Paper Mario • The Thousand-Year Door • Super Paper Mario • Sticker Star • Color Splash|
|Mario & Luigi series||Superstar Saga (Bowser's Minions) • Partners in Time • Bowser's Inside Story (Bowser Jr.’s Journey) • Dream Team • Paper Jam|
|Mario + Rabbids series||Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle|