Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is not your typical RPG. Battles are quick and action-oriented. The storyline is quirky and fun. And yes, it looks like the pop-up storybook you read when you were three. And while this is obviously a game made to be accessible for children, a lot of the button timing and gameplay lend themselves to an older audience. And that might be where Paper Mario takes a step back: it's too cute for hardcore gamers and a little too complicated for children. However, for the afficianado, this is a breath of fresh air for the RPG genre, especially on the Gamecube, which has a near absence of good RPGs. Mario battles his villains on stages where crowds gather to witness the ensuing fight (it's like reality television). At the end of each chapter, you'll spend some time following the storylines of Princess Peach and Bowser, playing both throughout the game. But mostly, it's all about Mario and you'll be spending plenty of time with him. The addictively oddball game will take you a good 35 hours to complete, easily 40 if you want to complete all the side quests and collect everything. The world is flushed out well and there is never a lack of things to do. The problem is that most of the side quests and some of the main quest revolve primarily around having you backtrack through much of the game. For instance, the story requires that you to travel from Twilight Town to Creepy Steeple and back three times. That's a whole lot of tedious walking. Also, while the story is okay, it's the gameplay that will keep you going. And my final complaint is that there is so... much... reading. There is no voice acting in the game (although, who really wants to hear goombas and koopas speak the stilted lines they're given). There are so many text bubbles in the game it could have been a graphic novel (or five). Still, the feel and style of the game reminded me of Wind Waker (which I loved). Gamecube owners would do well to check out this fun, quirky adventure.
this is by far the best mario game i've ever played. it was adventerous, cool, ingeniously designed graphics & better than the original. the only problem was that it was extremeley hard on first try & extremeley short and easy on a replay. but even for an experienced gamer (like me, member since year 1) it will keep you entertained for weeks & is definiteley worth replaying. my favorite part about this game was the strategic fighting order, sonic chronicles did a similar fighting setup but not as good. the items, special moves, jumps, hammers, and badges were the most ingenious gaming characteristics i've probably EVER seen. i really think sega tried to copy this game with sonic chronicles, so i reccomend this game over sonic chronicles & i reccomend sonic chronicles over this if you're looking for replay value.
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When I started with GameFly this was one of my first rentals. I enjoyed it immensely. I love RPGs and I love Mario, so this game was a perfect combination. The characters are entertaining, the game play is solid, puzzles are mildly challenging for adults and possible more so for kids. If you have a GameCube it is a must buy or rent.
The game play is long and adventurous. The battling is easy to get used to and enjoyable to the end. Special abilities plentiful. Not too difficult for kids, however, there is a lot of reading for a kids game. Adults will understand the plot, but I am sure kids will not have the patience to read all the dialog that goes on.
I highly recommend this title for kids and adults alike. With Nintendo, anything with Mario in it is almost a sure thing.