Excerpt: Wii owners will be pleasantly delighted with the latest release from Nintendo, Super Paper Mario. The next installment in the Paper Mario franchise (or the Super Mario RPG franchise, depending on fans you're speaking with), Super Paper Mario opts out of the traditional turn-based formula in exchange for a return to classic platforming action.
Excerpt: Nintendo went a fascinating direction with Super Paper Mario. This is not a true role playing game, but it is also not a true action adventure video game either. It is sort of a hybrid of both with a dimensional twist. All of the game levels are played in the 2D/3D side scrolling action. Certain items must be found, characters must be interrogated, and skills used. There is also a storyline associated with Princess Peach getting kidnapped, and the end of all worlds.
Excerpt: If there could only be one iconic figure in gaming, it would be that mustachioed master of midair maneuvering, Mario. His popularity has spanned the globe and he has become a household name, with fans even going so far as to nickname his creators the "Mario Factory." While Mario has made appearances in several franchises, two in particular have gained the largest following: his classic Super Mario Bros. platforming adventures, and his role-playing Paper Mario stories.
RPG + Platformer = Lots and Lots of Mustache Jokes
15 April 2010
Excerpt: With Super Paper Mario , Nintendo has outdone themselves yet again, creating not only the best incarnation of the Paper Mario series to date, but a near-perfect amalgamation of drastically different gaming genres. Super Paper Mario combines the classic platformer that Mario has been fine-tuning for decades with a great story and some RPG elements, resulting in a hilarious and innovative product that is, above all, one of the most fun games around.
Excerpt: Ever since the original Super Mario RPG , Nintendo has been making RPGs that follow the mustachioed plumber. Typically, these games are full of humor, accessible to most any player, and feature unique mechanics. This newest iteration in the series, Super Paper Mario, follows all those trends, but it still misses the mark nearly as often as it hits.
Excerpt: Super Paper Mario was originally announced for release on the Nintendo GameCube in 2006, but after the unveiling of the Nintendo Wii, the game was delayed. Later in the year, the Intelligent Systems title was discretely shifted to the Wii only. This title is a cross between the Paper Mario games that began in the Nintendo 64 and the traditional Super Mario platforming games. Controls in Super Paper Mario feel almost like playing the original Super Mario Bros.
Excerpt: It seems like suspension of disbelief is something videogames never really have to strive to achieve. Perhaps it's due to the relative newness of the medium, but gamers, as a species, are entirely willing to accept huge contrivances and overlook unrealism so long as the game plays relatively well. We seem to have made peace with the fact that games have no point of contact with the real world.