Now this is a rather special review, not only is it a retro review, but it is also a new review style I am trying out for this review, so just keep that in mind. I am currently playing Paper Mario (A Nintendo 64 game) which I purchased from the Wii Shop Channel, and I understand that I am nowhere near finished; in fact I only just finished the prologue of the game. I will be writing this review over my time playing this game. Paper Mario has 8 chapters, and therefore I will write a review every two chapters, consider this ‘Retro Review: Paper Mario Part 1’.
Paper Mario starts off with Mario receiving a letter from you guessed it, Princess Peach, Luigi reads the letter to his brother. The letter states that the Princess would basically love to see Mario at a party she is having. Now I feel rather sorry for Luigi, I mean his brother was invited to Princess Peach’s party but Luigi wasn’t, even after the few times that Luigi actually helped save Princess Peach. Now this may surprise some of you, but after a short time in Princess Peach’s castle, Bowser comes along and does what he does best *SPOILER WARNING* He kidnaps the Princess. Now I am not going to go into much detail about this games actual story as it is something that’s better if you are left in the dark about it until you actually begin playing it.
While I write this relatively short review, I can’t help but think that I honestly don’t remember any of the music aside from the File Select screen music, this is a little odd for a Mario game, but I’m sure that as I continue to play it that the music will eventually stick to my brain. From what I have played so far, Paper Mario seems to be one of those games that you will either love or hate, but the large majority certainly love it. Now please excuse my un-serious style in this review, I assure you that I am usually serious. I won’t be talking about the controls or battle system in this part of the review as I feel that I haven’t had enough time to properly get to grips with it.
Paper Mario clearly has a unique art style, and it’s visually brilliant. The 2 Dimensional Picture-looking Characters put into a 2.5 dimensional world is a clever way to make the game look both graphically spectacular and also allows it to almost never look dated. Although I have only completed the prologue to this game, I have to say that so far it has been a wonderful adventure and possibly one of the best Mario Games I have played to this day. I am unable to give this game a score, but it will definetely recieve a score at a much later time.
Paper Mario seems like a bold move by Nintendo, but it payed off in the same way that Wind Waker did. It’s almost as good as Super Mario Galaxy (my current favourite Mario game), but not quiet.
By Matthew Crethar