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Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Developer(s) Intelligent Systems
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo GameCube
Release date Original release
Japan July 22, 2004
USA October 11, 2004
Europe November 12, 2004
Australia November 18, 2004 [1]
Player's Choice
USA April 24, 2006
Genre RPG
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
Mode(s) Single player
Media CD icon.png Optical disc

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (known as Paper Mario RPG in Japan) is the second installment in the Paper Mario series, with the first being Paper Mario. It was released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2004.

The plot of the game revolves around Mario, who embarks on a mission to collect the seven Crystal Stars in order to open the Thousand-Year Door. After learning that Princess Peach has been kidnapped, he also sets out on a mission to rescue her from the X-Nauts. The game has intermissions between each chapter, in which the player assumes the role of Bowser, as well as Peach, who have their own stories that complement the main plot.


Prologue: A Rogue's Welcome

The game's title screen.
Mario and Goombella about to be jumped by the X-Nauts.

The adventure begins when Princess Peach goes on a cruise to Rogueport where she meets a hooded woman, and buys a box which contains a map, the princess sends it to Mario. Soon after that, she is kidnapped by Sir Grodus. Mario receives the map and boards a ship to Rogueport.

After Mario reaches Rogueport, he finds Goombella being harassed by Lord Crump. After defeating the X-Naut general and escaping from the X-Nauts, Goombella introduces herself, and Mario explains his quest. Then, they went to Professor Frankly's house to show him the map who explains the legend and the Thousand-Year Door which is found inside the town's sewers. Mario holds the map in the Thousand-Year Door, revealing the location of the first Crystal Star.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プロローグ ゴロツキタウンへようこそ!
Purorōgu: Gorotsuki Taun e yōkoso!
Prologue: Welcome to Rogue Town!
Spanish Prólogo: Bienvenidos a Villa Viciosa Prologue: Welcome to Vicious Village
French Prologue: Bienvenue à Port-Lacanaïe! Prologue: Welcome to Port-Lacanaïe!
German Prolog: Willkomen in Rohlingen Prologue: Welcome to Rohlingen
Italian Prologo: Benvenuti a Fannullopoli Prologue: Welcome to Idler City

Chapter 1: Castle and Dragon

Mario and his partner encountering Hooktail.

Mario and Goombella show the map to Professor Frankly, who reveals that the castle upon it is in the same vicinity as Petalburg. In the sewers, they find a pipe to Petal Meadows, where they see Hooktail and it's castle, unable to reach it, the group stop in Petalburg and go to Shhwonk Fortress to get the two stones required to reach the castle. With the help of Koops who joins them, and after navigating through the castle's traps. They discover Hooktail's weak point, encounter Hooktail and defeat it, receiving the Diamond Star.

Somewhere else, Princess Peach is revealed to be kidnapped by the X-Nauts. When an X-Naut tells Sir Grodus someone nabbed the first Crystal Star, Peach accidentally blurts out Mario's name. Grodus hears this and orders Shadow Sirens to steal the map. Peach soon meets TEC who develops an interest in Peach's concept of love, and asks for her help to understand it. Peach agrees; in exchange, TEC lets her send e-mails to Mario. During another scene transition at Bowser's Castle, Kammy Koopa tells Bowser about Mario and Peach, and then he decides to leave to Rogueport.

Back in Petalburg, the group receives an e-mail from Peach, who tells them she has been kidnapped. Mario and co. head back to the Thousand-Year Door and reveal the location of the next star.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ステージ1 マリオとお城とドラゴンと
Sutēji 1: Mario to o shiro to doragon to
Stage 1: Mario and the castle and the dragon
Spanish Acto 1: El bueno, el feo y el malo Event 1: The good, the ugly and the bad
French Chapitre 1: Mario + château + dragon Chapter 1: Mario + castle + dragon
German Kapitel 1: Lohgards Drachenburg Chapter 1: Dragon Lohgard's Castle
(Lohgard is Hooktail's German name.)
Italian Scena I: Mario, il castello e la dragonessa Scene 1: Mario, the castle and the dragon

Chapter 2: The Great Boggly Tree

Boggly Woods
The Great Boggly Tree.

The second Crystal Star is revealed to be in The Great Tree in Boggly Woods. With the help of Punio in Rogueport Sewers, the group reaches the Boggly Woods. Mario and co. encounter the Shadow Sirens with a necklace, who do not recognize him due to having lost a sketch of him. The group continues. After realizing that the tree is locked, Punio suggests they find Madame Flurrie; to find the secret entrance. However, upon reaching her home, Flurrie reveals she has lost her necklace and doesn't want anyone to see her without it. After defeating the Sirens and returning the necklace to Flurrie, she joins them in their quest. The group finds the secret entrance and enters the tree; with the aid of a special orb and after defeating the Jabbies, they get the second star. There, Lord Crump snatches it, and activates a five minute time bomb to blow up the tree. After chasing him to the entrance, he stops the bomb and uses Magnus von Grapple to fight the heroes, but he is defeated by the group. Afterwards, the X-Nauts evacuate the tree and Mario and co. obtain the Emerald Star.

At the X-Naut headquarters, the X-Nauts inform Sir Grodus that Mario has taken the Emerald Star. Meanwhile, TEC calls for the Princess, and asks her to dance with him. TEC then lets Peach e-mail Mario.

Bowser can be seen arriving in Petalburg, and then talking to what he thinks is Peach, but is revealed to be a poster by a nearby Koopa.

As Mario and his team move on, they receive another e-mail from Peach, who tells them that the X-Nauts are searching for the Crystal Stars. Mario and his team reveal the next Crystal Star, and they visit the Prof. for details.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ステージ2 ふしぎの森の大きな木
Sutēji 2: Fushigi no Mori no ōkina ki
Stage 2: A big tree in the Mysterious Forest
Spanish Acto 2: El bosque animado Event 2: The animated woods
French Chapitre 2: Un grand arbre Chapter 2: A great tree
German Kapitel 2: Der Baum der Bubus Chapter 2: The tree of the Bubus
(Bubu is the German name for the Punies.)
Italian Scena II: La Grande Quercia del Bosco Misterioso Scene 2: The Great Oak of the Mysterious Forest

Chapter 3: Of Glitz and Glory

Rawk Hawk.

The third Crystal Star appears on a large arena in a floating town. To reach Glitzville, Mario and the gang must visit Don Pianta. He offers them the ticket they need after doing him a favor. Once Mario and his team arrive in Glitzville, they enter the Glitz Pit and spot the Crystal Star on the Champ's Belt, held by Rawk Hawk, the current champion. They sign up as a team, battle through the ranks, and eventually gain a newborn Yoshi as a partner. Soon, a mysterious figure known only as "X" starts sending cryptic e-mails to Mario. The e-mails reveal that the Star on the belt is a fake, and that the real Crystal Star is being used by Grubba, the promoter of the Glitz Pit. Mario & co. spot him and chase him into the arena, where he transforms into Macho Grubba. The group manages to defeat him. After the fight, Jolene, Grubba's assistant, appears and reveals herself as the mysterious X, explains her story, and gives Mario the star.

At the X-Naut base, TEC asks Peach to go ask Grodus a question relating to his plans. The Princess goes undercover in an X-Naut disguise and learns that Grodus is plotting to use the Crystal Stars to take over the world. TEC allows her to send this message to Mario. Meanwhile, Bowser is searching for one of the Crystal Stars in the Great Tree where they discover that Mario has already got the Crystal Star.

Mario & co. receive another message from Peach; they promptly reveal the fourth crystal star's location.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ステージ3 もえよ!チャンピオン!
Sutēji 3: Moeyo! Chanpion!
Stage 3: Get Fired Up! Champion!
Spanish Acto 3: El rey de los luchadores Event 3: The king of fighters
(This is a possible reference to the SNK fighting series, The King of Fighters.)
French Chapitre 3: Vas-y champion! Chapter 3: Go champion!
German Kapitel 3: Kampf der Champions Chapter 3: Clash of the Champions
Italian Scena III: Forza, campione! Scene 3: Come on, champ!

Chapter 4: For Pigs the Bell Tolls

Creepy Steeple's front yard.
The strange boss with an unknown name.

The Prof. tells the group that the Crystal Star is located in the Creepy Steeple near a small town named Twilight Town. When Mario & co. get to Twilight Town, they discover that the village is under a curse cast by a monster who lives in the steeple. Using a new Black Chest Demon power, the group reaches the steeple, and battles the monster. During the battle, the monster uses an attack to steal Mario's name and body, transforming Mario into a shadowy version of himself. Mario's partners claim the Crystal Star and leave with "Mario". Meanwhile, the real Mario returns to Twilight Town, and meets Vivian. They discover that the monster's name is Doopliss; after guessing his name, Mario chases him and they fight once more. The two defeat Doopliss and reclaim the Ruby Star.

At the X-Naut base, TEC asks the Princess to participate in a sort of "quiz show" with him. By doing this, she discovers the true "treasure" of the Thousand-Year Door. The Princess then sends this news to Mario. Meanwhile, Bowser continues his quest for Crystal Stars by flying up to Glitzville in his Koopa Clown Car. However, it malfunctions halfway there, and he travels underwater to return to Rogueport. After he and Kammy return, he orders Kammy to continue her research on the Crystal Stars.

Back in Twilight Town, Mario and his friends receive a message from Peach. They reveal the next Crystal Star and visit Prof. Frankly for details.

The English name for the chapter, as well as its Spanish, Italian, and French translations, are referencing the Ernest Hemingway novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ステージ4 ブタのためにカネはなる
Sutēji 4: Buta no tame ni kane wa naru
Stage 4: Bell tolls for pig
Spanish Acto 4: ¿Por quién dobla la campana? Event 4: Who rings the bell?
French Chapitre 4: La cloche à cochons Chapter 4: The pig bell
German Kapitel 4: Die Glocke der Spukabtei Chapter 4: The bell of the Spook Abbey
Italian Scena IV: Per chi suona la campana Scene 4: For whom the bell tolls

Chapter 5: The Key to Pirates

Keelhaul Key
The fifth Crystal Star is located deep within a pirate's lair on the southern island of Keelhaul Key. To reach the island, with the help of Flavio and Admiral Bobbery, they sail to the island with some Toads and Lord Crump in disguise (known as "Four-Eyes"). On their way to the island, Mario and co. are attacked by Cortez's Embers, which shipwrecks them on Keelhaul Key. Later on, some of the crew members are attacked by more Embers, and Bobbery sacrifices himself to save them. Bobbery says he is close to death, and after giving him his last request, they found out that he was just asleep; after Mario wakes him, he joins Mario's party. With the aid of Bobbery and Flavio's Skull Gem, Mario and co. enter Pirate's Grotto. After solving some puzzles, and after gaining another ability from a Black Chest Demon, they finally reach the lair of Cortez. After a battle, Cortez gives Mario his Sapphire Star. Afterwards, Lord Crump abandons his disguise and tells Mario that he will continue attacking him until he hands over the Crystal Star. With the help of Cortez's ship and Flavio's Skull Gem, they defeat the invading X-Nauts, along with their leader.

In the X-Naut base, TEC wishes to gain access to a disk at Grodus's room, and asks Peach to help him. After making an invisibility potion, she helps him and he promises to analyze the data. Peach then sends another e-mail to Mario. Meanwhile, in Twilight Town, Bowser and Kammy Koopa run into Lord Crump. The three get into an argument. However, Bowser inadvertently ignites the Superbombomb, destroying both armies.

Back at Keelhaul Key, Cortez ferries Mario and his teammates to Rogueport. Mario gets an e-mail from Peach, telling them about what TEC is analyzing. Mario and his team then reveal the next Star location, and visit Prof. Frankly for information.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ステージ5 トロピコアイランドの大海賊
Sutēji 5: Toropiko Airando no dai kaizoku
Stage 5: Tropic Island's great pirate
Spanish Acto 5: La isla del tesoro Event 5: Treasure's island
French Chapitre 5: Pirate de Tropatroce Chapter 5: Pirate of Tropatroce
German Kapitel 5: Der Schatz des Piraten Chapter 5: The pirate's treasure
Italian Scena V: Il grande pirata dell'Isola Tropico Scene 5: The Great Pirate of the Tropic Island

Chapter 6: 3 Days of Excess

Mario meets the Smorgs.

The sixth Crystal Star is in the Poshley Sanctum of Poshley Heights. The only way to reach the town is on the famous Excess Express. After doing Don Pianta another favor, he gives Mario the ticket.

Pennington, the Penguin with the Improbably Large Brain.
Once on the Excess Express, Mario and his team on the first day found many mysterious happenings, including thefts, threatening messages, and the dangerous Nitro Honey Syrup. With the help of Pennington, a penguin detective, they manage to solve the crimes, capturing a fake Zip Toad who was really Doopliss in disguise. On their second day of travel, a stop at Riverside Station is necessary, and Doopliss escapes, and the drawbridge has been lifted, preventing the Excess Express from continuing its route. The gang enter Riverside Station and flip the switch to bring the drawbridge back down. They discover that a group of Smorgs are behind it. The next day, a Smorg Miasma attacks the train. After Mario and his friends defeat the creature, rescue the passengers, and finally reach Poshley Heights. They venture into Poshley Sanctum, a museum that happens to belong to Pennington. The Shadow Sirens are already inside, and snatch what appears to be the Garnet Star and escape. However, Pennington reveals that what they stole was a fake, and lets Mario find where the real Star is. After some exploring, Mario and friends found the real Garnet Star.

Back at the X-Naut base, the X-Nauts tell Grodus that Mario has six of the seven Crystal Stars. Meanwhile, TEC tells the Princess the data he gained from Grodus's data disk, and prepares to help Peach escape. Before he is able to, Grodus enters with two X-Nauts and orders them to initiate the data-wipe procedure. TEC tells Peach "I love you" just before he is shut down.

Meanwhile, Bowser is searching for another Crystal Star in Rawk Hawk's workout room, which he has found in the form of the Champ's Belt. However, he quickly learns that it is not a real Crystal Star, just a glass fake.

Mario and his team return to Rogueport and receive an e-mail from Peach, but most of it is cut off due to TEC being deleted. Back in Rogueport, Mario and co. reveal the next Star's location and visit Prof. Frankly for details.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ステージ6 リッチリッチエクスプレス3日間
Sutēji 6: Ritchi Ritchi Ekusupuresu 3-kakan
Stage 6: 3 days in the Rich Rich Express
Spanish Acto 6: Misterio en el Ricachón Exprés Event 6: Misteryous in the Tycoon (Train) Express
French Chapitre 6: Dans le Crésus Express! Chapter 6: On the Crésus Express!
German Kapitel 6: Reise im Glimmer-Liner Chapter 6: Travel in the Excess Express
Italian Scena VI: Tre giorni sul Fasto-Express Scene 6: Three days on the Pomp-Express

Chapter 7: Mario Shoots the Moon

General White.
Mario in the X-Naut Fortress.
The last Crystal Star appears to be on the Moon. To reach the Moon, Mario and his companions travel to Fahr Outpost to find a cannon to shoot to the Moon. After searching for Goldbob and General White, whose blessings are needed to operate the cannon, Mario & co. enter the cannon and are shot to the Moon.

On the Moon, the group discovers the X-Naut Fortress. Once they arrive at the end, Lord Crump appears, bragging about his latest creation — Magnus von Grapple 2.0. After Lord Crump is defeated, the Crystal Star is released.

Meanwhile, Bowser is searching for another Crystal Star in the Poshley Sanctum. A Paragoomba flies in and tells Bowser that Mario has collected every Crystal Star and is heading for the Thousand-Year Door, which contains a great treasure. Bowser announces that he will steal this treasure and defeat Mario.

As Mario and his allies prepare to leave, they discover that all of the doors have locked. The heroes later find TEC, who barely survived Grodus's order to purge his databanks. He recognizes Mario and tells him to rescue the Princess, activating an emergency transporter. The group is transported to a room in Rogueport Sewers. After exiting the room, Prof. Frankly meets them at the entrance and urges them to open the Thousand-Year Door.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ステージ7 はるかなる月を目ざして
Sutēji 7: Harukanaru tsuki o mezashite
Stage 7: Aiming at the far moon
Spanish Acto 7: Objetivo: la Luna Event 7: Target: the Moon
French Chapitre 7: Voyage sur la Lune Chapter 7: Journey to the Moon
German Kapitel 7: Der Weg zum Mond Chapter 7: The Way to the Moon
Italian Scena VII: Viaggio sulla Luna Scene 7: Journey to the Moon

Chapter 8: The Thousand-Year Door

The queen is unleashed.
After Mario has received all seven Crystal Stars, the time has come to open the Thousand-Year Door and enter the Palace of Shadow to rescue Princess Peach from Grodus.

The Palace itself is full of enemies, puzzles, and traps. Eventually, battling the Shadow Sirens and a black dragon named Gloomtail, older brother of Hooktail. After being defeated, he relinquishes the key to the Riddle Tower. After solving the puzzles of the Tower. Later, Mario reaches the Throne Room, where he finally finds and defeats Sir Grodus. Bowser and Kammy, who drop in unexpectedly, also battle Mario. Grodus uses this distraction to bring the Princess into the deepest part of the Palace. There, he opens a sealed coffin and frees the Shadow Queen. Beldam suddenly appears and announces that she was the one who orchestrated the plot to free her mistress. The Shadow Queen refuses to be controlled by Grodus, and fries him with a lightning bolt, supposedly killing him. The Queen then possesses Princess Peach, using her as a vessel to sustain her life. The world is covered in darkness. Mario and his allies fight the Queen, but the Queen eventually decides to fight in her real form. She proves too much power for the group, becoming immune to their attacks. Suddenly, the Crystal Stars react to the evil of the Queen and fly throughout the world, each returning to where they were found. And all the hopes help the group break through the Queen's invulnerability. Empowered, the heroes destroy the Shadow Queen, saving the world.

Princess Peach bids farewell to others.
Goombella later sends Mario a message, explaining what everyone has done: she works with Professor Frankly, while Koops plans on becoming the Mayor of Petalburg. Flurrie has returned to the stage and enacts "Paper Mario" as her comeback smash while Doopliss plays the role of Mario. The Yoshi Kid fights in the Glitz Pit as the "Great Gonzales Jr.", while Vivian has forgiven her sisters and lives in Twilight Town. Admiral Bobbery sails the seas with Cortez, and Ms. Mowz runs her Lovely Howz of Badges. Lord Crump, Grodus and the X-Nauts survived and are spending their time in Poshley Heights. TEC survived as well, and hopes to see the Princess again one day. The game ends when the Princess arrives with another treasure map.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ステージ8 スターストーンと伝説の宝
Sutēji 8: Sutā Sutōn to densetsu no takara
Stage 8: The Star Stones and the legendary treasure
Spanish Acto 8: El destino en sus manos Event 8: The fate in their hands
French Chapitre 8: Le trésor légendaire Chapter 8: The legendary treasure
German Kapitel 8: Die Legende vom Schatz Chapter 8: The treasure's legend
Italian Scena VIII: Le Gemme Stella e il Tesoro Leggendario Scene 8: The Stars Gems and the Legendary Treasure


In terms of gameplay, The Thousand-Year Door brings over the core mechanics of the N64 original and enhances them. Mario now has a voice used for jumping and attacking, and starts his adventure with a hammer. Action Commands can also be performed from the start. However, he has lost the ability to Spin Dash from the original game.

The partner system is also enhanced. Unlike the original, where partners had a simple fine/injured status system, this game gives partners their own Heart Points. As such, partners can fall in battle, and items such as the Mushroom can be used on them as well. Several partners are similar to ones seen in Paper Mario, like Koops being the counterpart of Kooper, but generally have more abilities available. Timed moves are more abundant in this game. In addition, battles are set up on a stage, like a play; this greatly affects battles, and characters can interact with the audience and stage.

Paper Abilities

Mario as a paper airplane.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door brings up new gameplay elements not present in the original Paper Mario game. Throughout the game, Mario finds four black treasure chests, which give Mario special abilities to use in the overworld. They all base on the Paper element of the game's graphics. With the first ability (called Plane Mode), Mario is able fold himself to a paper airplane at certain spots, allowing him to fly over large gaps. The second ability (called Paper Mode) allows him to turn sideways, making him as thin as paper, so that he can get through very narrow passages. With the third ability (called Tube Mode), Mario can roll himself up, allowing him to roll through low passages. With the fourth ability (called Boat Mode), he can fold himself to a paper ship at certain docks, allowing him to move over water. It is noticeable that, to use Tube Mode, Mario has to activate Paper Mode first, and then roll himself up.


Mario wandering around in the background scenery.

Another element introduced in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is the background scenery, which is actually accessible for Mario through certain pipes. Several places which only appear in the background can be visited this way, some of which include Hooktail Castle, the Great Tree, the X-Naut Fortress, and Merlee's house in the Rogueport Sewers. This feature was carried over to the next game in the series, Super Paper Mario. Certain abilities are disabled here, however. Mario's partners cannot be used in the background, Mario cannot move to a different screen/area, and he also cannot walk past any houses or locations.


Bowser in a platformer level.

After each chapter, there is an intermission where the player is able to control Princess Peach, who is held captive in the X-Naut Fortress. The Peach intermission is followed by a Bowser intermission, a new addition in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Bowser usually visits the places Mario has been to one chapter before, and several missions include a side-scrolling platformer level in the style of Super Mario Bros.. In these levels, Bowser has the ability to breathe fire, and by using the only available item, the Meat, is able to radically increase his size, allowing him to crush everything in his way. While enemies like X-Nauts charge at Bowser, others like Goombas are actually scared by him and turn away when he approaches them. The levels are called 1-X, 2-X and 3-X in reference to the world numbering of Super Mario Bros., while X stands for the number of tries Bowser has used for the level. He has endless lives for the levels. They are set in the three basic terrains of Super Mario Bros.: Overworld, Underwater and Underground/Castle.

Battle System

Battles take place on a stage. In addition to the traditional turn-based combat, the characters on-stage interact with the scenery: sometimes the background will fall, damaging all characters on stage and possibly making them Dizzy, the audience helps Mario gain Star Power and also may throw items on stage, and lastly, some bosses even use the audience to their advantage. For example, Hooktail eats some of the audience to regain 10 HP, also causing all other audience members to flee, making it impossible to gain any Star Power. In addition, the battle shifts off-stage.

Attacking enemies

While Mario and his partners are battling enemies, they can attack enemies with extra power using the Action Command.

  • Countdown: Tilt and hold Control Stick left, then release when the red light flashes.
  • Tricky Timing: Pressing A Button just before landing on Mario's opponent.
  • Aiming: Aligning a cursor in the center of the targeting reticule
  • Button Mania: Holding on to or repeatedly tapping a button or input an entire sequence.

Stylish Moves are extra commands to please the crowd more and gain more star power.


The Guard move in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
To perform a guard action command, one must press A Button or B Button when Mario's opponent is about to strike him. Guarding reduces the damage he takes from enemy attacks and help the player resist status effects. The player must time it right, though.

Guard: To perform a Guard move, the player must press A Button to dodge enemy attacks, reducing the damage they do by 1, and also protecting Mario from negative status effects. The player will have 8 frames (roughly 2/15 of a second) to guard.

Superguard: To perform a Superguard move, the player must press B Button to dodge enemy attacks, negating the attack completely and sometimes damaging the attacker--generally a Superguard deals 1 damage to an enemy who attacks directly and none to foes who attack at range, but it does deflect Pokeys ranged attacks back at them. The player will only have 3 frames (or 1/20 of a second) to superguard, making it more difficult to time than a regular guard.

Leveling Up

Star Points

Every time Mario wins a battle, he'll earn Star Points. When Mario's Star Point Level gets up to 100, he'll choose whether to upgrade his Heart Points, Flower Points or Badge Points. Choosing HP and/or FP will raise Mario's HP or FP by 5 and choosing BP will raise Mario's BP by 3. Mario stops levelling up at 99; however, it is very hard to reach this level because, starting from level 1, the Star Point Value for every enemy decreases by one with each level up. However, for every single battle, the player will always get at least one Star Point, unlike the first Paper Mario, where the player will never get any more Star Points after level 27.

Shine Sprites

When Mario and co. collect Shine Sprites, Mario can give 3 of them to Merlon and Merlon will power up Mario's partners, increasing their HP and teaching them new moves. Getting the Up Arrow in Hooktail Castle will cause Merlon to remember he has an Ultra Stone which will allow Mario to power up his partners a second time, and Merlon will teach Mario's partners ultra-rank moves.

The Audience

Main article: Audience
Every audience member.

The Audience determines how much Star Energy Mario recovers. It consists of various enemies and allies, and sits and cheers as the group attacks. If Mario or his allies use the Appeal action or a Stylish Move, they will recover more Star Energy. The audience is even used by various bosses. Hooktail, Cortez, and the Shadow Queen all use the audience to restore their HP. Magnus Von Grapple 2.0 can also use members of the audience to attack by launching them at Mario and his partners.

The Audience occasionally takes active participation in the battles; some spectators throw helpful or hurtful items, while others may incapacitate other audience members, making Star Power recovery more difficult.


An icon will appear next to Mario's Star Power Gauge whenever the player successfully uses the Action Command of an attack. If the player has two matching icons and if the player executes an additional Action Command, Mario can take the Bingo wheel for a spin.

Mario's Partners

Throughout the game, Mario, just like the past game, uses partners. His partners have purposes in both the overworld and battle. They can be upgraded by Merlon by giving him 3 Shine Sprites. Every partner knows two moves upon joining the party, learns the third after being upgraded to Super Rank, and masters the final move after attaining Ultra Rank.

Name Summary Abilities Description
A female Goomba who studied at the University of Goom. She is the first character to join Mario after he defeats Lord Crump. She has the same ability to uncover an enemy's stats as Goombario does. Headbonk
0 FP
Hits enemy twice.
0 FP
Analyzes enemy and reveals their HP and other statistics.
3 FP
Attacks enemy repeatedly for diminishing damage (minimum 1 per hit).
Rally Wink
4 FP
Gives Mario a 2nd turn.
Koops - Paper Mario The Thousand-Year Door.png
A timid koopa who lives in Petalburg. To prove to Petalburg that he is not a coward, he joins Mario's team to avenge the death of his father, Koopley. He has the same ability Kooper has outside of battle, using his shell toss move to flip switches, grab items and attack enemies, but with a slight upgrade--he can hold his shell in place and then fire it back in the opposite direction.

After defeating Hooktail, he finds out that Koopley isn't dead after all, and he gives the heroes the Diamond Crystal Star.

Shell Toss
0 FP
Attacks ground-bound enemy.
Power Shell
3 FP
Attacks all ground-bound enemies.
Shell Shield
4 FP
Calls a shell to protect Mario for a few turns.
Shell Slam
6 FP
Attacks all ground-bound enemies and penetrates their Defense.
Madame Flurrie
She can blow wind at enemies to make them dizzy and blow fake walls away, revealing secret passages. She is an actress, although when Mario meets her, she is on hiatus. She joins Mario after he returns her Necklace, which Vivian accidentally picked up. Body Slam
0 FP
Attacks enemy.
Gale Force
4 FP
Blows weak enemies away.
Lip Lock
3 FP
Transfers enemy's HP to Flurrie's HP.
Dodgy Fog
4 FP
Makes Mario dodgy for a few turns so that attacks may miss him.
This baby Yoshi hatches from an egg rescued by Mario and friends. The player can press X Button to ride on his back like most Yoshis. He can run much faster than Mario can, and while he cannot jump as high as Mario, he can float in the air for a few moments to cover a greater distance and cross gaps; this is similar to Parakarry's ability from Paper Mario. The Yoshi can be a variety of colors, based on the time he hatches. He allows Mario to name him. Ground Pound
0 FP
Attacks one enemy multiple times for 1 point of damage per hit.
4 FP
Swallows enemy and shoots it at enemy behind damaging both of them.
3 FP
Throws an amount of Yoshi Eggs at enemy which may shrink enemy.
6 FP
Calls herd of Yoshis to attack all enemies.
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One of the Shadow Sirens. At first, she worked for Grodus, but joined Mario's team to help Mario get his name, body, and teammates back, because Mario was kinder to her than her sisters. Since he was prevented from telling her who he was as a result of having his name stolen, she did not realize he was her enemy until their final confrontation with the thief, even though he never lied to her. She retreated from battle upon this revelation, but quickly returned after deciding that Mario had earned her loyalty. She can pull the team into the shadows with her Veil technique, which is for all practical purposes identical to Lady Bow's Outta Sight move from Paper Mario. Shade Fist
0 FP
Punches an enemy and leaves it magically burned.
1 FP
Hides Mario and herself in the shadows to negate all damage next attack.
Fiery Jinx
6 FP
Attacks all enemies with fire penetrating their Defense and leaving them burned.
4 FP
Blows a kiss to enemies, possibly confusing them.
Admiral Bobbery
A retired Bob-omb admiral who refused to help Mario reach Keelhaul Key, but decided to help him after Mario gave him his late wife's letter. After Mario saves him from Cortez's underlings and gives him Chuckola Cola, he joins Mario's team. He has the same ability Bombette has outside of battle: with his bomb attack, he can destroy cracked walls, flip switches and attack enemies. However, he can be tossed upwards to walk on ledges. Bomb
0 FP
Attacks one ground-bound enemy.
Bomb Squad
3 FP
Fires three time bombs to explode on the next turn.
Hold Fast
4 FP
Damages all enemies that physically attack Bobbery.
9 FP
Powerfully bombs all enemies.
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Ms. Mowz
A Little Mouser cat burglar/badge hunter and the manager of the Lovely Howz of Badges. Mario and his teammates cross paths with her at Hooktail Castle, the Great Boggly Tree, and the Glitz Pit Storeroom. She is an optional partner who joins Mario's team if he chooses to solve her trouble at the Trouble Center in Rogueport. To help her, Mario gets the Attack FX B badge in Hooktail's lair and gives it to Ms. Mowz.

She can also seek out hidden items and penetrate enemies' defenses like Watt from the first Paper Mario did, although the specifics are considerably different. She is the first partner in the Paper Mario series who does not have to join Mario's party in order for him to complete his quest.

Love Slap
0 FP
Attacks enemy and pierces their defense.
Kiss Thief
2 FP
Steals enemies' badges or items.
3 FP
Makes enemies Dizzy.
10 FP
If successful, Mario recovers up to 10 HP.

Crystal Stars

Crystal Star Location Guarded By Power & SP needed Description
Magical Map

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Rogueport in a small chest, with a merchant No one Sweet Treat, 1 Replenishes up to 7 HP for both party members and 8 FP, as well as curing all status effects.
Diamond Star

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Hooktail Castle Hooktail Earth Tremor, 2 If successful, this power creates an earthquake that can do up to 6 damage against all enemies.
Emerald Star

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The Great Tree Originally no one, Magnus von Grapple Clock Out, 2 If successful, immobilizes all enemies temporarily.
Gold Star

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Glitz Pit Macho Grubba Power Lift, 3 Boosts attack and defense power for a short time for both party members.
Ruby Star

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Creepy Steeple Doopliss Art Attack, 4 Any amount of damage can be done depending on how many times the player circles around the enemies using Control Stick.
Sapphire Star

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Pirate's Grotto Cortez Sweet Feast, 5 Much like Sweet Treat, the player will replenish up to 24 HP for each party member and 24 FP.
Garnet Star

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Poshley Sanctum Although Pennington guards the Poshley Sanctum, Smorg must be battled to get it. Showstopper, 2 If successful, destroys enemies in a single blow. Does not work on enemies with more than 12 HP, mini-bosses, and bosses.
Crystal Star

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X-Naut Fortress, originally in Rogueport Possibly originally no one, Magnus von Grapple 2.0 Supernova, 6 Does up to 15 damage to all enemies. The damage increases by 3 each time the player fills the gauge.


Items are objects that help Mario and his partners on his journey. Most of them change and heal his stats such as Heart Points (like Mushrooms), Flower Points (like Honey Syrup), Attack (like Power Punch), Defense (like Courage Shell), and some gives the player Status Ailments (like Repel Cape), but some damage the enemy (like Fire Flower) and/or give them status ailments (like Mr. Softener). Mario may hold on to 10 items on his body but he can store 31 items at any Item Shop and withdraw them at any time there. The amount of items Mario can hold will be doubled after he collects the Strange Sack.


Badges are what Mario may need throughout the game. They can be purchased at the Lovely Howz or by Charlieton, traded for Star Pieces by Dazzle, won at the Pianta Parlor or found in one of the places Mario and company visit. The blocks in which badges are found in the field are red in color, unlike normal item blocks which are yellow.

When leveling up, Mario can gain Badge Points (BP) which allow him to use badges he has already found. Some of the badges add new Jump or Hammer moves to Mario's commands during battle and other new abilities.

Badges can also affect Mario and his partners outside of battles. After the battle certain badges can increase the amount of points defeated enemies leave. Enemies might also carry badges in battle, which only Ms. Mowz can steal right away, and there's a likeliness that they might leave them when they're defeated.

Two special badges, the W Emblem and the L Emblem, can change Mario's clothing. With the W Emblem, Mario gets Wario's clothing, with the L Emblem, he gets Luigi's clothing, and with both Emblems combined, he gets Waluigi's clothing.

If multiple copies of the same jump or hammer badge are worn at once, the FP requirements will increase, but so will the attack power.

All badges found in RPGs like Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door are listed here in detail.

Bestiary (Tattle Log)

See the Bestiary for a list of all enemies found in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, as well as Tattle information provided by Goombella. See the below section for a list of bosses.

Trouble Center Side Quests

Main article: Trouble Center

In Rogueport, there is a "Trouble Center" which offers the citizens' troubles for Mario to solve. An anonymous quest comes from Ms. Mowz and requires Mario to find a badge she is looking for but can not find. After this quest is completed, she joins Mario's team.


Yellow signifies chapter bosses.

Whereabouts Name HP Attack Defense Special Attack Location
Prologue Lord Crump (1) 5 1 0 none Rogueport
Gus 20 3 0 Spear Throw (3) Rogueport
Blooper 12 1 0 Ink (1 x 2) Rogueport Sewers
Chapter 1: Castle and Dragon Gold Fuzzy &
Fuzzy Horde
10 1 0 Call Fuzzy Horde Shwonk Fortress
20 1 (per fuzzy that attacks) 0 none Shwonk Fortress
Red Bones, Four Dull Bones 5, 1 (each) 3, 2 (each) 1, 1 (each) Rebuild & Revive, Rebuild Hooktail's Castle
Hooktail 20 (+10) 5 1 Trick (5), HP Recover (+10HP) Hooktail's Castle
Chapter 2: The Great Boggly Tree Vivian &
Marilyn (1) &
Beldam (1)
10 1 0 Burn (1 x 2) Boggly Woods
12 2 0 Charge (+2 Attack Power) Boggly Woods
9 1 0 Various Magic Boggly Woods
Magnus von Grapple (Lord Crump) 30 2 1 X-Fist (5), Earthquake (2 x 2) The Great Tree
Chapter 3: Of Glitz and Glory Armored Harriers (Two Iron Clefts) 6 (each) 4 (each) ??? (each) none Glitz Pit
Bowser (1) 30 3 1 Ground Pound (3, lose an attack) Glitz Pit
Rawk Hawk 40 4 0 (1 according to Tattle Log) Air Attack (4), Super Slide (6), Falling Hazard (1 x 12) Glitz Pit
Macho Grubba 60 4 0 Various "Macho" Upgrades Glitz Pit
Chapter 4: For Pigs the Bell Tolls Atomic Boo (optional) 40 4 0 Confuse, Immobilize, Invisible Creepy Steeple
????? (aka Doopliss) - (1) 40 4 0 Doppelgänger Creepy Steeple
Doopliss (2 - Fight with Partners) 40 4 0 Doppelgänger, Partner Attack (Each deals damage present to current Shine Sprite standards), Partner Swap (After partner dies) Creepy Steeple
Chapter 5: The Key to Pirates Three Embers 8 (each) 3 (each) 0(each) Burn Keelhaul Key
Cortez 20 x 3 4 1 Charge (+4 Attack Power), Haunted Weapons (4 x 4), Poison Hook (4, poison) Pirate's Grotto
Chapter Intermission Lord Crump (2), X-Nauts 30, 6/10 3, 5 0, 0 Call X-Nauts & HP Recover X-Ship/Black Skull
Chapter 6: Three Days of Excess Smorg 50 5 1 Grope (10 x 2) Excess Express
Chapter 7: Mario Shoots the Moon Two Elite X-Nauts 10 (each) 5 (each) 1 (each) Huge, HP Recover, Dodgy X-Naut Fortress
Magnus von Grapple 2.0 (Lord Crump) 70 6 2 Flying X (6 x 2), X-Punch (9 x 2), Machine Gun (3 x 10) X-Naut Fortress
Chapter 8: The Thousand-Year Door Dark Bones, Four Dry Bones 20, 8 (each) 5, 5 (each) 2, 2 (each) Rebuild & Revive, Rebuild & Revive (each) Palace of Shadow/The Thousand Year Door
Gloomtail 80 8 2 Poison, Megabreath (16) Palace of Shadow/The Thousand Year Door
Doopliss (3) &
Marilyn (2) &
Beldam (2)
40 6 0 Doppelgänger Palace of Shadow/The Thousand Year Door
40 7 0 Charge (+7 Attack Power) Palace of Shadow/The Thousand Year Door
30 5 0 More Various Magic Palace of Shadow/The Thousand Year Door
Sir Grodus &
Four Grodus Xs
50 7 1 Various Magic Palace of Shadow/The Thousand Year Door
3 (each) 4 (each) 0 (each) Increase Grodus' Defense, Make Grodus Invincible, Ice Beam, Fire Beam Palace of Shadow/The Thousand Year Door
Bowser (2) &
Kammy Koopa
70 7 2 Ground Pound (7, player temporarily loses an option such as Items or Jump), Burn, Poison Palace of Shadow/The Thousand Year Door
50 5 0 Various Magic Palace of Shadow/The Thousand Year Door
Shadow Queen (Final Boss) 150 7 1 Various Severely Dangerous Magic Palace of Shadow/The Thousand Year Door
Pit of 100 Trials Bonetail (optional) 200 8 2 Various Severely Dangerous Magic Pit of 100 Trials

The Pit of 100 Trials

Mario confronting Bonetail.

The Pit of 100 Trials is an optional challenge. Before or after saving the world, Mario can take on the enemies found in the 100-basement floor area known as the Pit of 100 Trials. The enemies located on levels 51-99 are especially strong. Upon reaching floor 100, Mario discovers Bonetail, the long-lost relative of Hooktail and Gloomtail. After defeating Bonetail, Mario receives the Return Postage Badge.

Similarities to Paper Mario

There are many similarities between the original Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, including these elements:

  • The opening is identical to that of the previous game, right down to Parakarry delivering a letter from Princess Peach.
  • The first partner of both games is a Goomba that will give Mario hints on both enemies and the area. They both have headbonk, tattle, and multi-bonk as attacks.
  • The second partner of both games is a Koopa Troopa. Both will be able to be shot out to hit switches, etc. Both of them are also able to use Shell Toss and Power Shell in battle.
  • Both games have partners obtained in Chapter 3 that have first and last attacks that deal several, low power hits. Bow with her Fan attacks and Yoshi Kid with his ground pound and Stampede attacks.
  • The fourth partner of each game will allow the player to travel across gaps, Parakarry and Yoshi, respectively.
  • Both games have a Bob-omb as a partner, both are able to destroy cracked surfaces, Bombette and Bobbery, respectively.
  • Both games have a partner that allows Mario to become invisible to enemies, Bow and Vivian, respectively.
  • Both games have a partner who is able to uncover hidden items, and whose basic attack pierces through defense, Watt and Ms. Mowz, respectively.
  • Both games have a partner who has betrayed an enemy to join Mario's party, Lakilester and Vivian, respectively.
  • The main plot point of both games is to find seven stars.
  • Both games have an upgrade system for Mario's Jump and Hammer attacks.
  • In both games the player is able to play as Peach between chapters. The player is required to dress Peach up as an enemy to learn secrets. Also, the player can cook something in both games. In TTYD, Bowser's side-quest is separated from Peach's, as he is not the one who kidnapped her.
  • As with the first Paper Mario game, a main antagonist sees Peach disguised as a minion, and remarks on how she smells "too nice".
  • Mario and Peach contact each other using friendly characters in both games. Twink helped in Paper Mario and TEC in The Thousand-Year Door. In the end, both Twink and TEC develop feelings for Peach.
  • Mario must solve a mystery in both games. A Bumpty is Mario's fellow detective in both.
  • In one point of the games, Mario falls for a ploy created by the boss of the level which led him to be confined in a cage. A ? block in Paper Mario, and a fake puni pedestal in The Thousand-Year Door.
  • Chapter 1 in both games features a castle/fortress as the location of the boss.
  • The partner acquired in Chapter 2 in both games required Mario to bring them an item.
  • An oversized Clubba is the boss of Chapter 3 in both games, and both have a secret that involves making themselves powerful.
  • In both games, at one point, Mario has to chase the Chapter 3 bosses (Grubba and Tubba's Heart).
  • Moustafa and Flavio both give the player stones needed to reach an ancient, rumored to be haunted, place. Also both of the ghost bosses (Tutankoopa and Cortez) try to intimidate Mario by uttering threats as he progresses through the level.
  • Buying a Dried Shroom and another certain item along with it was a secret sign in both games that was required to reach Moustafa and Don Pianta.
  • Chapter 5 takes place on a tropical island with coconuts in both games and both involve an expedition. Also, in both games this is when Mario's oldest partner joins him, and they both have to be rescued from being stuck in a tree before they do so.
  • The Chapter 5 bosses, Lava Piranha and Cortez, are similar as Cortez's spine in his first form and Lava Piranha's stem are in the exact same position, and both of them have multiple forms, each with the same amount of HP.
  • In both games, Princess Peach must make something. Also, in both games, if she makes a mistake in the directions of making it, it will come out wrong (Making a cake for Gourmet Guy and making the invisibility potion)
  • After the battle against Cortez was over, one of the Toad sailors will tell everyone that he feels a "slight wind" coming from the cracked wall, just as Misstar did in the first one. Also, the Bob-omb partner of both games is needed to blow that up. Also, the most frequently fought boss of both games conveniently show up after Chapter 5 is completed.
  • Chapter 6 takes place in a beautiful area and has a boss that can do a very high amount of damage when charged up: 16 for Huff N. Puff, 10 for Smorg. Also, both are blob-shaped and made up of a smaller species. Additionally, Ruff Puffs appear in the sixth chapter of both games.
  • Chapter 7 features a snowy region.
  • Chapter 8 includes a battle against Bowser before the final battle. Also, Kammy Koopa is fought in both chapters.
  • The main villain of both games (which have kidnapped Peach) had to be chased through long stairways in the eighth chapter of both games.
  • Mario's final battle is divided into multiple parts. At one point, each boss is invincible and Peach plays an integral role in negating that invincibility.
  • Peach conveniently gets taken away in both games right before Mario and company reach the hideaways of the games' main antagonists.
  • In both games, there is a scene where Mario can turn into 8-bit Mario with Super Mario Bros. music playing.
  • Both games have Merlon standing outside his house, waiting for Mario and his partners to show up, where he'll tell them about a dream that he had, and will tell them to let him know if they find out the meaning of it.
  • Both games have a spike room where Bow's Outta Sight or Vivian's Veil must be used, and the position of the paths across the spikes are identical.
  • Both games feature a boss who poses a threat by eating people (Tubba Blubba and Hooktail), and both of these bosses have a secret weakness.
  • Both games include a test during the Chapter 5 interlude that Princess Peach has to take and has information that will help Mario in the future.
  • Both games end with a parade led by Luigi (though in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door it's not really a parade, and is mainly a line of all the character's shadows used as a way to show everyone).

References to other games

  • Donkey Kong: One of the badges is named "Jumpman", referencing to how Mario was named in this game.
  • Super Mario Bros.: At the X-Naut Fortress in the Changing Room, Mario and Co. can change into an 8-bit sprite of themselves, along with the Super Mario Bros. music playing in the background. Hamma also mentioned that his grandfather was at World 7-1. Bowser's gameplay is also a direct parody of this game.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3: Whenever Jolene (while under the alias of "X") sent Mario an e-mail, the Ice Land map screen theme would play. The music that plays when Mario is riding the blimp is a cover of the athletic theme from this game. This game also included Boomerang Bros., Fire Bros., and Boos, which originated from this game. Bowser's theme song is a cover of the background music that plays in castle levels.
  • Super Mario World: Whenever Peach sends Mario an e-mail, the title screen theme would play. Whenever Mario gets an e-mail from other people, part of the epilogue theme (from when a Koopaling castle is beaten) will play. When Mario wins a battle, the "level clear" sound will play.
  • Super Mario 64: In the first Princess Peach interlude, Peach is singing the Inside the Castle Walls theme from this game when she is in the shower.
  • Paper Mario: Parakarry makes a brief cameo at the beginning of the game, and delivers a letter to Mario from Peach, just like the previous game. Lady Bow also makes a cameo appearance, and makes a direct reference to Boo's Mansion, as well as the adventure they had. There is also a random Toad at the Excess Express (after Chapter 6 is completed) that will ask Mario a quiz question, ("What did Bowser steal in the first Paper Mario?"), and the answer is, "Star Rod". The video game-obsessed Toad kid from Petalburg also mentions that he's been playing the game, describing Bow as the "cutest Boo of ALL TIME!!!" Jr. Troopa also appears in the background in the picture that Zip Toad attached to his e-mail. Gulpits are also given a reference when Grubba exclaims, "GREAT-GALLOPIN' GULPITS!". A Ratooey at Rogueport Harbor who went on a quest for oil in Dry Dry Desert can tell Mario about this adventures at the end of the game. Every part is a chapter of Paper Mario game.
  • Mario Kart: During one of Luigi's stories, he tells Mario he had to sign up for a Kart race, and mentions he had driven karts before, giving reference to the Mario Kart series.
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga: Chuckola Cola is an item in this game, referring to the game it has been appeared first. Flavio resembles the Beanbean Kingdom residents, and also carried a bottle of Chuckola Cola with him. Also, two characters named Podley and Podler, are from the Beanish species. The "Super-Guarding" ability was likely inspired by the ability to counter enemies' attacks in Superstar Saga. One of Bowser's options during his conversation with Pennington during the Chapter 7 interlude is The Shadow Thief, a reference to Popple.
  • Luigi's Mansion : Occasionally, Luigi will have the Poltergust 3000 on his back when in the audience. This does not affect anything, though. A crow in Twilight Town also says he will set up an estate pay site named Luigi's Mansion, and his crow friend says that "he's heard that name somewhere before", a reference to this game.
  • Super Paper Mario: This game is alluded to by a video game-obsessed Toad in Petalburg. At the end of the game, he'll state that he's been playing "the new Paper Mario game" called Super Paper Mario, which was released in 2007 for the Wii, and that it will be pleasing to fans of Luigi, which hints that the game was already in production and/or planning stages at the time Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door was in development.

References in later games

  • Super Paper Mario: All seven partners from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door make cameo appearances as Catch Cards that are won by completing the Duel of 100 at Sammer's Kingdom. Francis also has plush toys of the Yoshi (in all colors), Vivian, Bobbery, and Pennington, along with a poster of Petuni. In Francis' list of things to buy, Rawk Hawk was given a reference when he stated that he wants a DVD called, "Harder than Bedrawk: The Rawk Hawk Story". Francis also stated that he wants a Ms. Mowz doll with "real-smooching action", an Excess Express train set, and a Magnus von Grapple action figure. Francis also happens to watch "Starship X-Naut" and "The Grodus Chronicles". Also, Fracktail and Wracktail, themselves are homages to Hooktail and Bonetail. Additonally, there is also a Sammer Guy who calls himself "Laughing X-Naut" and another who calls himself "The Thousand Year Roar". Lastly, Slim's ability to make Mario, Peach, Bowser, or Luigi thin is a reference to the second curse in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl: Goombella, Yoshi, Vivian, and Rawk Hawk appear as Stickers. Goombella also has her own trophy. Also, the words, "CRUMP" and "RAWK" appear in the random name selection, which are possible references to Lord Crump and Rawk Hawk.
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star: In the level Shy Guy Jungle, there's a pile of garbage with many letters, one letter is written by Goombella and it states: "Observations on the Ancient Civilization of the Chomp Ruins.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS: The S.S. Flavion appears as a variation of a Paper Mario stage in this game. The Blooper also appears in the stage variation's background. As well as a remixed version of the Rougeport theme.


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Beta Elements

Main article: List of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door beta elements

The game's early trailer showed a different logo name and design, the design looking similar to the first Paper Mario's logo. An early demo version of the game featured Petal Meadows under the name Crystal Star Fields, Hooktail Castle and Boggly Woods.


Main article: List of glitches in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

There are many glitches in the game, a variety of them involve mistakes with the sprites after performing certain actions. Another glitch is that Admiral Bobbery can be forced offscreen. In Rogueport, the player should go near the gate right next to the passage above. Tossing him makes Bobbery go off the flipbook, and as long as Mario remains in the same, doesn't talk to anyone, or change partners, Bobbery will be walking alone.


Main article: List of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door staff

Intelligent Systems developed the game with Nintendo publishing it. The music is credited to Yoshito Hirano and Yuka Tsujiyoko.


Main article: List of quotes in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
  • “Omigosh! Is… Isn't that a treasure map?! You HAVE to tell me where you got that!” - Goombella
  • "And with that...pow! I'm gone!" - Lord Crump
  • "Mmmmmmwee hee hee hee! I have no quarrel with you...but I simply can't allow you to hunt for the Crystal Stars." - Beldam
  • "And then I, Grodus, will build a new world! A perfect, ideal world... Yes. A world made by me, about me, and for me! GAAACK ACK ACK ACK ACK!" - Sir Grodus
  • "I'm... I'm sorry Sis. This Mario is the only person who's ever been kind to me..." - Vivian


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ペーパーマリオRPG
Pēpā Mario Ārupījī
Paper Mario RPG
Spanish Paper Mario: La Puerta Milenaria Paper Mario: The Millennium Door
French Paper Mario: La Porte Millénaire Paper Mario: The Millennium Door
German Paper Mario: Die Legende vom Äonentor Paper Mario: The Legend of the Aeon Door
Italian Paper Mario: Il Portale Millenario Paper Mario: The Millennium Portal
Korean 페이퍼마리오:천년문
Peipeo Malio: Cheonnyeonmun
Paper Mario: The Door of the 1000 Years


  • All of the partners from the first Paper Mario were originally going to make cameo appearances in this game, but were scrapped from the final product for unknown reasons. However, Parakarry and Lady Bow do remain in the game, and make appearances at the beginning and in Poshley Heights after completing the game, respectively.
  • This is the only Mario RPG in which Bowser is not involved in the final battle in any way.


  1. ^ Release dates from TMK, retrieved 7-22-2008