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Outer Space is the setting of Chapter 4 in Super Paper Mario. Chapter 4 may not take place in the outer space above the Mushroom Kingdom, but rather that of another dimension. It was once the location of the Squirpia kingdom. Upon arriving to Outer Space, the heroes realize they are unable to breathe, which forces them to return to Flipside to try to find a Space Helmet. After taking notice of the fishbowl Merlon gave to Pook, Mario, Peach and Bowser ask for permission to use the bowl as helmet. Pook agrees to this, but only after the heroes find Captain Gills, who was already too big for the fishbowl, a nearby place to live. After setting Captain Gills free in the canal on the basement floor of Flipside, the heroes proceed to Outer Space.
In Chapter 4-1, the heroes meet Squirps, a mysterious alien creature who functions as a ray gun for stages 4-1 and 4-3, as well as in the battle against Brobot. A large portion of this chapter involves a Squarp Hole maze, which requires the player to remember which Holes are linked to which in order to progress.
Chapter 4-1: Into Outer Space
Through the fierce battle against Francis, Tippi and the Mario gang grew closer.
As soon as the the team move into the Green door they find themselves in outer space. Tippi takes them back to Flipside, and they need to find a Space Helmet to continue. This space helmet is acquired by talking to Pook in Flipside, who has a fishbowl that can be used as a helmet. Pook would then accept to give the player the fishbowl if they could find a place to put Captain Gills, Pook's fish, in a place where he could still be able to live in. After doing so, they come back into the door, and come across an alien capsule which contains Squirps, an alien. The level revolves around a warphole maze that is to be navigated by the player with the help of Squirps.
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