Mysterious book

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“Snap out of it, Luigi! That book is doing something weird!”
Toad, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

The mysterious book[1] is a key plot element in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. It contains the characters from the Paper Mario universe,[2] as well as its paper world.

While searching for the source of a draft in the attic of Peach's Castle, Luigi and a Toad discover the book on the bookshelf. Startled by a Scaredy Rat, Luigi knocks the book down, causing it to open and release various Paper characters into the world. Mario and Luigi team up with Paper Mario to track down the various Paper Toads that have been released, while Bowser unites with Paper Bowser.

After making their way through Doop Doop Dunes, the protagonists lose the book to Bowser Jr. and Paper Bowser Jr., who intend to destroy it so they can stay together, but they ultimately decide to keep it. Bowser and Paper Bowser discover the book themselves and intend to trap the Mario Bros. in the book and then destroy it. However, prior to that, the Bowsers plan to betray each other afterward, trapping the other in the book along with the trio, which they fail in doing.

After the final battle with Shiny RoboBowser, Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario trap Paper Bowser back in the book and ultimately use the book to return all of the Paper characters and Paper terrain back to their own world.

The storybook that tells the events of Paper Mario: Sticker Star, as shown in the game's opening, resembles the mysterious book, the main difference being that the former depicts a Sticker Comet on its cover instead of a Mushroom.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Italian Misterioso libro magico[3]
Misterioso libro[4]
Mysterious magic book
Mysterious book


  1. ^ Luigi’s at it again | Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Story - Play Nintendo. (Archived August 10, 2021, 00:44:58 UTC via Wayback Machine)
  2. ^ Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam eShop description. (Archived February 1, 2016, 09:34:08 UTC via Wayback Machine)
  3. ^ "Rovistando nella soffitta del Castello di Peach, Luigi apre casualmente un misterioso libro magico, dalle cui pagine saltano fuori amici e nemici di carta!" Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. page on, retrieved on May 2nd, 2024
  4. ^ "Personaggi di carta sono venuti fuori da un misterioso libro nel Castello di Peach! Aiuta i nostri eroi, Mario e Luigi!" summary, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.