The 'Shroom:Issue XXVI/Review Corner
Well, I’ll jump into the story. To make a long story short..... Princess Peach has been kidnapped, so Mario and Luigi head out to Bowsers castle. Bowser didn’t steal her, but then a new villain by the name of Count Bleck comes out and reveals that he kidnapped Peach. Mario tries to attack the Count, but he just knocks Mario away and sucks Bowser, Luigi, and a whole lot of koopas into the void. IF you watch the opening cut scene, it is revealed that peach and Bowser get married (wtf?) and a giant black heart appears. Well, really peach is hypnotized by one of Count Blecks minions (not Dimento, btw) WHY did the giant heart thing appear! WHAT does count bleck want with Luigi? AND WHY can’t Dimento have hypno-powers! Find out all this and more in the game... SUPER PAPER MARIO! What! Can’t I have MY fun?
Anyway, the characters are all awesome, (Dimento!) especially the villains. The plot is amazing. You will hear bits and pieces of two characters past that tie in heavily to the plot. When you hear them, you'll be thinking "what the heck does that mean?" As soon as you beat the last boss (I’m not revealing it... no it’s not that... and it’s not that either) it will all make sense. I think the plot is one of the things that makes this game good. The collectables are good. You don’t have badges, but there are many more items and recipes to make. I really don’t have much more to say, since I covered much of it in my last review. Okay, a quick recap: There are many items that can heal you or do damage to enemies. When you cook these you get much more powerful items. Get it? Got it? Good. Ill do a quick recap on enemies too: there are many different enemies that ACTUALLY get harder! There are over.. .200? enemies, so there are many different ones. You see new ones in each area. There really is no complaints here.
Okay the characters. You have pixls that act as your partners. They can explode, transform into a hover board for your convenience, or just grab something from far away. You generally get one of these per world. Then you have your main characters. Yes, I said characters. You can play as Mario, Bowser, Peach, and Luigi. Each has a special ability. Bowser can breathe fire and has more jump power, but he can’t jump. Mario can flip dimensions (more on that later.) You get the idea. You can switch to any character, although you don’t get Luigi until very late in the game. This game isn’t a rpg, it’s more of a platformer. You move as you wish and can jump on enemies on the field. I personally liked the RPG better, but that’s just me. This is just a normal platformer, right? WRONG! You can flip into 3d! See a wall that you can’t get past? Just flip! You see an opening that wasn’t there before. I’m not a big fan of platformers but this one is unique. I really can’t say more about gameplay. It’s really just a platformer with added elements. If you like platformers, this is for you, if you’re not a big fan still get it. The graphics are good, but I feel that when you flip into 3-D it’s a bit blocky. The sound redeems it, it’s just…. I don’t know. PLAY THE GAME AND FIND OUT. Or go on youtube. There are many secrets, from hidden partners, secret items, and a hidden dungeon. The replay value is good, probably a good 10-15 hours at the least. And that’s if you have a short attention span. There are so many secrets and items to collect. Trust me, you won’t get bored.
Here is how I rate this game. If you have a short attention span, look here.
Overall: 9.5, A
Overall without story: 9.4 A The graphics and gameplay are a bit low, but this is a great game. The worst of the Paper Mario series? To me, yes, but the Paper Mario series is so awesome that a bad game in the series is still going to be awesome. The hidden things are bountiful, so this game will keep you entertained. This concludes my “informative” review. Luigifreak out.