The story in this new game involves Mario touring the whole of the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond to once again rescue Princess Peach. Little explanation is given for why all the characters in the game appear to be made of paper (it just looks cool!) but more is at least made of it in the gameplay this time, as Mario is able to fold himself up, origami style, to become a paper dart and other useful shapes.
The combat sees Mario teaming up with a group of wild and wacky partners in a turn-based system that subverts the usual staid conventions of the genre by allowing you to inflict more damage, or defend against it, by timing a button press with the movement of the characters. However much fun this and the other sub-games are though the greatest joy with Paper Mario remains the witty dialogue and the fantastic graphics.
In a world of under-designed blandness Marios unending series of bizarre characters from a room full of hundreds of dry bones (skeletal koopa turtles) to a hilarious pastiche of Super Mario Bros. where you get to control Bowser this is pure Nintendo magic from beginning to end. --David Jenkins
A mix of platform and RPG with a keen sense of humour, there's obviously been an awful lot of hard work and care gone into this game.
It doesn't have the best graphics ever, nor the best sound, ditto best story... etc; but it's far more than the sum of it's parts and well worth your money.
WARNING: This game is seriously addictive!
The paper effect works very well, and the game looks crisp. I have to applaud to 2D graphics for working without problem, because you don't see much of 2D anymore. Even though I have seen better graphics before, the graphics in this game still provide enough to satisfy.
The is some old school Mario tunes in here, and some new stuff that can be heard throughout the game. The music during battles sometimes gets repitive but the overall music for this game is great.
I can't get enough of this game, and even as I am typing this review I want to rush back to the gamecube to turn it on and play this wonderful game. The characters are great, and full of life, the overall feel of the game is amazing, and the storyline is perfect. Even for someone not too into RPG's will probably really enjoy this game, because there is a lot to be found here, and Mario fan's like me are in for a HUGE treat. The bottom line is that all gamecube owners shouldn't pass up the opportunity to play Paper Mario: TTYD and its just a pleasure to have in your collection.