Super Paper Mario

Game review by
Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Engrossing and action-packed; so much fun for 8+.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 41 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Teamwork and cooperation, even between former enemies, is required.

Violence & Scariness

Plenty of Mario-style violence: stomping, fireballs, thrown hammers, electrical zaps, etc. But nothing graphic.

Language
Consumerism

This is part of the Nintendo Mario franchise.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game features plenty of cartoony violence and mayhem, but it's presented with affectionate humor -- even the bad guys stand up and joke after getting stomped or blown up. Aside from the action, there are a number of puzzles to solve and lots of characters to speak to. The game is lengthy with lots of reading, but it's quite easy and likely to be accessible to younger players.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySomeSJW December 9, 2019

Great for children with autism!

Who knew that the taller autistic brother is relatable?
Adult Written byVohaul February 17, 2019

Excellent game!

Probably the best game in the franchise. Very unique compared to the others. Also the last great Paper Mario game. Easy to play because of the traditional contr... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byLordofthehobbits May 24, 2019

Ok I know what your thinking why did I rate this 10+ rather than 8+?

just look up Mimi's transformation video that should be enough to state my point
Teen, 16 years old Written byJconLennington February 18, 2019

Good but very very dark

This game is great but it can be extremely sad and dark at times. But I don’t think kids will notice that, I didn’t. The game talks about love a lot as well whi... Continue reading

What's it about?

Mario seems to begin SUPER PAPER MARIO as he does many previous Mario games: on a quest to save Princess Peach. But before long, his mission becomes one to save all the worlds in the universe from a destructive super villain named Count Bleck, and Mario is even joined by Peach and other old friends during his journey. Mario's most powerful ability is the power to flip the world from a flat, old-school two-dimensional presentation to a three-dimensional view that makes each level look something like a long and broad hallway. Flipping the world from 2-D to 3-D reveals pathways and treasures hidden in the two-dimensional view; hills in the background might hide doors and giant enemies become paper-thin obstacles that Mario can simply run around.

Is it any good?

Unlike previous Paper Mario games, Super Paper Mario is engrossing and action-packed. Changing dimensions creates unique puzzles that should keep players exploring for the entire length of this 20-hour-plus game. The worlds are populated with great characters and stunning visuals. Each world is beautiful, with bright cartoony visuals and inventive level design.

As great as it is, Super Paper Mario is not perfect. Although four characters eventually become available, most are used only in a few specific situations and they feel superfluous. The game may not be challenging enough for experienced gamers. But Super Paper Mario is so much fun to play and so dazzling in its style that these weaknesses are easy to forgive.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Mario. Why is he such a likeable guy? Why do you think he's in so many games? Is he the reason you picked this game, or is it because of the new things you can do with the Wii? Which puzzles were the most challenging?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: April 10, 2007
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for comic mischief, mild cartoon violence
  • Last updated: December 2, 2019

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