amazing, touching game. can be dark at times. very story heavy game. lots of reading required.
super paper mario is a touching game with a beautiful story, ESPECIALLY for a mario game. it requires a lot of reading and has quite a bit of dark moments, but if you're okay with that, PLAY. IT. i'm a very unsensitive person around fictional stories and i literally cried at the end.
so, basically, a quick summary of the plot is that there's this guy named count bleck who's trying to destroy the world and you have to stop him. you go through a variety of different levels, and then once you defeat him, his "loyal minion" dimentio (who was previously assumed to be dead) murders nastasia, his assistant (although she comes back to life, and the death isn't graphic. he just attacks her with like his magic starburst attack thing and she falls over). he brainwashes luigi and usurps the chaos heart, you defeat him, count bleck is actually blumiere, timpani's (tippi, the butterfly pixl, once human, that helps you throughout the game) lost love. they seal the chaos heart away by finally getting married and then they disappear. i missed quite a bunch of key stuff tbh but i covered the two most major plot points. count bleck and tippi being blumiere and timpani, and dimentio's betrayal of literally everybody that trusted him.
now, the most scary part of the game is probably mimi's transformation into a spider. she snaps her neck (sounds of cracking and blood included, although nothing graphic), her eyes get huge, then they dissapear into spider legs, and she becomes well...
a giant spider. it's hard to explain. search "mimi transformation spm" if you wanna find out. it's the one with the little green girl.
the second thing i wanna point out is how much death there is (although everybody except dimentio who caused most of it comes back to life). first, dimentio murders mr l (brainwashed luigi) by explosion. he uses this method of killing for everyone except nastasia, actually. afterwards, he kills mario, peach and bowser (who is your ally in this game). a bit later in the game, he suicide bombs himself and luigi (again...), and both of them are supposedly dead. once you defeat count bleck, the presumed final boss, he comes and kills nastasia via his yellow and purple starburst attack thing. basically, its a purple flower looking thing inside of a yellow star that he can create and attack people with. then, he brainwashes LUIGI (he has a weird obsession with making his life miserable) and forces him to fuse with him to create super dimentio, which can best be described as a giraffe abomination thing.
right before the fight with super dimentio, he sends count bleck, nastasia and tippi into dimension d (a pocket dimension he created) and traps them there. with the power of the pure hearts, tippi is eventually able to return to castle bleck/the arena you fight super dimentio in.
once she (tippi) does this, super dimentio is no longer invincible and you defeat him and luigi escapes unharmed. dimentio himself leaves behind a shadow of his power to control the chaos heart, end all worlds, and then become the ruler of them all. he then explodes to death (although you can only see part of super dimentio that he's trapped in, so again, nothing actually graphic).
to stop the chaos heart, timpani (tippi) and blumiere (count bleck, who has a redemption arc, although isn't really all that redeemable imo). the chaos heart is then sealed away, and dimentio is presumably gone for good. count bleck and tippi then dissapear, and everybody goes to flipside, the main hub of the world.
OH! another thing of concern i forgot to mention! in chapter 3, the main boss is this weeaboo-neckbeard lizard/chameleon thing (francis) who kidnaps tippi and tries to keep them so they can post butterfly pics online. you end up getting her back by fighting with him. HOWEVER, before the fight, you have to play as peach (otherwise he wont let you into his studio space, which makes it so you cant get tippi back) and it becomes. a dating. sim. its WEIRD. peach is independent and is having none of it, which leads to her using boomer (the pixl that lets you explode stuff) to get out of it. again, nothing graphic, the music just... strange-
and another thing i forgot to mention is that dimentio is the only bleck minion that "dies" (mimi and o chunks eventually appear later in dimension d along with count bleck and nastasia) without a redemption arc. bowser and o chunks try and save peach, mario, and luigi from the collapsing ceiling and presumably get crushed. and mimi and peach try and save each other from falling, and presumably fall to their death. dimentio just straight up suicide bombs luigi and himself, not having a single qualm or regret about it, which is foreshadowing to his eventual betrayal of count bleck. peach, bowser and luigi all eventually show up during the count bleck fight and are confirmed to be alive.
luigi also probably has crippling ptsd from being burned alive two times as well as a fear of jesters. that isn't implied lol, just a headcanon
anyways, tl;dr, spm is a good game, lots of reading, lots of amazing plot, and a lotta (non graphic) death. good humour, too. PLAY IT. YOU WONT REGRET IT.
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