Super Paper Mario



Engrossing and action-packed; so much fun for 8+.
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What parents need to know

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.

Not applicable

This is part of the Nintendo Mario franchise.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Available online?Not available online
Release date:April 10, 2007
ESRB rating:E for comic mischief, mild cartoon violence

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old June 12, 2010


Here are some tips. First how to get Dashel defeat filpside's 100 trials. Pickalow talk to flopside's fortune teller then talk to flipside's fortune teller then talk to the man who gave you the 3D power then talk to the mayor of the town nearest to the guy who gave you 3D power then go to world 1-4 and talk to a person in the place where the pure heart would be then retrace your step at the end unlock the door that is locked in flopside. Last Barry after defeating Francis talk to the bush he was hiding in
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byCalebCalebCaleb April 8, 2009

Great buuutt

This is a great game. took me about 2 weeks to beat it and i was 13. Yet for those who are christians (like myself), It has some fortune telling and all that kind of dark relm things. It also speaks of the "Dark Prophesy" which is not really bad but kida iffy.
Teen, 17 years old Written byBlue-Bunny January 28, 2011

One of the best Wii™ games out there!

The third installment in the Paper Mario series is just stunning! This is my first PM game (the first Paper Mario coming second), so this is definitely my favorite in the series. Despite some of the hate it gets (simply because it is not like the original games), I still love it! The gameplay is excellent and easy to master. The design is awesome. Good triumphs over evil and another happy ending in the Mario series. Princess Peach is not the "damsel in distress". You get to play as Bowser and Luigi, too, since Bowser isn't technically a villain (or at least the main villain) in this game. It's just brilliant!
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Great messages
Great role models


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