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Great Wii Game Fun for All Ages,
This review is from: Super Paper Mario (Video Game)
One of the biggest transitions for video games during the seventh generation is the fact that more and more games are adding more and more online content. While no one is going to argue the fact that this is great for gaming, it sort of hurts those who love a good single player experience. Super Paper Mario answers this call and is a staple among the first wave of Wii games. It doesn't have a multiplayer mode but then again there are a million multiplayer games already out for Wii.
Super Paper Mario is the original Mario Bros meets Paper Mario. It isn't quite one or the other, it's a little of both. I was disappointed by this at first because I loved the turn based action of the first one when I was younger but after about an hour of playing I started to get hooked. The dialogue is very funny and even though it's long it's very enjoyable if you take the time to read it.
The storyline is similar to that of every Mario game, big bad captures Princess Peach, Mario saves the day. Only this time Bowser is on your side and thank God he is because he'll come in handy on more than one occasion. Luigi and Peach are also in your party and round out your team with their abilities. The plot revolves a evil man named Count Bleck who rips a hole in this place called Flipside. Mario must found the pieces of the True Heart to save Flipside and his friends. He is accompanied by Luigi, Peach, Bowser, and these creatures called Pixls. Instead of the various characters you use to fight with in the first two games, you use pixls who each give your character certain power up likes a hammer attack or even making Mario little depending on which one you use. A lot of the game calls for you to sit down and examine the situation so that you can figure out which Pixl and character you need to use. This can be tricky and some points.
The game play is like that of the original Super Mario Bros. You hold the Wii remote like a NES controller, the nunchuck is not used in the game. You can point the Wii remote at you TV to reveal certain things and shake it to use power ups on enemies but not much of the game revolves around this. Some people say the game is short but depending on the skill level it should take you fifteen to twenty hours to beat. It isn't Zelda or Final Fantasy in that sense but a little kid can beat it without being frustrated or getting bored.
There aren't a whole lot of really good single player games out for the Wii and if you're looking for some good single player action and have beaten Metroid and Zelda than Super Paper Mario is the game for you. It's a lot of fun and I enjoyed it a lot.
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Initial post: Dec 19, 2007 8:18:48 PM PST
Carol L. Riegel says:
I really appreciated this review. I was looking for Mario that could be handled by a younger child and there isn't much information available.
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