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The Paper Mario series is a series of role-playing video games published by Nintendo and developed by Intelligent Systems. They are 3D games, but the characters are drawn in 2D. They are based around platforming.

About the series

The Paper Mario series can vary from a platformer to an RPG. It is very similar to the Mario & Luigi series. It involves the player going through a game where everything has a "paper" sprite. Every Paper Mario game (except for Sticker Star and Color Splash) usually has 8 chapters that the player must go through. There are currently six games in the series with Paper Mario: The Origami King being the latest installment.


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Paper Mario (2001)
(Nintendo 64)
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
(Nintendo GameCube)
Super Paper Mario (2007)
Paper Mario: Sticker Star (2012)
(Nintendo 3DS)
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (2015)
(Nintendo 3DS)
Paper Mario: Color Splash (2016)
(Wii U)
Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)
(Nintendo Switch)


Paper Mario combines traditional role-playing gameplay elements with concepts and features from the Mario franchise. The main protagonist, Mario, overcomes obstacles placed in the game's overworld by jumping and using his hammer. The graphics consist of a mixture of 3D environments and 2D characters who look as if they are made of paper. Battles in the Paper Mario games borrow elements from Super Mario RPG and traditional role-playing titles; and feature a turn-based system, in which players select an attack, defense, or item from a menu; and an "Action Commands" mechanic where the player can receive substantial attack or defense bonuses when they perform a timed button press correctly or follow some other instruction. Mario's health is measured in Heart Points (HP), of which one or more are consumed by attacks from the enemies he combats in battle; once his HP is reduced to zero, the game will end and the player will have to reload from the last save point reached.