Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

released on Jul 22, 2004

What sleeps behind the door?

Time passes, the pages turn… and a new chapter unfolds in an unfamiliar land! Get ready for a two-dimensional role-playing adventure for the ages as Mario returns to paper form to discover a mystery that sleeps behind an ancient, legendary portal called the Thousand-Year Door. The quest is long, the dangers many, and this time, Mario will have to make full use of his papery qualities just to survive.

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Undoubtedly one of the best RPGs on the Gamecube, although the backtracking gets a bit tedious and it's really frustrating to search for General White.
I fucking hate General White.

The best Paper Mario game, and by far one of my favorite games. Everything about it, from the visual design to the combat to the amazing music to the characters...just absolutely incredible from top to bottom.

It's hard to know where my life would be without this game. Much of my existence on the internet comes from trying to find content related to this gem. In many ways, I wouldn't be the same person without it.

Having grown up on the original Paper Mario on the N64, and some serious hype from my Twitch audience), I had high expectations for this game. I think that set the bar a bit too high. This game was fun, to be sure. The writing was clever, the combat interesting, and it was definitely a step up from the original. However, I find that I still love the original more. It had that X factor that is hard to describe. This game, however, is a close second.