Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

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Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Developer(s)Intelligent Systems
Director(s)Ryota Kawade
Producer(s)Shigeru Miyamoto
Ryouichi Kitanishi
Artist(s)Chie Kawabe
Writer(s)Hironobu Suzuki
Misao Fukuda
Composer(s)Yoshito Hirano
Yuka Tsujiyoko
Saki Haruyama
SeriesPaper Mario
Nintendo DS (Virtual Console)
  • JP: July 22, 2004
  • NA: October 11, 2004
  • EU: November 12, 2004
  • AU: November 18, 2004[1]
  • NA: August 9, 2005
Virtual Console (NDS)
  • JP: March 11, 2005
  • NA: May 15, 2005
  • EU: June 6, 2005
  • AU: July 20, 2005
  • ESP: August 16, 2006

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (or, as it is nicknamed, Paper Mario 2) is a Nintendo GameCube role-playing game released in 2004. It won the award for best RPG game of the year. It uses the setting of Nintendo's Mario games.

Plot[change | change source]

Princess Peach finds a map in an old town filled with crime. Mario sets off to the town of Rogueport, where he finds the Crystal Stars. There is a door deep in the sewers of Rogueport (the Thousand-Year Door) which will open if all the crystal stars are collected. It is said that a demonic spirit rests behind the door. The X-Nauts (a group of robot-like people) try to steal all of the crystal stars in order to awaken an evil demon to wipe out the planet so that they can become dictators of the world.

  • The last boss of the game is the Shadow Queen who possesses (takes over) Princess Peach.
  • Three shadows (The Shadow Sirens) are somehow related to the demon.

Remake[change | change source]

A remake of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door was announced on September 14, 2023.[2] It was released on May 23, 2024. The game runs at 30 fps, but that doesn't have a major effect on gameplay.[3]

Reviews[change | change source]

Aggregate score
Metacritic87 out of 100[4]
Review scores
GameSpot9.2 out of 10[6]
IGN9.1 out of 10[5]

The game had good reviews.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Updated Australian Release List – 31/10/04". PALGN. October 31, 2004. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  4. "Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door". Metacritic. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  5. Schneider, Peer (October 11, 2014). "Paper Mario 2: The Thousand-Year Door". IGN. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  6. Kasavin, Greg (November 12, 2004). "Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 2007-10-27. Retrieved October 25, 2014.