Super Paper Mario

Super Paper Mario
System Wii
Developer Intelligent Systems
Genre Action RPG
Series Super Mario Series

Mario and Luigi rush to Bowser's Castle to rescue Princess Peach once again, but they are met by Count Bleck, a powerful dark wizard who kidnaps Luigi and Bowser, then hypnotises Peach and Bowser into marrying each other, unleashing the Chaos Heart. Bleck uses the Chaos Heart to create an expanding void in dimensions that threatens to destroy the entire universe.

Mario is joined by a Pixl named Tippi and has to find the eight Pure Hearts to banish the Chaos Heart and restore the dimensions.

Mario can flip the action from a 2D to a 3D perspective to find hidden items and pathways. As the game progresses, Mario finds more Pixls and companions, giving him new abilities.

Release Information

Region Name Release
US Super Paper Mario 09 Apr 2007
Japan スーパーペーパーマリオ Super Paper Mario 19 Apr 2007
Europe Super Paper Mario 14 Sep 2007



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The first boss, Fracktail, is a giant, malfunctioning security dragon. During the fight, it makes a number of Nintendo references:

  • Wii Shop Loading Symbol

    When Fracktail begins to malfunction, its eye changes into a blue ring with a small blue ball rotating around it. This is the "loading" icon for the Wii Shop Channel.

  • I Am Error

    Shortly before the fight begins, Fracktail says "I am Error!". This was first said by the character named Error in Zelda II: Adventure of Link, and later became a popular internet meme.

  • Please Insert Side B

    In the Japanese version, Fracktail says "Please Insert Side B". This is a reference to one of the common messages that appeared on the Famicom Disk System when you needed to switch disk sides.

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Saffron's Dining Specializer

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In Saffron's house you can find a wall-mounted Nintendo DS used to keep track of recipes. It is referred to as the "Dining Specializer".

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In the Flopside Milk Shop, flip the screen to find two treasure chests. One of them contains Cooking Disk B, meant for the Dining Specializer, and shaped like a Nintendo DS cartridge.

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Francis's Fort

Francis is a large chameleon and a massive geek who has kidnapped (or "collected") Princess Peach. On stage 3-4, you have to infiltrate his fort, which is filled with strange items, and includes many Nintendo references.

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Games Room: Systems

In Stage 3-4 you can find a games room near a Spike Pit. Inside there are multiple Nintendo systems, including:

If you flip to 3D mode, you can also see a Wii hooked up to a flat screen TV.

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Games Room: Dolls & Posters

In the games room, there are also loads of dolls, mostly characters from Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

  • Vivian (PM:TTYD)
  • Multiple colours of Baby Yoshi (PM:TTYD)
  • Punio & Petuni (PM:TTYD)
  • Whacka (PM)
  • Bub-Ulb (PM)
  • Clubba (PM)
  • Pennington (PM:TTYD)
  • Princess Peach
  • Yoshi Egg
  • Fire Flower
  • Mushroom

On the walls are posters of Lady Bow (PM) and Petuni, and you can also find a radio controller Professor Frankly (from PM:TTYD).

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Games Room: Request List

If you examine the TVs and Computers in the Games Room, you can find Francis's list of things to buy, which includes:

  • Ms. Mowz doll with real smooching action (from PM:TTYD)
  • Larry Koopa: Zombie Heartbreaker (Larry Koopa is one of the Koopa Kids from Super Mario Bros. 3)
  • Magnus von Grapple figurine (from PM:TTYD)
  • Tanooki suit made from real tanooki (from Super Mario Bros. 3)
  • "Harder than Bedrawk: The Rawk Hawk Story" on DVD (from PM:TTYD)
  • 47th issue of Cyborg Wart (reference to Wart, the final boss of Super Mario Bros. 2)

When Francis is talking to Peach later on, in his inventory he is holding "Cyborg Wart" and "Rare Candy Collection" (which may be a reference to the Rare Candy items in Pokémon).

Submitted by Smashchu, Teisama, Dasher Misire, YoungLink


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Throughout the game, references are made to TV shows about the X-Nauts and "The Grodus Chronicles", referring to the antagonists in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

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Retro Items

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Mega Star

When Mario, Peach or Bowser collects a Mega Star, they will transform into a giant, 8-bit version of their sprite from Super Mario Bros.

On stage 3-1, an enemy Koopa Troopa grabs a Mega Star and transforms into an 8-bit Koopa Troopa, also from Super Mario Bros.

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Pal Pill

The Pal Pill appears as three 8-bit Mario heads from Super Mario Bros. When you collect it, you are surrounded by tiny 8-bit versions of your current character who will take damage and help you to attack enemies.

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Shell Shock

The Shell Shock is an 8-bit green Koopa Shell from Super Mario Bros. When you use it, you have to play a minigame that may make the shell grow up to three times its original size, increasing the amount of damage it will do.

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Classic Stages

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In stage 3-1, jump between the two red pipes and you fall into a Paper Mario style version of World 1-2 from Super Mario Bros.

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When you arrive in the Underwhere in Chapter 7-1, the first guy you speak to says:

"This is where people go when their game is over; some call it World -1."

This refers to the infamous Minus World glitch from Super Mario Bros., where the world number would be displayed as -1.

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Brain Age

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In Chapter 7-2, complete Dorguy the 2nd's quiz with 100% and he'll say that your brain age must be pretty low, referring to the DS education software Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!

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The Pit of 100 Trials

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The Pit of 100 Trials takes place inside what appears to be a large Game & Watch, with flat LCD graphics that change to affect the layout on each of the 100 stages.

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In Chapter 7-2, you have to fight the Underchomp, a three-headed Chain Chomp. However, you have to fight the Underchomp in an RPG style against a black backround, choosing your moves and items in order to affect the most damage.

It has been suggested that this could be a reference to Enix's Dragon Quest series or Nintendo's Mother series, and the fact the Underchomp is weak to sound-based attacks definitely suggests inspiration has been taken from the latter.

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Training Equipment

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During the Piccolo sidequest, you have to collect the Training Equipment for Merluvlee by trading the "You-Know-What" with Bestovius. The Training Equipment is actually a Nintendo DS. Bestovius says she can have it because he has upgraded to the newer, sleeker model.

After giving Merluvlee the Training Equipment, you ask what she's training and she replies "Why, my brain, of course!" Another reference to Brain Age.

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Whenever you use Piccolo's power, the sound effects made by your character will change into 8-bit sound effects from Super Mario Bros.

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In Flopside, Merlee will offer to charm you in exchange for Coins. When you accept, she shouts "WIIIIII!" as she casts the spell.

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Catch Cards

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Paper Mario Partners

For every 10 stages you clear in the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials, you receive a catch card. The last eight of these are cards of your partners from Paper Mario.

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Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Partners

After restoring the Sammer world, return and beat all 100 Sammer Guys and you will receive Catch Cards for Mario's partners in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

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Lakitu's Description

Lakitu's Catch Card reads:

"Lakitu chucks Spinys like coins at a Pianta Parlor. What's its problem? Someone made fun of its glasses."

The Pianta Parlor was a minigame casino in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

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Flipside Game Room

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In the baseball in Flipside, enter the back room of the bar and you can play four different minigames, two of which contain cameos:

  • One is shown in First Person. Using the gun, you have to shoot down all the ghosts in the foyer of Luigi's Mansion.
  • In the game where you hit Striker Koopa shells, the background seems to be a Game & Watch style LCD version of Super Mario Bros.

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Sammer Guys

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There are 100 Sammer Guys in Chapter 6, and many of them are named after things from the Mario series. The following is a list of the notable references:

No. Name Reference to…
1. Jade Blooper Blooper
2. Hills With Eyes The hills in Mario games often have eyes
3. Puffing Fist
4. Squatting Birdo Birdo from Super Mario Bros. 2.
5. Leaping Cheep Cheep Cheep
6. Master Wiggler Wiggler
7. Shoe of Kuribo the Goomba's Shoe item from Super Mario Bros. 3, which was named "Kuribo's Shoe" in the manual.
8. Guy Who Fry Fryguy from Super Mario Bros. 2
9. Screaming Mantis
10. Koopa in Winter Koopa Troopa
11. Footsteps of Coins Coins (he claims to place Coins all over the world)
12. Urchin Lung
13. Crow Who Eats
14. Swollen Tongue
15. Slipping Grip
16. Clammy Hand
17. Forbidden Slap
18. Hairy Arantula in the Grass Arantula
19. Another Castle Toad's phrase "Thank you Mario! But our Princess is in another castle!" from Super Mario Bros.
20. Rolling Thwomp Thwomp
21. Thrashing Prawn
22. Thousand-Year Roar Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
23. Unshy Guy Shy Guy
24. Useless Badge Badges
25. Sunshine Flood Super Mario Sunshine
26. Grand Master Kickface
27. Soaring Cape Mario's cape from Super Mario World
28. Yowling Yux Yux
29. Mystical Whistle Magic Whistle from Super Mario Bros. 3
30. Laughing X-Naut X-Nauts from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
31. Dances on Turtles Koopa Troopa
32. Fathomless Chasm of Falling Bottomless pits
33. Thirsting Bones Dry Bones
34. Molten Panther
35. Peeking Boo Boo
36. Action Commander Action commands from Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
37. Bullet Ill Bullet Bill
38. Sliding Shell Koopa Shell
39. Software Pirate
40. Flailing Boom Boom Boom Boom from Super Mario Bros. 3
41. Sun of Displeasure Angry Sun from Super Mario Bros. 3
42. Furious Fang of Goomb Goomba from Super Mario Bros.
43. Zesty Recipe Zess T. from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
44. Warping Pipe Warp Pipes
45. Fruit in Belly Possibly Yoshi
46. Last Sheep Sleepy Sheep item
47. Infinity Shlurp Shlurp from Super Paper Mario
48. Spanner of Rock Rocky Wrench from Super Mario Bros. 3
49. Star of Seven Shards Possibly Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
50. Ice World World 6 from Super Mario Bros. 3
51. Weeping Pokey Pokey
52. Hammer Uncle Hammer Bros.
53. Squatting Toad Toad
54. Ageless Goomba Goomba
55. The Negative One Minus World glitch from Super Mario Bros. (often depicted as -1)
56. Bob the Silent Blade
57. Piranha Root Piranha Plants
58. Over the Flagpole A glitch that allowed you to jump over the Flagpole in Super Mario Bros.
59. Cheep Chop Cheep Cheep
60. Raging Blargg Blargg
61. Sleeping Turnip Vegetables from Super Mario Bros. 2
62. Way of the Blooper Blooper
63. Phanto Grin Phanto from Super Mario Bros. 2
64. Invisible Brock Invisible blocks
65. Chomp of Eternity Chain Chomp
66. Monty Who Waits Monty Mole
67. Mustard of Doom One of the phrases said by Fawful from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
68. Peanut-Butter Pider Pider
69. Wrath of Whacka Whacka
70. Micro Boomba Micro Goomba
71. Steel Clubba Clubba
72. Staggering Dizzy Fuzzy Fuzzy from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
73. Upward Leaping Ninji Ninji from Super Mario Bros. 2
74. Bronze Shroom Golden Mushrooms
75. Lakitu Storm Lakitu
76. Wandering Spiny Spiny
77. Ripper Van Fish Rip Van Fish from Super Mario World
78. Infinite Jump Possibly after the Staircase trick in Super Mario Bros. where you could earn unlimited 1UPs by endlessly bouncing on a Koopa Shell.
79. Alternate Path
80. Dayzee the Merciless Dayzee
81. Smiling Cloud The smiling clouds from Super Mario Bros.
82. Bullet Bull Bullet Bill
83. Block of Pow POW Block from Mario Bros.
84. Inferno Flower Fire Flower
85. Plugged Snifit Snifit from Super Mario Bros. 2
86. Bounding Star Starman
87. Metal Cap Metal Cap from Super Mario 64
88. Belly of the Yoshi Yoshi
89. No Charging Chuck Chargin' Chuck from Super Mario World
90. Climbing Vine Vines
91. Quizmo Question That Has No Answer Chuck Quizmo from Paper Mario
92. Strolling Ptooie Ptooie from Super Mario Bros. 3
93. Fuzzy on Face Fuzzy
94. Glitz Blade Glitz Pit from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
95. Cloak of Tanooki Tanooki Suit from Super Mario Bros. 3
96. Coin Harvester Without Remorse
97. Pidget on Wind's Breath Pidget from Super Mario Bros. 2
98. Sensei Ruff Puff Ruff Puff
99. Pit of Crying Shames The Pit of 100 Trials
100. End Boss

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