Sunday, September 4, 2011

Nintendo Recycles - Nintendo Selects: Super Paper Mario

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     Super Paper Mario was originally released for the Wii on April 9, 2007, with a MSRP of $49.99.  The game was developed by an internal team at Nintendo, Intelligent Systems, and published by Nintendo.
     Super Paper Mario was a continuation of the Paper Mario series that started on the Nintendo 64, and continued on the GameCube with Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
     Super Paper Mario received an "Everyone" rating from the ESRB with "Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence" listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     Last Sunday, August 28, Super Paper Mario joined the Nintendo Selects lineup of Wii games(like this game!), and now has a MSRP of just $19.99.

     How many hours have Wii owners run around in Super Paper Mario since the game released more than 4 years ago?  Let's take a look!

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Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     Super Paper Mario has 772,004 Wii owners report game-play data through the Wii's Nintendo Channel with 1,603 days possibly reported since the game released.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     Super Paper Mario has 20,020,416 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 25 Hours 56 Minutes "Per person" reporting data.
     The game's average play-time is 2 Hours 9 Minutes per day/session reported. Sales Information
     The original version of Super Paper Mario has an sale rank of #1,379, and it is listed for $79.98.
     Nintendo Selects: Super Paper Mario's sale rank is #179, and is currently selling for $19.99.
     (Sales ranks and prices recorded around 2:15AM on September 4, 2011)

Review Score Averages
     Super Paper Mario's "professional" review score average is 85.17%, based on 73 reviews on

     The game has a 3.5 out of 5 Stars rating on, based on 233 customer reviews between both versions of the game.
     Super Paper Mario's customer review score average is 74.50%, when the reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 2:15AM on September 4, 2011)

Filtered Thoughts
     I have not played any of the games in the Paper Mario series, but I do remember watching a friend in college play a little of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and thinking the game concept was really cool.
     If you have never seen any game-play footage of the Paper Mario series, I highly encourage you to watch the video below, so you can see the concept behind the games:

     I think the reported game-play data for Super Paper Mario with more than 25 hours of average game-play is really good for the game, and I think it would be worth the new asking price of $19.99, just based on the reported game-play hours "Per person".
     Seeing over 700,000 thousand Wii owners have reported data for the game is also encouraging I think, especially when considering the Nintendo Channel data is only used by a small percentage of Wii owners.

     If any of you have played Super Paper Mario, did you enjoy what you played and would you recommend it to other Wii owners?  Also, do you remember how many hours it took to complete the game?

If any of you are interested in Super Paper Mario, you can see prices for the Nintendo Selects version on below:


  1. I never got into it. I played Mario RPG on the snes and people were saying the N64 was going to be like that, back in the day. No such luck. Maybe I'm still bitter they haven't made another true Mario RPG.

  2. Never played any of the series either, but thought the 2d vs 3d environment options were really cool. Just watched the video and didn't realize there was that much variation in gameplay for this version. (even a shmups style shooter mode)

    With all the new 'selects' titles I can see myself picking this up along with punchout, perhaps SMG and Zelda TP. Though the new SMB Wii is currently higher on my list.

  3. I have not yet had a chance to give this game a shot, but we played the Gamecube Paper Mario and it was quite a hit. The price drop however has me considering this particular title.

  4. Bought it day one, played 10 hrs, never finished it.

    I really liked it and more than once a month I think about grabbing my Wiimote and beat the game but...I don't know...I LOVE my Wii but it don't use it :( Sad story

  5. I would say that it's the weakes of the Paper Mario franchise, but it's still a good game. It deviates so much from the preevious ones that it's really only Paper Mario in name. I beat this game not long after it came out and funnily enough I went out today and bought a new copy because I needed to replace the game that was lost in a move a year or so ago.
    I just started replaying it today. It'll take about 20 hours to play through and it's basically a platformer with an RPG story told in between those segments. Think Super Mario Bros. with Final Fantasy length story segments between each level.
    I really like it, but it's my least favorite of that series.

  6. @Charlie:
    I can't remember, but have you played any of the Wii's "Mario" games? Didn't you complete NSMBW?

    Yea, I really wish Nintendo had released the "Nintendo Selects" titles last year(or even 2 years ago really), and not waited so long for some of these.
    My backlog is still backlogged, so I won't be purchasing anything yet...somehow I have survived all year without purchased a game!

    I'm sure in the next few months, one of you monthly game tallies will read something like:
    "Super Mario Galaxy
    Mario Strikers Charged
    Mario Super Sluggers
    ...just make it every Nintendo Selects title completed in one month!"

    Well, if you have played it 10 hours, you're probably 50% complete with it...or close to it, if the reported average "Per person" is for one play-through of the game, and what Nintendo Okie said below you.

    @Nintendo Okie:
    Can you skip the story segments, or do you have to watch them?

    Thank you all for the comments/feedback so far! As always, if you're just reading this post, feel free to leave a comment, as the "recent" comments will pop up on the side of the site.

  7. ROFL - well, possibly. I've already beaten up on Charged and Punch Out! :) so I'm halfway through that list heh

  8. @coffee

    You definitely have to sit through them. There's no way to skip them that I've found, except pushing the buttons really fast and that doesn't skip them very much.

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