Sunday, August 26, 2012

The best Paper Mario? Paper Mario Data Report

Coffee Beans
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Paper Mario was originally released for the Nintendo 64 on February 5, 2001. The game was re-released digitally for the Wii's Virtual Console in North America on July 16, 2007 and the Virtual Console version can be purchased for 1,000 Wii Points, which is $10.

The game was originally developed by Nintendo's Intelligent Systems division, and of course published by Nintendo. The Virtual Console edition has an ESRB rating of "Everyone" with "Comic Mischief" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

How many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported playing Paper Mario since it released on the Virtual Console? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

The Brew
Paper Mario has approximately 191,273 U.S. Wii owners that have reported hours through the Nintendo Channel, with 1,862 days possibly reported since the game released. The has an average play-time per day/session of about 1 Hour 58 Minutes, and its overall average is 27 Hours 32 Minutes as the image shows.

What about "professional" critic review scores for the game? The game has a "professional" critic review score average of 88.74%, based on 33 reviews on

Paper Mario's Virtual Console release has made Nintendo about $1,912,730 just based on the number of U.S. Wii owners that have reported data and the $10 price point.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I have never played any of the Paper Mario games, though I did see a friend in college play just a bit of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. If you are not familiar with the visual style of the original Paper Mario, here is a brief video to give you an idea:

I am interested in the Paper Mario games, because I think the concept behind them looks very original and interesting for Mario games. Seeing Paper Mario on the Virtual Console having "27 Hrs. 32 Min." reported as its average play-time "Per person", and knowing the game only costs $10 I think makes this game an incredible deal.

What about being the best Paper Mario though? Well, according to the "professional" critic reviews available for all the Paper Mario games on, this Paper Mario has the highest review score average of them all.

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Have any of you played all of the Paper Mario games, and if so, which one do you think is the best of the series? If you have played perhaps just one of them, what did you think about it?

If you are interested in the Paper Mario games, you can see a code for it below directly from, as well as the original version and Super Paper Mario for the Wii:


  1. I still think SMRPG on the SNES is way better. Just sayin.

  2. I have the data for that one as well I believe, is that the Legend of the Seven Stars one?

    Thanks for the comment/feedback!

  3. HIGHLY recommend you pick this up, Coffee. It's a must-have! I've played all Paper Mario games and TTYD is the best one IMO, but that doesn't make the original any less desirable.

  4. I thought this was a pretty decent game, without living up to the hype that others give it.

    I mean, at its core it's a too-simple JRPG, with a healthy dose of the Mario charm. Now, the Mario charm does elevate the game well above other standard JRPGs, but an all-time great game? Not to me, no.

    Then again, for $10 you can't really go wrong. It'll last more than 10 hours, so that's good value.

  5. I haven't played any of these more than a few minutes myself, which is sort of sad since we have two or three different ones. My son really got into the Thousand Year Door one. My youngest really likes the Wii version.

  6. all paper marios are amazing

    ttyd was the best

  7. "HIGHLY recommend you pick this up, Coffee. It's a must-have!"
    Considering its price/hours, I think it shows it is a great bargain. Being that the Wii U is Wii games compatible, but not compatible with GameCube games, I wonder if Nintendo will make TTYD a Wii U eShop game?

    Thanks for the comment and feedback!

  8. "I mean, at its core it's a too-simple JRPG, with a healthy dose of the Mario charm."
    I think this may be the reason to buy it. Bean 1 has a pretty good understanding of the Mario games now, 2D and 3D, and he is getting around levels pretty well...adding another Mario game to the mix that he can run around in, and perhaps pick up new game-play elements from might be cool, plus it would be a bonus for me since I could give the series a try.

    "Then again, for $10 you can't really go wrong. It'll last more than 10 hours, so that's good value."
    Well, according to the data it will last more than 20 hours, if I'm "average" with it.

    Thanks for the comment and feedback!

  9. "I haven't played any of these more than a few minutes myself ...."
    Sounds like a post could be written that would go well about incomplete games, or something...

    I actually thought about some of your comments tonight on your youngest one loving LBP, because Bean 1 has started attempting it...and I ended up running around just a bit in the first level with him watching. How did it end? "Uh ohhh, the shoe got me!" ("me" being us, since he was watching me play)

    Thanks for the thoughts!

  10. TTYD seems to be a favorite of people that have enjoyed the series in general, at least from comments I have been seeing around. As I asked @twitter-129084253:disqus above, do you think Nintendo will make TTYD available on the Wii U's eShop?

  11. It really is. Would love to know what you think of the game when you get it. :)

  12. ROFL

    I'll be curious to see if Bean 1 sticks w/ LBP or not. My youngest 2 played the heck out of it, and my youngest in particular really got into the design aspect. That's the sort of thing I'd have eaten up as a kid myself, so it's interesting to see her drop hours into laying out levels and such.


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