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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!
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 GameRankings.com.
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.
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 GameRankings.com, 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 Amazon.com, as well as the original version and Super Paper Mario for the Wii: