Super Paper Mario is a 2007 action role-playing platform video game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Wii. It is the third installment in the Paper Mario series. The game follows Mario, Peach, Bowser, and Luigi as they attempt to collect Pure Hearts, which are needed to stop the villainous Count Bleck and his minions from destroying the universe.
In contrast to the earlier Paper Mario games of the turn-based role-playing game genre, Super Paper Mario has elements from both RPGs and side-scrolling platformers; some critics described it as a hybrid of the two genres. The game's main feature is Mario's ability to flip between 2D and 3D perspectives. Most of the game is played in a 2D perspective, with the 3D perspective being used to solve puzzles and access previously unreachable areas. Peach, Bowser, and Luigi also have unique abilities, and additional abilities can be gained through acquiring partner characters known as Pixls.
Super Paper Mario received generally positive reviews and was one of the best-reviewed Wii games of the year. Critics praised its gameplay, mainly its dimension-flipping mechanic, originality, and story, although the large amount of text received some criticism. It was nominated for and won several awards, including the award for Outstanding Role Playing Game at the 12th Satellite Awards; critics have since regarded as one of the best games on the Wii.
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