Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door – Out now!

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is out now on Nintendo Switch! This beloved GameCube title has been fully remade from the ground up, with gorgeous new visuals and remade music, on what was already a solid foundation.

The reviews have been trickling in for a few days now, and things are overwhelmingly positive all round!

The title currently has a Metacritic score of 88 from 69 reviews, an incredible feat.

VGC were particularly impressed, awarding it a full 5 stars, and were pleased that the turn-based formula went back to basics:

Like most Paper Mario games, the narrative is the star here. But where other entries have been let down by their occasionally gimmicky gameplay, Thousand-Year Door’s RPG mechanics remain pleasingly robust and consistently engaging, with players able to battle foes alongside their companions in turn-based battles, and level up their stats upon defeating enough of them.

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Siliconera were equally impressed, giving it a whopping 10/10:

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is both the best Paper Mario entry and a Switch game everyone should own and play. The story is wonderful. The characters are fantastic. The gameplay is never tedious, and the situations often involve delightful surprises or twists.

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Considering this is a remake of a GameCube game, just what are the new features like? Well, Digital Foundry, known for putting games through their paces, have gone into fine detail about the technicalities regarding the title.

Graphically they’re very impressed with the title, but it does come at a price, and that price is 30FPS, as oppose to the GameCube original which ran at 60fps. Though we previously reported on why that may be the case.

You can check out the full Digital Foundry video here, or check out this breakdown of all the key points via GoNintendo:

  • UI elements are reworked to suit modern TVs

  • Geometry is rebuilt from scratch for every level

  • 2D sprites are swapped out for full 3D replacements

  • Two screen-space rendering techniques added

  • Screen space reflections (SSR) for reflective surfaces

  • Screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO) to shade in the corners of the world

  • Uses much more detailed shadow maps all-round

  • Runs at a native 1600x900 while docked

  • Runs at 1138x640 in handheld

  • Limited anti-aliasing

  • Frame delivery is at least consistent at 33.3ms with almost no deviation

  • Lateral 2D motion while running through towns and dungeons

So it’s looking like Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, an already classic title, is better than ever on Nintendo Switch!

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Finally, you can bag Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door for as cheap as £39.99 according to price aggregator DekuDeals!


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