Nintendo Switch Review: Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Should you fold on getting the Paper Mario remake?

The Nintendo GameCube classic Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door returns with updated graphics on Nintendo Switch! Join Mario and friends in an RPG adventure to discover the legendary treasure behind the ancient Thousand-Year Door. Will Mario complete his papery quest, or will he crumple under the pressure?

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has to be one of my favourite games. I still have my GameCube copy and I even went through it again last year, so it was still pretty fresh in my head when I went through the remake. I’ve always hoped that it would come to Switch or a future Nintendo system as I consider it the greatest Mario RPG there is and honestly, one of the funniest games out there.

The humour of the game with it’s easter eggs, tongue-in-cheek jokes and just bizarre Nintendo moments like a computer falling in love with Peach still makes me laugh, even 20 years on.

The classic game is all here with updated visuals that look amazing, though the framerate has dropped from the GameCube version of 60FPS to 30FPS on the Switch. I was conflicted when I first heard this, but having played it to the end I can say that it doesn’t impact the game anywhere near I imagined and was more stable overall.

In terms of changes to the original, apart from the visuals…there isn’t a whole lot different here, for better or worse. I would have liked them to change the General White hunt at the end of the game, but that’s a small criticism of the original. Other than that, its just as brilliant as I remember it, but now even more so with the updated graphics that really make the game shine.

The Verdict

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door for Switch is a superb remake of not only a great RPG, but also one of the funniest. Now, if we can only get a Super Paper Mario remake next…

Score: 9.0