Super Paper Mario Preview: Chapter 3: The Paper Chase

What happens when nerds attack?! We discover the answer in our look at the third chapter of this amazing Wii game.

Our run through Super Paper Mario has led us into chapter three, where things have taken a turn for the nerdy as Team Mario continues its quest to save the world. Following the events in chapter two the gang regroups in Flipside and chats with Merlon about the new information it has received. We also check in on Luigi, who, like Peach earlier, is just lying about Bleck's fortress unconscious (and yes, Bleck is a slacker as far as villains go since he's got all kinds of loose ends running around his castle). A pair of goombas find Luigi, wake him up, and get him to help them out by appealing to his vanity. Unfortunately, when one of the goombas is zapped by Nastasia and converted to serve Bleck, his buddy "goombas up" and switches sides, leaving Luigi in some dire straits. Back on the home front, Mario and Peach head out in search of another pure heart because the skies above Flipside show that the void being created by Bleck's shenanigans is growing.

Bowser himself becomes playable in chapter 3 of Mario's paperiffic adventure for the Wii .

When the pair arrives in the Bitlands, a very cool retro area made up of massive colored pixels, tragedy strikes as one of the group (no, it's not Peach) is kidnapped by Francis, a nerdy chameleon. After a friendly bystander offers the duo tips on how to reach Francis' fort, the team heads out on its rescue mission. The run through the Bitlands leads to an encounter with Bowser, who has wound up misplaced there following the fracas at the start of the game (more evidence that Bleck isn't good at the villain thing). Choosing to make lemonade of his situation, the shelled villain has made himself a fortress in the Bitlands and is chilling. A few predictable developments later, Bowser is fort-less and convinced to come along with Mario and Peach to stop Bleck, which leads to a new playable character. Besides looking awesome, Bowser can shoot out a blast of flame when you hold down on the D pad. This ability, coupled with his large size and spiny shell, makes Bowser the Terminator of the group with an attack power double that of both Mario and Peach.

The journey to Francis' fort leads the trio on a colorful journey through a funky underwater level and up a massive pixel tree. As in the previous chapters, you'll face a bunch of new enemies along with familiar faces such as magikoopas and bloopers. You'll also pick up two new pixl homies, Thudley and Carrie. Thudley is a floating anvil that, unsurprisingly, lets Mario and company perform stomps while jumping, which is handy for taking out enemies, pounding posts, and knocking down suspended items. Carrie is a floating platform that lets you move at a faster speed than running and float safely over spiky floors, of which there are many.

Francis' fort is a little thin on enemies and heavy on traps and puzzles. Your goal is to gain access to the geeky chameleon's room and save your buddy. The fort is filled with some sneaky challenges that will keep you on your toes without frustrating you, which is consistent with the obstacles we've faced in the previous chapters. The game's difficulty is fortunately still hovering in the "just right" zone. You'll find yourself switching pixls more often and using items to deal with enemies. The items you'll use require some active use of the Wii Remote, which is cool. You'll pump up and down, match onscreen remote positions, and mash buttons to charge certain items.

The final confrontation with Francis is comic gold because the nerd must put his money where his mouth is when confronted by "hot chick" Peach. The events that ensue are probably our favorite moments in the game so far and put a fresh twist on the traditional boss fight. This is a good time to call out the game's humor, which is in top form as you explore Francis' lair. Besides the funny dialogue you'll get from his various robot servants who fill you in on their duties--which include sorting his TVR recordings, organizing his comics, and ordering the latest obscure anime collection for him--you'll find plenty of amusing bits if you explore his crib. Little touches most people might miss, such as the desktop on his laptop, are amusing and reward eagle-eyed players.

The end of the chapter finds the crew returning to Flipside and chatting with Merlon again. We're definitely digging how things have gone so far and are anxious to see what the fourth chapter in the game holds. Check back tomorrow for our final look at the game. Super Paper Mario is slated to ship early next month for the Wii.

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62 comments
bminns
bminns

this game looks cool.

chocolate1325
chocolate1325

This game will keep me intrested till Mario Galaxy comes out. I think this is looking like an amazing Wii game.

uberjannie
uberjannie

Ill buy wii just for the new smash bros and the new mario games :)

zsc4
zsc4

Nice, but I don't own a Wii :( The time will come I'm sure :P And I will definitely be getting this game.

soulfood4
soulfood4

Wow this game is getting so much damn coverage im expecting AAA, this is a must buy for Wii owners. Lol actually watch Gamespot give the game an 8....

budsaq
budsaq

you dont have 250? instead of getting a wii get a job

Hurricane1123
Hurricane1123

Aww man! This just makes me want a Wii even more, but I don't have the money.

nghtcrwlr821
nghtcrwlr821

I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JAREDJR
JAREDJR

im psyched. ill be sue to pick this one up to add to my collection.

CmdrMCLinkses
CmdrMCLinkses

Oh man! This game is going to be the best Wii game yet! My friend samtheyoshi and I have played all of the paper mario seriese,but this one looks like its going to be the best. Cant weight for the review gamespot! I also cant wait for the game! Sighning off CmdrMCLinkses

martinator
martinator

why the hell are these people disclosing this chapter information instead of just commenting on the positive-negative aspects of what they have seen!??? i can almost see that they are going to use it against the game in the review... "well, you know, the game isnt that long, and the story just begins to pick up until after the fourth chapter..."

Poison_Me_Rum
Poison_Me_Rum

I'm really looking forward to this, and I'm hoping that Luigi will be playable. I kind of wish they'd realise the previous Paper Mario game (on the GameCube) from Luigi's point of view, as his adventure sounded fantastic!

gigabrowser12
gigabrowser12

Now nintendo needs paper mario 64 for for the virtual console!

Rockclmbr6
Rockclmbr6

I'm thinking this will be the next system-seller AAA game for Wii (the first being Zelda...yes it got 8.8 but many people bought a Wii just for it). Can't wait, I'm definitely saving my money.

The_Dude1212
The_Dude1212

Third time's the charm... Abso-freakin'-lutely-tastic...but where's PAPER MARIO 64?!?!?!

Ironfist66
Ironfist66

this game is good but first things first pokemon pearl

DrCLos
DrCLos

Definitely a must-buy for the Wii. I am really looking forward to it and will buy it on day one :)

gregerz_2468
gregerz_2468

this game looks soooo awesome, i have to get it!

zeecorner
zeecorner

now if only i could find a wii...

caybeirwouleyfe
caybeirwouleyfe

does no one care that luigui is nowere to be seen!!!!!!!!!????? WHRE IS LUIGUI????!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AT LEAST toss in a few motion controlled humurous situanous with luigui in wich he helps his buddies in tigth situations by accident.Like a situiation where the team find them selfs stuck in a doungoene and while luigi will be incently walking a motion controled action sequence starts and thrue diffrent humurous accidets he opens the dougones EXIT. Come on nintendo all that creativity and you can't at least squease luigi into the game. WHERS THE LUIGI SUPPORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

slusheewoot
slusheewoot

cool stuff, i might have to pick up a wii just for this!

jason_jalet
jason_jalet

This game sounds like fun. I might get it when it's out, even though I've never played previous Paper Mario games before...

teknicz
teknicz

It's been 20+ years and we're still talking about Mario. GG Nintendo. GG indeed.

chansaet
chansaet

Damn game sounds awsome. It sounds AAA more than ever.

aaronfilmltd
aaronfilmltd

This game will no doubt be AAA...ready my wallet...

chisoxrule
chisoxrule

How is it that this game is getting so much in-depth coverage two weeks before release? Usually on Gamespot that is unheard of. This being the case, we should expect the review on the day of release.

soulsdeparting
soulsdeparting

exactly! i want to play the damn game! just review it and then let us choose if we want to buy it

thestergin
thestergin

Hmm, pretty cool Stuff actually! Not nerdy!

COBHC_reaper
COBHC_reaper

I won't hype this up because it seems like every game I hype AAA on Gamespot ends up getting like A or AA

Willy105
Willy105

Super Paper Mario looks great.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I have not read even one of these reports because I am dying for this game and I dont want bloody Gamespot to ruin it for me!

interpolred
interpolred

Gamestop is just putting a lot of focus on a game that will no doubt be amazing. I like these articles. (That's enough though; no more spoilers!) What's a Paper Mario game without humor? I really want this game!

interpolred
interpolred

Gamestop is just putting a lot of focus on a game that will no doubt be amazing. I like these articles. (That's enough though; no more spoilers!) What's a Paper Mario game without humor? I really want this game!

betamon
betamon

Yeah, I stopped reading after the first sentence, knowing that there'd be way too many spoilers in there.

salnadia
salnadia

why so much spoilers........gamespot, what do you want to do????

ThePhilatron
ThePhilatron

Sounds like it's doing a good job of adding new ideas with a proven formula.

SlysApprentice
SlysApprentice

Although these are "news stories" (nice cop-out there, GS), don't think they're spoiler free people! Ths could ruin the plot for you!