does nintendo's paper-styleized RPG game fall flat or is it a cut above the rest?

User Rating: 9.5 | Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door GC
With Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga finished and stashed away, I was ready for another opportunity to venture into Mario's RPG realm. While there's plenty of room for better presentation, this game is an absolute blast to play. Get past the slow-moving first chapter and some clunky NPC path finding routines in chapter 2 and you'll be hooked. The story is funny, the gameplay varied, and the world so charming, you'll want to explore every last corner of it. Add to that plenty of playable characters and sidekicks, some great cameos, a memorable score loaded with classic melodies, and a quest that runs a good 30 hours long, and you've got another winning offshoot in the mighty Mario franchise.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door improves on its predecessor in every way and takes the cake as the best Mario RPG yet. Highly recommended.

Presentation: Nintendo's classic characters, great menu systems, and a unique, but limited style. Bare bones presentation package for an RPG-8/10

Graphics: The great-looking environments and cute characters go a long way. Too bad the texture work and artistic scope is limited in some levels-8/10

sound: Nostalgic melodies and sound effects all around -- no cheesy attempts at doing midi orchestras here. It's game music at its purest 9.5/10

Gameplay: A great adventure, awesome mixture of exploration, roleplaying and action, and a fun battle system make this a true winner.-10/10

Lasting appeal: More than 30 hours of gameplay, varied conversations and tons of stuff to collect and find-9.5/10

overall: 9.5/10

my verdict- buy it :)