Dash Bomber writes, "The Paper Mario series was Nintendo’s response to a lack of RPG’s featuring Mario for many years. A series known for its colorful variety of characters and humor, it reached a highpoint during the GameCube era. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year door was a fantastic game with memorable characters and many surprises to be experienced. Nintendo would have been crazy to stray away from this formula. Yet, somehow Nintendo found a way to do it."