Paper Mario (series)

Mario role-playing games
Genres Role-playing game
Developers Square, Intelligent Systems, AlphaDream
Publishers Nintendo

The Mario franchise has inspired a variety of Mario role-playing games (RPG) to be released on multiple Nintendo video game consoles. All the games feature Mario as the main protagonist, who is often accompanied by one or more playable characters, including existing Mario characters and original characters introduced in each game.

The first game to introduce RPG elements into the Mario franchise was Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, developed by Square and released in 1996. The game did not receive a direct sequel, but the two sub-series of Mario RPG games released in subsequent years, Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi, are considered to be its spiritual successors.

Standalone

Paper Mario series

The Paper Mario series of Mario role-playing games were developed by Intelligent Systems, a subsidiary of Nintendo. The games are renowned for their distinctive visual style, which consists of two-dimensional paper cutout characters moving about in three-dimensional papercraft worlds.

Mario & Luigi series

The Mario & Luigi series of Mario role-playing games were developed by AlphaDream, another subsidiary of Nintendo, all of which appeared solely on handheld consoles. Both Mario and Luigi are the main playable characters in all games, though later titles added additional playable characters.

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