When you look at Mario, your first thoughts certainly aren’t on the complex story, the complex game mechanics that his games exhibit. He’s a simple character, perhaps the single best character in all of gaming to showcase the concept of “fun.” As such a flexible character, he has seen all kinds of genres, from racing to action to sports, with one of his more surprising appearances being in the RPG genre.
Paper Mario has had quite the reputation in the Nintendo archive, and as such, has received attention over the years. It is now a series, so far consisting of five individual titles, yet many people have only ever known the first three. So, really, what happened to the series after that? How did it do?
Today, I wanted to try something new! I’ll just be comparing sales, reception, and general consensus on each part of the franchise, and see how it looks. Do the sales match the reception? Is there any trend to be seen? Well, let’s find out.
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