Paper Mario: Dark Matters
The title for the game
Developer(s) Intelligent Systems
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U
Release Date(s)
February 5th, 2016
Age Rating(s)
Genre(s) RPG
Series Paper Mario
Predecessor Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Cost $59.99
"Paper Mario: Dark Matters" is a turn-based RPG made for the Wii U. It was released on February 5, 2016 and is the next installment in the Paper Mario series. The game is supposed to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the original Paper Mario game, and will feature characters and locations in the original 4 Paper Mario games. Unlike the previous installments, there will be 10 chapters, along with DLC coming shortly after the game's release.


The game plays out like Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, in which you play as Mario and one of his many partners in the first two games. However, since there's a Gamepad involved, there are obviously new mechanics. For one, you can use the Gamepad to switch between partners during battle and in the overworld. Also, the main new feature is that in certain areas, like Toad Town and Mario's house, you can travel through time and go in their respected time periods, like Mario's House from Paper Mario or Toad Town from Sticker Star, each having different layouts and results. The combat is the pretty much the same, but with Time Gears as the collectable items this time, giving you different powers in battle once you collect them.


The story starts with Parakarry dropping off a letter to Mario's house. Luigi reads it, saying that Peach wants to see the bros at the castle. Once they arrive, it's revealed that Bowser is there, along with his minions. Peach is trapped in a cage, although you notice her knocking enemies out with her umbrella in the background. Mario and Bowser fight, resulting in Bowser losing, and Luigi freeing Peach. However, a hole in the castle suddenly bursts open, and a crumbled up being appears, calling himself "Dark Skrool." He kicks all the castle's inhabitants out, including Bowser and his minions, and turns the entire castle in a small scroll, in which he shoves in his pocket and goes away, opening holes in time, sucking all of the inhabitants and invaders in a different one. Mario gets sucked into one, and the game's story offically starts...

Chapter 1: Road To Toad Town

Mario is seen in an inn, and he notices a Toad that looks...different. He hears someone talking outside of the inn, and decides to head outside the inn, only to see a family of Goomba's talking to...himself? Mario walks over to the look-alike of himself, only to notice that the look-alike is really HIM, only from a few years ago. The Goomba's, including Goombario, are pondering on how two Mario's could meet up, when they notice all of area's respected enemies running away. One informs the Mario's that some of the world is getting torn apart, and the heroes, along with Goombario, run off to see what's the problem.


Main Characters

Image And Name Description


Paper Mario (New)

Hey, it's Paper Mario! It's Mario, but in a charming and flat form. He can turn into a boat and a paper airplane, and use his standard hammer. He can use more recent badges from his games.


Paper Mario (Old)

Hey, it's Paper Mario...from the past. This guy came straight out of the original, and while some of his moves are the same as Mario's, he has plenty of new ones, like using the Star Spirits and using some of the original Badges.

Paper Bowser 1


Bowser is Mario's main enemy, and one of the other playable characters in the game. He can breathe fire, but can now throw Hammer Bro. hammers. He can also retreat in his shell for more attacks.



Peach is the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom, and one of the playable characters. She can use her parasol to attack, along with throwing turnips and her crown.



Luigi is Mario's younger but more skilled brother. He can jump higher, and use the Poltergust 5000 to suck up rewards like coins and items during battle. He can also summon eclairs once during battle.

180px-Paper Mario Twink170px-KammyTTYDspriteSPM Tippi

Twink, Kammy, and Tippi

These 3 guys aid the 5 main heroes in the game. Tippi helps the two Mario's and Luigi, Bowser is helped by Kammy Koopa, and Twink is there to aid Princess Peach.


Dark Skroll

Dark Skroll has been watching Mario since the beginning. Now, it's his turn to stop Mario once and for all. He can control time, along with turning important pieces of Paper Mario history into scrolls.

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