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Paper Mario: The Mirror of Creation
Developer(s) Intelligent Systems
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U
Genre(s) RPG
Release Date(s)
2017
Media Included Wii U Optical Disk
Digital Download

Paper Mario: The Mirror of Creation is an upcoming RPG adventure game for the Wii U, and the fifth installment in the Paper Mario series. The plot revolves around Mario as he collects the ten shards of the Mirror of Creation, a legendary object said to have very strong but unknown powers; the mirror is also pursued by a villainous group called the Certons.

The partner system returns in the game, as well as items usable in battle, characters unique to the Paper Mario games, and the audience, after having all been removed in the latest title, Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

Plot

Prologue - Welcome to Zenopolis!

After Princess Peach and Toadsworth get invited by Professor Greybob for what he calls urgent news, Peach sends a letter to Mario explaining that he has to come as well, because the professor says that danger may be near. Mario arrives at the docks of Zenopolis and encounters three Goombas, who challenge him to a battle for entering their turf. Toadbert walks into the screen and explains battle mechanics.

As Mario arrives at the professor's house, unable to locate Princess Peach or Toadsworth, the professor shows him a frame, explaining that these are parts of a legendary mirror called the Mirror of Creation. It is said to contain mystical powers, and according to the professor's research, that the mirror's powers will increase dangerously as long as it is missing parts. He prompts Mario to find the 10 parts to prevent the power from becoming too large. He also introduces Mario to Goomari, his apprentice, who will be joining Mario on his quest. Goomira explains that they need to take the mirror to the Zenopolis Shrine and hold it skyward, to make it show a location of another mirror piece.

When they leave the Professor's home, they later encounter Lord Erikon, a high-ranked Certon who claims to be in search of the Mirror Shards. After ‘accidentally’ bumping into him, he fights Mario, but runs mid-battle. He then proceeds to say that he knows their plan, and that he will come back.

The screen switches back to Mario and Luigi's house, where Luigi can be seen, complaining about how Mario left him all alone again. However, he gets another letter, of which the contents are not shown, and Luigi then runs out of the house, into his own adventure.

Chapter 1 - A Fortress of Spirits

After the mirror had shown the first location of the Mirror Shard, Mario and Goomari head out to the specified location, Clipped Fortress, a large fortress near the edge of the map at the end of a grassy area. They pass through Goomsville, a small villages mainly inhabited by Goombas. It is explained to them that a mysterious creature emerges from the fortress at night, often abducting inhabitants of the town. The mayor also warns them that the creature seems to keep many different ‘pets’ to guard the fortress.

Mario and Goomari head for Clipped Fortress, a fortress with many flights of stairs which Mario needs to climb. Clearing some puzzles in the fortress eventually leads the duo to the basements, where they find a cage containing many Goombas from Goomsville, as well as some other characters. After finding a key for the cage, Mario frees them, and one of the hostages, a Tweeter named Hortensia, joins Mario's party to show her gratitude, allowing him to get past certain gaps.

When Mario reaches the top of the tower, he encounters a spirit named Becktail who has the appearance of a large dragon. After defeating the spirit, Mario can find the Mirror Shard in another room.

Meanwhile, Luigi has headed out to a different area, full of maple trees. Luigi finds a small village filled with Crazee Dayzees, and asks them about Princess Peach. He explains how he received a letter from Toadsworth after Mario had left, asking for help, as they were currently at an unknown location. After the mayor explains how there have been no sightings of the princess, Luigi leaves the town and the setting changes back to Mario.

Chapter 2 - The Apples Fall Far from the Tree

Chapter 3 - Breezes in Creektown

Chapter 4 - Guilty, Not Guilty

Chapter 5 - Buried in Time

Chapter 6 - Mario and the Seven Embers

Chapter 7 - The House of Trickery

Chapter 8 - Experiencing Technical Problems

Chapter 9 - The Sky Tower

Chapter 10 - The Mirror of Creation

Gameplay

The gameplay on the overworld is largely the same as it was in Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. The player can press A to jump, B to use their hammer, X to use their partner ability, and Y for second partner ability, if there is one. Y can also be used on special platforms for certain abilities.

During battles, Mario may choose out of Jump, Hammer, Items, Tactics, and Specials similarly to in previous games. Partners get the same options, although instead of Hammer and Jump, they have only one command called Attack. Mario and his partners all have one regular attack that costs no FP, but also has other, usually more powerful attacks, sometimes with other effects, that do make use of the party's FP. As in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, FP is shared among the entire party, while HP is different per individual member.

The audience also returns from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Super Paper Mario, functioning the same as in the former, albeit having many more different species as possibilities in the audience. Additionally, audience members can also throw rocks or items at the opponent now; the party that the item will be thrown at is indicated by on what side the audience member is sitting.

With the audience also comes the Shine Power that is used for Special Moves. Special Moves are generally more powerful than previously, but also harder to execute. The player gets Shine Power by attacking opponents, but performing a move perfectly results in more Shine Power than one would normally get. Players may also select the Appeal command under Tactics, to pass the turn by appealing to the audience, resulting in lots of Shine Power at once. It was previously known as Star Power, but was renamed to avoid confusion with Star Points.

At the end of a battle, the player receives Star Points. Getting 100 of these will cause a level up, which will make the player choose to increase their HP, FP, or BP.

Characters

Aside from Mario, many other characters appear in the game, such as partners, or helpful NPCs.

Partners

The following are Mario's partners, characters that join his party during the game. Only one can be taken along at a time, but the player may switch between them at any time. They are required for getting past certain obstacles.

Name Description Moves Description
Goomari
Goomari
Goomari is the assistant of Professor Greybob who went with Mario on his adventure to learn more about the Mirror of Creation. She can tattle on enemies and characters, giving Mario information about who they are and what they do, as Goombario, Goombella, and Tippi did in previous games. Tattle
0 FP
Gives information about enemy attack methods, as well as their stats.
Headbonk
0 FP
Hits enemy. If timed correctly, hits twice.
Multibonk
3 FP
Hits all enemies once.
Super Bonk
5 FP
Hits one enemy with one powerful bonk.
Hortensia
Hortensia
Hortensia is a Tweeter who was held captive in the Clipped Fortress by the evil spirit dragon, Becktail, as one of his many abductees. After Mario saves her and many others, she decides to accompany him to show her gratitude, and because she knows parts of the fortress. She is able to lift Mario into the air and move him horizontally for a short moment, as Parakarry and Yoshi did in the previous games.
FP

FP

FP

FP
Ninjamin
Ninjamin
An energetic Ninji who has always looked up to the Mario Bros. and wanted nothing more than to join them. Therefore, once he meets Mario, he immediately asks if he can join. His field ability is to hide Mario in the shadows, making the both of them invisible to other enemies and characters, similar to Bow and Vivian in previous games.
FP
Shade
4 FP
Hides himself and Mario in the shadows, making both invisible. Lasts for 1 turn.

FP

FP
Yorite
Mr Yorite
Mr Yorite is a clumsy lawyer who has to protect Mario in court after he had been accused of several crimes; though he is not very good at the job, together, Mario and his other partners manage to find the real culprit. His overworld ability is to use his tongue to reach faraway items or switches, similar to Kooper, Koops, and Thoreau from previous games.
FP
Gulp
3 FP
Swallows enemy and launches it at enemy behind, damaging both. Ignores Defense Power.
Briefcase
3 FP
Throws briefcase at first enemy, random items spill out onto other enemies. Damage depends on items.

FP
Neivi
Neivi
Neivi is a cheery and mischievous Peepa with cryokinetical powers, which she uses to cause some trouble in Creektown. However, after Mario fights her and convinces her to stop, she decides to join him in his noble cause.
FP

FP

FP

FP
Jerr-y
Jerry
Jerry is an awkward but fashionable Jelectro whom Mario meets at Port Pele on Taheati Island. He helps Mario explore the volcano as he often goes there on his own to explore it, and see if the legends of a pirate treasure are really true. His overworld ability is to illuminate dark areas, similar to Watt from Paper Mario.
FP

FP

FP

FP
Puffington
Puffington
Puffington is a Ruff Puff who has quite a sweet tooth. He is a young boy who gets scared easily, but the ghosts of the Pitfall Palace lure him inside and he can't navigate out of the trickery house. His ability is to carry Mario around, similar to Carrie and Lakilester in previous games.
FP

FP

FP

FP
Noir-e
Noire
Noire is a Mau who lives in the city of Qhawla Madina. Once Mario arrives, the inhabitants warn him for Noire as she is known to cause bad luck due to being a black cat. However, Mario helps Noire and the citizens eventually accept her, and Noire joins Mario. Her overworld ability is to locate hidden items, similar to Ms Mowz in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
FP

FP

FP

FP
Kabrina
Kabrina
Kabrina is a detective Kab-omb who wants to know more about the evil Certons, and decides to investigate for herself. However, the Certons find her and she almost becomes subjected to a dangerous and glitchy experiment. Her overworld ability is to explode to break certain cracks, an ability shared with Bombette, Bobbery, and Boomer from previous games.
FP

FP

FP

FP
Caelum
Caelum
Caelum is a Wiggler who looks elegant, but in reality is really strong and sometimes arrogant. He is the reigning champion in a fighting castle in the clouds, the Sky Dome—until Mario comes along and defeats him. He joins Mario, admiring his strength. His ability is to carry Mario on his back, which will make him move much faster. This is comparable to the Baby Yoshi or Dashell from previous titles.
FP

FP

FP

FP

Characters

Name Description
PaperMarioDTT
Mario
The sole playable character. Mario is the silent hero of this story. He learns moves and gans skills as he progresses through the game.
Professor Greybob He is a Bob-omb researching the Mirror of Creation, providing Mario and co. of new information after every chapter.
Peach SPM
Princess Peach
She is held captive by the Certons. She is occasionally playable temporarily at the end of a chapter.
PaperLuigiDTT
Luigi
Luigi is also playable sometimes after a chapter, after he went off on his own to find the princess.
ToadsworthPMTTYD
Toadsworth
Toadsworth appears initially alongside Peach, but the two go missing. After Mario finds him back in Chapter 6, he supplies Mario of new items occasionally, which are usually special badges or in a few cases, upgrades of the hammer and boots.
ToadbertTMOC
Toadbert
Toadbert appears to explain mechanics when Mario acquires new partners or special items, functioning like Toadette in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. He also appears alongside Toadsworth occasionally, giving him new items for Mario.

Bosses

A darker background signifies a chapter boss.

Chapter Name HP Atk. Def. Location
Prologue
Welcome to Zenopolis!
3 Goombas 2 1 0 Zenopolis Docks
Lord Erikon ??? 2 0 Zenopolis Plaza

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