Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door for Nintendo Gamecube is one of the most inventive RPGs of the last console generation. It stars Nintendo's mascot, Mario, and a colorful cast of characters ranging from a scholarly Goomba to an old, grizzled Bob-omb sailor. It is the second game in the Paper Mario series, though it does not require knowledge of its predecessor.
Graphically, the game is pure style. The world is pseudo-3d with the game's characters represented as paper cutouts. Many clever tricks are performed with this gimmick, such as Mario transforming into a paper airplane and backdrops being torn away to reveal new pathways. Everything looks sharp and clear, and the artistic direction ensures that it will not age in the same fashion as many other games do.
The gameplay is turn-based with a twist. There are timing-based attacks, attacks that require extra controller motion, and other fun things that can be discovered through playing. Battles are performed in front of an audience, and Mario's skill at appealing to the crowd can affect the direction of the battle.
Overall, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is a solid entry into the Gamecube's library, and a worthwhile purchase for both Gamecube and Wii owners alike. At $20 retail, it's a steal.