Intelligent Systems and Nintendo released this fantastic follow-up to Paper Mario on the GameCube in 2004.
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is a nice improvement on an already great game. It’s a turn-based level-grinding RPG, with flat, paper-like characters running around a 3D landscape. As Mario explores he encounters set and random battles with various foes and can use gamepad moves and button prompts to enhance his attacks and buff his defences. He can also have companions who fight with him and each have unique abilities.
The Thousand Year Door – like its predecessor – is a superb example of a hardcore level-grinder, wrapped up in a Mario coating, and it looks amazing and plays absolutely brilliantly.