Hello, friends. My, my, my. I’ve certainly fallen a bit behind, haven’t I? I’ve been spending a lot of time fully rooted in real life, making phone calls, doing doctors appointments, doing freelance work, going to the gym, dealing with a three year old who thinks he’s seventeen, etc. I’ve had a bit of time to write here and there, but in those moments, I’ve been choosing to read instead. I just picked up The Diviners from the library yesterday, and I’ve been enjoying the first book in this trilogy (series?) thus far.
But this post isn’t about my new book. No, no, this post is about Day 11 of the 30 Day Video Game Challenge, which is just a few days late. Again, sorry about that.
Here we go!
Day 11: If you could only play one single-player game for the rest of your life, which game would it be?
This one’s an easy one for me! While I mentioned previously that my favorite childhood games have always been Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie (N64), a very close second is Paper Mario (N64). Dare I say, while I love the silliness of Banjo-Kazooie, I believe I actually prefer playing Paper Mario, because I find it just a tad more challenging, and of course, it brings me so much nostalgia and joy. Not to mention, it’s just an adorable, fun game!
For those of you who may be unaware of this fantastic gem of a game, Paper Mario was released in the US in 2001 for the N64, and is the first Paper Mario game in the series. This Mario role-playing game features 2D, paper thin characters, in a 3D world, and it is just so damn fun. The idea that you are playing as a piece of paper… it’s just so ridiculous, and different, and really adds an element of silliness and charm to the Mario world we all know so well.
Paper Mario takes place in the Mushroom Kingdom, and you play as Mario (Luigi is home napping and daydreaming throughout 98% of the game), who must rescue Princess Peach from Bowser (shocking, I know), who has taken over her castle, and lifted it into the sky, after imprisoning the seven Star Spirits, and using the stolen Star rod to make himself invincible. As Mario, you must travel to distant worlds, solve puzzles, battle bosses, and free the seven Star Spirits, with the help of several, helpful friends you meet along the way.
I could play (and have played this game) dozens and dozens of times. It never gets old, and it’s loads of fun. Unfortunately, I recently sold my copy of Paper Mario, along with my N64 and collection of games. It’s a shame, because since starting this challenge, I’ve been getting the itch to play some of these classics again. Oh, well…
For those who have never played, I highly recommend it. Though I never played any of the later Paper Mario games, I did hear great things, and they are available for more modern consoles, like the GameCube, Wii, Wii U, and 3DS.
Thanks for reading, friends!
You can read the rest of my 30 Days of Video Games posts here.