Nintendo’s hot new Paper Mario game released on the Wii U this week, and we thought it’d be appropriate to celebrate that by talking about our favourite partner characters from the entire history of Paper Mario games! If you haven’t already, check out the review Nantendo wrote for Paper Mario Colour Splash!
My favorite Paper Mario partner is Kooper, from Paper Mario 64. The first time I played Paper Mario 64, I quickly became attached to Kooper. He’s one of the earliest partners in the game, and for some reason I just really digged his design. I originally played Paper Mario 64 when I was 12, so I think I just related to Kooper’s personality and story. His abilities were pretty useful, as throwing his shell could help you gain first strike easily.
I was always fond of Vivian’s fairy-tale-esque story, and especially with the interesting, additional flavor of her being a transgender woman in the Japanese version. I just think she’s great, her story arc is great, and she’s one of the more usable partners in combat. All of the partners had touching character arcs in TTYD, but I think Vivian’s is still my favorite.
My favourite has to be Yoshi. Kind of a boring pick in retrospect but the point in which you acquire him in The Thousand Year Door (my favourite Paper Mario entry) is perhaps the most memorable part of the entire game. I chose to represent that moment in my Games of the Year list for a reason!
Parakarry is the best partner. Well, at least when I played Paper Mario on the N64. For whatever reason, I almost always used him. He just fit for me from a combat perspective (probably because he had a really powerful attack). The characters that often resonate the most with you are the ones you played with as a kid. That is Parakarry for me.
There are so many good partner characters but I am going to be unconventional and say Huey from Paper Mario: Color Splash. I know it is a very bold claim but I love this guy. His character, his humour, his story arc and the way the game makes a paint can feel human is so well done. He may not be playable like the classics but he is certainly the most charismatic.
Do you agree with our choices? Who is your favourite Paper Mario partner? Sound off in the comments!