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Paper Mario: Black Pit

Hack of Paper Mario

Description:

Paper Mario: Black Pit is a mod for Paper Mario 64. It contains a lot of new challenges and modes, with a bunch of new and overhauled mechanics, one of which are stylish commands like Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Paper Mario (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo 64 (v. 20210220-053642)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 3837F44CDA784B466C9A2D99DF70D77C322B97A0
  • File/ROM CRC32: A7F5CD7E

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Kevin ArthurGraphicsGame Artwork
CyberShadowGraphicsFinal Boss Sprites
Retriever IIGraphicsFinal Boss Sprites
DMZappGraphicsBonetail Sprites

User Review Information

Roguelike Paper Mario? Yes please

Reviewed By: Sosuko on 16 Oct 2021

Note: I highly recommend watching the trailer or joining the discord for this game if you are going to play it. You’ll find several hints and pieces of info that should make it a smoother experience.

Paper Mario hacks aren’t too common, so I was happy to just find another one submitted here and wasn’t really sure what I’d get at first. What you do get though, is a complete and amazing overhaul of the base game of Paper Mario. The base mechanics, partners, moves, items, badges, etc… mostly remain the same, but the actual flow of the game is completely changed. The game basically consists of a “hub” from where you can challenge several different game modes (more are unlocked as you go), get upgrades, and even buy new skins.

I was a little skeptical at first, but the Rougelike sections of this game work great and a lot of fun. You’ll find badges, HP & FP upgrades, and partners in a random order as you progress down the pit, and will have to manage your coins, keys, and risk in taking on extra fights in order to get some of these additional items to help in your run. It definitely can be a little grindy at times since you may need to jump back and forth between the classic and rougelike pits to make progress in the game overall. In general, if you can clear the rougelike pit first (which always starts you with nothing), you’ll unlock several things that should help make everything else more doable.

Next to the roguelike mechanics, the other really impressive technical change in this hack would be the addition of stylish commands. This game revamps how star energy is accumulated, allowing you to perform stylish moves during combat (ala Paper Mario TTYD) in order to fill it up, instead of having a charge command. Given that in the original game you had to slowly charge it during your turn, which really slowed the game down to a crawl if you wanted to charge up while stalling a fight, this is a fantastic change.

I don’t want to spoil any of the other content the game has, but needless to say there is more than just the 2 pits you start with, and there is a way to get to a final boss and beat the game.

Version 1.3.3 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Roguelike Paper Mario? Yes pleaseSosuko16 Oct 20211.3.3Yes
Amazing hack, but very brutalMattKimura13 Sep 20211.3.3Yes