All video games must come to an end at some point. But all video games do not end equally. And that is well proven by the end credits in the Paper Mario franchise.
Spoiler alert: All credits lead me back to the original.
Paper Mario (Nintendo 64)
In the original Paper Mario game, Luigi leads a parade of basically everyone we’ve seen during our adventure. All the partners are riding a float together, there’s Toads playing instruments and throwing batons and even the bosses we fought are riding through on their own floats.
This is easily my favorite end credits from any video game, it’s just so festive and happy and Mario is finally getting the recognition he deserves! Also this ending clocks in at just under 13 minutes, I did not realize it was quite that long.
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (GameCube)
I remember the first time I beat Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, I was expecting another parade like in the first game. Instead, it’s just the silhouettes of the characters marching over scenes from the game. Obviously, that’s a little disappointing when you’re expecting a whole parade.
The showcase of every character is cool but that’s really all I have to say about this one.
Super Paper Mario (Wii)
Now, full disclosure, I never beat Super Paper Mario because I didn’t enjoy playing it and eventually just gave up. And I’ve never played Sticker Star or Color Splash at all. So my opinions on these three are coming solely from videos of the credits.
Apparently, Super Paper Mario just has sepia toned pictures of characters from the game. That’s it.
Okay this was just disappointing.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS)
This one looks like it’s in the same vein as PM64, with the parade representing all the places Mario visited during the game. So that’s already a big plus.
And Stick Luigi gets to lead the parade again! I’m already liking this one better than SPM.
Paper Mario Color Splash (Wii U)
Another parade type deal! These credits were absolutely adorable but also pretty Toad-heavy, which was one of the major complaints against the game. At least they’re on-brand with the rest of the game, I guess.
I think it’s a toss up between Color Splash and Sticker Star for my second-favorite credits.
The original Paper Mario still has my favorite credits. I think it’s fair to say that that feeling is partially nostalgia and partially just because they’re great. But Sticker Star and Color Splash also have great credits, with revisiting where all Mario went on his adventure. TTYD’s credits weren’t anything special. Super Paper Mario’s were just downright bad.
All screenshots come from Beta Brawler’s video with all the end credits scenes.
Does anyone actually think Super Paper Mario had good end credits?
Or was even a fun game? Let me know what you think in the comments!