Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

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Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Developer(s) Intelligent Systems
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Paper Mario
Platform(s) GameCube
Genre(s) Role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Input methods
Compatibility 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
GameIDs G8MP01, G8ME01, G8MJ01
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Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, released in Japan as Paper Mario RPG, is a console role-playing game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo GameCube. The Thousand-Year Door is the fourth game in the Mario RPG series and the second in the Paper Mario series.


Invisible X-Naut squad

In the prologue of the game, at the docks, when Lord Crump says: "It's go time!", many X-Nauts arrives but they are invisible. You can see only their shadows.

Bad transition effects

When you arrive at the docks, when the boat turns around, the transition effect is bad. Also when you enter in pipes or other stuffs, the effect is bad.

Disappearing Punio/Invisible Punie Problem

In the second chapter during the Great Boggly Tree dungeon, you come across two adjacent cells (one contains the Punie elder, the other contains 90 Punies). After you receive the red key to open the elder's cell and attempt to open it, you will most likely come across a very frustrating problem: Punio will disappear and leave you stuck in a zoomed-in screen, hindering any further progress in the game. Many frustrated Dolphin users have been searching for a fix to this graphical issue, but seemingly to no avail.

There are specific revisions of Dolphin that WILL allow you to progress through this frustrating glitch: Dolphin IL r4341, Dolphin IL r4598 and Dolphin IL r4707. In these revisions players should find that Punio remains visible during the "cell-opening cut scene" and allows the game to continue normally. Unfortunately though, this revision does not fix another VERY frustrating problem: All but the main NPC Punies (Punio, Elder, Puniper & Petunia) will be invisible the entire time (only Punie shadows will be visible), making it very difficult to manage all 101 of them throughout the long dungeon. The framerate will also suffer a significant drop in this dungeon, probably due to the amount of Punies (well, Punie shadows) following you around.

Glitchy Toad/Pianta Problem

Near the end of the fifth chapter (right after the boss fight against Cortez) you find yourself forced to blow your way out of the Pirate's Grotto in the previous area before the boss which is filled with toads and the Pianta lovers. In most cases players will find that most of the toads (like the Punies in chapter 2) are invisible (only shadows). When you blow through the crack in the wall with Bobbery a cut scene plays, showing the toad next to the hole attempting to leave the cave and suggesting everyone else do the same. Now here this problem seems to vary depending on the specific build of Dolphin you're using, but in any case during the "escape sequence", one of the visible characters will suddenly start glitching back and forth and will halt you from progressing any further (you do not regain control of Mario until all the others have escaped).

Hatched Yoshi's Gulp action command not working

Upon acquirement of the Yoshi partner in Glitz Arena, he is required to complete the next fight against the iron clefts, With is ability gulp. However, the action command for it needs to be completed and does not work properly. it requires you to hold R and then relase it upon reaching the end of a meter. The meter never fills, briefly flashes a full meter, and then fails. Thus pattern goes unaffected regardless of the mapped input and pattern of pressing R. Unfortunately, you cannot move farther in the game if you experience this glitch.

Corrupt Textures and other "Bounding Box" Issues

Some problems of texture corruption issues occur, see:

Unknown Pointer Errors

When entering the sewers (in the prologue) the game crashes with "unknown pointer", this is addressed by using r4341 with DX9 plugin and default options.

Sound Issues

Sometimes the background music isn't played or get the L and/or R channels desynced or muted. In extreme cases all sound in the game mute, needing to restart the emulator if you want the sound working again.


Only configuration options for the best compatibility where they deviate from defaults are listed.


Config Setting Notes
Video Back End OpenGL or DirectX 9 DirectX 11 gives too many graphics errors

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-11535 (current)
2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.


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Gameplay Videos

Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door on PC - Dolphin emulator