How high does Paper Mario have to jump to match the strength of his regular counterpart?

Nadia Al Hashemi


The video game superstar Mario is well known for his jumping ability. In the spin-off game, Paper Mario is similarly well-known but is physically made of paper. This paper explores the differences in the impact force between regular and Paper Mario and calculates the jump height Paper Mario would need to attain in order for him to carry the same impact force as regular Mario. To do this, Paper Mario is assumed to be a rectangular sheet of paper, and the same height as regular Mario, but much less dense. From calculating the impact force from regular Mario to be 17.3 kN, it was found that in order to match this force, Paper Mario would need to attain a height of 47.6 m. As a result, while it is possible for Paper Mario to match Mario in damage, it is unrealistic that he would be able to do so. He can however, jump multiple times on enemies which would increase his damage output.


Computer game; Physics; Mechanics; Mario; Paper Mario

Full Text:



Nintendo (2000) Paper Mario, [Computer game] Nintendo 64, Nintendo, Japan.

Anon (2019). Height and Weight Guide. [online] Super Mario Luigi Bros. Wiki. Available at: [Accessed 16th February 2019].

Nintendo (2004) Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, [Computer game] GameCube, Nintendo, Japan.

Canadian General Standards Board, (2014). Bond Paper. [Online] Government of Canada Publications. Available at: [Accessed 22th February 2019].

Nintendo (2008). Universal Size Chart. Super Mario Bros. Wiki. Image uploaded by Bloc Partier. Available at: [Accessed 25th February 2019].

Perez-Giz, G. (2015) What Planet Is Super Mario World? PBS Space Time, Season 1. [TV episode]. PBS Digital Studios. First Broadcast 11th February 2015.

Moir, G.L. (2008) Three Different Methods of Calculating Vertical Jump Height from Force Platform Data in Men and Women. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 12(4), pp.207–218.

Mattei, T.A., Bond, B.J., Goulart, C.R., Sloffer, C.A., Morris, M.J. & Lin, J.J. (2012) Performance analysis of the protective effects of bicycle helmets during impact and crush tests in pediatric skull models: Laboratory investigation, Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, 10(6), pp.490–497.

NintendoMovies (2019) Paper Mario 64 - Full Game (Walkthrough, Everything), YouTube. Available at: [Accessed 16th February 2019].


  • There are currently no refbacks.
We use both functional and performance cookies to improve visitor experience. Continue browsing if you are happy to accept cookies. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.