Originally Posted by joekun
Then shouldn't you start with Super Mario RPG for the SNES? I was under the impression that Paper Mario was a sequel to that.
Paper Mario is more like a "spiritual sucessor" to Mario RPG than a direct sequel or remake. Similar to how Elite Beat Agents is considered a "spiritual sucessor" to Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan. Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi Partners in Time also fall into this realm. Granted, this is just splitting hairs and SMRPG and the Paper Mario series meld together quite well.
As for me, I've already played SMRPG -- hence the need to start with Paper Mario. It's been awhile though, so I might just go out and pickup an old cart. All in all, there's very few SNES games I haven't played atleast once. It's still my favorite console, and one that still received the most use in my house up until about 2 years ago. It's the N64 that I skipped, and that's the move I'm trying to undo with VC titles.