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Paper Mario: Color Splash or Color Trash?

Out of all of the many Mario spin-offs, Paper Mario has stuck an impression for a lot of people, with its rich characters, intriguing story, and irresistible RPG combat system. However, a lot of that changed, beginning in 2012 with the latest entry, Paper Mario: Sticker Star and with the newly announced Paper Mario: Color Splash in March’s Nintendo Direct. As of the announcement of Color Splash, the Paper Mario series seems Dire Dire Docks for most fans of the series. Today we will feature some of the community’s opinions on the series, analyzing them and shedding light on topics talked about in the Mario Party Legacy community.

Coin Hunter

“The setting looks brings TTYD to mind but the lack of partners is really dragging the game down. Also the fact that battles look to be unneeded like in Sticker Star is keeping me from thinking it will be as good as the 1st or 2nd one.”

As it stands, many wish to see the return of the Paper Mario formula from the Nintendo 64 title and beloved sequel The Thousand-Year Door. Elements like partners played a crucial part in their success and even more importantly, the experience earned after each battle, defined it as an RPG. Taking away one of Paper Mario’s biggest aspects and making it entirely worthless was a terrible decision in many of its fan’s eyes. However, Coin Hunter mentions that the game is reminiscent of The Thousand-Year Door. Does this mean Intelligent Systems wants to return to the older formula, but they are being limited by Miyamoto?

A bold, bustling town of personality or a Toad-filled wasteland?

Author of The Universe

“Seems like another Sticker Star to me. I can’t seem to enjoy the Paper Mario series anymore, looks like I won’t be buying this game.”

While Color Splash takes inspiration for one of the least liked Mario games, and it can be clearly seen it will be just like it. I genuinely think some will still find fun in this game. Even if the characteristics we know and loved have been drained out, there’s still fun to be had. The Paper Mario games we still love are still there, and we can still enjoy the new games while honoring the (superior) older games. It’s really something we have to get used to, sadly.


“I’m impressed with its beautiful graphics and perfect shading. However, Color Splash for it to succeed, needs to advertise its story and interactions with characters more so that the environments look more interesting to explore.”

The graphics are definitely something to compliment, but this quote from KINGZ says exactly what Nintendo needs to do with this game in order to appeal to fans of the older Paper Mario games. When you think of Paper Mario, you imagine it as if it were a book, an interesting story from start to end. Sticker Star, a game which you can have somewhat fun with, had a dull and boring story with uninteresting worlds. As “colorful” as Color Splash is, games need a good story to be captivating. But the story isn’t just the only problem fans see with Color Splash.

A variety of moves, partners, unique characters and locations, what’s not to like about Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door?


“Nintendo’s being lazy, and basing their “new” games off of old ones and throw in lifeless and forgettable gimmicks. The battles are meaningless, Nintendo better open up their eyes and ears and realize that kids aren’t the only ones playing their games.”

I can see the laziness put into the game, but recreating what we had in older games and improving on it is what we should have. Sticker Star was a test in the waters, and I think Nintendo should have learned from that experience. On to the battle system. Battles in Paper Mario gave players something to strive for, to get to the next level, to upgrade FP to perform more wacky moves, or to increase BP to put on more badges. The Thousand-Year Door improved on the original’s battle system, giving partners HP, and adding stylish moves. All that was more memorable than coloring everything with a hammer will ever be! Kids will chew up anything you sell them Nintendo, but if you put in effort, these games will be the games kids will be nostalgic about when they grow up, just like we have!


Well, thanks for reading, and thank you to those who gave their lovely opinions. Perhaps Nintendo should listen to them! But what are YOUR opinions on Paper Mario: Color Splash? A unique entry or a bland Sticker Star remake? How did you feel about this article? Complaints? Compliments? Thank you once again for reading, folks!


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  • RafalRib

    What if they just slapped the Toads in the trailer to not reveal any new characters? I mean, maybe they’re trying to be more secretive torwards this Paper Mario game 😛
    Well, only time will tell…

    • J.C.

      Here’s to hoping that Toadsworth arrives on the island with Mario and Peach instead of yet another Toad. Of course he could be that same Toad who got his life drained from him, but Mario can just revive him 😛 Plus, he’s practically canon with the Mario universe anyway. Bring him back Nintendo!

  • CorrinFTW

    Another nice article from the new staff! Keep the good work, Bossblitz.

    As for the actual topic, it does seem like a sequel to Sticker Star from what we’ve seen in the Nintendo Directs (especially from the European one). Though, this doesn’t mean that it’ll be as “bad” as the 3DS installment, although it sure isn’t like the first two games.

    Personally, I’m kinda looking forward to more information.

    • BossBlitz

      Ohmygerd thank you!

      • Geoman

        yea tbh I really liked your article too

  • Geoman

    Here is my view on Color Splash
    Paper Mario Color Splash is the newest edition to the Paper Mario series, it has a new mechanic like the horrible stickers in Sticker Star this has to do with Paint, I don’t know why they decided to use paint it degusts me that they won’t go back to what made Paper Mario Great, my opinion this is worst than sticker star, In other words this my be the last Paper Mario game we see if they don’t get a lot of sales or don’t go back to the RPG roots from the original and thousand year door that made paper Mario a great RPG too play

    • RafalRib

      How can you have that opinion if you have only seen like 5/100 of the game?

      • Geoman

        because I can its like an interview, the 1st impression of this game isn’t that good
        BUT I will still get it because I like Paper Mario

    • Mister Sushi

      You can still go back to the RPG roots and not get a lot of sales.

  • Blobbo

    I feel like it will be like Sticker Star, but done right.
    Or at least I hope.

  • Spike “R” Jagger

    I want to give Colour Splash a fair chance to impress me, and take a look at it’s own merits. OK sure, it’s not the same as the first two games, I get that, and after Sticker Star, I thought Nintendo would keep the criticism under consideration, but that’s not the case here. While I haven’t played the first two games, I’ve looked up on both, and I can see why they have the praise they have, and where some of Sticker Star’s criticism came from.

    I myself will judge the game on it’s own grounds, and what improvements in makes to Sticker Star’s formula, which as I look back at it, was rough around the edges. However, I’m hoping that the world has more to it than just Toads, and that the battles have more incentive to them, since you could skip battles entirely in Sticker Star due to no proper LV up system.

  • DerpyKong

    Bossblitz has this, Absolpower has Nintendo spot…I wonder what the other 3’s articles will be…

    As for my personal opinion on Color Splash, I’ll give it a try. Believe it or not, I DID enjoy Sticker Star. Same thing with TTYD. In fact, TTYD is one of my favorite Mario games I ever played! And too me, Color Splash looks like TTYD and SS had a baby…and that baby looking not right…(Not ugly! Just…weird-ish)

    • RafalRib

      Exactly, this game mixes TTYD and SS but people are still not seeing it…
      People start trashing the game just because it has some of the SS stuff returning

      • Geoman

        A wheres Partners
        B whats the main thing we are getting EX Crystal stars, Pure Hearts
        C. The awesome Battle field where you don’t lose jump or hammer abilities AKA stickers that you need to buy I like it when it was like the original 2 where you don’t lose Jump or hammer
        D. wheres the story the 1st 3 had great story
        E. wheres enemies and bosses that are original not puled from other Mario games EX Rawk Hawk, Mimi, X nauts
        F. How does this MIX TTYD and SS

        • DerpyKong

          A. Sticker Star Mashup
          B. We Dunno
          C. We Dunno
          D. We Dunno
          E. We Dunno
          F. TTYD for the environment and a failed copy of story. Sticker Star for everything else. Basically, mixing Poop with your favorite food. (in my case, Raising Canes chicken)

          • Geoman

            okay sounds tasty

        • RafalRib

          A – You haven’t even seen if they have partners…
          B – It was a trailer not 30 Minutes gameplay video
          C- Its a mix of both games, therefore they wont put everything from both games
          D- How can you expect them to reveal “a great story” with a simple trailer, its like saying Paper Mario N64 is crap because its trailer didnt seem to have a great story! I’m pretty sure that if you didnt know Paper Mario N64 and watched this trailer you’d say it was crap, according to your logic
          E- B^^
          F- Below


    Honestly, I LOVED Sticker Star. Besides Thousand year door, Paper Mario Sticker Star is my favorite in the Franchise. So seeing a Paper Mario game for the wii u got me SUPER hype to see what this game had installed for me. It will have better graphics (Which i really don’t care about) And it looks like it will be a fun game overall! I can’t wait to play it!

  • Geoman

    Foe people think I am hating this game I don’t hate it its just not a good 1st impression when I 1st saw it but I am looking for more info on this in a Nintendo direct

  • Spiny Bro

    The first 2 games were awesome, and I am looking foward this game, sticker trash sequel or not, we haven’t seen this game’s fully potential yet, and I am gonna have that opinion until the game releases

  • J.C.

    I want to give this game a chance, but it kind of just angers me that most of Nintendo’s games are based off of existing ones. Yes, yes improving on existing ideas is good, but we need something NEW. Actually NEW.

  • J.C.

    Ah, screw it. All I’m doing is judging a game too early.
    I’ll give it a chance, because
    1. It looks beautiful
    2. If it has many collectables and mini completion challenges I’m in.
    3. It’s Mario, it’s Nintendo, and if they play their cards right and add interesting things to the gameplay (New enemies, characters, places, battle mechanics, PARTNERS PLEASE, etc) then it’ll be like the transition from 3D Land to 3D World which would be great!
    HOWEVER, I hope they try not to draw in one too many ideas from Sticker Star like the multitudes of the exact same Toad (and their boring sob stories… jk), Bowser Tape (as shown in the gameplay), and even Stickers themselves (I doubt they’ll return). In fact, I hope Nintendo will finally prove that change can be really good for such a franchise. My last comment was shameful and unnecessary, and I am truly sorry.

  • RafalRib

    Also i think (just before the last pic), didn’t you mean Color Splash instead of Paper Jam?

    • BossBlitz


  • MagiKooper

    I agree on the most part, but i’m willing to give this game a solid chance…………….once I see more footage….and after I see a few reviews after the games release of course.

    One thing I, along with many others hope for, is that Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door is released for Virtual Console. Come on E3, GIVE US GAMECUBE FOR VIRTUAL CONSOLE………specifically for the NX.

  • XT

    They titled it Paper Mario Color Trash, just like when they did Mario Tennis Ultra Trash. What’s gonna be next on the trash list of the Mario Series?

  • BossBlitz

    Loving the discussion guys, keep it up! I’m looking forward to seeing more comments in future articles :D!

  • Mr. Dubstep

    I really have no idea what to think of Color Splash. I’ll still buy it, but to be honest, a Thousand-Year Door entry on Virtual Console would definitely sell a whole lot more than this.

  • Juni

    Yeah, my younger siblings will remember Sticker Star and Color Splash as garbage, thank god. They loved the first 3 games and were disgusted by Sticker Star.