Today’s Nintendo Direct saw the reveal of paper Mario Color Splash.
Mario finds himself on Prism Island, which has been robbed of all colour. Armed with the new paint hammer, Mario must return the island to its former glory. The debut trailer showed Mario walking around a beautiful paper scape, slamming his hammer into the geography to splash it with colour and collect coins. We even see Mario hitting a grounded Toad with the hammer to revive him from a colourless state. We also get a look at a floating paint can with eyes, that can only be Mario’s new sidekick in the adventure.
The Paper Mario series started on the N64 with Paper Mario. It then continued on Gamecube with Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Super Paper Mario on Wii and Paper Mario Sticker Star on 3DS. January of this year saw the release of Mario and Luigi Paper Jam on 3DS. It was a crossover between the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi Series’.
The series is known for its cartoon-like, simplistic graphics and addicting RPG gameplay. The last two entries swapped out the RPG mechanics for a real-time battle system. It remains to be seen in Color Splash goes back to basics.
Paper Mario Color Splash will release on Wii U later in 2016, but no exact date was given.