Nintendo reveals a brand new Paper Mario title, with the paint and color-themed Paper Mario: Color Splash expected to be released for Wii U this year.
The Paper Mario series has become one of the most loved spin-offs of the iconic Super Mario franchise. Originally acting as a follow-up to SNES classic Super Mario RPG, the series has since become a staple for Nintendo consoles. Now, the publisher has revealed that another Paper Mario game is set for release, in the form of Paper Mario: Color Splash.
The news of the upcoming title was announced during the recent Nintendo Direct broadcast, with Nintendo explaining a little about the game in question. According to the broadcast, Paper Mario: Color Splash will take Mario to a place called Prism Island, which is being mysteriously drained of its color. Thankfully, the heroic plumber is able to restore color to the island through the use of his paint hammer.
By using the hammer, Mario can bring color back to the world, hitting objects in the environment that have been turned a ghostly white. What's more, the paint hammer can also be used on characters, and is able to revive toads that have been drained of their color by the nefarious goings on over on Prism Island. The game's battle system, meanwhile, revolves around Mario painting cards, and flipping them to start the battle.
The reveal of Paper Mario: Color Splash by Nintendo confirms previous rumors that another Paper Mario game was on the cards. Last month, several reliable sources within the gaming industry suggested that Nintendo was working on the localization of another game in the franchise, and it's now clear that those rumors were correct. Even the release date proved to be accurate, with Paper Mario: Color Splash set to release at some point in 2016 for the Wii U.
The Paper Mario series has been busy of late. Earlier this year, the 2D Mario made his was on to the 3DS for the first time, crossing over into the world of Mario & Luigi to co-star in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. However, although the game continued the wacky and enjoyable fun of the previous games in the series, it felt as though the opportunity to make interesting changes to the formula had been missed, in spite of the Paper Mario inclusion.
Hopefully, Paper Mario: Color Splash will have more luck at bringing some unique gaming moments to Nintendo fans. At the moment, the title certainly seems interesting, with both the design of the location and the idea of Mario returning an island to its former glory reminiscent of Gamecube release Super Mario Sunshine. Let's hope that the game proves to be as fun as its initial premise.
Paper Mario: Color Splash is set for release for Wii U in 2016.