One of the most alluring aspects of the Super Smash Bros. franchise is the amalgamation of Nintendo franchises that fills every square micrometer of each and every installment. Whether pitting iconic characters against one another in an all-out brawl or earning an obscure mascot’s trophy, Super Smash Bros. could easily be considered the ultimate fan service for any follower of the Big N.
While there’s an ample amount of representation for various franchises within the games (even Rayman will be appearing as a trophy), one franchise that’s been tragically overlooked up until this point is beloved RPG spin-off Paper Mario.
The latest MiiVerse post from Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai, however, has finally rectified Paper Mario‘s underrepresentation within the fighting game franchise. Sakurai himself confirmed that there will be a dedicated stage for the paper-themed series that’ll debut within the handheld version of the upcoming Smash entry.
While the initial screenshot indicates that Paper Mario: Sticker Star will be one of the games represented by the stage, Sakurai was quick to confirm that other entries in the series will also receive representation — including the GameCube’s Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
This new stage was a long time coming for many fans of both Smash and Paper Mario, and it looks like it will be a fun battleground for mascots to pummel one another on. Further more, it could indicate that a paper version of Mario may be making a playable debut in the new games to accompany the stage, and those who’ve played past entries in the series will know that Sakurai isn’t afraid of placing various versions of the same character on the roster — just look at Toon Link.
What do you think of the new Paper Mario stage? Do you believe it was a long time coming or something that should have been left out of the fold? Let us know in the comments below.
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS hits store shelves on October 3, 2014, while the Wii U version arrives in Holiday 2014.
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Source: Masahiro Sakurai — MiiVerse