Paper Mario series has been received some negativity from fans since sometimes ago. Lack of story, characters and the departure from the RPG genre as its main gameplay core have been the cause of this. The series has been a true Mario RPG franchise for the console since its first release in Nintendo 64 platform on 2000, but started to lost its RPG charm since Sticker Star.
As a new game in the franchise, fans have been hoping that Paper Mario: Color Splash play style will back again to its initial genre: RPG. Unfortunately, the game will continue as an ‘action adventure‘ game due to the statement of the game’s producer, Risa Tabata (thanks Kotaku):
“This game is an action-adventure. I’m sure you’re aware that, at Nintendo, we also have another series called the Mario & Luigi RPG series and so since we already have that established Mario & Luigi RPG series, in order to differentiate these two series that we have running concurrently, we’ve tried to focus more on the non-RPG elements for the Paper Mario games. In terms of what we focus on for the Paper Mario series, we focus on puzzle-solving [and] humor.“
The game has its potential as seen in the E3 2016 demo. Despite the genre, a little good news is this entry will (hopefully) has more story in it. This is the next statement from Tabata:
“This time we have–I don’t know if I want to say a proper story–but we have a story. It starts from kind of mysterious opening.. You’re not sure what is going on, and as you go through the story, you’ll realize, oh this is what happens. And there’s a lot of interesting stuff that happens with you and Huey.“
The closest bet to play Paper Mario in an RPG style is by playing a crossover with the latest Mario & Luigi RPG entry, although it’s on handheld. Paper Mario: Color Splash will be released on October 7 for Wii U.
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