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Colour Splash puts Mario back on track

October 17, 2016

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Paper Mario: Color SplashI don’t collect stickers. I don’t collect badges. I don’t collect any of that stuff. They are not my thing when it comes to Nintendo games. That is why I wasn’t a fan of Paper Mario: Sticker Star. Somehow though, Paper Mario: Color Splash and its card-collecting aspect drew me in like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon once did.

Paper Mario, Paper Toad and Paper Peach are summoned to Prism Island which is somehow…You guessed it…losing its colour. Shy Guys have invaded and are sucking the colour of the island leaving its Toad residents feeling rather glum.

After Peach is kidnapped AGAIN, Mario and his new paint bucket friend Huey set off to put things right and temporarily rescue Peach before she is kidnapped again, you know, like sooner or later.

Paper Mario: Color SplashThe locales on Prism Island range from tropical settings to the frigid arctic and the creative way the paper element is folded and textured, really gives the game a clever setting and a unique look that often fools the eye.

In Color Splash, your greatest weapon is your hammer which can restore colour and paint areas. At first, it can be a bit frustrating but things change greatly as it increases in power and ability.

The combat itself relies on the aforementioned cards which is far better than other instalments of Paper Mario elevating the RPG gameplay somewhat. It is not all based on timing your attacks properly, which is a relief. Although the combat is still not perfect, it is a lot more enjoyable than before.

Paper Mario: Color SplashWhat really doesn’t work is the cut-out ability. By cutting out certain sections of the scenery, players can create detours through traps and areas. The problem is, it is not really clear where and when you can do that. It is total guess work and that makes the ability impractical.

In recent years, the Paper Mario series has lost its way but with Colour Splash, it is back on track. With a bit more refining, a bit more originality and a bit more substance, it might just give the other games in the Mario franchise a run for their money.

Paper Mario: Color SplashPaper Mario: Color Splash
Format: Nintendo Wii U
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Intelligent Systems
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone

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Rating: 7 / 10

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