PAPER MARIO COLOR SPLASH SUPER FINAL NO TAKEBACKS OPINION, THIS IS THE LAST PAPER MARIO COLOR SPLASH POST I WILL EVER MAKE I PROMISE
It’s a huge improvement over Sticker Star
Luigi and Bowser can talk again
Luigi has a slightly larger role than last time
Peach has a slightly larger role than last time
There’s much more varied areas, most of which don’t look like they were recycled from New Super Mario Bros
The writing is about the same, but there’s more characters to go around so it’s a bit more memorable
There’s significantly more story, still not on the same level as the pre-Sticker Star games but it’s almost there
Boss battles are slightly less bullshit, because you actually get hints on what item you need to curbstomp them instantly
Huey is much, much, MUCH more likable than Kersti
The final boss is a surprise that I wasn’t expecting, and I probably still would not be expecting if my twitter feed didn’t spoil it for me (it’s not a new character or an obscure character, but it’s still out of left field)
Overall, the game seems to have had a lot more effort put into it than Sticker Star did
The battle system is still needlessly complex and not fun at all
The cast is still 90% nameless Toads
Battles are still pretty much pointless
It’s not worth $60, I’m sorry
It’s SO CLOSE to being an amazing game, but there are a few glaring details that keep it from being that
It’s better than Sticker Star
It’s almost good, which is better than almost bad
I’m legitimately paranoid that my friends are going to leave me because I constantly go back and forth on my opinion of Color Splash
I want to ask you that you do know that it makes sense that bowser is always going to be the antagonist and taking him out is like taking out mario's ability to jump or even himself in his own game
I’m just gonna get all my thoughts down right here, I hold nothing against you Hector, but this comment is just…eh.
Alright, so you’re saying that Bowser being an antagonist is a fundamental constant and that taking that aspect out of a Mario Game would be like stripping it of a core mechanic, like jumping.
And I just have to say:
How? How Exactly does Bowser not being a main antagonist demote a Mario Game of its Mario Game™ status?
Because many of the Mario titles that people claim are the best in the Mario franchise are the spinoff titles, where Bowser ISN’T the main antagonist. Just look at games like:
In this game, Bowser isn’t the main antagonist. In fact, it’s the second instance in which Bowser TEAMS UP with Mario, with Super Mario RPG being the first. Many consider this game a masterpiece, with it scoring critical acclaim across the board. And, like many other games like it, Bowser ISN’T the main antagonist. Is he an antagonist? YES, but he’s not the main one.
Super Mario RPG
Super Mario RPG was the first Mario Game to really introduce the idea of Bowser teaming up with Mario and his Party in order to stop a greater evil. And while it didn’t have as high scores as Superstar Saga that would come later, it’s still considered a solid game with great writing and is, in my humble opinion, the most original Mario Game in the Franchise, and completely threw out any preconceived notions on what a “Mario Game” should be. Maybe because it was developed by Square and not Nintendo. combining elements of Final Fantasy with the vibrant world of the Mushroom Kingdom. And while it isn’t happening any time soon, many fans of the series crave a remake or sequel to the game. And while it isn’t a “Sequel” per say, it was the launching pad for the Paper Mario series. And speaking of that:
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
Paper Mario TTYD. Considered by many fans to be the best entry in the series, expanding on it’s predecessor and improving in all the right ways, it is truly a strong sequel to an already beloved game. And like the other games on this list, it demoted Bowser from the main antagonist of the game to take the role of a more humorous annoyance more than an “Antagonist” and many fans consider that role to be where Bowser truly shines as a character. And although many fans hold the game on a golden pedestal, it still is a very good game, and a stellar example of how taking constructive criticism to heart can truly make a sequel better than the original.
Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time:
The second entry in the M and L series, this game nearly forgets that Bowser is a character, and replaces him with a younger version, known as Baby Bowser. And while it completely forgoes Bowser, it’s still considered a very good game.
And there are many more, such as Bowser’s Inside Story and Super Paper Mario.
And there’s something ELSE these games have in common.
They treat Bowser, not as a villain, but as a CHARACTER.
As a person with aspirations, flaws, and practically became the basis of what we interpret Bowser’s character as.
And this is my problem. Lately, Bowser has stopped being a character. And has been demoted to “Bad Guy”
And I don’t blame you for thinking that Bowser HAS to be the bad guy Hector, my dude. I mean, it’s not like Nintendo ham-fisted this idea into our heads by selling us the same exact game four times in a row across two handhelds and consoles
The New Super Mario Bros Series single-handedly managed to thrust the entire Mario Bros. series into a boring, lifeless monotony. Now don’t get me wrong, the games are fun and enjoyable experiences but,
They’re the same. Like the exact same thing. 4 times. In a Row.
And their effect on the Bowser situation was anything but good. It turned him into “Bad Guy” and that’s it. And that mindset bled into the Mario RPGs with Sticker Star and Paper Jam. Are they both fun games? Yeah, but in my opinion they added nothing new to a world that should only be limited by the developer’s ability to come up with ideas regarding worlds and bad guys. Literally anything could happen in the Mario World and it would be entertaining. Why do you think the sports games are still selling?
And this leads me to my problem with Color Splash. But First, let me get something out of the way:
I DO NOT IDOLIZE TTYD. In fact, I greatly prefer Super Paper Mario than TTYD. I don’t care that Color Splash isn’t a sequel to TTYD. I LIKE Color Splash in fact!
But, my problem with it is that it, once again, forces Bowser into the “Bad Guy” role. And doesn’t leave any room for character development for him. And before you say, “The game hasn’t even come out yet how do you know???” I’m watching a livestream of the game right now, we’re about 7 hours in, and Bowser hasn’t done anything at all really. And it once again falls into the Mario Save Princess Get Bowser formula. Does this formula work? Yes of course, but WHY does it need to be this way?
Bowsr’s such a malleable character! He can fit into ANY role if you can provide an explanation for it! There’s SO MUCH you can do with him but, Nintendo never does that. It’s always bad guy bad guy bad guy nowadays. And it’s just so boring and tiring.
Like, could you imagine a Mario Bro’s like platformer, but instead you play as BOWSER??? Like could you IMAGINE how cool that would be? And instead of taking over the mushroom kingdom, you’re fighting against a much greater, much more sinister force? It would still be a Mario Bro’s Platformer, but with a twist that would differentiate the game from it’s predecessors! I don’t know about you, but I WOULD BUY A CONSOLE for a chance to play a game like that!
The Mario games have an established formula. And it works! But the Mario Games have truly shined the brightest when it took that formula and shifted it to make grand expansive adventures.
So Hector, my dude my guy, do you still think that unless Bowser is a Bad Guy he can’t be anything else? Because I don’t think so. And I wish it wasn’t that way.
Eh I dunno. Color Splash is still a pretty amazing game tho. The dialogue is just top notch and the music is very good! I’d recommend picking it up when it’s released!
We may never get a Story Driven Paper Mario again, but does that mean that we can’t enjoy Paper Mario?
It’s just directed towards a different audience my dudes. We gotta accept it. Change is hard, but it’s something we gotta get used to.
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