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As you probably know by now, we like writing articles about Mario and Nintendo trivia here on Gaming Reinvented. We’ve covered the identity of Mario’s father, as found on the side of a baking tin. We’ve commented about conspiracies in Super Mario Land and reincarnation cycles in the Legend of Zelda series. And heck, we’ve even delved deep into a game’s source code to find more, like evidence Mario might have been playable in Luigi’s Mansion at one point.
But today, we’ve got a few new facts and trivia. Not many of them, sure. But still enough to make for an interesting little article none the less.
Removing the Laundromat
So let’s start out with a very interesting regional difference in Paper Mario Color Splash. You see, at Whirlpool Island, you eventually reach a cave with a washing machine in it. Upon picking it up, the nearby enemies get annoyed at you for stealing their washing, and start a counterattack right there in the laundry room.
Well, that’s how it works in the American version anyway. Because in the European version, there’s no laundry room.
What do I mean there?
Well, they literally changed the laundry room to a generic cave in the PAL version. Take a look:
As you can see, it’s a lot less interesting in the European version of the game. Also interesting is that they changed the washing machine itself too, with the designs for each region being completely different:
No, I have no idea why this was done. Guess Nintendo of Europe just wanted to be different to Nintendo of America? It’s not like we have different washing machine designs in each region, or that these laundromats are an America and Japan only thing.
Instead, it’s just a random little change for the sake of changing something. But hey, at least it makes for an interesting fact in an article right?
Which is something you can also say about the next item in the list too…
Swearing in Mario Kart 8
Because damn, it must have been a real pain in the ass to find this out.
Basically, Mario Kart 8 has certain situations where Miis talk and cheer for the racers. When they’re doing this, it sounds like they’re saying complete gibberish.
But when you actually find the files for it on the disc, you quickly realise it isn’t. Instead, it’s a normal person’s conversation that’s been raised in pitch, drastically sped up and reversed. So, like the guy in this video:
You reverse all these changes only to find that the speaker is actually saying:
“How the fuck does she know?” over and over again.
It’s just so utterly random, and it honestly sounds like the developers just recorded some random chit chat in the Nintendo of America cafeteria and stuck it on the disc as a dare. Or it was some other sort of inside joke we weren’t supposed to understand.
I guess someone at Nintendo wanted to have a bit of fun during the game’s development!
And so that concludes our list. Yeah, I know, only two facts were included in this one. But I’m hoping they were at least interesting facts and bits of trivia none the less. After all, only a madman would think to compare washing machine designs in a Paper Mario game! Or reverse engineer edited sound files to figure out what the actors were actually saying!
But what do you think? Did you know any of these facts? Or were they both things you passed over completely when playing Paper Mario Color Splash and Mario Kart 8?
Either way, post your thoughts on the matter at the Gaming Reinvented forums or on social media today!
It’s been controversial since it’s announcement. From the lack of unique characters to the Sticker Star esque battle system, people have been critical of Color Splash right from the moment it was announced. Indeed, it wasn’t even an hour before the first petition came out asking for the game to be cancelled!
But now it’s been played and reviewed, how does Paper Mario Color Splash stack up? Well, surprisingly well according to critics. Indeed, quite a few critics have actually given it scores of around 90% and called it a generally good game overall!
So let’s start with the positive reviews first. Nintendo World Report gave it 9/10, saying it’s a fantastic game even despite being nothing like the Thousand Year Door on Gamecube. Other positive reviews came from Nintendo Insider (also 9/10), Nintendo Life (8/10) and God is a Geek (8.5/10).
Slightly further down the review scale, we get IGN (7.3/10), Gamespot (7/10) and Lazy Gamer (7.5/10). You’ll probably notice that these aren’t Nintendo specific sites whereas the ones giving it the higher reviews generally were. So it seems Nintendo fans will appreciate this a bit more than other gamers.
Kotaku gave it a good review too. However, they don’t seem to post review scores any more, so it could be anywhere from an 8/10 to a 10/10.
Video reviews are a bit mixed, though it makes sense given who they’re from. GameXplain loves the game, saying it’s an enjoyable title to play in general:
Whereas Arlo (the guy who made the ‘Problem with Paper Mario’) video is a bit more mixed on the matter. He says the characters and world are better, but the battle system is obnoxious with all the inputs required to use cards and attack enemies. Here’s his review:
As we pointed out very recently, Paper Mario Color Splash is quite the improvement from the Sticker Star and Paper Jam. There are more original characters, with the Rescue Squads and the Rock Paper Wizard being notable examples. There’s a new antagonist (of sorts) in the Black Paint.
Because of this, it seems the game retains a lot more of the classic Paper Mario titles this time around.
But could it have been even better? Perhaps it could have. Cause the game’s concept art (viewable in the game itself) shows some very different designs for the characters here…
For example, the Rock Paper Wizard was still a Toad, but resembled a Duplighost from the first two games far more than his current design does:
Huey was everything from a bat to an ink pot before he became the sentient bucket character we know and love today:
And even the Pirate Toad had more personality! Look at his unique clothing here, and then compare it to the simple pirate hat he gets in the final game. The unique style makes a world of difference!
But the real interesting one here was not the friendly NPCs. Oh no. You know that Black Paint I mentioned earlier?
The stuff that’s actually the real villain and possesses Bowser throughout most of the game?
Well it seems it too had a unique design early in development! In fact, it seems the paint itself was going to be a boss you’d fight directly, not purely a substance that clings to Bowser and brainwashes him into attacking you! Here’s a picture showing his ‘true form’:
So yeah, it seems quite a few interesting things changed since Paper Mario Color Splash started development. So much so in fact that you wonder if the original plan was a game much closer to Thousand Year Door in style and character personality.
But what do you think? Are the current designs for these characters better? Or do you prefer the original ones from the game’s concept art?
Paper Mario Color Splash Concept Art on Reddit
With the original Newer Super Mario Bros 2 released in 2013 and Newer Super Mario Bros DS in active development, it was only a matter of time till someone would take the series to the next level.
And with SMW Central’s C3 2016 underway, it’s finally happened! From Skawo (maker of Newer Super Mario Bros DS) comes Newer Super Mario Bros U! A full fledged hack of the Wii U title, it aims to add new levels, graphics and enemies to the game just like its predecessors did. Here’s a trailer for the game:
As you can see, it already looks pretty impressive. There are some interesting level gimmicks and ideas (like the moving cogs in the desert, or the fancy waves in the ocean level). There are what seem like new enemies (the poison gas showing Foos, the Bowser esque snowmen). And heck, it seems like the graphics and music have been tweaked too.
You can find more information on the game in the SMW Central topic:
Newer Super Mario Bros U – SMW Central
Which also comes with these extra pictures:
So yeah. If you liked Newer Super Mario Bros Wii and you have a Wii U, you should really like this mod when it’s released. After all, it’s by the same people as the prior games.
What do you think about the game?
It’s been said a million times now; Nintendo doesn’t understand Paper Mario.
We’ve said here on Gaming Reinvented. The Paper Mario subreddit says it everyday. Arlo made a fantastic video about the issue. Heck, Twitter itself is flooded with the hashtag #MakePaperMarioGreatAgain for a very good reason.
Unfortunately, it seems Nintendo sees the matter differently. In a Kotaku interview with Risa Tabata (about Color Splash), she said:
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
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.
Yeah, it’s this excuse again. The same lazy, pathetic excuse given out in the infamous GameXplain review video shown here:
I’m not even going to waste my time trying to counter this reasoning again. If you want a good explanation about why Mario & Luigi is not a good replacement for Paper Mario (or why post Sticker Star games are getting it all so wrong), just read my original article here:
Nintendo Doesn’t Understand Paper Mario – Gaming Reinvented
Because at this point, it’s clear that Nintendo doesn’t care about good old fashioned Paper Mario. It’s clear the people at Intelligent Systems are absolutely clueless about the franchise and care little for fan feedback. And honestly, it’s gotten to the point where I’d just say to play a few Paper Mario fan games and be happy with those.
Looks like Paper Mario is just over at this point.
The Paper Mario Game Not Everybody Wants – Kotaku