For years, Paper Mario had been one of those unique Mario spin-off games. It turned a typical platformer game into a story driven, character building RPG experience. Nintendo fans loved sitting down for hours exploring the paper Mushroom Kingdom on their N64 or GameCube. Even the Wii’s Super Paper Mario provided an engaging story and interesting villains. Yes, sir; things were looking good for the Paper Mario series back in the day. Then, tragedy struck. Out of the darkest voids of Miyamoto’s mind came the mistake no one asked for: Sticker Star.
Most Paper Mario fans could write pages upon pages about how bad the 3DS game was. Fortunately, this is not a Sticker Star review. Four years after Sticker Star’s release, Nintendo casually announced the next Paper Mario game: Sticker Star 2. At least, that was the initial reaction. While the trailer looked good in HD, the gameplay looked nothing like the original two games. Fans complained, pressed dislike buttons repeatedly, commented harshly on forums, and signed petitions; it was quite the mess.
Now that Color Splash is out, I can honestly say it is not Sticker Star 2. Color Splash is a good game.