Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Mar 042016

When a new Nintendo Direct was announced for yesterday, I was excited. (If you missed the Nintendo Direct, you can watch the entire thing here.) More than anything else, I hoped the rumored Paper Mario Wii U game would be announced.

And it was.

And it was heart-breaking.

My first worry was when he referenced Paper Mario as being in the “action adventure genre.” Did they forget these are RPGs?

Then he mentioned colors and paint. I wanted to think “cool,” but all I could think was, “Why another gimmick?”

Then he mentioned Prism Island, and I felt a ray of hope. A new region! Surely this will mean new characters and an intriguing plot!

… *sees no one but Mario, Peach, and Toad*

Make it stop!

Make it stop!

Paint Hammer… restoring color… restoring color to Toads… Toad House… no no nononono! I swear, if this is as annoying as rescuing Toads in Paper Jam…

Painting cards to start battles? What the heck? I want to believe this is like Paper Jam’s battle cards, but I can’t help but see Sticker Star’s stickers.

Special cards… GIANT FAN

It’s Sticker Star 2.0, isn’t it?!

GameXplain looked at Color Splash in the European and Japanese Nintendo Directs as well to find more footage, but it doesn’t get any better. It shows more “characters,” but by that I mean Toads and a Shy Guy. It also shows the conclusion of a battle and Mario’s reward: coins. They just cut it off before showing his exp gain, right??

Why, why, why is this happening?

How did we go from this* to…


Aside from Prism Island, the one bit of hope I see in this trailer is that the paint can appears to be a new character. While he could be another Kersti (please no), maybe he’s just the only partner or original character revealed so far.


At least the Nintendo Direct also revealed the English title for Genei Ibun Roku #FE, one of my most-anticipated turn-based RPGs. It’s called Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, a title weird enough to put Kingdom Hearts to shame… although TMS is SMT backwards! That will be out on June 24…

I don’t know when Color Splash will come out, and unless they release a new trailer showing a story and characters, I don’t really care.

What about you? Do you see any reason to be excited for Color Splash, or have you joined me in singing Paper Mario’s funeral dirge?

*Yes, I like Super Paper Mario. I loved its story and characters. And while it didn’t have turn-based combat, at least it was fun, something I can’t say for Sticker Star’s battle system.

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  16 Responses to “Please Say Color Splash Isn’t Sticker Star 2.0”

  1. It’s a bad game and already people are sending hate mail to their nintendo email accounts. It’s not looking good for them in the future? :'(

  2. I can’t help it, but I feel that you’ve been acting very salty in the article.

  3. […] Color Splash was announced, I was less than enthusiastic. My misgivings even made it into a quick shot in one of Arlo’s […]

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