Paper Mario: Color Splash
North American cover art
Developer(s) Intelligent Systems
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Naohiko Aoyama
Taro Kudo
Producer(s) Kensuke Tanabe
Designer(s) Yukio Morimoto
Shingo Igata
Programmer(s) Junya Kadono
Artist(s) Masahiko Nagaya
Writer(s) Taro Kudo
Composer(s) Takeru Kanazaki
Shigemitsu Goto
Fumihiro Isobe
Series Paper Mario
Platform(s) Wii U
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player

Paper Mario: Color Splash[lower-alpha 1] is an action-adventure role-playing video game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Wii U.[1] The game was released worldwide in October 2016.

Plot Edit

Paper Mario and Paper Princess Peach get a letter from Prism Island, which they find out is a color-drained Paper Toad. This causes Paper Mario, Paper Peach and another Paper Toad to set sail for Prism Island. Upon arriving at Port Prisma, the 3 travelers find the town deserted, with many spots and objects missing color, and that the fountain at the center is dry. A large metal vault appears out of the bottom of the fountain containing a paint can. After Paper Mario tries to open it, the can is revealed to be Huey, the Prisma Fountain's guardian. After fending off an attack on Paper Toad from a straw-wielding Shy Guy, Huey explains that the fountain is usually powered by 6 Big Paint Stars, which never run out of paint and are the main sources of it for the entire island. Huey is dismayed to learn that the Big Paint Stars are missing, and asks Mario to assist him in recovering them from Paper Bowser and the Paper Koopalings. While Paper Mario is scouting the island, Paper Peach is once again kidnapped by Paper Bowser.

Paper Mario goes through six different areas to retrieve the Big Paint Stars, each with the relevant Star's color featuring predominantly. Firstly, he goes through a red hills area where he fights Paper Morton. Secondly, he travels to a yellow mountain and desert area, where he must fight Paper Iggy. Afterwards, he progresses to a blue area with a wide range of themes, with caves, a beach side, a haunted hotel, and an island-based sea base; he fights Paper Ludwig at the end of this area. After this, he goes to a purple area which is made of an archipelago of islands known as the Violet Isles, and fights Paper Wendy at the end of the island chain. Next, Paper Mario goes through an orange mesa area, where he follows a train and fights Paper Larry after he hijacks the train before he goes to collect the Big Paint Star. Finally, he travels through a green forest, where he fights Paper Lemmy at a big top housing the green Big Paint Star.

As Paper Mario collects the Big Paint Stars, they give him their memories, which unfold, in a backwards sequence (as their memory gets progressively longer), how Paper Bowser attacked Port Prisma. Once Paper Mario recovers all 6 Big Paint Stars, they reveal that Paper Bowser attempted to dye his shell in a rainbow hue using the Prisma Fountain, but mixing the colors instead inadvertently created black paint, a toxic substance which then transforms him into Paper Black Bowser, possessing him into stealing the Big Paint Stars and draining Prism Island and its inhabitants of their color. It is also revealed that it was he who mailed them the color-drained Paper Toad to coax them to come to Prism Island. With the help of Paper Luigi and the Big Paint Stars, Paper Mario and Huey reach the floating Paper Black Bowser's Castle, where they discover the stolen paint is being used to process and weaponize black paint, which Paper Black Bowser intends to dye the world black. Mario and Huey halt the factory's operations, defeats Paper Black Bowser by draining his color, and rescues Paper Peach, however the chaos following the factory's destruction causes the castle to fall apart. Paper Peach and the Paper Mario brothers escape, but Huey stays behind to stop the black paint and absorbs the entire castle. Huey then flies into space, taking the black paint far away from Prism Island where it can never hurt anyone again.

Development Edit

Color Splash was announced during a Nintendo Direct presentation on March 3, 2016.[2][3]

Release Edit

The game was made available for pre-purchasing on the Nintendo eShop on September 22, 2016. However, it was quickly discovered that Nintendo of America had accidentally made the full game available through this method, two weeks in advance of its intended launch date.[4] Nintendo pulled the pre-load option off of the North American eShop on the following day.[5][6]


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 76/100[7]
Review scores
Publication Score
Game Informer 8.5/10[8]
GameSpot 7/10[9]
GamesRadar Star fullScript error11pxScript error[10]
Giant Bomb Star fullScript errorScript error[11]
IGN 7.3/10[12]
NintendoLife 8/10[13]
Nintendo World Report 9/10[14]

Upon its reveal, Color Splash received negative reception from fans of the series, who were critical of the game for seemingly continuing the gameplay style used in Sticker Star, which had a lessened focus on RPG elements and story, featured no original characters besides Kersti, and had an over-emphasis on the paper theme[15] instead of returning to the gameplay style of the first Paper Mario game and The Thousand-Year Door.[3] Following the game's announcement, a petition on was created calling for the game's cancellation, similar to what happened with Metroid Prime: Federation Force.[16]

Upon release however, Color Splash received "generally positive" reception, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[7] While praised for its visuals and improvements over Sticker Star, problems inherited from it, such as the battle system, were heavily criticized. Alex Jones from GamesRadar stated that it was neither a return to classic Paper Mario nor a "bold reinvention", however, he called it "heartwarming".[10] Most critics, however, considered it an improvement over Sticker Star.[citation needed]

It sold 20,894 copies in its first week of release in Japan.[17] By the following month, it had sold 37,093 in Japan.[18]


  1. Paper Mario: Color Splash (ペーパーマリオ カラースプラッシュ Pēpā Mario: Karā Supurasshu?)


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  2. Karlins, Andrew (March 3, 2016). "Paper Mario Colour Splash Coming to Wii U". Nintendo Life. Retrieved March 5, 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pino, Nick (March 3, 2016). "Paper Mario: Color Splash has been around 30 minutes and people already hate it". TechRadar. Retrieved March 22, 2016. 
  4. Koczwara, Michael (September 23, 2016). "Paper Mario: Color Splash Temporarily Released Early Through eShop Pre-Load". Mario Party Legacy. Retrieved September 23, 2016. 
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  7. 7.0 7.1 "Paper Mario: Color Splash Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  8. Reeves, Ben (5 October 2016). "Paper Mario: Color Splash - Coloring Inside The Lines". Game Informer. 
  9. Petit, Carolyn (5 October 2016). "Paper Mario: Color Splash Review - GameSpot". GameSpot. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Jones, Alex (October 7, 2016). "PAPER MARIO: COLOR SPLASH REVIEW: "EVERY NIGGLING ISSUE IS FOLLOWED BY A MOMENT OF GRIN-INDUCING SILLINESS"". GamesRadar. Retrieved October 5, 2016. 
  11. Ryckert, Dan (October 14, 2016). "Paper Mario: Color Splash Review". Giant Bomb. 
  12. Concepcion, Miguel (5 October 2016). "Paper Mario: Color Splash Review". IGN. 
  13. "Paper Mario: Color Splash Review". Nintendo Life. 22 October 2016. 
  14. "Paper Mario: Color Splash Review". Nintendo World Report. 13 October 2016. 
  15. Gray, Kate (March 12, 2016). "My Hopes And Fears For Paper Mario Color Splash". Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  16. Seedhouse, Alex. "Fans Petition For Paper Mario: Color Splash Cancellation". Retrieved 7 March 2016. 
  17. Whitehead, Thomas, 19 October 2016, "Paper Mario: Color Splash Makes Modest Japanese Chart Debut" ( Accessed 25 November 2016.
  18. Sato (November 9, 2016). "This Week In Sales: Kamehamehas, 360 No Scopes, And A Side Of Alchemy". Siliconera. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 

External linksEdit

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