The release of Paper Mario: Color Splash on Friday has provided ample opportunity to play the game, and, despite the immediate negative fan opinion upon its reveal earlier this year, the latest title in the long-lived franchise is actually… quite enjoyable.

Like Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door before it, Color Splash has taken its predecessor’s formula and improved on it tenfold. While stripped of the RPG elements both the N64 and GameCube versions were lauded for, Color Splash borrows the gameplay introduced in Paper Mario: Sticker Star and strengthens it in every way possible.

While hardcore fans of the series may still find themselves disappointed, Paper Mario: Color Splash is a robust enough game to stand on its own, making it a worthy member of any Wii U owner’s collection.

Stay plugged in to Nintendo Wire for our full review of Paper Mario: Color Splash — coming soon!

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Written by Daniel Dell-Cornejo

Daniel is an editor at Nintendo Wire. Always with his head in the clouds, he is never apart from his creative thoughts – a blessing for an aspiring fiction writer. As a journalist and lifelong gamer, he aims to provide readers with the very best in Nintendo coverage.