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Paper Mario: Color Splash

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Paper Mario: Color Splash
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Developer(s): Intelligent Systems
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Category: Action-adventure RPG
Players: 1
Predecessor: Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Successor: Paper Mario: The Origami King
Release dates
N. America: October 7, 2016[1]
Japan: October 13, 2016[2]
Europe: October 7, 2016
Australia: October 8, 2016
USK: 0
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Paper Mario: Color Splash is the fifth installment of the Paper Mario series of games, released for Wii U in October 2016.



Recover the stolen colors of Prism Island!

Someone or something is draining the world of its color! Who would do such a thing!? Join Huey, your trusty paint-can partner, on an all-new adventure to save Prism Island!

Solve puzzles with the power of paper!
Paint colorless spots to open new paths!

Battle enemies and solve puzzles with in-game cards

Study your enemies before selecting yoru cards. Think about the order too. Whack 'em with your hammer!
Turn up the heat!'

Solve puzzles with Thing Cards, and use them in battle.
Put out the fire!
Magnify the tiny pipe

Nintendo website

A colorful mystery is afoot on Prism Island

A mystery is afoot on Prism Island - and only Paper Mario can solve it by restoring the island's vanishing colors with his new Paint Hammer and the powerful Battle Cards up his sleeve. These fresh layers of strategy, along with the hilarious action adventure gameplay the series is known for, make this one of the most colorful Paper Mario action-adventure games ever.

  • A hilarious action-adventure game set on mysterious Prism Island.
  • The Paint Hammer lets Mario restore the drained color of Prism Island
- Color in colorless spots to solve puzzles and search for clues.
- Revive Toads who have been drained of their color.
  • New Battle Card system
- Cleverly use Battle Cards during puzzling battles to defeat enemies.
- Summon objects with Things cards.
- Use Enemy cards to summon allies.
  • The new cutout feature allows you to extract areas from environments to overcome obstacles whenever possible.

Nintendo eShop

A mystery is afoot on Prism Island and only Mario™ can solve it——by restoring the land's vanishing colors with his new Paint Hammer. Puzzling battles await, but never fear; there's always a clever way to dish out the powerful Battle Cards up his sleeve. These fresh layers of strategy make this one of the most action-packed Paper Mario™ adventures ever!

It all begins when Mario receives an odd letter in the mail and heads for the unknown in a small boat. What he finds is a series of hilariously mysterious moments, each a clue that inches him closer to answering the riddle of Prism Island. To restore its former glory, he must first rescue the Big Paint Stars. Luckily, Mario's new companion Huey has granted him the power of paint, which can be used to recolor the exotic locales he'll hit up on his journey. Examine environments for clues, revive color-drained Toads, and even participate in strange events like the game show "Whifit or Snifit." Whatever it takes to make a splash on Prism Island!


On a stormy night, Princess Peach and Toad arrive at Mario's house with a letter. When Mario opens the letter, he finds that it is actually the folded up and colorless body of another Toad. They notice that the seal on the envelope is that of Prism Island, and immediately set off. Upon arriving at the port town square, they find that it has been ransacked and the inhabitants have also been drained of color. Soon after Mario and Peach find a 3D paint can named Huey. After meeting him, they investigate a scream and find Toad's color being drained by a Shy Guy with a straw. After they defeat it and return Toad's color to normal by turning Huey into 2D, Huey notes that the Big Paint Stars from the island's fountain have disappeared, and asks that Mario find them. Mario and Huey head around the island to reclaim the missing Big Paint Stars and stop the force that is stealing its color.


Much of the gameplay appears to be similar to Paper Mario: Sticker Star. Much of the overworld gameplay revolves around Mario using his Paint Hammer to paint parts of the environment and characters to solve puzzles to advance. Battle gameplay revolves around painting special cards on the Wii U GamePad and flicking them at the screen to use.


Aggregate scores
Metacritic 76
GameRankings 75.82%
Famitsu 35/40[3]
IGN 7.3/10
GameSpot 7/10
Game Informer 8.25/10
Destructoid 8.5/10

When Paper Mario: Color Splash was originally announced, the reveal trailer received negative impressions from fans of the series, who criticized the game for its similar appearance to the previous entry, Paper Mario: Sticker Star. Trailers and gameplay videos for the game received a large amount of dislikes compared to likes[4], and within minutes of the game's reveal, a petition on was posted that called for the game to be cancelled.[5]

Upon the game's release, critical reviews were mainly positive. Most reviewers praised the game's writing and visuals, though while the battle system was noted as an improvement over the previous entry, it was still criticized for the issues it carried over. Famitsu rated the game a 35/40 (7/8/8/9).[3] Terri Schwartz of IGN gave the game a 7.3/10, claiming that, "The beautiful Wii U graphics and playful humor stay true to the spirit of the Paper Mario franchise, but the story is straightforward and a bit bland," and overall calling it "a strong step in the right direction."

In Japan, Paper Mario: Color Splash sold 20,894 copies on the week of its release, placing third in overall sales that week.[6]

Technical details

Technical details
Media: Wii U Game Disc
Digital download
Download size: 8986.8 MB
Input / compatible controllers: Wii U GamePad


  • Due to an unspecified error, when Paper Mario: Color Splash was put up for pre-load on the Nintendo eShop, the pre-load data gave players access to the full game, two weeks ahead of the actual release date. The pre-load option was removed soon afterward.[7]

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  1. Paper Mario: Color Splash coming to Wii U October 7th. Nintendo Inquirer (June 14, 2016). Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  2. Nintendo 3DS Direct 2016.9.1 プレゼンテーション映像. Nintendo 公式チャンネル (YouTube; September 1, 2016). Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1454. Gematsu (October 11, 2016). Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  4. Paper Mario: Color Splash draws ire of Nintendo fans, looks alright. Destructoid (June 18, 2016). Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  5. Paper Mario: Color Splash has been around 30 minutes and people already hate it. TechRadar (March 4, 2016). Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  6. Media Create Sales: 10/10/16 – 10/16/16. Gematsu (October 19, 2016). Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  7. Paper Mario: Color Splash pre-load accidentally lets Wii U owners play the entire game early.

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