Nintendo has announced Paper Mario: Color Splash, the next installment in the hit spinoff series. This time around, the little adventurer must journey through an island being robbed of its color. With the help of Peach and Toad, Paper Mario will use his new "color hammer" to bring color back to the island.
Here's the game's first trailer:
Paper Mario's latest appearance was in January's Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam RPG game, which we passed with flying...colors. (I'll get my coat.) Interestingly enough, some fans haven't taken too kindly to his upcoming game, citing Nintendo's missed opportunity to learn from its mistakes with 2012's Paper Mario: Sticker Star, which was positively received by critics, much to the chagrin of fans who wanted more of that Thousand-Year Door action. We actually ranked Sticker Star kinda low on our Paper Mario ranking.
These angry fans have started a petition on Change.org to get the game canceled. Since the game's announcement on March 3, petition has gained 468 supporters out of the 500 needed. The petition reads:
“Fans have been waiting for a new Paper Mario for a while now,” creator Jimmy Rustle writes. “After Sticker Star, we hoped Nintendo would have learned from their mistakes and make a better Paper Mario for the Wii U along the lines of The Thousand Year Door. Cancel Paper Mario: Color Splash and give fans what they’ve actually been waiting for.”
Color us skeptical that this will actually affect Nintendo's decision to release the game. Paper Mario: Color Splash is out in 2016 for the Wii U.