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Paper Mario 3DS: What we want to see

8 ideas for the new Paper Mario 3DS game

Sorry to keep you waiting may be Pit's catchphrase but Mario will be uttering it before long if Paper Mario 3DS isn't released soon. Indeed, Paper Mario 3DS was announced at the same time as Kid Icarus Uprising at E3 2010 but we haven't heard a great deal about the game since.

There was a new Paper Mario 3DS trailer at E3 2011 while more items were revealed in the latest batch of screenshots but we still don't know a great deal about the game.

With that in mind, there's plenty of room for speculation. Here's what we want to see in Paper Mario 3D when it is released in 2012.

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1. Co-Op Mode

The previous console incarnations have been distinctly single-player affairs. With the 3DS able to hook up with other consoles so easily, it's time to see a multiplayer mode where you can team up with your friends to progress through the storyline.

2. References To Past Games

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Though I only got to play it recently thanks to the Virtual Console, I'd love to see a repeat of the Easter Egg from Super Mario RPG where your character swaps from the 3D Mario to the original NES sprite. It would be good to spot rarely seen old enemies and it would be even better if the stickers in the game linked back to old power-ups.

Also, it would be nice to see some of the characters from the previous games in the series making a re-appearance.

3. Emphasise The Humour

The Paper Mario and Mario and Luigi games are well known for their humour and this must continue in the series. It would be great to see some spoofs of Mario franchises portrayed in the flat Paper Mario style. Imagine a kart-style mini game or a parody of Streetpass Quest but with flat characters and jokes about needing to wear the right coloured top.

4. Super Paper Mario-style Dimension Swapping

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Though the game was perhaps not as involving as the N64 original, the 2D to 3D switch effect in the Wii's Super Paper Mario was cleverly handled and would be even more impressive in glasses-free 3D, if it can be woven successfully into the plot.

5. Play Coins

You could use the Play Coins that we build up on the 3DS to buy more powerful moves or spells or maybe other unlockables in the game such as the stickers. It would be great to be able to buy Paper Mario paper for Nintendo Letterbox.

6. More Side Quests

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Though the main game is where most of the action should be concentrated, the side quests such as the Yoshi racing from Super Mario RPG make for a more enjoyable experience. If these can be scattered throughout the game then it would certainly add to the game's lifespan and the replayability. 7. Trading Stickers

This idea is inspired by Pokemon and the popularity of the Puzzle Swamp game on the 3DS. Why not have some stickers that can only be found by attending events or swapping with friends?

Have you got any more ideas? List them below!


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  1. Davebo Wednesday 14th Mar 2012 at 16:15

    I've been playing the Thousand Year Old Door again to prepair for this :D and really i'd just like more of the same. What does seem to be missing from the trailer is the audience, which i always thought was a cool feature in Thousand Year Old Door. Also i think after the main quest there should be a mini quest where you play as luigi doing something a bit more bogus, cos i always wonder what he's up to while trying to save the waffle kingdom...

  2. shadowlugia101 Wednesday 14th Mar 2012 at 16:18

    really can't wait for this its my number most anticipated game, hopefully it will be similar to thousand year door as that's my favourite game ever, and i also hope they keep partners because we haven't seen much of them

  3. King Slazo Wednesday 14th Mar 2012 at 16:26

    If its anything like the original Paper Mario or TTYD it'll easily be one of the best games on the 3DS. Here's hoping they don't try to pointlessly innovate like with SPM.

  4. skyluigi Wednesday 14th Mar 2012 at 16:37

    This list possibly makes sense... WHAT? YOU WANT DIMENSION FLIPPING TO RETURN?
    Seriously though, the fact that Super Paper Mario was in 2D most of the time was one of the reasons it did so poorly.
    Thank goodness Nintendo realised this; all the screenshots released so far have all been in 3D, so let's hope the dreaded dimension flipping doesn't return.
    I agree with the rest of the list though.

  5. Eragon Firesword Wednesday 14th Mar 2012 at 18:14

    I'd like to see a good set of baddies. There's the big bad, and then the complete idiot number 2, and the rest just act like 9-to-5 working baddies. It worked for Paper Mario (Big-Bad Bowser, idiot No. 2 Kammy), thousand-year door (Big-Bad Grodus, idiot no. 2 Crump) and Super Paper Mario (Big-Bad Bleck, three complete idiot no. 2s in the shape of Mimi, O'Chunks and L).

    That and another hilarious set of post-chapter Bowser segments. I am Bowser, Lord of Accounting!

  6. MartinIsAwesome Wednesday 14th Mar 2012 at 18:39

    You forgot to mention more awesome partner characters. I love all the partners from the first game, although the only good ones in the sequal were Goombella, Admiral Bobbery and Vivian. Even better if some of those past characters can make cameos or rejoin your team. Kooper would be my first pick if I could only bring one back.

  7. KoreeluStromboli Wednesday 14th Mar 2012 at 20:24

    In the past, I thought about Donkey Kong being in a Paper Mario game. That would be pretty cool to see! He could start off as an antagonist before becoming an ally in Paper Mario 3DS. I also thought about the Koopa Bros. from the original Paper Mario returning, and that one of them could become a partner in the vein of Kooper/Koops, if Paper Mario 3DS is going have partners.

    I'd like to see Jr. Troopa, who was the original Paper Mario's recurring boss, return as a full-grown Koopa/Paratroopa who challenges Mario at various points in the game. He could even become a partner. I liked Jr. Troopa's persistence and his jamming battle theme.

    Near the beginning of the E3 trailer for Paper Mario 3DS, if you look carefully at the book, you can see seven crowns in it. These crowns will probably be the collectable plot points of the game like the Star Spirits, Crystal Stars and Pure Hearts were of the first three Paper Mario games. It would be cool if you could actually wear them to change your appearance and abilities! That system would be a bit similar to Final Fantasy IX's Trance system.

  8. LBDNytetrayn Wednesday 14th Mar 2012 at 20:42

    I agree with most of this list... dimension-swapping is kind of a "if they can do it well" thing, I guess.

    But I agree with Davebo; more like TTYD, for sure. Including the audience! That one moment near the end... loved it.

  9. Shawksta Friday 16th Mar 2012 at 16:20

    2 3 and 6 is what the series is known for so i wouldnt worry about that!

    The dimension swapping is what makes Super Paper Mario special, Paper Mario 3DS doesnt need it.
    Co-op, im not sure, this is intelligent systems so hopefully if they do decide to do co-op they'll do it good, and having co-op will probably get them to make the game harder.

    Trading stickers with street pass, that sounds like a good idea, especially if there are special stickers that are hard to find or if there's a special system you need to trade a certain amount of certain stickers to get a better one. They can really do allot with it, personally, i found it an awesome idea to edit the badges to become stickers, really fits the style.
    I really like what their going with in party members too, its really slow though, because they probably want to work on the gameplay and style first, which is understandable, but so far we seen a chomp, and whats possibly a toad party member, and some sort of a crown/stamp hybrid, the chomp seems like a nice variation of what the kooper and Koops do, itll be unique if they stray away from the usuals in terms of party members and go with other species.

    Im dying to hear more news about it, but i dont want them to rush either way, they can take as long as they want, but i want to see some sort of update trailer or something soon!

  10. Shawksta Friday 16th Mar 2012 at 16:23

    Near the beginning of the E3 trailer for Paper Mario 3DS, if you look carefully at the book, you can see seven crowns in it. These crowns will probably be the collectable plot points of the game like the Star Spirits, Crystal Stars and Pure Hearts were of the first three Paper Mario games. It would be cool if you could actually wear them to change your appearance and abilities! That system would be a bit similar to Final Fantasy IX's Trance system.

    Well, unlike Super Paper Mario, the 7 collectables gave you powers, however its possible they might change the collectibles, only because of the recent gameplay footage showing some sort of a crown/stamp party member with mario, with certain footage from that japanese thing back then, im guessing he flips you overhead so you can place stuff, but its really hard to tell, we gotta wait.

  11. koopa_kicker Thursday 22nd Mar 2012 at 17:15

    I've only played super paper Mario in this series, but I enjoyed it because of the 3D flipping and the way how it combined platforming style mario with health. I feel that the turn based battle system isn't the best for paper mario, and prefer it for the mario & luigi games that feature mutiple charcters on at once.

  12. dreamer87 Friday 6th Apr 2012 at 11:00

    I've never played a paper Mario game before but will hopefully be lucky enough to play this when it comes out. : )

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