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.
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.
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
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
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
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!