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Paper Mario: Color Splash

Nintendo
Oct 7, 2016 - Wii U
Strong

OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

58%

Critics Recommend

IGN
7.3 / 10
Eurogamer
No Recommendation
Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
GamesRadar+
3.5 / 5
Game Informer
8.5 / 10
Polygon
6.5 / 10
GameSpot
7 / 10
Giant Bomb
2 / 5
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Critic Reviews for Paper Mario: Color Splash

IGN

Terri Schwartz
7.3 / 10.0
IGN

Paper Mario: Color Splash is a step in the right direction for the series after the 3DS’s Paper Mario: Sticker Star, continuing its shift from RPG to action-adventure game while also introducing some smart changes to its battle system. 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. Inventive level design in the second act offers some much needed diversity to some of Color Splash's otherwise linear gameplay before the disappointing third act regresses into simple and uninteresting battles. Though Color Splash still isn't back to the high points of the first three games in the Paper Mario series, it's a strong step in the right direction.

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Eurogamer

No Recommendation / Blank
Eurogamer

Bowser's latest m'ch�-nations are boringly familiar. Despite the usual fizzy writing, this series doesn't make us crease up like it used to.

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Metro GameCentral

Unknown Author
6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Nintendo continues to paint over some of the best features of previous Paper Mario games, but the great script just about saves the dull combat.

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Puzzles aren't exactly inspiring, but good writing and typically first-class presentation amount to a more-than-passable plumb pudding.

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Charming characters and zany events fill the world, which is good because you traverse the same locales multiple times

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Paper Mario: Color Splash is clever and funny but a chore to play

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Returning after a 9-year break from consoles, Paper Mario goes Bob Ross on countless Shy Guys by teaching them The Joys of Painting.

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A dreadful combat system brings down an otherwise beautiful and funny Mario adventure.

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