E3 2010: Paper Mario 3DS Preview

E3 2010: Paper Mario 3DS Preview

By Patrick Klepek - Posted Jun 17, 2010

Paper Mario 3DS

What We Already Know

Nintendo’s Paper Mario games have experienced its series of ups and downs, with the most recent Wii edition leaving fans wanting something more. What separates the Paper Mario games from the rest of the Mario lineage are the RPG elements. It’s not an RPG-RPG like Square Enix’s Super Mario RPG, though…more of a quasi-RPG or an action RPG. It wouldn’t be Mario without platforming elements and Paper Mario’s combat, though turn based, has always incorporated basic Mario elements.

What We’re Seeing Now

Like most of the 3DS demos, not much. Nintendo wasn’t letting me actually play Paper Mario, but the non-interactive demo (essentially watching in-engine clips of the game, complete with 3D effects) certainly promised a brand-new Paper Mario that properly took advantage of 3DS. The combat looked like the traditional back-and-forth the Paper Mario series is known for, but 3D was the star here. The papercraft look didn’t exactly come out of the screen, but the contrast between the traditional cartoonish 3D Mario environments and the papercraft objects worked very well. Plus, Nintendo is clearly going to be playing tricks on you with the 3D. At one point, smashing a block prompted the wall behind Mario to sink back, revealing a new space to play in. The game was clearly early (it didn’t have a final name), but I’m just glad to have Paper Mario back – 3D or no 3D.

Comments are Closed

  • Kirbyfan2

    The original DS is so a million years ago. :D

    Posted: March 6, 2011 3:04 PM
  • Kyrosin_213

    I still have the original DS. I'm waiting for the 3DS to upgrade. I'm just glad Paper Mario is back. I actually liked Super Paper Mario, it was interesting but I still missed the turn based element

    Posted: July 24, 2010 10:53 AM
  • AWESOMEgamer875

    I must admit, Nintendo has poked my curiosity. I have a DSi and I will trade it and buy this and hopefully not be let down like I was when I upgraded from a DS to a DSlite, there was no difference. Though i do think that that will not happen.

    Posted: July 19, 2010 8:03 AM
  • Chipsthe1st

    hellz yea :D
    i wasn't too on-board with the gameplay in the Wii-exclusive. maybe this'll make up for it.

    Posted: July 16, 2010 10:39 AM
  • camarogamer


    Posted: July 13, 2010 11:27 AM
  • NoviceExpert

    No it's a completely new game from what I've seen a E3.nintendo.com

    Posted: July 9, 2010 2:31 PM
  • dethklok666D4

    so is this the n64 paper mario?

    Posted: June 17, 2010 11:59 PM