Paper Mario has been a solid part of the Nintendo platform since it originally released on the N64 in 2000 — and especially so when Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door released on the Gamecube in 2004. A new Paper Mario game will coming to the 3DS in just two months.
Mario & Luigi Paper Jam is slated for a late January release on the Nintendo 3DS after it was elaborated on in the last Nintendo Directify Conference.
While this is the second Paper Mario style game on the 3DS, Nintendo is counting on this one as a key feature in their upcoming push for the holiday season and beyond. It isn’t entirely in that classic style though. It’s a merging between the two universes — Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario. All three of them team up as they alternate between the worlds. And, yes, Mario and Paper Mario are actually different playable characters with their own set of puzzles and quests to do with each of them.
“Take advantage of Paper Mario‘s unique skills, like slipping through cracks, making copies of himself, and folding himself up.”
“Take down Bowser’s army of dastardly villains, solve puzzles, and embark on quests as a brand-new trio of heroes.” – Nintendo Direct
The game will have the same RPG style that fans have praised in the past of both the Mario & Luigi games and the Paper Mario games.
Paper Jam will retail at $39.99 and will also be available for download in Nintendo’s digital store on January 22.
Some of the best classic games of the older generation Nintendo consoles are coming to the WiiU and the first games have now begun to roll out on the console’s digital store.
Nintendo announced at its Nintendo Direct conference plans to keep a steady influx of N64 and Nintendo DS games rolling out this month. Super Mario 64 (N64) and Yoshi’s Island (DS) will be coming first and games like Donkey Kong 64, Mario Kart DS, Paper Mario, WarioWare Touched, and more coming later this month.
The current price point is slated at $10 for all of the games listed above, but Nintendo has claimed that the N64 games will have some titles running a slightly higher cost — as much as $12. Some DS games will run a bit cheaper at as little as $7 per title.
Though the current controller layout may differ from these older system Nintendo will offer a variety of button layout options and interface options to make the experience of replaying the classic games as comfortable as possible. For DS games, players can elect to split the screens between the gamepad and the television, or they can simply play with both screens on either single display.
With many of Sony and Microsoft’s system sellers being pushed into early 2015, gamers do not have much reason to purchase a next-gen console.
Sony opened up its first-party lineup back in November with the PlayStation 4’s launch starting with the platformer Knack (which had much more potential) and Killzone: Shadow Fall (which was meant to show off PS4 graphics).
Sony followed up with its not-so-secret weapon, Infamous Second Son. Sucker Punch showed off the power of the PS4 while trying to weave its natural storytelling formula into the equation. Although, the game was generally well-received, certain critics were finicky with certain aspects of the game , such as the voice work of Delsin and characters as well as the story itself.
Xbox One opened up with Ryse, Dead Rising 3 and Forza Motorsport 5. All were met with mixed to generally favorable reviews.
Crytek, the studio behind Ryse, is reportedly experiencing a staff strike as employees are refusing to come to work because they are not getting paid. As a result, Ryse 2 is rumored to be cancelled and the developer’s next title, Homefront: The Revolution (Homefront 2) is in jeopardy.
Xbox made up some ground with the March release of Titanfall. But the Respawn multiplayer FPS was not a strong enough catalyst to deter Sony’s growing console sales.
Now, most of the console exclusives (i.e. Halo 5, Quantum Break The Order: 1886, Uncharted 4) and third-party blockbusters (i.e. Batman: Arkham Knight, The Division, The Witcher 3, Dying Light, Elder Scrolls Skyrim Online) have been pushed back to 2015.
Nintendo has emerged out of the darkness with its highly successful Mario Kart 8 on Wii U. The eighth installment in the series has sold over two million copies worldwide and continues to boost Wii U sales as well. In fact, the Nintendo racer has pushed Wii U console sales more than Titanfall did for Xbox One or Infamous Second Son did for the PS4.
Since the release of Mario Kart 8, the Wii U has accomplished another feat: the Wii U has outsold the Xbox One. As of June 14, the Wii U has sold a total of 6.4 million sales, while the Xbox One has sold 4.6 million consoles and PS4, in the lead with 8.4 million.
Now, Nintendo is poised to enter the homes of holiday shoppers this fall when it releases Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS on October 3, with the Wii U version to follow. The best bet would be a Black Friday bundle deal which would quickly fly off shelves.
The last installment of the fighting series, Super Smash Bros. Brawl released in March 2008. But this time around, a holiday release would almost definitely assure increased console sales, as the only bundles Nintendo might have to compete with is a Xbox One/Master Chief collection bundle and a white PS4 Destiny Bundle. The Mario Kart 8 bundle is already surpassing all expectations.
A few months ago, most people would have pegged the Wii U as a dead console. But now, it has the opportunity to jump back into the market and in a big way.