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Paper Mario: Color Splash

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Title Screen

Paper Mario: Color Splash

Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Wii U
Released in JP: October 13, 2016
Released in US: October 7, 2016
Released in EU: October 7, 2016
Released in AU: October 8, 2016


CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


Paper Mario: Color Splash is a mixed bag if ever there was one. While it has a much larger and more creative world than its immediate predecessor and the trademark Paper Mario wit is still there, the game still follows many of the hated design decisions from the last game while adding some annoying mechanics of its own, leading to many heated (ahem) scraps over whether or not it's better than Sticker Star.

Paper Bowser (spoilers?) does talk again, so that's something.

Unused Card Behaviors

Hmmm...
To do:
Confirm 1-Up Mushroom behavior.

Some cards can only be obtained as "pre-colored", yet have unique behavior for being un-, or less-, colored:

  • POW Blocks do not cause any damage to enemies if they are not fully colored in.
  • Red Mushrooms give you less HP the less they are colored in.
  • Enemy Cards do not summon their enemy if they are not fully colored in.
(Source: Getlucky12341)

Hidden Screenshots

Some environment map textures hide early screenshots.

PaperMarioColorSplash-grasslandenv.png

grasslandenv in BTL_ENV_Common.bfres.lz is a screenshot of an early house with a mailbox, possibly the Mario Bros. house.

PaperMarioColorSplash-robj btl fan envmap.png

robj_btl_fan_envmap in BTL_ENV_Fan.bfres.lz is a distorted screenshot of an early cafe.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Regional Differences

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Rip the models.
  • See if the Laundry Guy's name and pre-wringing dialogue were translated into European languages.

The Washing Machine thing has a different appearance between the Japanese and American versions and the European and Australian versions.

Japan/US Europe/Australia
ColorSplash WashingMachineCard NTSC.png ColorSplash WashingMachineCard PAL.png

To accommodate for the new design, the room it is found in is completely redesigned from a laundry room to an ordinary cave.

Japan/US Europe/Australia
ColorSplash WashingMachineRoom NTSC.jpg ColorSplash WashingMachineRoom PAL.jpg

The unique "Laundry Guy" is replaced with an ordinary Shy Guy that only appears when Mario wrings out the washing machine, albeit with the same dialogue. Because the latter only appears when he attacks Mario, the former enemy type and the line the former says if Mario talks to him before wringing it out are left unused in those versions.

Today is a perfect day for doing laundry. I chucked in all the dirty stuff that's been piling up lately.


Internal Project Name

The project's internal name is "gojika", according to various filenames.