Mario: Color Splash is the second title in the beloved subseries of MarioNintendo's New Super Mario Bros. games. Color Splash's gameplay is faithful to that of the only earlier entry, , using only consumable items as battle action and requiring the use of Mario: Sticker StarThings for required puzzle-solving, even during boss battles.
Color Splash introduces the Koopalings to the 's trusty new companion, MarioSane Kersti. Other than that, take the lead roles in the plot. ToadsToads serve as the game's only friendly species. They all look identical, but it's okay because you can tell them apart by their one-note personalities. Normally-antagonistic characters may also be talked to periodically, a brand-new feature for the series.world, as well as
and Princess Peach™ deliver Not Toadsworth™ a letter that happens to be the defaced, bloodless corpse of a Mario™generic . Toad™™™™ Mario identifies the stamp as that of , and they Prism Island set off in their tugboat to the because fuck you, everything being made of is totally what this series has always been about, yo.
Huey, the color-obsessed paint bucket guardian of the fountain whatever. The gang hears Toad's demonic screech and comes running to the rescue, only to discover that Shy Guys with STRAWS are sucking the lifegiving bodily fluids out of his pants. Mario squeezes the paint out of Huey, turning him into Huey and forcing the flattened freak to hide in his overalls out of shame.Mario wakes up
Long story short, Toad becomes a zombie, Leston begins suffering serious mental retardation from an irradiated HOT MALLET, lava bombs are engineered and deployed, a hotel is saved from a tea party-induced time loop, a game show host steals universe-crossing ancient pirate treasure, mysteries are afoot on a train, Nintendo continues ignoring the SNES, and it's all much more mundane than you'd expect from those descriptions.
Short story shorter, Bowser kidnaps Peach. He's also possessed by black paint, a plot point that will never be expanded on. In fact, Bowser and his troops are portrayed as being in the wrong for carrying out commands Bowser didn't make.. Then Huey sacrifices himself and comes back to life
Color Splash's overworld begins as faded and lifeless as the rest of the franchise.
Navigational and puzzle-solving tactics are limited to walking, jumping, hammering, painting, and using the brand-new Paperization technique to insert stickers into the world. There are several segments requiring Mario to "run" in a straight line to avoid something that would Game him Over on contact, which is kind of… really lazy from a game design perspective? If only there were characters that could, say, follow Mario around and use unique special abilities in clever ways, to spice up the gameplay a bit.
Players still have to place arbitrary lol-X"D-so-wacky Things into the world to progress, but it's okay now because the game just tells you what you have to do when you backtrack to a part of the main hub, instead of just having the mechanic removed altogether.
At the start of each battle sequence, Mario has the chance to make Kamek redeem his battle actions for Eekhammer Cards, based on the gimmick tool from Animal Crossing: New Leaf. These rare cards inflict major damage on enemies if used correctly. To balance the feature, Mario is unable to run from the battle where the card conversion takes place. However, due to an obvious developer oversight, Eekhammer Cards do not work on several types of enemies, locking the player into an impossible battle encounter until all of Mario's transformed cards are used up.
- ↑ Despite the name, he's not all there sometimes.
- ↑ And sometimes by quirky mannerisms, or the fact that certain individuals never do anything themselves or even fucking move. Note that the Toad species as a whole has been undergoing an intense academic regimen at MIT (Miyamandated Incompetency Training) for the better part of a decade, so they need Mario at their beck and call just to regulate their breathing.
- ↑ The Nontendo administration swears to god that this is not an innuendo.
- ↑ Oh come on, everyone has been predicting that "plot twist" since late 2012, it doesn't even need a fucking spoiler tag. It's not as if they'll ever use his ever-so-important character again anyways.