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  • Summary: There’s a mystery on Prism Island. The solution? Mario. Someone's been draining the color from Prism Island! Can you help Mario unravel the mystery and use the power of paint to restore the island? [Nintendo]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 74
  2. Negative: 1 out of 74
  1. Oct 31, 2016
    91
    True to Paper Mario's great sense of humor, art, and constant series revision, it should be no surprise to longtime fans that they're in for a treat one way or another. Maybe they'd like a return to form, but for now, to anyone who skipped Sticker Star, Color Splash is worth the price of admission just to luxuriate in what has clearly been a labor of love for the Paper Mario series.
  2. 90
    I wasn’t expecting to be so surprised by Color Splash, and it’s turned out to be one of my favorite games this year. Color Splash is a gorgeous, funny, and entertaining adventure that functions as a wonderful swan song for the Wii U.
  3. Oct 5, 2016
    85
    Minor crinkles can’t stop Paper Mario from being a frankly excellent experience and one that you, yes you, should play.
  4. Oct 5, 2016
    80
    Color Splash sure smells like fresh paint, but such a large fresco takes some time to spread as a whole. The high definition lets Paper Mario unfold spectacular artistic and narrative fantasies, while concealing the rather flat, artificial framework. And beyond the exhilarating practice of "hammer brushing", the extensive support of cards add a layer of strategy to the gameplay, slightly heavier though. Intelligent Systems still displays a masterful use of the design palette, picking just a few drops of action, platform and RPG to create its own tone for this stupendously magnificent story.
  5. Oct 8, 2016
    78
    A charming and creative adventure with great ideas, but annoying fights and frustrating moments. Not the best Mario appearance.
  6. Oct 11, 2016
    70
    Color Splash uses childish frivolity as a mask for adult nostalgia that wants to find a new generational host to burrow into.
  7. Oct 16, 2016
    40
    A dreadful combat system brings down an otherwise beautiful and funny Mario adventure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 136
  2. Negative: 27 out of 136
  1. Dec 21, 2016
    10
    THIS GAME ITS JUST BEATIFUL¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡THIS GAME ITS JUST BEATIFUL¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
  2. Oct 10, 2016
    10
    Es una maravilla al solo verlo correr, el papel nunca antes se había visto tan lleno de vida, Es un deleite al verlo. Las batallas cada vezEs una maravilla al solo verlo correr, el papel nunca antes se había visto tan lleno de vida, Es un deleite al verlo. Las batallas cada vez suben de tono hasta el momento de pensar que te falta experiencia pero al final y con una buen estrategia saldrás vencedor. Y los objetos (cosas) que aparecen del mundo real logran una interacción perfecta con el papel principalmente en las batallas. Expand
  3. Oct 7, 2016
    10
    Wonderful game! Very funny! Nintendo does it again! Well done! Play this one all the way to the end! The most realistic lemons I haveWonderful game! Very funny! Nintendo does it again! Well done! Play this one all the way to the end! The most realistic lemons I have ever seen! ! Expand
  4. Jul 15, 2020
    8
    pulieron muy bien la historia esta vez.. es muy simpatica, aunque no me termina de convencer el sistema de combate, por objetos consumibles.pulieron muy bien la historia esta vez.. es muy simpatica, aunque no me termina de convencer el sistema de combate, por objetos consumibles. se extraña el estilo rpg. eso le hubiese dado un 91 al juego Expand
  5. Jun 2, 2018
    7
    Paper Mario: Color Splash is a bit more accomplished than the incredibly disappointing Sticker Star, but doesn't quite capture the magic ofPaper Mario: Color Splash is a bit more accomplished than the incredibly disappointing Sticker Star, but doesn't quite capture the magic of Super Paper Mario.

    The gameplay is quite similar to Sticker Star, but they seemed to have handled it a bit better this time around. There's also slightly more variance in characters, and Color Splash has a bit more charm. However, the still-generic plot and still mediocre gameplay make this entry less than essential.
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  6. Mar 13, 2017
    5
    Sorry to say that this one was disappointing for me. I really have had fun with past paper Mario games. The battles here are too easy. I'mSorry to say that this one was disappointing for me. I really have had fun with past paper Mario games. The battles here are too easy. I'm too deep into the game without being challenged at all. There is some nice humor, but I think the critcal reviews are more impressed with that than I was. I've obtained 3 of the paint stars, and I'm so bored that I've moved on to other games. I had high hopes for this game. Expand
  7. Jun 2, 2021
    0
    I can not describe how disgusted I am with Nintendo for creating this good for nothing sorry excuse cringe inducing sludge fest for a PaperI can not describe how disgusted I am with Nintendo for creating this good for nothing sorry excuse cringe inducing sludge fest for a Paper Mario Game and for a video game in general, This is basically Sticker Star 2 but now with more cringey memetic joke's, annoying overused paper pun's, uninteresting character's consisting yet again of unlikable generic Toad's, a horrible and tedious gameplay mechanic that is even worse than the previous game and an artstyle that is so over emphasized on the paper aesthetic that it is to the point where it is visually unappealing to look at. and if you thought the bosses were uninteresting in Sticker Star, this game up's the bland scale to a whole new level by reusing the god dang overused and uninteresting Koopaling's for the millionth time in a Mario game, Sticker Star's bosses may not have been anything to write home about but at least there was a small amount of variety with those bosses compared to the bosses in this game. I could go on and on listing every terrible thing implemented in this game from the biggest flaws i just listed down to the lazy 2 frame per second character animations. In conclusion don't even bother with this game If you want to play a good game in this series go check out one of the first Three title's Paper Mario 64, Thousand Year Door and Super Paper Mario. Heck I would even say take your chances with the mediocre Sticker Star over this one, because this game is a pure rancid piece of filth and it is by far the Paper Mario series at it's absolute worst and the developers should be ashamed for creating this pure trash heap of a game and letting it be released upon this world. Expand

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