E3 06: Super Paper Mario First Look

Paper Mario goes side-scroller in this brand-new GameCube title. We get our first look.

LOS ANGELES--Those watching Nintendo's Electronic Entertainment Expo 2006 press conference were likely all atwitter about the various Wii and Nintendo DS titles announced. But what about the GameCube? Watching that conference, you'd think Zelda was the only GC game from now until the end of time. Well, you'd be wrong. Shortly after Nintendo's conference, Nintendo released press materials on its upcoming GC lineup. And while the pickings were admittedly slim, one big, glaring omission from the conference stood out: Super Paper Mario.

Super Paper Mario is, in fact, a side-scrolling platformer in the vein of the classic Mario titles but with the aesthetic qualities of the Paper Mario series. However, it's not just a 2D side-scroller. The game fuses elements of 2D and 3D gameplay together, shifting back and forth between dimensions. Watching the brief video for the game, you can get a pretty good idea of how it plays. The paper version of Mario runs to the right, stomping on koopas, punching bricks, collecting coins, and whatnot. However, you won't just be playing as Mario, it seems. Both Princess Peach and Bowser are shown as playable characters in the video. And in perhaps something of a nod to Nintendo's newest Mario title for the DS, the video also shows all characters getting severely gigantic, blowing through enemies and bricks with reckless abandon. Even more hysterical, the giant characters are actually versions of the original Super Mario Bros. sprites, blown up to epic proportions.

Other highlights of the video include Mario swimming through outer space with an adorable little space helmet on, him going antigravity by running up and down walls, and Princess Peach using her precious little umbrella to glide down from a tall jump. All told, the 26-second video made Super Paper Mario look very appealing, and we suggest you check it out, as well as the latest screenshots from the game. Why this didn't hit Nintendo's conference, we'll never know, but you can bet we'll bring you the latest details on the game as soon as they become available.

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22 comments
Xanthesis
Xanthesis

its not an RPG which sucks i like RPG style way better

gregerz_2468
gregerz_2468

i hope it is like the older versions, otherwise i might not buy it

samtheyoshi
samtheyoshi

I wish it was still a turn base style

-Shadowbinded-
-Shadowbinded-

where's the battle system?? where are the partners?? Nintendo... why did u do this?? mnmguy94... i'll think twice b4 i buy it too

mnmguy94
mnmguy94

the other paper mario games were good. this game makes me think twice before buying it. does anyone no if it'll be like the old paper mario versions?

starwalker8700
starwalker8700

Im glad this is not an RPG..the first paper mario made me feel like i was playin pokemon blue or something..this one is gonna be way better!!!

Brickeye2
Brickeye2

i need to see what it looks like before i get it NEXT year more previews plz

Kenzo287
Kenzo287

rpg, side scroller, it doesnt matter! Mario does them all!

KingBoo999
KingBoo999

I think it should be like paper mario 64 and the thousand year door... but i think it will do good and i plan to get it

Wiifanboy_4life
Wiifanboy_4life

i think its an action RPG instead of turnbased. like kingdom hearts for example.

LEON_SCOTT_24
LEON_SCOTT_24

Why isnt an RPG? Its gunna ruin the whole series

12powerbo3
12powerbo3

I wish it was RPG but this is still pretty good

jjoe1293
jjoe1293

Why does every Mario Game have to be like the first?!

dxy592
dxy592

remember, cube games can be played on the wii (or so we've been told!)

ert47
ert47

Last game for the Cube??? Its gunna be a collectable...

masterterra
masterterra

Why aren't they releasing this for the Wii?!?!?!

JPatlakis
JPatlakis

Yeah it does look pretty interesting, espacially for an old school gamer like me :)

tmizzac6991
tmizzac6991

it is going to be the pimpest thing out for the cube in a while