Challenger Approaching #3: Paper Mario! – Delzethin

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Source Gaming Guest Poster Delzethin discusses the possibility of Paper Mario being in Super Smash Bros. and how he could work within the game! Make sure to check out his video down below, as well as his Twitter, and let us know what you think!

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  1. I notice that you left out abilities from Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam. Why is that? There are many tricks that can be used from that game, the least of which is the Copy Block, which could be used to improve attack power and weight while increasing end lag. Plus, it’s a reference to a, in my opinion, rather unnoticed game. It would be a great down special, requiring Paper Mario to be on the ground to use it.

    1. My only guess why he didn’t was because Paper Jam isn’t a Paper Mario title, it’s a Mario & Luigi title that just uses Paper Mario as a gimmick.

      That being said, it still makes me wonder while it’s a great series, why Paper Mario of all things is should get special treatment.

  2. I had just about cringed and yelled out loud in horror when I had heard Partners start to be talked about, but then I continued and was surprised about not adding them to his moveset.

    To which for the most part we agree on this – the focus of having the character in Smash would be most importantly Paper Mario himself – not the partners, despite them being integral to the battle system in the first two titles and help further build upon the world of the series.

    I do think though, that if anything one of his specials should’ve been a hammer charge-up move – just since Kirby and Dedede have one and it would be easy to implement all things considering.

    The only thing though is I DON’T necessarily agree with people with is Paper Mario being a playable character in Smash in the first place. I mean, aside from the art style, Paper Mario is for all intents and purposes from the first three games’ perspective – the actual Mario. It really isn’t until Sticker Star and later made a plot point in Paper Jam that the paper motif and series itself essentially became an alternate reality – even with the 4th wall nuttiness of the first three games aside.

    By this I mean, while Paper Mario is a great sub-series within the Mario franchise, why would it get special treatment to get a character in Smash? Sure it’s popular, but art style doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s open to be explored for player character content when in all due respect it’s still within the same franchise, as I stated – it’s only recently that Paper Mario is treated as a separate entity altogether, and most of that was due to the Mario & Luigi series wanting a different gimmick and legit way to explain it, the paper aesthetic in Sticker Star rose more due to the focus incorporating the art style into the very gameplay itself instead of just being the art direction they chose to take with it.

    1. “By this I mean, while Paper Mario is a great sub-series within the Mario franchise, why would it get special treatment to get a character in Smash?”

      The easy answer is that Dr. Mario is allowed to be a separate character, even though he doesn’t do much besides throw pills in the Dr. Mario series, so since Mario does a lot more varied things directly in the Paper Mario series then Paper Mario should be considered, too.

      I’d like Paper Mario as the “second playable Mario” more than Dr. Mario anyway, but that’s just me. Since Dr. Mario was first, Paper Mario may (cuz he opened the doors for another Mario) or may not (Dr. Mario may have been a special case) happen, so oh well

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