You Can’t Judge A Book…

TimI must say, the biggest complaint I’ve heard about Super Paper Mario is the amount of blabbing that goes on. At the same time, one of the highlights is the clever dialogue, so which do you want? I understand the need for ‘the next Mario platformer’, but folks, it’s called Super Mario Galaxy and it will be here this year. The Paper Mario series was never about action or platforming and it would have been pretty odd to use the Paper Mario visuals without the Paper Mario attitude. That being said, Nintendo did seem to advertise all the action elements of the game pretty heavily, like the 2D-3D switching and the 8-bit giant characters. It would be a tough sell to tell consumers how much dialogue and story there would be. I’d imagine Super Paper Mario was bought by LOTS of Wii owners that 1) had never played a Paper Mario game and 2) were desperate for something to play on the system. If you didn’t know what you were getting into, you might have been a bit disappointed, but if you were a fan of the series, you were probably happy to see more of the same.

RayI know I was. I didn’t find the amount of reading to be any kind of problem. It felt natural for the Paper Mario series, but it didn’t have as good of a story to write all this text about as Thousand Year Door did.

I didn’t put my signature on this one because it was more of a Photoshop effort than it was my usual vector art. And yes, the story in the pop-up book is using actual dialogue from the game.

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  1. StarZander says:

    Geez, sounds like a bit too much dialogue. The MGS games also had too much, but it still kicked ass. Maybe this will too?

  2. Boredoom says:

    Gee… I’ve always wondered how would it be to have a book made out of a videogame. The sad part is that it may actually be kinda interesting ^_^
    Can you picture a Final Fantasy book? Or a Castlevania ^.- … I’d buy them xD !

  3. Dig says:

    Sounds kind of like the Halo novels.

  4. Artemis says:

    I really liked the first two Paper Mario games and was a little turned off by all the trailers for Super Paper Mario. They seemed to emphasize all of the “fast-paced action” that the new game had. I liked the interesting story and witty dialogue in the first two games. They were classic-style RPGs.

    It’s sort of a case of “Hey! You got action-platformer in my classic-style RPG!”/ “You got classic-style RPG in my action-platformer!”

  5. Artemis says:

    Also, LOVE your comics! Keep up the good work guys!

  6. Brian says:

    blegh, I hate those Sammer guys… not worth the text really

  7. Rich says:

    wow, they really call it “Fathomless Chasm of Falling”? hilarious. “I will moisten them with your tears” sounded like something out of dynamite cop.

  8. tybeet says:

    SO true.
    All that text killed the fun (if there was any).

  9. Notappearingonthiswebpage says:

    kinda like wii play… 40.00 wii-mote with 10 dollar game ($50). I spent 18 hours on Super Paper Mario and it felt like an hour of gameplay with 17 hours of dialogue…

  10. Dostovel says:

    Nice work!
    Seems fitting since the name of the game is Paper Mario. 🙂
    I once did a book out of all the dialogs in the whole Legacy of Kain games (5 so far) for my buddies that got interested in the story but did not had the ability to play.
    L.O.K is really great!!

  11. Steve says:

    word!!! excellent read


  12. JoeTrumpet says:

    Oh, man, this is my favorite comic so far. Absolutely wonderful. Great job!

  13. Kvb says:

    This is my favorite comic so far too!
    Luckily, I can force myself to not read the content of the book. Super Paper Mario isn’t out yet in Europe, ya see.

  14. I haven’t laughed that hard in a while. I couldn’t bare the few minutes of the game I actually played through before getting too bored. =[

  15. Tristan says:

    The scary part about this one is that all the speech from the Sammer Guys in this one is accurate. Holy CRAP! That must have taken a while…

  16. Pascual says:

    lol, that’s true!

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