Paper Mario 3DS: The End Of The Mario & Luigi Series?
Nintendo's decision to break tradition could spell the end of the critically acclaimed portable RPGs.
As Nintendo fans, we can't help but think that the upcoming Paper Mario 3DS is, well, strange.
Over the past ten years, the series has been a strictly console affair, starting with the 2001 original on N64, 2004's The Thousand Year Door for GameCube and then 2007's Super Paper Mario on the Wii.
Conversely, the celebrated Mario & Luigi games have been handheld exclusive, and thus a perfect complement to the console RPGs. Nintendo kicked things off with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for GBA (2003), then followed that up with Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (DS- 2005) and more recently, the critically acclaimed Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (DS- 2009).
It was a mutually beneficial existence, as both series went on to sell in the millions while delighting fans worldwide.
That said, we can't imagine why Nintendo chose to break the pattern.
Neither spin-off was in need of additional exposure, nor was one necessarily more popular than the other. In other words, Nintendo could have announced a new Mario & Luigi for 3DS and kept Paper Mario for next year's Wii U, and no one would have questioned anything.
Obviously, Nintendo has the right to do whatever it wants, and there was never a promise to fans that Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi would stay put on consoles and handhelds, respectively.
At the same time, the move doesn't feel right. We never object to thinking "outside the box", but we're also creatures of habit. It would be even stranger if the company put the next entry in the Pokemon franchise on Wii U instead of a portable system.
That notwithstanding, we certainly hope Mario & Luigi appear on Wii U, sort of like some exciting exchange program. Yes, we could dig that.