It is rumored that Nintendo is getting ready for a celebration of Super Mario Bros.\u2019 35th anniversary, which includes plans to release remasters of games from previous Nintendo consoles and, perhaps most exciting, a new Paper Mario game.\n\n\n\nAccording to Venturebeat, sources have claimed that a Paper Mario game is currently in development will \u201creturn to that franchise\u2019s roots\u201d from the Gamecube and Nintendo 64 era. This implies a return to the RPG design, especially following the criticism of the platformer Wii U and 3DS games.\n\n\n\nWhat is Paper Mario?\n\n\n\nPaper Mario was first released on 10 Aug. 2000 for the Nintendo 64 and was originally known as Super Mario RPG 2. It received commercial success, and for many fans, it was the first Mario game they played, and their favorite. The game was so well-loved by the community that it was re-released for the Wii in 2007, and then the Wii U in 2015.\n\n\n\nPaper Mario followed the same premise as other Mario games, and a mixture of 3D environments and 2D characters make the heroes look like they are made of paper.\n\n\n\nPaper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the next entry, launched for the Gamecube on 22 July 2004. It was also well-received, and many fans and critics praised the game for providing fans with a more complex storyline.\n\n\n\nOriginally developed for the Gamecube, Super Paper Mario was released on Wii on 9 April 2007. This entry blended side-scrolling platformer gameplay with classic RPG gameplay, where the majority of the game was played in 2D, but Mario has the ability to flip into 3D.\n\n\n\nThe final two installments in the series were not so well received by fans. Paper Mario: Sticker Star, released 11 Nov. 2012, and Paper Mario: Color Splash, released 7 Oct. 2016 for Wii U, ditched the RPG format in favor of platformer gameplay, angering and disenchanting some players.\n\n\n\nWhy is Paper Mario so well-loved?\n\n\n\nMost fans of the first Paper Mario games appreciate the RPG style of them because it adds more substance and plot to Mario\u2019s world. The expanded dialogue allows for a more immersive experience and better character development, making the game memorable and special for the player, especially if it is their first encounter with Mario and his friends.\n\n\n\nMost criticisms of Paper Mario: Sticker Star and Paper Mario: Color Splash center around how \u201cshallow\u201d the games feel compared to the first entries in the series. It is more difficult to get emotionally invested in a simple platformer game with no \u201clore\u201d or complex plot development. By reviving the Paper Mario RPGs, Nintendo may win back some fans, and will definitely please many who have been waiting to play the series again, as it was at its roots.\n\n\n\nThe Super Mario anniversary celebration will likely further the success of the Nintendo Switch, which recently hit 50 million units sold worldwide, especially if a Paper Mario game is involved.