The premise of this fun and engaging game is that someone has been stealing all the colours from the paper characters, and it is down to Paper Mario to save the day, accompanied as ever by Paper Peach and Paper Toad. The adventure sees Mario tracking down Prism Island's Big Paint Stars, which will eventually lead to him being able to restore both colour and peace to the land. There are loads of adventures, puzzles and other characters along the way, as Mario sets off with his trusty Paint Hammer.
We loved this game - the 2D characters exploring a 3D world and the fun of throwing paint on a character to bring them back to full colour. The soundtrack is also lots of fun.
The battles are fought with cards - similar to those in the previous Paper Mario games. Each card you play results in Mario performing a particular 'attack'. The battles are entertaining and lively and we found some of the attack moves really funny.
Of course, this would not be a Mario game without hidden areas. The world, like Mario, is made of paper so can be folded, cut and rolled to help find secret places and open new parts of the huge world.
Our boys really love this game. It's lots of fun, lively and, as with all great games, has a good introduction and tutorial to get you started.
I don't think it is too early to say it... this is one to put on the Christmas list! Find out more on the Nintendo website.
As Nintendo Family Bloggers we were sent a download copy of Paper Mario: Colour Splash for the purposes of review. All opinions are our own.