Why Paper Mario in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam? Devs Explain

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is almost here! We’ve been waiting quite a while for this title in North America, and considering how well it’s been received elsewhere, it’ll be worth the wait. It’s a bit of a crossover with Paper Mario, though it’s under the banner of the Mario & Luigi RPG series on 3DS.

Recently, Nintendo Dream magazine sat down with Akira Otani, Jun Iwasaki, and Shinsuke Kobayashi (producer, battle team director, and director) to discuss how the game’s development came about and progressed. They were asked about their reasons for including the Paper Mario universe in this new Mario & Luigi game, and here’s what they had to say, with translation assistance from Nintendo Everything:

ND: Was it decided from the start that Paper Mario would make an appearance in this game?

Otani: We were thinking about the next project after developing the previous entry “Mario & Luigi: Dream Team”, but before deciding which characters would be in, there was an idea that we had to re-examine the use of buttons and the way of playing. The layout of controlling Mario with the A button and Luigi with the B button has been established in the series, but this was the first game in which we decided to add into the formula and use three buttons, even though the controls may became a bit complicated.

ND: Characters were decided based on the increased number of buttons, right?

Otani: The Y button is the easiest button to reach after A and B buttons, and we looked for characters that can perform actions by using these three buttons. Although it would be attractive to use a character that has already appeared in the series, I thought that it probably wouldn’t feel fresh, and then it came to my mind that it would be interesting if Mario and a Mario-like character coexisted. That is possible with Paper Mario and since Paper Mario is thin, I thought we could use the contrast of three dimensional and flat or heavy and light in creating new gameplay.

You can read much more from that interview by following the link above to Nintendo Everything, which we encourage you to do! There’s a lot there and they’ve done a fantastic job of going to the hard work of translating the magazine article.

Does this interest you more in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam? Release day is almost here!


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