I’ve played many Paper Mario titles in the past, but no installment within the series appears to be as innovative as the latest for Wii U, Paper Mario: Color Splash.

Unlike other titles for Wii U which fail to utilize the gamepad, Color Splash manages to take full advantage of the peripheral by allowing users to tap select attack-cards during battle and filling them with paint grants maximum damage.

Battles in particular are where Color Splash is the most fun, only because it’s similiar to combat in Paper Mario: Sticker Star for Nintendo 3DS, which is to say cards play a huge role during battles and one must utilizes these cards to the best of their abilities. Failing to do so will result in defeat.

Paper Mario: Color Splash also has a great musical soundtrack. I can honestly listen to the game’s main theme for hours on end. The delightful music from within Color Splash always had me bobbing my head back and forth as if I was a child mesmerized by the score. It’s not the best musical soundtrack from within the series, but it’s certainly close.

If you have a Wii U and have yet to play Paper Mario: Color Splash, give the title a try and find out what you’re missing.

Remaining nominees for Best Wii U game were Mutant Mudds Super Challenge and Pokken Tournament.

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