Retro Wrap-Up: Paper Mario Edition

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

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Paper Mario: Sticker Star will probably be available by the time this goes out on both the eShop and in retail stores. Unfortunately, due to my…less than stellar internet connection, the download is going to take a few hours or so on my end. This is a situation I imagine some of you will also be in. In the mean time, here are some old Paper Mario commercials that the Operation Rainfall Retro Commercial Research Team (in other words, me) found for this week’s Retro Wrap-Up.

It’s worth mentioning that the music in the commercial for Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door eventually led to a lawsuit with Nintendo of America. This is supposedly why Earthbound hasn’t been re-released on the Virtual Console yet, even though several titles more popular than it have been re-released before.

Anyways, here are the highlights from this week.

Our own Jonathan Higgins interviews Andrew Allison, the composer for Two Brothers, about the game’s artistic approach, both visually and musically.

David Fernandes reviews Mugen Souls for the PS3, Scott Macdonald reviews Virtue’s Last Reward for the 3DS/Vita and Devin Kotani reviews Final Fantasy II Anniversary Edition for the PSP in this week’s Games of the Past review.

Sega confirms that there will be more Sonic games in 2013, surprising nobody.

Oscar Tong talks about his love for the Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind anime in the wake of its manga original being re-released.

Nintendo reveals more information about the Wii U, including how Nintendo Network IDs work, how Miiverse works and how to transfer your games and save data from the Wii to the Wii U. Satoru Iwata even did an un-boxing video for your viewing pleasure, complete with white gloves.

We pick Virtue’s Last Reward as our Game of the Month for the month of October.

The latest edition of Nintendo Power revealed that a new Shantae game for the eShop is in the works.

The guys behind Pier Solar, an RPG that was released for the SEGA Genesis in 2010, launched a KickStarter with plans to re-release the game for the 360, PC, Mac, Linux, and even the Dreamcast in HD (Dreamcast version will be in SD).

In light of Shigeru Miyamoto’s comments regarding the F-Zero franchise, David Rawlings comes up with a list of features that can be added to the next potential F-Zero installment.

Finally, we imagine what it would be like if some video game characters and Reggie “Sir Loin” Fils-Aime were elected President of the United States.

About Kyle Emch

Kyle has been studying music at college for about three years now. He's played the piano since he was 6 years old and has been recently been learning how to write music. He has followed the Operation Rainfall movement on Facebook since it started and was happy to volunteer for the website. Just don't mention Earthbound or the Mother franchise around him.




  • I like these old video game commercials.  There’s just something so magical about them.

    • Same here. That’s why I started doing these kind of wrap-ups in the first place.

  • That original Paper Mario commercial for N64 is absolutely hilarious.  I think Nintendo should take that kind of a stance for advertising more often.  It really makes the game stand out and seem hilarious.

  • The video quality of the first Paper Mario commercial almost makes it look like something that was recorded back in the ’80s.

  • Every time I watch these old Nintendo commercials I wish nintendo would bring them back. Their new commercials are so………..uninspired. 

  • PicoHero

    is it sad i remeber theses commercials? These are still great games 🙂