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For those of you who weren't particularly fond of more recent entries in the Paper Mario series, perhaps an unofficial re-textured version of the original game released on the Nintendo 64 in 2000 might be of interest.

A game design student at Zurich University of the Arts, who goes by the handle Nelde, has been chipping away at the project for close to five years now. New Paper Mario aims to enhance every texture in Intelligent System's existing game with significantly higher resolution ones, thanks to the assistance of Illustrator and Photoshop.

Nelde will also make alterations to character design, including transforming the star character Twink into a Luma. His reasoning behind the decision is based on the fact Lumas are regularly present within modern Mario games and far more unique in terms of design.

Whilst it's not as gorgeous as the fan-made HD remake of Super Mario 64, it's certainly a lot easier on the eyes than the now visually-dated original iteration of Paper Mario – with the creator drawing graphical inspiration from all of the sequels in the Paper Mario series including The Thousand-Year Door on the GameCube, the Wii entry Super Paper Mario, and even the most recent release, Sticker Star on the 3DS.

The project will be made available to the public in the near future, but until then you'll just have to settle with the delightful trailer below, mouth-watering artwork viewable on the creator's DeviantArt page and also the game's Tumblr page.

Let us know in the comments what you think about this fan-driven facelift of the original Paper Mario, and if you would eventually like to see an official Nintendo makeover of the N64 classic.

[via polygon.com]