Earlier this week, we heard some rumours about the potential revival of multiple Mario games. One, in particular, was Paper Mario. While many fans would love to see it return to form, what would it be like if Nintendo decided to turn one of its other major franchises into a paper-crafted RPG experience?
On 2nd April, the YouTube channel 64 Bits revealed an incredible trailer for its own concept, Paper Zelda. In a nutshell, it's a look at what The Legend of Zelda series would be like with a Paper Mario template applied. The video below brings to life a number of scenes from various Zelda games - including the Breath of the Wild sequel - while also showcasing how the RPG mechanics and world map would operate.
As you can see there are some iconic moments from games such as Majora's Mask, Wind Waker and A Link to the Past. We think the style and overall look of this trailer absolutely nails it, but admittedly we're not so sure how well the Zelda series would fit with the Paper Mario design in terms of gameplay (especially after the open-world adventure Breath of the Wild). In saying this, we won't be complaining if Nintendo does ever decide to release a paper crafted Zelda title like this one in the future.
What do you think of the above trailer? Have you thought about a Zelda Paper Mario game like this before? Tell us below.
I'd play the mess out of this. The chicken attack was classic.
I dunno, the RPG gameplay inherently fits better with Zelda than Mario and considering the Paper Mario games are some of the finest RPGs ever made, it would be a slam dunk.
It's a nicely made video, but I'd rather see Paper Mario return to what it was instead of adopting a new IP altogether.
Was a great trailer. Looks beautiful
@Kimyonaakuma The rumor is that a back-to-basics Paper Mario is on the way, but right now there's now way of knowing how reliable that is. Ah well, I'm feeling hopeful for now, but not TOO hopeful.
I want a new Paper Metroid.
Incredible! Well done!
Paper Adventure of Link remake please!!!
Lol. What an amusing trailer.
The tonal shift of Majora's Mask is one of the best in the series, and it's conveyed very well here.
I'm actually kind of shocked that this hasn't actually been done yet. Like others already said, the RPG mechanics are sure to fit better in the world of Legend of Zelda than in the Mario world.
Also how is it that we've never had a Zelda JRPG?
Great trailer. And I would buy this day one if Nintendo really developed this.
That looks amazing!
@Heavyarms55 Doesnt need one.
Beautifully made trailer! If Nintendo ever made that... take my money!
@Ardisan Absolutely needs one. I'd like a Zelda RPG a lot more than the traditional series, if it were done right. Mario's had lots of successful spinoffs, it's surprising that LoZ hasn't.
This looks amazing! I hope Nintendo eventually makes a Paper Zelda game.
Gimme this, Nintendo!! It looks amazing.
I would love this game.
Now I want...
A new paper Mario like OG style
Paper Donkey Kong
Paper Wario Ware
Paper Fire Emblem
Paper Golden Sun
I would buy this even though I know it would never happen.
After watching the video I can’t stop wondering why haven’t we gotten a paper Zelda game yet? That parody looked like a lot of fun, if Nintendo released a game like it I’d buy it day one.
@Heavyarms55 Pretty unnecessary but alright bud. Just because you like rpgs and want it doesnt mean it "NEEDS" to happen. Spinoffs dont "NEED" to happen, they mostly happen because developers randomly felt like experimenting with big ideas without creating community divide. Also Zelda gets nothing special from being a turn based RPG, especially when the series is already inspired by RPGs. What, the rpg is gonna have open world and heavy puzzle elements? Yeah, fresh and innovative spinoff, try a wackier genre. There is a reason Mario has way more to work with spinoffs, he is clay.
@Ardisan Alright, if you really want to argue semantics, no game "needs" to happen. Gaming is a luxury. So I will correct myself and say "I would very much like to see this happen, I believe that the the fictional world Legend of Zelda is a franchise that would provide a very enjoyable RPG experience."
Is that clear enough for you?
Fan creations are really inCREASING manyFOLD in FINISH these days!
I mean, that's quite the STACK of skills this guy has!
Lot of CRAFTSmanship gone into GLUEING this PIECE together!
Sharp cutting too!
crowd goes wild
This is something Nintendo need to look at and go "Hmm this is a good idea we should highly consider making something like this"
@Pod wins the day
This video is really lovely! I didn't think i would like it but after watching I love it! If it's true they are making a new paper mario, they should include something like a level where mario goes to Hyrule and works with Link to save Zelda! Maybe falling down in a forest, and meeting"a terrible fate". I guess the mood of the paper mario titles should work with these crossovers!
@Heavyarms55 Nope. Try harder
@Dethmunk As cool as that is I don't want all of them to go the paper route just like how I don't want all of them to go the yarn route.
Wow I would actually buy this! Suits much better than MARIO
It's missing a Luigi cameo comparing their clothes colour.
That's really nice
Now THIS would have been a better fit for April 1st.
Paper Zelda > Paper Mario.
This should be called Paper Chain.
And if you don't understand the link then I have nothing for you.
please please please please please please please Nintendo, somebody make this happen. it is absolutely gorgeous.
Now I "need" this...
That was a superb trailer, it looked official to me, shame it wasn’t. I’d play the heck out of it. Hopefully this gives Nintendo some ideas.
I would eff with paper Zelda so fast
this looks REALLY COOL and totally LEGIT. GET ON IT NINTENDO!!!! why havent you attempted this yet!??? take my frikin money already!! XO
Things like this is what the Internet was made for. Thanks for sharing.
Paper Eternal Darkness when?
@SmileMan64 would paper Eternal Darkness be just horror or horror comedy?
@GrandScribe Perhaps as a dating simulator instead...!
@Ardisan Not worth arguing with a brick wall.
@SmileMan64 the ancients could help you find the perfect match for when they return and fight over who gets Earth. At the end it could all be a delusion and you find yourself being held be cultists, their leader the person you chose.
@GrandScribe Pious Augustus could be a tsundere, pretending not to care about you in the beginning, yet later opening up little by little.
@SmileMan64 he could try and use humor as an ice breaker but it’d be nothing but bad jokes about dying to meet you and stuff
@Heavyarms55 Coming from kind of an opposite end of the spectrum, I think I can uniquely appreciate where you're coming from.
My favorite Final Fantasy games are Crystal Chronicles, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Secret of Mana... all games that are definitely not normal JRPGs (and Mana even dropped the FF name after 1 entry). I love all kinds of things about the traditional FF games, but the gameplay just isn't my style.
That said, I can see why a Zelda RPG would be incredibly appealing, if you love the look, the feel, and the content of Zelda but RPG gameplay IS more your style. Heck, even though I'm not normally a fan of the genre, If it ended up anything like Mario RPG or Lufia I'd be all over it! We've already seen proof that some action and puzzle mechanics can work really well in an RPG.
The only reason I can think of against an RPG is that it's too easy of a fit, and Nintendo usually prefers to think a lot further outside the box. Mario as an RPG was a big surprise, Mario in X-COM style even more-so! Likewise Zelda as beat-em-up, or an indie rhythm roguelike is totally unexpected. After Hyrule Warriors and Cadence of Hyrule though, I'm hopeful that we'll see a whole lot more out-of-genre spin-offs!
@SirKero Another part of why I'd love a Zelda RPG/JRPG is because of the party trope. This might mean Zelda herself would be a party member, instead of a damsel like usual or even the occasional story relevant NPC. It's not the Legend of Link, it's the Legend of Zelda and gosh darn it she deserves at least one game to shine!
And I think an RPG spinoff could be it. It's always been implied that her talents are more magical than physical, she'd make a great mage. Or they could make her a ninja/thief archetype following her role as Shiek in the N64 game.
This was really well done!
Very cool. They should do it someday.
@Heavyarms55 I too would love to see a Zelda game in the style of traditional RPGs. It's worth the attempt and I agree with @SirKero in that it would be an easy and natural fit. And sometimes, that's okay and can result in a as equally a great experience as a game that totally defies expectations. I mean, it's not like there isn't any precedence in trying Zelda with heavy RPG elements. And I think the idea of Zelda as the mage/wizard of your party would be kind of fun.
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