When I wrote this clause yesterday, “Instead of releasing the video that will be the focus of tomorrow's article (...if it's released),” I really thought Nintendo would today release Paper Mario: Color Splash's Rescue V: Episode 4 as part of its series that we've been covering. It'd give us a view of the Yellow Coliseum and the Rescue Yellow Toad squad.
Well, instead, they put out this episode of another web-series they have on their YouTube channel, the Nintendo Minute. This also covers the Yellow Coliseum, though from the perspective of that disgusting red-hatted plumber, not the (presumably virtuous) real protagonist, the yellow-hated Toads. Might as well talk about it.
But first, you gotta see it:
(Remember, Nintendo Minute is never a minute!)
So, we have two important Koopas making introductions here, and Rescue Yellow. KoopaTV staff member Kamek, and one of my brothers, Prince Iggy Koopa!
|Hey, bro! You got a Chain Chomp chariot!|
Have you noticed that Iggy Koopa has really been a fan of raising and siccing Chain Chomps on people, particularly Mario? Well, he's back with a Chain Chomp chariot for him and his minions in this boss fight! As I pointed out when Intelligent Systems saw fit for me to have a warship due to my Team Pirate affinity in Rescue V Episode 3, they really are keeping everyone except Morton in-character so far.
...Morton's not like that, I swear.
|Hey, it's everyone in this article besides Rescue Yellow!|
...That's what he gets for delaying his episode without explanation.
Unlike Morton, Iggy actually gets some flattering, good dialogue. That gives me hope for myself.
Kamek doesn't have any dialogue, and we actually don't know what he's doing in Paper Mario: Color Splash. Much like his membership as a KoopaTV staff member, it seems he makes few-and-far-between, unplanned appearances to cause some kind of trouble.
|Kamek is against Nice! things, so he's just going to swoop in real quick and change the background music to his Paper Mario: Sticker Star theme.|
Paper Mario: Color Splash remains true to Kamek (as a staff member and franchise canon) in that he avoids getting directly involved with operations, and does some behind-the-scenes mischief. Here, he casts a curse that makes many of that plumber's battle cards inaccessible. Once the minions aided by Kamek are defeated, the curse is lifted, but Kamek doesn't even stick around to figure out the result, much like when he showed up at the start of the E3 2016 Mario Party: Star Rush log as a staffer and then mysteriously left without explanation. (And by the end, we saw him as a part of the game demonstration. However, before he could do anything, the game was permanently put in sleep mode.)
I asked Kamek to provide a statement for this article, and he said,
“I thought it was poo on their heads.”Kamek is referring to the Spike Helmets that the enemy Shy Guys were wearing. I'd like to note that those are a common fashion accessory. Here's Mario trying to wear one in Paper Mario: Sticker Star.
|I don't think that's how you're supposed to wear it.|
Kamek then stated that it's apparently normal for Japan-related things to have poop look like that, citing the case of the Digimon Numemon.
|Numemon is made out of poop.|
Kamek is a wise Koopa, so I'll take his word for it.
|Personally, I prefer when Mario is cursed and he loses his cards.|
Meanwhile, it appears that the Rescue Yellow squad stole a big bone from Marmalade Valley, and gave it to the plumber. Sounds like... dubious protagonism, if you ask me.
Side with the real protagonists, like Kamek, Iggy, and myself; not bone-stealing, bone-squeezing, bone-seeking bad guys like Mario. ...And Rescue Yellow.
Paper Mario: Color Splash continues to impress KoopaTV's staff with its attention to detail. If Nintendo releases Rescue V: Episode 4, KoopaTV may or may not cover it, depending on if it is substantively different than what was talked about in this article. What do you feel about the accurate portrayal of KoopaTV's staff members and affiliates so far? Do you still believe Paper Mario: Color Splash is a terrible disgrace?
Rescue V Episode 4 is at last released, but there is a far more important character revealed around the same time to talk about.