I need Paper Luigi after the Thousand Year Door remake

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After decades of campaigning by fans, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is back and better than ever. The new Nintendo Switch version of the GameCube classic reintroduces players to one of Nintendo's best games. The RPG remains fresh and enjoyable thanks to its eclectic cast of characters and hilarious writing that still holds up 20 years later. Now that the challenge to revive the adventure is over, it's time for fans to come together for a new cause, and I have a perfect goal in mind.

It's finally Paper Luigi's time.

I'm also not recommending the Luigi spinoff just to give Mario's brother something to do. Thousand Year Door laid the groundwork for a historically excellent Luigi RPG, thanks to the side-splitting running gag featured throughout the adventure. This joke returns in the remake and is as funny as ever. With Luigi's roving saga more in the spotlight than ever before, this is the right moment to capitalize on it.

Early in Mario's adventure, Luigi begins appearing in the town of Rogueport. When Mario speaks to him for the first time, he begins to weave the story of his own adventures as he goes to find the Crystal Stars. He tells a long rambling story about his quest to find her.Magnificent Compass.” The longer Mario's journey goes on, the more Luigi reveals his own story, which involves going to the Waffle Kingdom and saving Princess Eclair.

Luigi gives Mario a letter in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

The magnificent Compass epic Thousand Year Door's funniest moment. Luigi's story gets sillier with each episode, and Luigi is absolutely terrible at telling it. It dives deep into long, mundane details, so much so that Mario and his friends begin to fall asleep with each episode. You wonder if any of this actually happened, or if Luigi was just trying too hard to impress his brother with a fairy-tale story.

While the story is questionable, it provides fertile ground for a true Paper Luigi spinoff. The rhythm of the story has already been written, thanks to Luigi's extensive retelling with villains and plot twists. We even know who Luigi's friends will be because they appear with him in Rogueport. I can't wait to learn more about Bob-omb Jerry and Blooper Blooey, who earned the nickname “White Torpedo.”

What particularly intrigues me about a full Marvelous Compass game, though, is its comedic potential. Luigi is an unreliable narrator. Thousand Year Door and that could create a funny dynamic in his own adventure. I imagine him performing unexpected heroic feats in extraordinary battles that seem absolutely ridiculous. The meticulous nature of the storytelling can also make for great comedy by giving actors obsessively boring tasks.

This would all create a “have your cake and eat it too” moment for Nintendo. This will allow the company to continue portraying Luigi as a bumbling but lovable idiot while also giving him a big solo adventure that presents him as a hero. He's had this moment a few times in the Luigi's Mansion series, but he deserves to save Princess Eclair (even if that quest doesn't end in romance).

For now, we just have to experience it through the fans. You can find a variety of projects from dedicated Paper Mario players looking to adapt Luigi's adventure, from comic book adaptations to fan games. These will have to do for now, but I pray that the community can come together one day to make it happen. If Nintendo were finally able to remake Thousand Year Dooreverything is possible.

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door now available on Nintendo Switch.

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