Games: The joy of Mario
Paper Mario Colour Splash (Wii U), 3 Stars, Age: 3+
Wahoo! If you've ever had a bad day at work or just feel a bit down, Mario and his chums are the perfect prescription. Even an average effort, such as Colour Splash, stocks more cheery medicine than most games.
PMCS features the familiar Paper Mario shtick of 2D characters in a 3D world. Naturally, it looks gorgeous in its Wii U-supplied day-glo colours, but the turn-based battles have become even more tedious than usual.
Yet a script full of zingers and the irrepressible enthusiasm of Mario and co overrides many reservations.