There’s An Indie Paper Mario-Like In The Works, And It’s About Ghosts

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It’s no secret that, here at Nintendo Life, we’re suckers for Paper Mario, a series that’s gone from brilliant to perfect to disappointing to pretty good. Much like the plethora of farming games that have been coming out as an attempt to reclaim Harvest Moon‘s dropped crown, the era of Sticker Star and Color Splash (the two most rubbish Paper Mario games) has seemingly inspired many indie developers to create a paper game of their own.

You may remember another Paper Mario game from a while back. A Short Hike, the cute bird game from Adam Robinson-Yu, was created as a side project when Robinson-Yu was working on an Untitled Paper RPG, but it looks like we won’t be seeing any more of that game for a while, if ever. Luckily, there’s a new developer here to take up the paper reins: Conradical Games, which is currently working on an extremely cute game called The Outbound Ghost.

The Outbound Ghost

Now, we know that “it might come to Switch some day” isn’t much of a promise, but the developer says that the studio already has a Switch devkit, and the game is “running well”. The game has a Steam page with a planned release date of Halloween 2021, so hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to find out!

In the video at the top of this article, you can hear the lead developer talking about the development so far, which went from a simple pixel-art RPG to the paper-style game you see before you. Now, it’s a narrative adventure game, with “light environmental puzzles”, and lots of loveable ghost friends.

And, most importantly: you can pet the dog.

What do you think of this new paper pretender to the throne? Let us know in the comments!