Playing by the rules.
In the same VGC interview where Kensuke Tanabe said Nintendo wouldn’t ignore casual players, the Paper Mario: The Origami King producer spoke about the creative restrictions tied to the Paper Mario series, that have been in place since Paper Mario: Sticker Star.
Kensuke Tanabe: Since Paper Mario: Sticker Star, it’s no longer possible to modify Mario characters or to create original characters that touch on the Mario universe. That means that if we aren’t using Mario characters for bosses, we need to create original characters with designs that don’t involve the Mario universe at all, like we’ve done with Olly and the stationery bosses.
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