Yesterday, #RemasterThousandYearDoor soared into Twitter’s trending hashtags, thanks largely in part to a YouTube video from Arlo. The main goal of this movement is to get Nintendo’s attention so they’ll remaster many people’s favorite Paper Mario game, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
After the conversation took off and captivated Nintendo fans all over the internet, Arlo created a petition for fans to sign and let Nintendo know just how many people would be interested in this remaster. The petition’s goal was set to 10,000 signatures and is currently sitting at 9,755 at the time of writing this article.
That’s a decent amount of people campaigning for this Thousand-Year Door remaster to happen. But how will Nintendo react when they see this petition?
Nintendo’s history with fan petitions
Nintendo has gone on the record saying petitions don’t affect what they do. This has been the case for quite some time. How many sequels, remakes, ports, or other things have Nintendo fans begged for but never received? I can think of several examples off the top of my head.
The lack of Virtual Console games on the Switch has been a hot topic among fans for a while now. Tons of people have been asking for a Metroid Prime Trilogy on Switch. Or perhaps we could look at the most infamous game that never saw the light of day outside of Japan: Mother 3.
So should the fans give up? I don’t think so. There have been a few instances when Nintendo did something that seemed like it was fueled by fan demand, even if officially they claimed otherwise. For example, Xenoblade Chronicles finally released in North America eight months after its European release. Coincidentally, the time in-between those eight months was filled with fan campaigns to release the game in North America.
On a similar note, Zelda fans immediately started asking for a Majora’s Mask remake after Ocarina of Time 3D came out. Yet again, while Nintendo claims they weren’t driven by these fan campaigns, they still released Majora’s Mask 3D a few years later for these fans to enjoy.
The final verdict for Thousand-Year Door
So what will come of the Thousand-Year Door petition? Unfortunately, it’s hard to say. Nintendo claims they’re not driven by petitions, but their actions say otherwise. However, there are plenty of other fan campaigns that Nintendo has largely ignored.
Personally, I believe that if you want Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door remastered, you should sign the petition. At the end of the day, the worst Nintendo could do is simply not make it. So what’s the harm in going out on a limb and trying?