My thoughts exactly! Since the book only seemed to be referencing Sticker Star I headcanon the first three Paper Marios actually happened in the main canon and the book was probably made by Peach with her Wish powers.The Paper Mario book in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam does not host the actual universe of the Paper Mario series, it’s just a crappy fanfiction.
From the Super Mario Odyssey article on Mario Wiki (citations available on the original website):wait they have??? thats so cool i love worldbuilding
We all know how terrible the game turned out will all this totally complementary attention to detail....................Super Mario Odyssey's theme is highly focused on "surprises" and "travel," and the developers incorporated many of their travel experiences around the world. For instance, elements of the Sand Kingdom were derived from Kenta Motokura's experiences during a trip to Mexico, and the Luncheon Kingdom's food aesthetics was inspired by Italy and other European countries.
The developers recognized that when people travel to foreign countries, something that really has an impact is the different currencies. Therefore, they wanted to have Mario collect and use different regional coins in each kingdom. Since the player travels outside the Mushroom Kingdom, the diverse art style between all the different kingdoms aimed to recreate the feelings of surprise and discovery when visiting foreign lands. It was also noted that a lot of time was spent in getting the right balance between familiar Mario concepts and completely new ones.
Ah yes, the ol "because the other ones were different from the usual stuff, that meant they had more effort in them" despite them still being extremely basic scenarios that have no more depth to them then the usual kidnapping scenario.There's a difference between "bare bones" and "bare minimum". Creating the most basic Mario story that's already been done time and time again, only now some of the characters have a copy of themselves hanging out with them and playing the exact same role in the story, is bare minimum. Say what you want about M&L's plots but at least they've tried to be interesting (an evil witch wants to awaken a magic artifact, aliens invade the Mushroom Kingdom and also there's time travel, some weirdo takes over the kingdom and it's up to Bowser of all people to save the day, something something evil dream man). Sure, they're not always the most groundbreaking stories, but they're not doing the most trite things possible.
Also, "it's never been that great anyway" is a terrible defense for anything, honestly. If there's something that can be improved, then improve it. Don't use that as an excuse to let it wallow in poor quality, and absolutely do not make it even worse!