I updated the main post with some tidbits about characters and some power-ups that I keep forgetting to tell people about so that the polls are biased.
In other words, look at Yoshi.
I'm also going to be gone for the following month, and I do hope that this thread stays active.
Maybe you guys can pick your favorite enemies or something and argue over the usefulness or something.
Victinistar, I am prohibiting you from talking about the story right now. It's changed, and I think it's for the better since our characters actually have incentive.
Here goes the working story that I've come up with over the past week:
Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toadsworth are coming back from one of their numerous adventures; it's a place with an airport and Bowser was not a part of the story. (Which probably doesn't exist yet... it's an unimportant detail that can be made up later.) (And they're also coming back in the Toad Express
Anyways, they're halfway back to the Mushroom Kingdom when Bowser's Airships suddenly show up. Bowser orders the plane to be shot down, so that "Mario doesn't rescue Peach first"- unknowing of Peach being on that plane.
Bowser's heading towards Tick Tock Clock, (a tower, essentially) a place that Booster bought as a summer home. See, Bowser's chasing a rumor that Booster was going to try to marry the sky princess (what Booster called Peach) again, and so Bowser wanted to stop this and kidnap Peach once more. On his way, he also drops down Shy Guy's Toy Box in front of the bridge to the land of Melodia.
Mario and Luigi crash in the Fields O' Gold, (the first world) only to find out the other half of the plane landed in the Harvesting Tree.
The Fields O' Gold is a large wheat field with the Amber Forest in the background. It's kinda like a savannah.
The Amber Forest is an autumn-themed forest, with Harvesting Tree rising out of the center.
Think Maple Treeway from Mario Kart Wii, but with a much darker tone.
Like the forest's almost haunted.
But lighter than this.
Anyways, Mario and Luigi eventually make it to the top of the Harvesting Tree where, when talking to the bees, they find out that Peach and Toadsworth are inside the Great Apiary. They're also told that they're currently speaking to the Queen Bee.
But as Mario and Luigi enter the hive, Shy Guys (from Shy Guy's Toy Box) (in a more toyish Airtubs
) start to raid and cause chaos in the hive- and end up taking over. (Shy Guys are attacking because they like the sweet taste of the honey- they can't get enough of it. So they want to enslave the bees.)
When Mario and Luigi finally find the room (on the lowest floor) that the Queen Bee, Peach, and Toadsworth are hiding in, and so another cutscene starts.
The Queen Bee pleads Mario to stop the invasion, and also promises Mario and co. a way home if they do. The conversation is interrupted though when a couple of Fat Guys
notice the room, and walk in to find Mario and co..
They run and start to attack, but then their combined weight breaks the floor and sends all but Queen Bee and Toadsworth down below and into the forest again.
They fall into a pool of water, and decide to help out the bees in order to get home.
This is also where you unlock Peach to be playable.
The Great Apiary is your typical beehive. It's nested in the canopy of the Harvesting Tree.
Shy Guy's Toy Box is different from the one in Paper Mario: it actually involves toys a lot more. It has multiple themes like a baby's room, board games, space toys, and so on.
Anyways, they end the bees' troubles and the Queen Bee comes down with Toadsworth to thank them.
(I still need some objective, some reason for Mario to go over and beat up Bowser... like Bowser's going to blow up Peach's castle or something if Mario doesn't bring Peach. Problem is, the example I gave doesn't pertain to Bowser's personality.)