You'll probably need to rescue some of the Rescue Squad Toads along the way. These guys are brave, but also very accident prone.
As you go through each stage, be sure to look around. You might find coins or Question Blocks where you least expect them.
Plus, how else will you find clues to the mystery?
What's that? A colorless spot? Ugh, so tacky! Use your Paint Hammer to splash color back into place.
Mario's paint meter shows your hammer's supply of red, blue, and yellow. To get more, pick up globs of paint from defeated enemies or hit stuff around the stage with your regular hammer.
The Cutout feature lets you, er, cut out backgrounds to reach new areas. Maybe that's why it's called that, huh?
You'll find yourself joining in other strange activities, too, like going on a game show or trying to cook the perfect steak. That's not weird AT ALL.