Paper Mario: The Origami King is coming out on 17th July for Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo have now given us an over view of the flat plumber’s latest RPG adventure.
After the titular King Olly wraps up and steals Peach’s castle, the latest step in his plan to fold up the world, Mario has to journey to untie the streamers binding the castle and free Peach once more.
The adventure will take him through underground sewers, raging rapids, an ancient ruin, a ninja-filled mansion and a lively desert oasis, meeting a cast of characters along the way. An amnesiac Bob-omb, a Toad that’s a professor of ancient history, and the tricksy Kamek are amongst the cast, but Mario’s main companion will be Olivia, Olly’s good-natured sister. He might even find some help from Bowser in these trying times…
The game shakes up the Paper Mario formula with new ring-based battles that have you lining up enemies for your timed attacks. There’s quick strategy needed to succeed. If you find yourself under a bit too much pressure, an audience of Toads is on hand to help out with battle aids. You’ll need them while battling the Legion of Stationery bosses, taking the form of coloured pencils, sticky tape, rubber bands and more.
Paper Mario was last seen in Paper Mario: Color Splash for Wii U. Dom wrote in our review:
“Paper Mario: Color Splash is a wonderfully realised game with plenty of humour to keep you smiling throughout. However, it’s hampered by some annoying design decisions and carries the legacy of Sticker Star – both good and bad – which many series’ fans may find problematic.”
The Origami King is seen by many as a bit of a return to what helped make Paper Mario so popular in the first place.
The game’s release will fulfil one part of leaked plans of Nintendo’s anniversary celebrations. Also rumoured for Mario’s 35th anniversary is a remaster collection of classic 3D platformers, including Super Mario 64 from the N64, Super Mario Sunshine from the GameCube and Super Mario Galaxy from the Wii. This would just leave Super Mario Galaxy 2, which is seemingly getting overlooked, and Super Mario 3D World, which is apparently set for a separate Deluxe-style release, as the only 3D Mario games not included. We’ll see if those games are announced soon…
Source: press release