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Paper Mario: The Origami King

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Paper Mario: The Origami King
ペーパーマリオ オリガミキング
Pēpā Mario Origami Kingu
Paper Mario The Origami King NA box.png
North American box art
Developer(s): Intelligent Systems
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: Role-playing
Players: 1
Predecessor: Paper Mario: Color Splash
Successor: N/A
Copyrights: ©2020 Nintendo. Program © Nintendo/INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS
Release dates
Worldwide:

July 17, 2020[1]

Ratings
ACB:

PG

CERO:

A

ESRB:

E

GRAC:

A

PEGI:

7

USK:

6

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Paper Mario: The Origami King is a role-playing game and the sixth installment in the Paper Mario series. The game was released for the Nintendo Switch in July 2020.

Blurb[edit]

Nintendo Website

A new paper-crafted Mario adventure unfolds on Nintendo Switch!

The kingdom has been ravaged by an origami menace! Join Mario and his new partner, Olivia, as they battle evil Folded Soldiers, repair the damaged landscape, and try to free Princess Peach’s castle from the clutches of King Olly in this comedy-filled adventure, only on the Nintendo Switch™ system.

Master strategic, ring-based battles
Line up scattered enemies and plan your attack to maximize damage with the new, ring-based battle system that requires both puzzle-solving skills and a quick wit.

Mario and Luigi receive an invitation from Princess Peach to attend an origami festival and excitedly hurry to Toad Town…but something’s amiss. After investigating the eerily empty town, the duo finds a fearsome (and folded) Princess Peach—she’s been turned into origami by King Olly, ruler of the Origami Kingdom! With five giant streamers under his control, King Olly binds Princess Peach’s Castle and transports it to a distant mountain as part of his plan to re-fold the world.

On his journey to liberate Peach’s Castle and repair the ravaged paper landscape, Mario meets Olivia, King Olly’s sister, and the two join forces to put a stop to Olly’s origami onslaught. Even Bowser falls victim to Olly’s plot when his minions are turned into origami Folded Soldiers and betray their Koopa king, forcing him to ally with Mario and Olivia!

Battle the Folded Soldiers in ring-based battles that challenge you to strategically line up enemies to maximize damage! Out of battle, Mario can use the arm-extending 1,000-Fold Arms ability in specific spots to interact with the landscape to pull, peel, hit, and more! Join Mario, Olivia, and their companions on a journey of laughter and emotion, thrills, and a whole lot of folding.

Nintendo eShop

A new paper-crafted Mario adventure unfolds on Nintendo Switch!

The kingdom has been ravaged by an origami menace! Join Mario and his new partner, Olivia, as they battle evil Folded Soldiers, repair the damaged landscape, and try to free Princess Peach's castle from the clutches of King Olly in this comedy-filled adventure, only on the Nintendo Switch system.

Mario and Luigi receive an invitation from Princess Peach to attend an origami festival and excitedly hurry to Toad Town...but something's amiss. After investigating the eerily empty town, the duo finds a fearsome (and folded) Princess Peach-she's been turned into origami by King Olly, ruler of the Origami Kingdom! With five giant streamers under his control, King Olly binds Princess Peach's Castle and transports it to a distant mountain as part of his plan to re-fold the world.

On his journey to liberate Peach's Castle and repair the ravaged paper landscape, Mario meets Olivia, King Olly's sister, and the two join forces to put a stop to Olly's origami onslaught. Even Bowser falls victim to Olly's plot when his minions are turned into origami Folded Soldiers and betray their Koopa king, forcing him to ally with Mario and Olivia!

Battle the Folded Soldiers in ring-based battles the challenge you to strategically line up enemies to maximize damage! Out of battle, Mario can use the arm-extending 1,000-Fold Arms ability in specific spots to interact with the landscape to pull, peel, hit, and more! Join Mario, Olivia, and their companions on a journey of laughter and emotion, thrills, and a whole lot of folding.

Story[edit]

Mario and Luigi are invited by Peach to the Origami Festival being held in Toad Town. When they arrive, however, they find the town completely abandoned. Heading to Peach's Castle, Mario discovers that the princess has been folded into origami, and is then dropped into the castle dungeon. After escaping from the dungeon, he encounters King Olly, who has not only folded the princess but also Bowser's minions into his own Origami Soldiers. Olly then summons five streamers, which wrap around the castle and lift it off the ground, moving it to the top of a mountain. Joined by Olly's sister Olivia, Mario must unravel the five streamers surrounding Peach's Castle so that he can confront Olly and prevent him from folding the entire world into origami.

Gameplay[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King features similar overworld exploration to the first two Paper Mario titles, with the player traveling across the world to different locations rather than the level-based progression of the previous two titles. In addition to the jump and hammer, the player can also toss confetti, which is used to fill the "Not-Bottomless Holes" scattered across the world; additional confetti can be obtained by defeating enemies or hammering objects such as trees or rocks on the overworld. By utilizing Magic Circles scattered across the world, Mario is able to use the "1,000-Fold Arms" ability, allowing the player to manipulate parts of the environment and solve puzzles.

The game uses a new ring-based battle system, in which players must move and rotate segments of the battle area and line up enemies into rows within a limited time and a limited number of movements to maximize damage.[1][2] Lining up every enemy within the limitations grants a 1.5x damage multiplier for all attacks. Alternatively, the player can spend coins to extend the time limit, and have the Toads they have rescued arrange the battlefield Mario's basic attacks utilize his standard boots to jump on all enemies in a row, or hammering all enemies within close range. Upgraded versions of these attacks can be purchased in shops as items, but must be equipped in one of three slots for each weapon type to use in battle, and can only be used a limited number of times before breaking. As with previous games, player attacks will deal increased damage and enemy attacks will inflict decreased damage with timed button presses. Boss battles utilize a variation of this system, with the player having to arrange the battle ring to create a path that leads to an action space in order to attack.

Reception[edit]

Aggregate Scores
Metacritic 80
Reviews
Famitsu 36/40[3]
IGN 7/10
Game Informer 7.75/10
GameSpot 8/10

Paper Mario: The Origami King received generally positive reception from critics, who praised the game's visuals, story and writing, and exploration mechanics. The battle system and combat, however, received more mixed reactions; while some found it to be creative and unique, it was largely seen as unrewarding and tedious.

In Japan, The Origami King was the second best-selling title during the week of its launch, selling around 109,092 copies.[4] According to sales data from The NPD Group, the game was the second best-selling game overall and the best-selling Nintendo Switch title for July 2020 in the United States, beating Super Paper Mario as the fastest-selling Paper Mario title.[5] In the U.K., the game debuted as the second best-selling game for the week of its release.[6] As of March 31, 2021, the game has sold approximately 3.12 million units worldwide.[7]

Technical details[edit]

Technical Details
Media

Nintendo Switch Game Card
Digital download

Download size

6.4 GB

Supported features

Nintendo Switch Online (Save Data Cloud)

Input / compatible controllers

Joy-Con, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Updates[edit]

Version No. Release Date Description
1.0.1 August 5, 2020 Fixes an issue in which the player would be unable to enter the Spring of Rainbows, fixes an issue preventing the player from hitting the Toad on the Shroom City hotel fountain, fixes an issue in which the Black Shy Guy would not be registered in the Musée Champignon Origami Character gallery, fixes an issue that caused certain Ninjis in the Shogun Studios Ninja Attraction to be unbeatable, fixes an issue that caused the game to hard lock during the Rubber Band boss battle, fixes an issue that caused Speed Ring scores higher than 33 to not be registered properly, fixes an issue that would allow players to obtain the MAX UP Heart in the Temple of Shrooms from outside the coffin, which causes an issue with the Love Toad's hints; fixes an issue that would cause the Overlook Tower cutscene to trigger from the bottom of the hill on Overlook Mountain.

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