Mario season begins: Nintendo reveals Paper Mario: The Origami King

Paper Mario is back in an all-new adventure to save Princess Peach, complete with a unique dartboard-like turn-based combat system.

Published May 14, 2020 5:30 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:43 AM CST
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Today Nintendo announced Paper Mario: The Origami King, a new game in the series that has a bunch of fresh innovations.

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Paper Mario is back on the Nintendo Switch, complete with a new art style that merges 3D polygonal worlds with Mario's 2D sticker shape and even 3D origami. The game has some nifty little advancements and mechanics like Mario's "thousand-fold" arms, which let gamers use the Switch JoyCon motion controls to accordion out his arms and grab objects to solve puzzles. You can even peel the actual world like a sticker to reveal secrets.

There's also a new turn-based battle system in a series of dartboard-like concentric rings that blends strategy with reaction skills. The idea is that you strike enemies when they're lined up in rows on the rings for maximum damage.

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Rumor has it Nintendo will release tons more Mario games this year to celebrate the plumber's 35th anniversary. A new Paper Mario game was part of these rumors, and the other games include Super Mario Galaxy remasters, a full-on Switch remasters of Mario 64, and Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario 3D Land re-releases.

The Origami King is due out July 17 on the Nintendo Switch.

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