Paper Mario: The Origami King, the sixth entry in the Paper Mario series, will soon be released as a possible comeback for the series, which has lost its shine from many fans. Since its May announcement, Nintendo has slowly released information about the game through sneak peek videos explaining The Origami King's storyline, gameplay features, characters, and more.
Here's what you should know about Paper Mario: The Origami King on Nintendo Switch.
When origami comes up
The origami king starts with Paper Mario and Luigi visiting Toad Town after being invited by Princess Peach, although the city is noticeably empty.
The two enter Peach's castle, as seen in the announcement trailer above. Immediately something seems to be wrong when Princess Peach looks less like her usual Paper Mario-Ich. The facade will soon be disappointed, as it turns out, the evil King Olly has taken over the castle from Princess Peach.
The castle is then wrapped and torn out of six massive origami streamers, all of which lead to distant areas to which Mario must travel.
Just as other gadgets were used in previous posts by Paper Mario, The Origami King's focus is on the use of origami. King Olly, his minions, and Mario's main ally, Olivia, not only consist of origami, but sometimes Mario uses origami arms to solve puzzles.
Otherwise, a large part of the game world is provided with origami themes, whereby structures and landscapes partly consist of origami.
New characters and bosses
As Mario and a collapsed Bowser (as allies) and Bowser Jr. return in the new issue of Paper Mario, a variety of characters and bosses will join the fight. In addition to King Olly and Olivia, Mario is accompanied by Bobby, the forgetful Bob-Omb. Professor Toad, a toad who knows history; and Kamek, the magico-opa, who is obsessed with cleaning. It is not clear whether these characters are group members who take part in the fight like in the first two Paper Mario games, although the detailed gameplay trailer shows that they can help to some extent in battles.
Paper Mario: The origami king has six main bosses, each based on handicrafts. For example, the “crayons” boss is literally a case of crayons, while the “rubber band” boss is a large mummy made of rubber bands.
A return to turn-based combat with limitations
The origami king returns to the traditional turn-based fight with a unique twist. Battles take place on a stage with multiple rings that can be rotated to line up rows of enemies. Once a line of enemies is in line, players can launch attacks to hit multiple enemies at the same time.
There are different types of attacks. Mario can use his traditional jump attack, though the gameplay trailer shows how Mario inflicts damage against groups of enemies with a fire flower and tanooki tail.
The origami king leaves behind some traditional turn-based RPG elements. According to VentureBeat, for example, no experience points are displayed.
An important addition to the gameplay also seems to be traveling with the vehicle. Although there aren't many details, the trailers indicate that Mario will be driving boats, karts, and other vehicles throughout the game.
Paper Mario: The Origami King will be released on July 17, 2020.
Updated July 9, 2020: Added experience point details in Paper Mario: The Origami King.
Updated July 10, 2020: Nintendo Treehouse story details added: Live about Mario arriving in an abandoned toad city.