As was reported back at the end of March, Nintendo is making a new Paper Mario game for the Switch, and the company announced today it will be coming on July 17.
Paper Mario: The Origami King is the latest in the RPG spin-off series that has been dormant since 2016 when Nintendo released Paper Mario: Color Splash for Wii U. This time around, the Mushroom Kingdom has been invaded by the titular Origami King, who has the ability to manipulate this paper world and turn characters into origami, as demonstrated by Princess Peach in the reveal trailer. Doing so seems to put the person under his control, as Peach turns on Mario real quick in this scene.
Check out the full trailer below:
Let’s whip out some paper and take some notes of what we see here, notably, the battle system doesn’t seem to be making a return to the more classic turn-based systems of early entries in the series, this time focusing on positioning and field manipulation.
Series big bad Bowser also makes an appearance, and he seems to be folded up into a triangle, but not quite a piece of origami. Given that he is in this state on even the box art, it’s likely Bowser will be folded up for the majority of the game, and him trying to navigate the world like this will be a running gag. The Paper Mario series has always been more humorous than mainline Mario games, so that checks out. Bowser Jr., however, seems to be doing alright, and makes a brief appearance in the trailer.
It also looks like Mario’s going to get some Arms-ass arms in this game that he’ll be able to use to peel surfaces in the world, opening up new paths and finding hidden treasures.
Also, there’s a Metroid tease at the end, with Mario wearing what looks like Samus Aran’s helmet. Make of that what you will.
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Paper Mario: The Origami King is reportedly one of many Mario-related announcements Nintendo has queued up for 2020, as the series is having its 35th anniversary this year. While the RPG might be one of the only new games coming, the company is reportedly working on remastering several games for the Switch in the Super Mario series, but Nintendo has been tight-lipped about just what games are coming to the console. A lot of these announcements were no doubt planned for June, with Nintendo holding its E3-adjacent Nintendo Direct during the event, but after E3 was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns it’s been said that the Direct that would have accompanied it has been delayed until later in the summer. For now, it looks like Nintendo will just be announcing games on a case-by-case basis with standalone trailers.