Well, the morning so-far has been good and then completely out-of-the-blue bam! Nintendo revealed Paper Mario: The Origami King for the Nintendo Switch. This will be the latest game in the series since Paper Mario: Color Splash on the Wii U in 2016. The newest game sees Prince Peach welcoming Mario and Luigi to the Kingdom’s origami festival. As you can see in the trailer, things didn’t go quite as peachy as they would have hoped. We’re introduced to King Olly, who claims to be the ruler of the Origami Kingdom, has hatched a devious plot that will put everyone Mario cares about in danger.
Below is some PR to tell you all about it:
Mario faces one of his most thrilling challenges yet in Paper Mario: The Origami King when the dangerous King Olly unleashes his plan to fold the entire world. Just when matters couldn’t get worse, he’s bound Princess Peach’s Castle in giant, colored streamers and transported it to a distant mountain. He’s even transformed Bowser’s minions into Folded Soldiers and enlisted them in his treacherous cause.
Luckily, Mario is equipped with a range of new tools at his disposal to help secure victory. One of Mario’s new abilities, called 1000-Fold Arms, allows you to interact with the landscape by stretching out and pulling, peeling and revealing new locations, helping you to solve puzzles and uncover unexpected surprises. Along the way, you’ll enlist the help of characters old and new, such as King Olly’s good-natured sister, Olivia, along with a range of unlikely allies, including Bowser himself! If they haven’t yet folded to the whims of King Olly’s origami will, Mario will accept all the help he can find with open arms!
Paper Mario: The Origami King also introduces a new ring-based battle system that lets you flex your puzzle-solving skills to line up scattered enemies and maximize damage. While the enemies may be crafted from paper, these dynamic, turn-based battles are far from stationary. It’ll require a sharp mind to make short work of these crafty enemies.
Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, has shared the following in a press release:
Paper Mario: The Origami King delivers a grand new adventure on Nintendo Switch for players to wrap themselves up in. This game marks the debut of the Paper Mario series on Nintendo Switch, expanding the vast library of games with another standout entry in a beloved franchise.”
Paper Mario the Origami King will be launching exclusively on the Nintendo Switch on July 17 in both digital and physical forms. The game will also be available to pre-purchase on the eShop.
Who else was surprised by this? I know I was, and judging by the trailer, it looks to be darker in tone than previous entries. I can’t wait to see how this turns out. Let me know what you think down below.