Paper Mario: The Origami King

Paper Mario: The Origami King Reviews Summary

Summary: The Origami King is no Thousand-Year Door, but Paper Mario fans will still find a lot to love if they can look past the combat system.

Classic Humor

The Origami King lives up to the series' family-friendly humor.

Visual Design

Successfully delivers on its Origami visuals; its open world is vibrant and fun to explore.

Combat System

Combat has few interesting choices and quickly becomes repetitive.

Rating Summary

Based on 128 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

66%

Critics Recommend

Based on 128 critic reviews
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Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2020

The Origami King suffers from one-note combat and few real choices, but its personality and visual design are a joy.

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No Recommendation / Blank
Jul 15, 2020

Nintendo sketches another warm and colourful Paper Mario adventure, though never traces its full potential.

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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2020
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8 / 10
Jul 15, 2020

One of the most relentlessly charming video games ever made and the best Paper Mario since The Thousand-Year Door.

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Jul 15, 2020

Paper Mario: The Origami King is fun, light-hearted and a celebration of Super Mario with a strong story, great humour and brilliant characters.

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7.8 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2020

As usual, Nintendo's quirky writing is full of laugh-out-loud moments, but your quest is full of tiresome backtracking

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Unscored
Jul 15, 2020

I want to share it with my nieces and nephews, as well as my grown friends. But I hesitate due to the frustration of the combat and those imposing boss battles — those moments where I wish I had someone else to take over on the controller.

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8 / 10
Jul 15, 2020

The Origami King keeps its RPG systems and character work light, but revamped combat and solid gags throughout are the course-correction Paper Mario needed.

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Unscored
Jul 15, 2020

Origami King might not be the successor to Thousand-Year Door for which fans have been clamoring, but this time the formula works, allowing the series’ great writing and worlds to shine through.

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Jul 15, 2020

If you're OK with Paper Mario's turn to action, you'll find an enjoyable game packed with humor, secrets, and unique boss battles.

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