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 131 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

66%

Critics Recommend

Based on 131 critic reviews
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85 / 100
Jul 15, 2020

Paper Mario: The Origami King may not quite reach the outstanding greatness of the first part on N64. But with its lovingly design, its pleasant cast and its exciting puzzle-kind fighting system Intelligent System brings the Paper Mario series back into line. Including the rich game world the new Paper Mario on Switch is definitely worth a buy.

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6.3 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2020

Ultimately, let down by a lacklustre combat system that is far too repetitive and frequent, Paper Mario: The Origami King is only... ok. It's still worth playing for the wonderful visuals and excellent storytelling but don't expect a true Mario RPG.

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Jul 15, 2020

An endlessly enjoyable story, a unique take on combat that fuses puzzle-solving with RPG traditions, and a beautiful world full of adventure makes Paper Mario: The Origami King yet another must-play Nintendo Switch experience.

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Jul 15, 2020

Paper Mario: The Origami King is a vibrant, detailed, and exciting adventure filled with bustling hubs and lots of hidden treasure. Sadly, whilst the battle system looks good on paper, it isn’t the enjoyable or in-depth RPG system long term fans were hoping for. The writing is consistently laugh-out-loud funny though, and that’s the most important thing in any Paper Mario game.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2020

Paper Mario: The Origami King isn’t the game that fans have been clamouring for, but its excellent world building, charming dialogue and enjoyable battle system still provide a high quality experience

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Jul 19, 2020

Paper Mario: The Origami King should not be overlooked, and is one of the most fun Switch games I have played. Fun ways to play, a fun story, and collectibles to collect all make this a game a classic.

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8.7 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2020

Nintendo came, saw and won! With a surprise announcement and directly delivered. The picturesque world explodes with humour, charme and details and offers a beautiful adventure for fans of the series. Only the fighting system doesn't really fit to the otherwise great rest of the game.

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7 / 10
Jul 23, 2020

Overall, the charm, colour and wit of Paper Mario: The Origami Kingdom outshines its repetitive gameplay. It’s a truly enjoyable experience.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jul 23, 2020

Hopefully both new and long-time fans will still find something they will love here, because it would be a terrible shame if this game wasn’t viewed as it’s own piece, and just “Not-The-Thousand-Year-Door”.

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Loved
Jul 23, 2020

Though this Paper Mario: The Origami King isn’t an RPG, and more of an Adventure game it is still a brilliant game. It is a game full to the brim with delightful writing, lots of humour, bright vibrant colours, old faithful characters and laugh out loud moments for the player. While it follows the Paper Mario formula in some aspects, it does more to re-imagine the series then not. Paper Mario: The Origami King is a worthy contender in the Paper Mario series, and is the perfect game to immerse yourself in for a wonderful crumpled, creased and folded adventure.

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