Paper Mario: The Origami King
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.
The Origami King lives up to the series' family-friendly humor.
Successfully delivers on its Origami visuals; its open world is vibrant and fun to explore.
Combat has few interesting choices and quickly becomes repetitive.
Top Critic Average
Nintendo sketches another warm and colourful Paper Mario adventure, though never traces its full potential.
The Origami King suffers from one-note combat and few real choices, but its personality and visual design are a joy.
Paper Mario: The Origami King is fun, light-hearted and a celebration of Super Mario with a strong story, great humour and brilliant characters.
One of the most relentlessly charming video games ever made and the best Paper Mario since The Thousand-Year Door.
As usual, Nintendo's quirky writing is full of laugh-out-loud moments, but your quest is full of tiresome backtracking
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.
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.
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.
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.