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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Aug 6, 2020

Every once in awhile, Nintendo has an ace up its sleeve, an unexpected surprise that flutters from nowhere. Rewind a few months and our Kyoto based friends decided in May 2020 to unfold a brand new addition to the beloved Paper Mario series… oh and by the way it will arrive this summer! Cue the media frenzy, and excitement in the lead up to the arrival of The Origami King.

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95 / 100
Jul 15, 2020

There are no paper cuts in store for you here. Paper Mario: The Origami King is as smooth as butter.

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9.1 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2020

The Origami King is one of the most entertaining chapters in the long-lasting Paper Mario franchise and will surprise you with some fresh gameplay solutions.

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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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9 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2020

A creative triumph, with new ideas that last the entire game, some of the best boss battles in ages, and praiseworthy presentation. Paper Mario: The Origami King is only let down by some of the general combat being a bit skippable.

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9 / 10
Jul 15, 2020

Paper Mario: The Origami King is a full-fledged, large and very beautiful adventure with role-playing elements, which pleases with an abundance of gameplay mechanics, a great sense of humor, an interesting plot, a well-developed world and a huge number of entertaining puzzles. The game will give you dozens of exciting hours in the paper world and is just a must-buy for all owners of Nintendo Switch.

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Jul 15, 2020

Paper Mario's heritage still floats over The Origami King, but didn't cause writer's block with this blank page, folded upside down thanks to the fantastic imagination applied to the staging and the story, decidedly audacious. Intelligent Systems' inventiveness also deploys through the ingenious architecture of this interconnected world and the tactical dimension unrolled by the battles, that become real puzzles. Such a well hammered increase of depth doesn't give headaches though, the main quest unwrapping along the realm's spread richness, so this moustached RPG asserts itself as the undisputed lord of its very own domain.

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90 / 100
Jul 15, 2020

this new Switch exclusive reminded me of many of the feelings that that 2004 title conveyed to me at the time, especially that of being on a great journey.

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Jul 24, 2020

While a lot of care has gone into refining the game's combat, there's no shortage of things to do outside of battles.

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4.5 / 5.0
Jul 21, 2020

There is fun to be had with Paper Mario: The Origami King.

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