Surprise! Nintendo revealed that Paper Mario: The Origami King is headed to the Switch on July 17. In this RPG adventure, Mario will join forces with a fairy-like creature named Olivia and battle against the machinations of a new origami-themed villain named King Olly. He sounds like a real dork to us, but he’s bound Princess Peach’s castle with giant streamers and has transformed several of Bowser’s minions by folding them like origami and enlisting them into his own army. Ultimately, he wants to fold the entire world, but Mario has something to say about that.
As you can see in the trailer, Mario has a new 1,000-Fold Arms ability that allows him to stretch his arms like Mr. Fantastic, so he can interact with the environment and solve puzzles. Throughout your journey, you’ll enlist the aid of several lovable allies – including Bowser! Battles now have a 3D component and take place in ring-like arenas that require “both puzzle-solving skills and a quick wit.” Nintendo also promises that this adventure is full of off-the-wall minigames and other mysteries.
The Paper Mario franchise has consistently delivered humorous, light-hearted adventures starring Nintendo’s classic hero. However, the action in recent entries hasn’t been as well-received as the early titles (read our review of Color Splash). We’re a little tired of having to collect items to use in battles, and would love a return to some kind of traditional turn-based RPG system, so we’re eager to see if Nintendo has taken any of this criticism to heart when the game releases in a few months.