Paper Mario: The Origami King

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Paper Mario: The Origami King
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North American box art
Developer(s) Intelligent Systems[1]
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Release date Japan July 17, 2020[2]
USA July 17, 2020[1]
Europe July 17, 2020[3]
Australia July 17, 2020[4]
South Korea July 17, 2020
HK July 17, 2020
ROC July 17, 2020
Genre Role-playing
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Nintendo Switch:
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Nintendo Switch:

Paper Mario: The Origami King is the upcoming sixth installment in the Paper Mario series, set to be released on the Nintendo Switch worldwide on July 17, 2020. The game follows the aesthetic style of its predecessor, Paper Mario: Color Splash, and follows Mario opposing an evil army of origami characters known as Folded Soldiers, ruled by the Origami King, King Olly, which have taken over the Mushroom Kingdom.[1][5]


The overworld exploration is quite different from the series' standard; whereas the previous three games were either sorted into individual chapters or levels, The Origami King switches to a completely open-world style of progression, with Mario being able to travel to any of the game's locales completely on foot like the first two games.[6] The game's combat system has also been overhauled: at the start of each turn, Mario can rotate and slide rings of a circular battle arena, lining up enemies for consecutive attacks, although the number of ring moves and allotted time are limited. Mario has permanent Boots and Hammer attacks, and may equip stronger variants that break after a while.[7] Attacking enemies on the overworld will grant Mario an extra attack in battle, and timed button presses can increase damage when attacking. Lining up the enemies successfully will increase Mario's attack power by a factor of 1.5.[2] Coins can be spent to extend the time limit, or call the Toads that have been saved to assist Mario in battle. Boss battles use a different system in which the player rotates and slides the rings to line up arrows, making a path for Mario to attack.[8]

Olivia, a character new to the franchise, has a role similar to Kersti and Huey from Paper Mario: Sticker Star and Paper Mario: Color Splash respectively. She grants Mario extended origami arms that are used to interact with the environment. Once certain bosses are defeated, Olivia can transform into the boss while standing on Magic Circles, an ability that carries over into battle.[2] Additionally, partners return to ally with Mario and aid him in battles, including Koopa Troop members such as Bobby (a Bob-omb), Bowser Jr., and Kamek.[1] Various partners join and leave Mario's party at various points in the story.[6]

Accessories (which seem to function similarly to Badges from the first two games) grant Mario benefits both in battle and on the overworld.[7] Toads can be found on the overworld, folded into various shapes. Hitting these Toads with the hammer will cause them to unfold and return to Toad Town, some of which open shops. The Toads that have been saved can even help in battle if the player spends coins using the Cheer command. These Toads will fight enemies, heal Mario, give items, and solve puzzles.[7] Mario can gain confetti by using his Hammer on trees, grass, and enemies. This confetti can be used to fill Not-Bottomless Holes torn in the landscape, revealing Coins or a Toad.[7]







  • Peach's Castle[1]
  • Toad Town:[9] The main hub of the game, which is ravaged and deserted in the aftermath of King Olly's attack. It contains several shops, which can be reopened as Mario rescues more Toads.
    • An underground sewer that has graffiti and a valve that controls the drain[8][14]
  • Whispering Woods:[11][1][2] A lush, green forest in the mountains, which is rumored to contain sentient trees.
    • A plains area with cabins, a yellow Toad house, and generator similar to Green Energy Plant
  • Shangri-Spa:[11] A misty jungle that holds a mysterious secret.
    • A large, jungle tree with Toad statues sitting around it
    • A chain of Greek-like floating islands inhibited by angel Toads in the sky next to a Bowser castle similar to Bowser's Sky Castle and Black Bowser's Castle[8]
    • A Greek-style interior
  • The Great Sea:[11] An open sea that Mario can explore by boat, containing multiple distinct, explorable islands.[1]
  • Scorching Sandpaper Desert:[11] A desert that's been shrouded in darkness, sporting an ominous hole in the sky. The yellow streamer is found here.
    • A haniwa-like tower resembling a Toad[1]
    • A desert town occupied by Snifits with an oasis and casino-like building[1][9]
    • Desert ruins with hieroglyphics similar to the ones in Drybake Stadium[1]
    • An Arabian-styled hotel[8]
  • Shogun Studios:[11] An Asian-inspired, mountaintop theme park with a threatening castle as its main attraction.
  • Autumn Mountain:[11] A forest filled with autumn-colored trees and tall, grassy fields.
    • A sky tram leading to the mountain area[1]
    • Rapids where Mario can ride a canoe[1]
    • A tall, autumn grass field[1]
    • An area with rocks and water puddles
  • A volcanic area[1]
  • A room with six colored, numbered Warp Pipes[1]
  • A storage room with paper mache headpieces resembling a Goomba, Donkey Kong, and Samus's helmet[1]
  • An icy glacier area[8]
  • A restaurant with paintings[8]
  • An auditorium with a Western play[8]
  • Shy Guys Finish Last, a game show similar to Snifit or Whiffit[8]
  • An airship with a Bowser figurehead[8]
  • An elevator leading to the Colored Pencils boss arena[8]
  • An interior with a model display of Toad Town inside[8]

Weapons, items, and objects


Battle items


Overworld objects

Nintendo eShop description

The kingdom has been ravaged by an origami menace! Join Mario and his new partner, Olivia, as they battle evil Folded Soldiers, repair the damaged landscape, and try to free Princess Peach's castle from the clutches of King Olly in this comedy-filled adventure, only on the Nintendo Switch system.

Mario and Luigi receive an invitation from Princess Peach to attend an origami festival and excitedly hurry to Toad Town...but something's amiss. After investigating the eerily empty town, the duo finds a fearsome (and folded) Princess Peach-she's been turned into origami by King Olly, ruler of the Origami Kingdom! With five giant streamers under his control, King Olly binds Princess Peach's Castle and transports it to a distant mountain as part of his plan to re-fold the world.

On his journey to liberate Peach's Castle and repair the ravaged paper landscape, Mario meets Olivia, King Olly's sister, and the two join forces to put a stop to Olly's origami onslaught. Even Bowser falls victim to Olly's plot when his minions are turned into origami Folded Soldiers and betray their Koopa king, forcing him to ally with Mario and Olivia!

Battle the Folded Soldiers in ring-based battles the challenge you to strategically line up enemies to maximize damage! Out of battle, Mario can use the arm-extending 1,000-Fold Arms ability in specific spots to interact with the landscape to pull, peel, hit, and more! Join Mario, Olivia, and their companions on a journey of laughter and emotion, thrills, and a whole lot of folding.

References to other games

Similarities to other Paper Mario games

  • Like the original game and its sequel, Mario and Luigi receive an invitation from Princess Peach.[9]
    • Although Peach gives Mario a letter in Color Splash, said letter is actually a color-drained Toad.
  • In combat, Mario can choose to jump and use his hammer like in the first two games.[19]
  • Partners return from the first three games.[1]
  • Just like in the second and third games, Bowser is not the primary villain. Rather, Mario and Bowser team up[1], as they do in Super Paper Mario.
  • Just like in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Peach is turned evil by the main antagonist similar to Shadow Queen.[1]
  • Like the previous five games, there is a part that plays like a game show.
  • NPCs based on enemy species return.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Paper Mario: The Origami King.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ペーパーマリオ オリガミキング
Pēpā Mario Origami Kingu
Paper Mario: Origami King
Korean 페이퍼 마리오 종이접기 킹
Peipeo Malio Jongijeobgi King
Paper Mario: Origami King
Chinese (Simplified) 纸片马力欧:折纸国王
Zhǐpiàn Mǎlìōu: Zhézhǐ Guówáng
Paper Mario: Origami King
Chinese (Traditional) 紙片瑪利歐:摺紙國王
Zhǐpiàn Mǎlìōu: Zhézhǐ Guówáng
Paper Mario: Origami King

External links


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Paper Mario: The Origami King Japanese website
  3. ^ @NintendoEurope (May 14, 2020). "Join Mario on a comedic adventure, featuring familiar faces with a new origami look, in #PaperMario: The Origami King, coming to #NintendoSwitch on 17/07!" Twitter. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  4. ^ NintendoAU (May 14, 2020). Paper Mario: The Origami King - Arriving July 17th! (Nintendo Switch). YouTube. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Paper Mario: The Origami King North American website
  6. ^ a b c d Cork, J. (June 30, 2020). Paper Mario: The Origami King: A New Crease On Life – Nintendo Shares Insight On Paper Mario's Latest Adventure. Game Informer. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e Paper Mario: The Origami King European website, gameplay section. Retrieved Jun 12, 2020.
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