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  • Summary: Featuring a new ring-based battle system that mixes puzzle-solving skills with traditional turn-based combat, Paper Mario: The Origami King aims to put new twists in the series' established formula.
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  1. Positive: 87 out of 116
  2. Negative: 0 out of 116
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Oct 7, 2020
    100
    Origami King is a huge game created from dozens of small entertaining levels, missions and simple quests and other things to do. While still working with years-proofed mechanics, it is not afraid to bring out something new and fun. [Issue#306]
  2. Jul 15, 2020
    90
    A constant flow of imagination and good ideas, filled with variety and surprises at every corner. From now on, every time the words "fun as hell" come to our mind, we'll remember Paper Mario: The Origami King.
  3. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Oct 26, 2020
    85
    If you're looking for a return to the originals, you'll be disappointed – but only just. This is a worthy standalone title, and its story is great. [Issue #48 – September/October 2020, p. 68]
  4. Jul 15, 2020
    80
    Paper Mario: The Origami King is an adorable adventure, a breath of fresh rhythm on Nintendo Switch. The artistic direction, the well thought-out fighting system, the puzzles that require a reading of the environment and the atmosphere through the many sets make this game a real fun video candy-filled with humor and secrets, and very good experience.
  5. Jul 23, 2020
    80
    Apart from the combat part, Paper Mario: The Origami King is fun, adorable, and full of surprises.
  6. 75
    I liked playing Paper Mario: The Origami King. It has such high points with the music, the visuals, the comedy, and the willingness to try new ideas. I love how experimental the adventure is with the large variety of situational humor and mini-games. This world was such a treat to journey through, and it was nice to have more then one meaningful emotional moment again in a Paper Mario game. It’s so clear that The Origami King is trying to have its cake and eat it too when it comes to its combat system. It’s so strange to me how optional the game is to play. I did go for completing every challenge presented to me, but I can definitely foresee players skipping ahead because of the lack of incentives. I applaud Paper Mario: The Origami King for trying something new, but am worried that the friction between its ongoing genre identity is going to keep the series running around in circles.
  7. Jul 23, 2020
    55
    While Paper Mario: The Origami King makes excellent strides in terms of humor and adventure game design, it’s still sorely lacking aesthetically and features a horrendous battle system that only gets more frustrating as you play. I’ve given up on the series returning to the style of my childhood’s classics, but if the series ditches battles entirely it could make for some extremely fun adventure games.

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  1. Jul 18, 2020
    10
    Good Game, Its a Paper Mario Classic with a good adventure, that game its so beatyful
  2. Jul 21, 2020
    10
    This is not a traditional rpg, but it doesn't mean that it's a bad Paper Mario game, far from it. Go in with an open mind and you will have aThis is not a traditional rpg, but it doesn't mean that it's a bad Paper Mario game, far from it. Go in with an open mind and you will have a great time, especially if you are puzzle buff like me. Expand
  3. Jul 19, 2020
    9
    Love it !!! It's a very good videogame !!! I like this new rpg adventure , Mario always the best
  4. Jul 21, 2020
    8
    I love the game but the fighting gets boring after some rounds tho the boss fightes are great..Just with there was a different way to fightI love the game but the fighting gets boring after some rounds tho the boss fightes are great..Just with there was a different way to fight the normal enemies Expand
  5. Aug 2, 2020
    7
    Paper Mario Origami King wants to be inventive. Artistically, this opus is close to excellence due to humor and well-balanced characters.Paper Mario Origami King wants to be inventive. Artistically, this opus is close to excellence due to humor and well-balanced characters. Despite this, some aspects (although varied) of exploration or combat are not well mastered ... But don't worry TOK remains a pleasant and surprising game for young and old alike. Expand
  6. Jul 19, 2020
    4
    The fight system is just horrible. There is no progress, you just get coins, and coins get you nothing, you already have too much.
    Every
    The fight system is just horrible. There is no progress, you just get coins, and coins get you nothing, you already have too much.
    Every fight works the same way, align your ennemies in line or in square, hit and win.
    Failing to align the enemies, and you lose. You're not good at rubik's cube ? this game is going to be your greatest frustration. For me it's a nightmare.
    The characters you meet are all generic. So they can't be lovable, everybody knows that but apparently Nintendo is against it nowadays. We all know what a goomba or a koopa looks like, and we're quite fed up with seeing the very same model over and over. Wrong.
    Exploration is also broken, and it's tied to the battle system : the only hidden things you will find around (a staple of JRPG and the first three Mario RPGs) are clone toads to free. Not equipments, weapons, stuff to make you stronger, change your strategy, nope, you only get toads. Freeing a toad is useless, but allows you to unlock artworks. So you got no motivation in exploring, it's boring.

    I love JRPG, I love Paper Mario on the N64, its sequel on the NGC, I love Octopath Traveler, Dragon Quest XI, the first Mario&Luigi etc. I'm totally fine with slow paced adventure, turn by turn fights. But here, it's just not working. It's a failure, in a time where Nintendo is meeting great success, where Nintendo finally brought back the Mario 64 formula for its platformer with incredible reception, but for Paper Mario, we're stuck in the wrong loop since the 3DS, and unfortunately, this Switch version is not what people wanted, is not what fans want.

    I gave it a 4, which is an extremely severe rating for me, because two days in a row I stopped playing, not because it was 3 AM and I should really need some sleep, but because I was bored and frustrated. It's not something I ever experienced with a Nintendo game, I'm so disappointed.
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  7. May 3, 2022
    0
    **** THIS STINKY POOPY GARBAGE DUMB STUPID RAT NO-GOOD EXCUSE FOR A PAPER MARIO GAME. JIM SOMMA WILL STRIKE NINTENDO DOWN FOR RUINING PAPER MARIO

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