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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
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  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. NF 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
    The Game is honestly amazing. And yes i played Paper Mario 2 and i still think that PM Origami king is one of the best paper marios so far.The Game is honestly amazing. And yes i played Paper Mario 2 and i still think that PM Origami king is one of the best paper marios so far. the only thing i miss are the unique character designs, but everything else is a 10/10. characters, humor, story, gameplay, everything. im really sad that the game geta so much hate just because its different from PM 1 and 2 Expand
  3. Jul 19, 2020
    9
    Simple pero visualmente hermoso un buen viaje para pasar un rato agradable todo super bien
  4. Jul 23, 2020
    8
    I wasn't expected much going in, but I was pleasantly surprised, the battle system, while not as fun as in 64/TTYD, was still enjoyable, theI wasn't expected much going in, but I was pleasantly surprised, the battle system, while not as fun as in 64/TTYD, was still enjoyable, the humour was excellent and the characters were lovable. Sadly, there's likely never going to be another Paper Mario game in the style of the first 2, but what they produced with Origami King, was the next best thing, and If they made another game in this style, I'd buy the game in a heartbeat. Expand
  5. Aug 2, 2020
    7
    I've never played a Paper Mario game before, but I think this one is quite nice. My main complaint is the combat system. I think it's anI've never played a Paper Mario game before, but I think this one is quite nice. My main complaint is the combat system. I think it's an interesting idea but every so often there are fight where it's practically impossible to align the enemies in the short amount of time you have which is very infuriating. Also there is very little reason to fight enemies since all you get is coins which you also get in lots of different ways. It definitely lacks something and definitely drags down the score. Outside of combat the game is enjoyable and worth experiencing. 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. Jul 12, 2021
    0
    The game is actually pretty good beatiful worlds and areas its really colourful but all of that gets ruined by the way to complex puzzles andThe game is actually pretty good beatiful worlds and areas its really colourful but all of that gets ruined by the way to complex puzzles and the annyoing battles
    First the puzzles i got stuck in shongun land for months cuz of the way to hidden passages i was stuck there for im not kidding for more than a year and now the battels
    Theyre puzzles at first i liked them but after like 10 matches i got sooo bored and dont even get me started on the boss battels theyre waaaay too complex for me its just not fun
    I didnt buy an RPG to play puzzle games everytime i battel an enemy its too annyoing
    Dont buy this game
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