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Paper Mario (Series) Review


Posted: 22 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Paper Mario is a role-play game featuring Mario and other Nintendo characters. Although cute and cartoon-like in appearance, these games are known for the quality of writing and the well balanced and enjoyable turn-based combat.

If you are looking for a good game to start on for younger players, the light narrative, incorporation of platforming elements and bright visuals make these an excellent first role-play game.

The Paper Mario series evolved over the years:
  • Paper Mario (2001) on Nintendo 64
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004) on GameCube
  • Super Paper Mario (2007) on Wii
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star (2012) on Nintendo 3DS
  • Paper Mario: Color Splash (2016) on Wii U
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020) on Switch

Paper Mario: The Origami King is the latest game in the series, and the first on Nintendo Switch. It takes both the story and interactions in a paper folding direction. The kingdom has been ravaged by an origami menace! Join Mario and his new partner, Olivia, as they team up with unlikely allies like Bowser and the Toads to battle evil Folded Soldiers.

In this game there's a new battle twist. You can line up scattered enemies and plan your attack to maximize damage with the new, ring-based battle system that requires both puzzle-solving skills and a quick wit.

In similar fashion are the Mario & Luigi role play games:
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003) on Game Boy Advance
  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (2006) on Nintendo DS
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009) on Nintendo DS
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (2013) on Nintendo 3DS
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (2015) on Nintendo 3DS and a cross over with the Paper Mario series.
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (2017) on Nintendo 3DS as an expanded remake of the GBA game.
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2019) on Nintendo 3DS as an expanded remake of the DS game.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2000, updated in 2020

Price: 30% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Developer: @Nintendo


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Duration: This game will take between 25 hours and 30 hours to complete. These games are adventures with exploration and puzzles to solve that take people different amounts of time. Get good at the battles and you will proceed quicker but this can still take 25 hours.
Players: This is a single player game.


Paper Mario usually costs £8.99 to £49.99. 

Paper Mario

Switch Store Wii U £8.99

Paper Mario: Color Splash

Switch Store Wii U £39.99

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £15.99

Paper Mario: The Origami King

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Paper Mario: The Origami King is rated PEGI 7 for fear and violence.

Skill Rating

This game is enjoyed by 12+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. The slower pace and laid back story of Paper Mario make it ideal for children as they get older. It's not as exciting as games younger children play and has considerable reading.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Paper Mario Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Nintendo) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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