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Paper Mario (Series) Review

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Posted: 16 months ago, last updated 3 weeks 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


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

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo 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.


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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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

ESRB EVERYONE for mild cartoon violence.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio... read more about system accessibility settings.

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