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Video GamePaper Mario: The Origami King (Series) Review
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Posted: 3 years 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

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

Price: 30% off

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

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Role-Play (Action, Collecting, Fighting, Narrative and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)




Play Time: 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.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

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

Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB EVERYONE for mild cartoon violence.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. 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.


Paper Mario: The Origami King 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

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


Our Paper Mario: The Origami King Accessibility Report documents 21 accessibility features:
The first 3 options in the Settings Menu are listed as ???? until you acquire certain items in the game. Once acquires, these items will add settings to enable the following assists: Puzzle Solver, Time Extender, Time Extender Coin Limit. The Puzzle Solver will give you hints for puzzle battles by displaying the correct placement for enemies. The Time Extender gives you the option to add time to the battle clock by expending coins, and the Time Extender: Coin Limit lets you set a limit on this so you can pre-set a budget and don't have to worry about over-spending your coins for extra time. These three settings can be used independently or together to, toggled on/off at any time, and allow you to customize your difficulty once unlocked.

You can get a hint at any time relevant to your current situation from Olivia by pressing the X button, and on the menu Help screen Olivia has a lot of additional helpful hints and information to supplement the game tutorials and explain some features.

The game can be saved manually at the Save Blocks located periodically throughout the game and is saved automatically when you enter and exit different areas.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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