On 14 May 2020, after an unusually quiet spell for Nintendo, the Japanese gaming company unveiled a major new game for the Nintendo Switch – Paper Mario: The Origami King, coming on 17 July.
It’s a brand new instalment to the storied Paper Mario game series that started in 2000 on the Nintendo 64, utilising the same aesthetic adopted by the last chapter, Paper Mario: Color Splash on the Wii U.
Not only is there an extensive trailer and some story information, but there’s also a call to another long-awaited Nintendo game.
Paper Mario: The Origami King release date 17 July 2020
The 17 July release date for Paper Mario: The Origami King is quite unexpected, what with it being so soon.
Although targeting a different audience and console, it should also be noted that the new Paper Mario game is coming out on the same day as Ghost of Tsushima, on PlayStation 4.
Regardless of this clash, the Mario brand is strong enough to be a big seller for the Switch this summer.
In The Origami King, Mario is tasked with saving the kingdom from an origami menace, being joined by Olivia as well as former foes like Bowser and his kin. As a team, Mario and his unlikely allies must defeat Folded Soldiers to restore the kingdom.
Of course, Princess Peach’s castle has also been captured by The Origami King himself, King Olly, so Mario needs to tap into new abilities and triumph in new puzzle-solving battles to save the day.
The Paper Mario series has always been able to deliver charming aesthetics and waves of puns and jokes, with this latest instalment looking to achieve much of the same but in a new adventure.
Metroid in Paper Mario?
At the end of the announcement trailer, we see Paper Mario donning a Metroid helmet. He then goes around firing away, with Olivia asking if he’s battling something.
Given that Metroid Prime 4 is one of the most long-awaited of Nintendo games – having been announced in 2017 and restarted under Retro Studios in 2019 – the Metroid helmet in the Paper Mario trailer will certainly start to kick up the rumour mill.
On 17 July, you’ll be able to find out exactly what it means when Paper Mario: The Origami King releases on the Nintendo Switch.