Nintendo looks set to continue its recent string of successes. And it’s not like the company needs to continue to add fuel to the fire at this point with record video game sales and its Switch console’s persistent absence on retail shelves.
But that’s not how Nintendo rolls and because of that we’re getting nothing less than another Paper Mario game. Best of all, it is coming out this summer in what can only be described as one of the most pleasant surprises in a year that desperately needs more positive news.
Known as The Origami King, the next installment in the Paper Mario series is gorgeously rendered in what can best be described as an “origami” graphical style. Origami, for those of you that are unfamiliar with it, is a Japanese paper-folding art form that transforms pieces of paper into various objects via folding, creasing, and shaping the paper using intricate patterns.
Dropping on July 17, the game’s core innovations are a new “ring-based” combat system that mixes puzzle-solving elements with traditional RPG styles, GameSpot reports. As is series tradition, we’ll like get an interesting yarn of a story to accompany everything as well. The premier trailer does have somewhat of a dark vibe if you ask me but I’ll leave that up to you to judge.
Apparently, the central conceit is that something is amiss in the world of Paper Mario and it might have to do with the new “King Olly.” This guy is so important that Bowser’s employees have apparently signed up with his outfit, leading the King of Koopas to once again work with his arch-rival Mario to right what has gone wrong.
A series that has legions of fans and continues the traditions established by the unique partnership of Squaresoft and Nintendo that gave us Super Mario RPG, Paper Mario has had ups and downs with its fans. This latest Paper Mario looks to be a possible way to return it to former glories after what GameSpot calls a middling outing on the Wii U. Personally, we enjoyed that game just fine.
Known for having a beautiful graphical art style and compelling dialogue, Paper Mario is a refreshing break from the mainline series rather spartan approach to narrative.
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Source – GameSpot