Paper Mario: The Origami King - All your top questions, answered!

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There are a lot of questions about the new Paper Mario game for the Nintendo Switch. This FAQ has the answers to some of your top questions from what we have seen in the Paper Mario: The Origami King so far.

Paper Mario: The Origami King Characters - Mario, Olivia and Bob-omb

When will Paper Mario: The Origami King be released for the Nintendo Switch?

Paper Mario: The Origami King is scheduled for release on July 17, 2020.

What is the retail price of Paper Mario: The Origami King?

Paper Mario: The Origami King will be priced at $59.99 USD in the United States, $79.99 CAD in Canada and 5980 yen (+ tax) in Japan.

Does Paper Mario: The Origami King have a multiplayer or co-op option?

No, it is a single player game according to the game's official page on Nintendo's website.

Who is the Origami King?

King Olly is the ruler of the Origami Kingdom and wants to take over the entire world, he's taken Princess Peach's castle and also some of Bowser's minions.

Paper Mario: The Origami King - King Olly

What is the plot in Paper Mario: The Origami King?

King Olly, the self proclaimed Origami King wants to remake the entire world into a world or origami. Mario and Luigi are invited to Toad Town (one of the main areas in the Paper Mario universe), but no one is there. It turns out King Olly has invaded and captured Princess Peach and her castle, he even captures some of Bowser's minions and turns them into origami.

Just like in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Mario and a partially folded up Bowser will have to team up to try to stop the Origami King.

Why is Bowser partially folded up into a square?

According to the official Japanese website, King Olly only half-completed the job and didn't completely fold up Paper Bowser to turn him into origami, that's why he is partially folded up. He was rescued just in time by a Shy Guy in a Koopa Clown Car.

Paper Mario: The Origami King Bowser folded up

It's pretty comedic to see Bowser in this form!

Why are Mario and Bowser allies and teaming up together in Paper Mario: The Origami King?

This isn't totally clear yet, but it might simply be the case where "the enemy of an enemy is my friend". Mario wants to rescue Princess Peach and his friends, Bowser wants to get his minions back.

How will the battle system work in Paper Mario: The Origami King?

Paper Mario: The Origami King has a ring-shaped battle stage where it appears you can control the "ring" that an enemy is on, before making an attack. Lining the enemies in a straight line will be key in order to maximize damage.

Paper Mario: The Origami King Battle

What is Mario's 1000-fold arms ability?

Mario's extended 1000-fold arms allow him to stretch and reach far off areas and to uncover additional secrets. This will likely be an ability that can be used during battles as well.

Paper Mario: The Origami King 1000-fold arms ability

Why are some characters in origami form?

In the official trailer video, Princess Peach is one of many characters in origami form, probably implying that she had been captured by the Origami King. There appear to be Shy Guys in origami form that are the enemies that were either captured by or created by King Olly. There are regular paper Koopas, Goombas and Shy Guys which are presumably going to be on your side.

What are the paper mache objects?

There are paper mache Koopa Troopas and Goombas, along with a giant Samus Aran helmet (from Metroid) and even a DK mask. It's not totally clear at this time what they are for or what they do.

Will Mario have a sidekick?

King Olly's sister Olivia is a yellow origami that will be Mario's sidekick in Paper Mario: The Origami King. She wants to stop her brother's evil plan.

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