Nintendo has announced a new Paper Mario game for Switch, which means the rumours about Super Mario All-Stars 2 are likely true too.
The reveal of Paper Mario: The Origami King has become the first major new Switch announcement in almost a year.
As you can see, the trailer looks great, with Princess Peach taken over by the sub-titular King Olly, who wants to take over Mushroom Kingdom and seems to have already folded up Bowser into a useless square.
Paper Mario has escaped though and has a new ability called 1000-Fold Arms that allows you to stretch, pull, and peel the landscape. There also seems to be what look open world areas and a new ring-based combat system that Nintendo clams will be more strategic than usual.
Although the first two Paper Mario games were great, the subsequent ones have been getting steadily less interesting as they get further away from the originals’ role-playing roots.
It’s hard to tell how much The Origami King will address that from just this trailer but Nintendo are at least promising a range of allies, including Bowser and King Olly’s sister Olivia.
The other important element is how funny the game is, as The Thousand-Year Door in particular had the funniest script of any Nintendo game. There’s humour in the trailer but nothing that so far seems on par with the best in the series.
Paper Mario: The Origami King will be released on 17 July (the same day as Sony’s Ghost Of Tsushima) but was rumoured earlier in the year, alongside a number of other new Switch games.
These included a port of Wii U game Super Mario 3D World (which seems to have since been corroborated by a listing at Best Buy) and Super Mario All-Stars 2.
Whether it’s actually called Super Mario All-Stars 2 or not remains to be seen, but several sources have claimed that Nintendo is planning remasters and/or remakes of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy.
If and when they’re going to be revealed is unclear, as recent suggestions are that Nintendo won’t have an E3 equivalent showcase in June. But at this point it would be a surprise if the rumours didn’t turn out to be true.
Paper Mario: The Origami King will be released on 17 July as a Nintendo Switch exclusive.
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