Nintendo started off Thursday with an exciting surprise announcement that the Paper Mario series will make its debut on the Nintendo Switch this summer with Paper Mario: The Origami King. The newest installment in the Paper Mario series arrives on July 17 and delivers a fun new adventure in a world filled with charming origami paper themed foes and probably more puns then necessary.
Paper Mario: The Origami King sees Mario and Luigi receive an invitation from Princess Peach to attend an origami festival in Toad Town, but when the pair arrive they quickly discover that something is seriously amiss. King Olly, a royal figure that claims to rule the Origami Kingdom, has set his sights on conquering Peach’s kingdom, and his evil machinations force long-time foes Mario and Bowser to unite in order to stop Olly from destroying everyone the pair hold dear.
Here’s Nintendo’s official description of Paper Mario: The Origami King:
The kingdom has been ravaged by an origami menace! Join Mario and his new partner, Olivia, as they battle evil Folded Soldiers, repair the damaged landscape, and try to free Princess Peach’s castle from the clutches of King Olly in this comedy-filled adventure, only on the Nintendo Switch™ system.
Mario and Luigi receive an invitation from Princess Peach to attend an origami festival and excitedly hurry to Toad Town…but something’s amiss. After investigating the eerily empty town, the duo finds a fearsome (and folded) Princess Peach—she’s been turned into origami by King Olly, ruler of the Origami Kingdom! With five giant streamers under his control, King Olly binds Princess Peach’s Castle and transports it to a distant mountain as part of his plan to re-fold the world.
On his journey to liberate Peach’s Castle and repair the ravaged paper landscape, Mario meets Olivia, King Olly’s sister, and the two join forces to put a stop to Olly’s origami onslaught. Even Bowser falls victim to Olly’s plot when his minions are turned into origami Folded Soldiers and betray their Koopa king, forcing him to ally with Mario and Olivia!
Battle the Folded Soldiers in ring-based battles that challenge you to strategically line up enemies to maximize damage! Out of battle, Mario can use the arm-extending 1,000-Fold Arms ability in specific spots to interact with the landscape to pull, peel, hit, and more! Join Mario, Olivia, and their companions on a journey of laughter and emotion, thrills, and a whole lot of folding.
Paper Mario: The Origami King joins a relatively light lineup for Nintendo in 2020 thus far, with Xenoblade: Chronicles: Definitive Edition, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix, and remastered collections such as Borderlands: Legacy Collection and XCOM 2: Collection. May 2020’s releases of The Wonderful 101: Remastered and Minecraft Dungeons should give Nintendo a nice little boost in sales.
Though thanks to Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo has likely already smashed their goals for 2020. New Horizon’s is the best-selling entry in Animal Crossing franchise history, was the best-selling game in the US for the month of March, and claimed the spot as the third highest-selling game in the first month of launch by Nintendo ever. The only game to beat New Horizon’s sales in 2020 so far is Call of Duty.