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Nintendo unfolds Paper Mario for Switch, and it looks as charming as you'd expect

Paper Mario: The Origami King arrives July 17.

Nintendo surprised us Thursday morning by announcing Paper Mario: The Origami King with a pun-laden trailer -- watch right to the end for a surprise cameo. The puzzle-based adventure hits Switch on July 17.

"Will you crease yourself and be reborn, like me?" an uncharacteristically creepy Peach asks Mario, before sending him tumbling through a trapdoor.

Her apparent turn seems to be part of new baddie King Olly's devious origami-centric plot, and it seems Mario will have to team up with old nemesis Bowser to stop him.

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Paper Mario will have a colorful world to explore in The Origami King.


The ring-based battle system adds a puzzle element to the series' turn-based battles, by letting you line up scattered enemies to maximize damage. Mario will also have a new "1000-Fold Arms" move to stretch out and manipulate the world around him.

It's developed by Intelligent Systems, which has been responsible for every game in the series. The original game hit N64 in 2000, and the most recent release was Color Splash on Wii U.

The Origami King may not be the only Mario game we see this year -- 2020 marks the beloved Italian plumber's 35th anniversary, and March reports suggested that Nintendo is planning to release remastered versions of classic 3D adventures like Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine to celebrate. It's also been releasing pretty chunky updates for last year's Super Mario Maker 2.

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