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The official Paper Mario: The Origami King website has updated with a look at the battle system in English. We have the clip below.

Paper Mario: The Origami King is due out for Switch on July 17.

GameStop has announced an exclusive pre-order bonus for Paper Mario: The Origami King. By reserving the game, you’ll receive the pin set pictured above.

Paper Mario: The Origami King launches for Switch on July 17. Pre-order the game at GameStop here.

Tempest Trials+: A Waltz Unending is coming soon to Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo and Intelligent Systems have announced. The event, which has players clearing event maps to raise their score and earn rewards, starts May 22. After Tempest Trials+ ends, a log-in bonus is planned where you can receive Orbs up to ten times by logging in daily.

To prepare for Tempest Trials+, a summoning event is now live for the bonus allies. Micaiah: Priestess of Dawn, Sothe: Zephyr, and Nailah: Unflinching Eye from among the bonus allies are available.

Nintendo and Intelligent Systems have announced Bridal Beloveds as the next major Fire Emblem Heroes summoning event. Nailah, Oboro, Rafiel, and Micaiah will be featured. A new paralogue story is also planned.

Fire Emblem Heroes – Bridal Beloveds goes live on May 20. We have a trailer for the event below.

Summoning Focus: Weekly Revival 10 has returned in Fire Emblem Heroes. 5-star Heroes who showed up before the start of Book II appear as focus Heroes, and the focus lineup changes each week.

You’ll be able to partake in Summoning Focus: Weekly Revival 10 until May 24.

Usually when Nintendo has big, new games to announce, they’re unveiled in a Nintendo Direct. That wasn’t the case with Paper Mario: The Origami King, however. News about the game’s existence was dropped out of nowhere on Thursday without any sort of notice. The status of Nintendo Directs are up in the air due to the coronavirus pandemic, so it seems that announcements may take place at any time.

After the whiplash of Paper Mario’s reveal, you quickly come to realize that we’re getting a new entry in the series on Switch in just a couple of months. It’s a quick turnaround for Nintendo, as it’s already slated for July 17.

Several details have been shared about the game so far. You’ll be going up against King Olly, who’s looking to fold the entire world. Mario can use the 1000-Fold Arms to interact with the landscape by stretching out and pulling, peeling and revealing new locations. Characters will be enlisted throughout the journey, including King Olly’s good-natured sister, Olivia, and even Bowser himself. As far as the battle system, which might be the most important aspect, Nintendo says it’ll be ring-based in which you “line up scattered enemies and maximize damage.”

Based on what we’ve seen so far, how are you feeling about Paper Mario: The Origami King? Do you plan on picking up the game in July? Let us know in the comments below.

Update (5/16): Paper Mario: The Origami King is up on Amazon UK.

Update (5/15): Pre-orders are now up on Amazon.

Original (5/14): Pre-orders for Paper Mario: The Origami King have started to open. It’s currently up on Best Buy here and GameStop here.

For those in the UK, Nintendo is now taking pre-orders here.

Paper Mario: The Origami King launches for Switch on July 17. Learn more about the game here.

Fire Emblem Hereos is now hosting Bound Hero Battle: Robin & Corrin. Robin: Fell Reincarnation along with Corrin: Wailing Soul are waiting in Special Maps. By taking on Hard through Infernal modes, you can earn Orbs.

Tying in with the Bound Hero Battle, a summoning focus has started. Robin and Corrin are present, along with Celica: Imprisoned Soul.

Nintendo ended up announcing Paper Mario: The Origami King out of nowhere yesterday, following speculation that a new entry in the series would be coming to Switch. One of the things we heard when the initial rumors started is that the Switch title should be a return to the franchise’s roots. It remains to be seen how closely Paper Mario: The Origami King follows the blueprints of the N64 and GameCube games, but there is at least one positive sign.

Nintendo did say in its announcement that “you’ll enlist the help of characters old and new”. While the extent of that remains to be seen, partners may appear in battle. A trailer actually shows a different version of a battle scene not included elsewhere. In the Chinese version, the same Toad that follows Mario in the overworld also appears during combat.

No one can say for sure why China received a slightly different version of the trailer. Thankfully, Paper Mario: The Origami King is just a couple of months out, and we should be learning more soon. Hopefully future updates confirm that partners will indeed play a role in combat.


Nintendo has posted a brief clip showing off the battle system in Paper Mario: The Origami King. Check out the video below.

We also have some new art:

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