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The Game Awards 2020 nominees announced, Animal Crossing: New Horizons nominated for Game of the Year

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Geoff Keighley has announced all the nominees for The Game Awards 2020, which will air live on Thursday, December 10th. A few Nintendo games have been nominated this year, including three nominations for Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Game of the Year, Best Family, Best Multiplayer), one for Paper Mario: The Origami King (Best Family), and one for Mario Kart LIVE: Home Circuit (Best Family).

Paper Mario: The Origami King is the fastest-selling Paper Mario game yet

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Paper Mario: The Origami King is off to a fantastic start for the Paper Mario franchise, having sold 2.82 million units worldwide in less than 3 months. That actually works out to be a new record for the Paper Mario franchise, selling faster than any other installment in the franchise. The previous record-holder was Super Paper Mario, which hit 2.28 million units sold in roughly a year.

Now will it become the best-selling Paper Mario game? Again, it'll have to top Super Paper Mario to make that happen. That title sits at 4.23 million units sold in its lifetime. Seems like The Origami King is well on its way.

Test Your 5-Second Focus with Paper Mario: The Origami King

All eyes on Mario

Test your concentration with this 5-Second Focus challenge featuring Paper Mario: The Origami King! Pay close attention to each 5-second clip and see if you can answer the focus questions without re-watching (or looking at the comments!)

Unfold your creativity with new My Nintendo rewards inspired by Paper Mario: The Origami King

Origami and postcard sets!

It looks like Nintendo really is going to regularly offer physical rewards on My Nintendo outside of Japan. It's certainly been a long time coming! A new round of items is up for grabs today, and they're all tied to Paper Mario: The Origami King. Check out the lineup below.

We hope you’re enjoying the new paper-crafted Mario adventure, Paper Mario™: The Origami King, available now for the Nintendo Switch™ system. Now, you can redeem your My Nintendo Platinum Points to unfold your creativity with exclusive rewards inspired by the game! You can fold your own fun with a set of 16 origami sheets featuring delightful patterns, and stock the mailboxes of friends and family with correspondence with a set of six Paper Mario-themed postcards.

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1) Visit the reward page.
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5) Select "Add to Cart".
6) Enter the code that you received in the pop-up.
7) Complete your transaction and your item will be shipped to you!

Paper Mario™: The Origami King Origami Set

Exclusive to My Nintendo members! Fold your own fun with this set of 16 origami sheets inspired by the Paper Mario™: The Origami King game for the Nintendo Switch™ system. This Paper Mario™: The Origami King Origami Set can be received by redeeming 400 My Nintendo Platinum Points.

Paper Mario™: The Origami King Postcard Set

Exclusive to My Nintendo members! Stock the mailboxes of friends and family with correspondence using this set of six postcards inspired by the Paper Mario™: The Origami King game for the Nintendo Switch™ system.

This Paper Mario™: The Origami King Postcard Set can be redeemed with can be received by redeeming 300 My Nintendo Platinum Points.

Check out French commercials for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit and Paper Mario: The Origami King


As Nintendo gears up for the holiday season, they're going to pump out commercials for games old and new. Over in France, that means a new spot for the upcoming Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, as well as Paper Mario: The Origami King. Check out both commercials above!

Unused Sombrero Guy partner discovered in Paper Mario: The Origami King

Oh, the adventures we could have had...

Paper Mario: The Origami King lets you partner up with a number of different characters along the way, but the source code for the game shows that Nintendo might have had plans for one more partner that didn't make the cut.

During your adventure, you'll come across a Sombrero Guy that needs some help with a party. It's a short, but enjoyable mission, but there might be a hint in the game's source code that there were bigger plans for the character. Screwing with the game's values allows you to have the Sombrero Guy join up with you, and he follows along beside Mario.

Whether Sombrero Guy was planned for a more substantial role is unknown. Perhaps his mission was slightly different originally, and it involved him tagging along with Mario for a short amount of time. Either way, it's clear Nintendo scrapped some of their plans for the character during development.

Thanks to cm30 for the heads up!

Latest Famitsu features another full-page Super Mario advert

Let's-a-go... again!

Last week's issue of Famitsu featured a full-page Super Mario advertisement promoting Super Mario Odyssey, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but there are even more Mario games available on Switch that can't be forgotten! In the latest September 16th, 2020 issue, Nintendo is advertising another round of titles featuring our favorite overall-wearing mascot. Check out the scan above thanks to JapaneseNintendo.

Dataminers think they've found evidence of Paper Mario: The Origami King including an experience system at one point

What an experience!

Paper Mario: The Origami King doesn't feature a traditional experience point system, meaning characters don't level as they fight enemies. This has rubbed some longtime fans the wrong way, as they'd like a system that's more closely related to what we saw in the original game and its follow-up. Now some evidence has popped up that indicates Nintendo may have considered that direction during development.

Dataminers have been picking the game apart, and they've found an interesting line in the game's code. In a portion of the code, there's a line that reads "battle_win_exP," which is what has everyone wondering if there was indeed a more traditional experience point system in the game at one point. Obviously we'll need a bit more information before we can say this is confirmed, but it's definitely a noteworthy find.

Thanks to cm30 for the heads up!

Paper Mario: The Origami King producer says Miyamoto not really involved, dev team has 'almost complete control' over creative direction

More and more insight

Little by little, we're learning more about what's going on behind-the-scenes with the Paper Mario series. In a recent interview with Eurogamer, producer Kensuke Tanabe talked about just how much sway his team has for the game's direction, as well as Miyamoto's involvement with the project.

“Ever since Paper Mario: Color Splash, we have almost complete control over the creative direction of the game. Mr. Miyamoto checked in on development once or twice, but there were no specific requests to make changes. However, all character designs have to pass a check by our IP team, which is pretty strict. Nonetheless, we were allowed to change the outfits of some Toads in this game.”

The creative control comments were echoed by Director Masahiko Nagaya.

“Mr. Tanabe is correct about us having complete creative control over the crucial elements of the game. We were constantly checking whether or not our approach was moving too far away from the Mario universe. During development, we were also careful not to disappoint the expectations of fans of the core Mario series. As mentioned, there are strict guidelines related to the use of characters. It’s a challenge to emphasize the unique aspects of the game while still adhering to the guidelines.”

Paper Mario: The Origami King advert spotted in Hong Kong

Gotta keep spreading the word!

Paper Mario: The Origami King has been out for a few weeks now, but Nintendo is still spreading the word the world over. That includes in Hong Kong, where Nintendo has snagged a pretty massive street advertisement for the game. This spot in particular can be seen at Sai Yeung Choi Street

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