Paper Mario Is Back
New Paper Mario for Switch in July
Paper Mario turns 20 this year, and now Paper Mario: The Origami King – the sixth game in the series – is finally coming to Switch on July 17th.
Mario needs to defeat the evil Origami King according to the official site: “The kingdom has been ravaged by an origami menace! Join Mario and his new partner, Olivia, as they team up with unlikely allies like Bowser and the Toads to battle evil Folded Soldiers.”
Big tease: The Paper Mario series is a light-hearted RPG series with a paper craft aesthetic. The series also has a history of references to other Nintendo properties, and the Paper Mario: The Origami King announcement trailer features Samus Aran’s helmet! There is also an unlisted video showing what appears to be the combat system or a mini game.
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Which console was Paper Mario released on other than Nintendo 64 ?
- The iQue Player
- The Panasonic Q
- The Phillips CD-i
- The 3DO
Rat Man? More like LEGO Man!
Traveller’s Tales’ LEGO Dimensions from 2015 is a crazy action-adventure crossover mixing together a variety of fictional universes, and one of them is Valve’s Portal.
If you’ve done your part for science, you’ll remember Doug “Rat Man” Rattmann’s hideouts that were strewn throughout the facility’s maintenance tunnels and hidden rooms. You never actually met Rat Man, though.
You can see him in the comics – and in LEGO Dimensions! Doug Rattman himself is running away as you pass through LEGO interpretations of Portal test chambers, an Easter egg that took players a year to discover. It remains the elusive scientist’s only appearance in a game.
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee Review
Version tested: Nintendo Switch
Oddworld Inhabitants have brought 2001 Xbox launch game Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee to Switch, but has it stood the test of time? If you’re a big Oddworld fan and have a hearty helping of nostalgia for the quirky 3D platformer, then great! If not, well – the last two decades haven’t been kind to poor Munch.
Munch is a pretty unlucky Gabbit. He’s the last of his kind, and it’s up to him and Mukodon hero Abe to stop the Vykker’s Conglomerate before they bring more species to the brink of extinction. Munch and Abe have to work together, but unfortunately neither character is much fun: Clunky controls and an awkward camera conspire to drain the fun out of the experience. No matter what your nostalgia might tell you, this is no Super Mario 64.
You spend most of your time collecting green blobs called SpooceShrubs, possessing enemies to clear out threats and commanding an army of aliens to do your bidding. Unfortunately the level design is sparse and lifeless – a far cry from Abe’s Oddyssee and Abe’s Exoddus great use of 2D space.
The most positive thing we can say about Munch’s Oddysee is that it runs smooth as butter on Switch, keeping a constant 60FPS at 1080p – but it comes at a price: £17.99 for the Switch version, compared to just £3.99 for the Steam version. That’s pretty steep for a game that’s old enough to drink.
In any case, Munch’s Oddyssee is nowhere near the quality of contemporaries like Jak & Daxter or Super Mario Sunshine, so unless you have a very soft spot for the Oddworld universe there’s just not much reason to play it. It might be the ultimate Munch’s Oddyssee experience, but that’s just not good enough.