I just finished The Origami King a little while ago and I really thought it was a step in the right direction after the past two games. The RPG elements may still be a little too muted, but as a puzzle game it works pretty well. It reminded me structurally of a Zelda game.
Thousand Year Door and Super Paper Mario will always be my personal favorites, after all the latter has my ACC namesake.
I've still got to play Origami King, if I can get out of Mineral Town. But these were great games, with the exception of Sticker Star. I don't have an opinion of Color Splash yet, but I hear enough. Still, I want to play it for myself.
What does kind of disappoint me is the inclusion of bosses like a pencil set, tape, scissors, etc. as bosses in Origami King. I miss themed bosses like the Koopa Bros. Tutankoopa, the Crystal King, the Shadow Queen, etc. I mean, I kind of figured they'd go all out with the origami-theme there. Yeah, I haven't played the game yet, but let's face it, being on the internet makes it impossible not to know things.
I actually beat Thousand-Year Door for the first time a year or so ago. When I first played it, it was a rental, and I got all the way to the Shadow Queen, but I tripped at the finish line. I just didn't have enough time to level up and prepare like I should have.
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I'm one of the odd few that will call the original Paper Mario his favorite. Don't get me wrong, I love Thousand Year Door too, but for some reason I just enjoyed the original more. Super, albeit different, was fun as well. I didn't care for Sticker Star or Color Splash, and didn't put too much time into either of those. I agree that Origami King is a step in the right direction. The battle system still doesn't do it for me, but I am really loving the world in this game. The writing is also amazing. Olivia is just the cutest. I also found myself comparing Origami King to games in the Zelda series.
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Well, I finally popped in Origami King, and so far I'm liking it. My one beef so far is the lack of RPG elements, you know like leveling up. That's kind of why you got into battles.
Believe it or not, I actually liked the battle system in Super Paper Mario. Yeah, it wasn't your traditional RPG, but it still gave you a reason to stomp on every enemy in sight. I'd even be happy if they went back to the action/RPG hybrid.
And again, even though I haven't fought any bosses in Origami King, I'm just not a fan of bosses like pencils, staplers, and tape. Heck, I'd even prefer folded versions of the Koopalings, and that bunch has been done umpteen times before.
But I really am liking it.
Maybe once I'm done with Skyward Sword, I'll boot up the original on my Wii.
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The thing I liked about the battles in SPM was how fast they are by comparison. Sure they were a little more stomp and go, but I think sometimes turn-based ones become kind of dragged out and usually by the end of any game I am trying to avoid them to some extent.
I think in TOK you do get a couple little RPG elements for battles later kind of like 'badges' but yeah the ring battles lose their novelty. I actually found the strategy part got harder than I expected too, lining up those rings can get harder than expected.
In these newer games the lack of originality in the NPCs, some of the bosses, etc. definitely shows. But I think they did a pretty good job at giving things personality this time evennn if the designs are a little ridiculous. Some of the partners are fun.