Engadget have revealed ten minutes of gameplay from Paper Mario: The Origami King, from what seems to be early in the action puzzle RPG. (Thanks @KrusperAnims!)
We see some of the previously confirmed mechanics in action; finding Toads and helping flatten them out if need be, collecting scraps of paper to throw as confetti to patch up holes in the world, and the ring-based battle system.
Now we have learned the battle system rewards no experience points. It could be due to the large amount of money the player accumulates, that they buy gear or upgrades for Mario. This would mean solving puzzles (which also grants coins) would go towards increasing your prowess in battle.
This is also supported by the battle UI, showing different headings for Weapons and Items. We would assume only the latter is consumable. There is also an option for Gear, though this may be to check what you have equipped (and the effects they grant).
There is also an option to “Buy Time” in the upper right. As such, it is entirely possible players can choose to spend coins to give them greater time to line-up enemies with their limited number of moves.
A single move can rotate or slide a single segment as much as the player wants. It appears that Mario initially only gets one segment move per round, 20 seconds to do so, and two actions to perform. There are also battles where multiple waves of enemies spawn, seemingly after the first batch are disposed of.
The audience also appears to be made up of rescued Toads, as they increase in number as the footage continues. They also appear to be able to Cheer for Mario, but the effect is unknown at this time. We also hear the battle music is dynamic, getting more triumphant when enemies are lined up.
Enemies also seem to arrive in battle already in the optimal positions before scrambling. In at least one instance this was due to a tutorial, and in other cases may be because it is early in the game.
We also see alongside the Folded Soldiers are giant paper Goombas made of wire and paper (possibly dubbed Paper Macho Soldiers). These creatures seem to be the cause for the holes in the world- eating the paper.
Rather than fought in a battle, Mario can whack the weak-point on their back as they charge around, eventually breaking them. If they ram into Mario, they can cause damage to him.
Finally, there also appears to be a side-quest (or part of the main mission) where Mario must find a Soul Seed to feed a tree-stump so it can re-grow into a full tree.
You can find the gameplay (via a third party) below.
You can find the full rundown (via the official website) below.
A NEW PAPER-CRAFTED MARIO ADVENTURE UNFOLDS ON NINTENDO SWITCH
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.
Try to free Princess Peach’s castle from the clutches of King Olly in this comedy-filled adventure, only on the Nintendo Switch system.
NEW ABILITIES… AND NEW BATTLES!
Use the 1,000-Fold Arms ability to extend your arms to interact with the environment and solve puzzles. In battle, line up scattered enemies and plan your attack to maximize damage with the new, ring-based battle system that requires both puzzle-solving skills and a quick wit.
Paper Mario: The Origami King launches July 17th on Nintendo Switch.