Paper Mario: The Origami King

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Highly enjoyable adventure folds up fun for all players.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 15 reviews

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age 12+

Good game but...

I was surprised by the spiritual elements of the game. Since when does a Mario game talk about deities and idols? I would definitely use caution with that aspect of the game, I felt like it was a sneaky/cheeky way of normalizing idolatry. I also agree with the other review here that the character having to sacrifice himself to save another character, while noble, could be very upsetting to young kids. Not trying to spoil the ending but a similar situation takes place at the end of the game as well. I enjoyed the puzzle aspect of the game and finding all of the trophies and treasures was definitely a challenge, so for the game itself I give it 3 stars, but it lost 2 because of the spiritualism and sad parts, because who wants to play a game that's sad???

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Easy to play/use
Too much violence
age 8+

Surprisingly mature themes

I won't retread ground by other reviews, but one very surprising thing was that a character literally sacrifices themselves (to the death) for another character. I was playing with my 4yo in the room and we were both pretty upset (at the character's loss, not Nintendo specifically). One other thing to note for young children (if everything else is fine with you) is that it is a reading heavy game, so a reader chaperone will be needed at some point.

This title has:

Too much violence

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