Get ready for a great RPG throwback: Paper Mario is going to be arriving on the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack next week.
Nintendo Switch Online offers up a fair amount of NES and SNES games to play, but Nintendo recently announced the launch of an optional "Expansion Pack" that adds support for N64 and Sega Genesis games. While it does have its upsides -- such as not forcing European players to use the PAL framerate and a total of 38 planned N64 games according to dataminers -- it also will cost you a few bucks extra every year.
Now, a new game has been confirmed for the roster: you'll soon be able to return to the magical world of the original Paper Mario.
Paper Mario was originally intended as a sequel to the SNES' Super Mario RPG, but it soon evolved into something quite different. This new formula proved to be popular, kicking off several sequels (the most recent of which is Paper Mario: The Origami King).
Players take on the role of Mario (natch) as he travels to a faraway land called Star Haven. The mystical Star Rod can grant any wish, but the devilish Bowser has stolen the rod, trapped the seven Star Spirits, and kidnapped Princess Peach once again. It's up to Mario (and his friends) to save Star Haven and defeat Bowser in an epic journey across eight chapters.
When is the Paper Mario Nintendo Switch Online Release Date?
The Paper Mario Nintendo Switch Online release date is Friday, December 10, 2021, as part of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack.
You can get access to the N64 classic Paper Mario by subscribing to the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack starting at $49.99 or your regional equivalent for 12 months. If you prefer a somewhat newer experience, you can buy the latest RPG Paper Mario: The Origami King digitally via the Nintendo eShop for $59.99 or you can buy it physically on Amazon at a lower price.
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