Category Archives: Super Mario Bros.

Paper Mario: The Origami King sets a new standard for the series

A while back, I wrote up a short post on my first impressions of Paper Mario: The Origami King. It’s been almost two weeks, and I’ve just about wrapped up my playthrough of the game. I can say this with confidence: I believe The Origami King is Nintendo’s strongest Switch release this year. Though, considering its rather barren lineup (especially if you take out Animal Crossing), that might not be saying much.

Still, though, I’ve got to hand it to Nintendo. They could have rather easily ported Paper Mario: Color Splash to Switch, but instead they built a brand-new Paper Mario game that far, far exceeds its predecessor. Please note that this will be a spoiler-free review; we won’t be going in-depth on any specific plot details. If you’re still on the fence, hopefully this post can help you make a decision!

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First impressions of Paper Mario: The Origami King

Most gaming sites always start their Paper Mario posts with a riff on the current state of the series… so let’s continue that trend in proper fashion. The fact is, Paper Mario changed after the release of Sticker Star on the Nintendo 3DS, which could be seen as a soft reboot of the Paper Mario franchise as a whole. We’ll get this out of the way right now: Paper Mario: The Origami King is in no way a “return to form” for the series. That being said, I’ve played the game for several hours, and I’m honestly quite impressed with it. If you’re on the fence about whether to buy this game… maybe reading some of my opinions will help? Or – the most likely scenario – maybe it won’t. This will be the first of potentially several posts I write on Paper Mario: The Origami King, so let’s get started!

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Training the strongest Wario amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In Super Smash Bros. 4, heavyweight characters generally translated to powerful Figure Players. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate… heavyweight characters generally translate to powerful Figure Players. Some things never change! It makes sense, then, that Wario’s positions in both metagames are rather similar. He’s a “pseudo-heavyweight” of sorts that breaks many rules of the archetype. He’s quick, has a decent recovery, and is – of course – powerful. If you’re looking to train a strong amiibo, Wario might be the perfect choice for you.

Thanks to Fammydamammy for contributing Wario’s training information! Feel free to check out their Twitter account by following this link.

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Training the strongest Bowser Jr. amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

If you’ve read our amiibo training guides, you’re probably aware of the fact that many characters are unspectacular. Not bad, per se; they just lack the definitive strengths to make them stand out. Unfortunately, Bowser Jr. is the epitome of this archetype — and is perhaps the character who best fits this description. This hasn’t discouraged everybody from training him, though — and if you’re thinking of raising one, too, now’s a perfect time to start!

Thanks to Riparo for contributing Bowser Jr.’s training information!

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Training the strongest Bowser amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

For as long as amiibo training has existed – even in Super Smash Bros. 4 – Bowser has been at the top. The King of Koopas made waves throughout the entirety of Smash 4’s metagame, and unfortunately, he was even further buffed in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He’s so good now, in fact, that he’s been unanimously banned from the Exion amiibo metagame. You’re probably not going to find many tournaments that allow Bowser, but if you’re just looking to train an amiibo that can crush human opponents, you’ve come to the right place!

Thanks to Blank for contributing Bowser’s training information. He doesn’t have a Twitter account to link to, so have a look at his wiki page to read up on his extravagant collection of tournament wins.

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