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Paper Mario: The Origami King

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Title Screen

Paper Mario: The Origami King

Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Released internationally: July 17, 2020

GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.

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Specifically: Missing text error message?
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Paper Mario: The Origami King is the sixth installment of the Paper Mario series, which follows Mario on his quest to stop his world from being folded into origami by the titular villain.

Although not considered perfect, it's still seen as a huge upgrade from the last two games by most fans and is a bit of a return to form for the series, despite some questionable things said by the developers right before launch.

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Origami Peach

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Origami Peach's model (character/origami/O_PCH.bfres.zst) has unused geometry for a rope around her waist, lots of unused animations for different actions, and an "origami transformation" models (O_PCH_Transform.bfres.zst, P_PCH_Transform.bfres.zst, P_PCH_Transform.Default.bntx.zst) with an associated, seemingly broken, animation. These all suggest she once had a more extensive role in the game.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Graphics



Found in ui/menu/SheetStatus.bfres.zst is this image of a colorful gradient.

(Source: CometMedal)

Color Splash Leftovers



Mario has graphics (character/pera/P_MAR_E.Default.bntx.zst) depicting him holding a hammer, which go unused because the hammer obtained in-game is never a sprite and is, in fact, a 3D model.

(Source: CometMedal)


Species that appear as enemies in Paper Mario: Color Splash have many (if not all) of their attacking, taking damage, etc. graphics and animations left unused.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Paper Black Shy Guy

The Paper Black Shy Guy (P_HEI.Black.bntx.zst) is present.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Accessory-Selling Monty Mole

The accessory-selling Monty Mole (P_CRP_Shop.Default.bntx.zst) has graphics for walking.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

2D Thwomp

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PMTOK-2D Thwomp-back.png

The 2D Thwomp (P_DSN.Default.bntx.zst) has corresponding back graphics for each front graphic, although they are all identical.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Obscured Graphics


The graphic used for the Toad's face as seen through the right-hand telescope on Outlook Tower has detail for the head and body too, but this is obscured by the telescope border.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Music

Early Red Streamer Area Battle

Two early, unused versions of Red Streamer Area Battle (Thinking) exist.



Note that the word "puzzle" is misspelled in both files.


  • Some models have "new" in the filename, suggesting they had a significant revision:
    • Scissors - "B_SCS_new.bfres.zst"
    • Staple - B_STP_Needle_new.bfres.zst
    • Stapler - B_STP_new.bfres.zst
    • Tape effect - B_TAP_Ef_new.bfres.zst
    • Tape (last form) - B_TAP_Last_new.bfres.zst
    • Tape - B_TAP_new.bfres.zst

Code Name

The game's codename is RockG, according to strings in the executable. This is possibly a reference to the game "Rock Paper Scissors".