@Dethmunk If you love the game, that’s great for you–I’m not trying to take that away from you. I haven’t played it, but I did watch an entire playthrough from beginning to end and decided it wasn’t worth spending 60 dollars for me. Not everyone has that kind of money lying around for a game they’re pretty sure they won’t like.
The Switch has sold approximately 85 million units, so 3 million sales of Origami King means the attach rate is only about 3-4 percent. Thousand-Year Door still managed about 2 million units on the GameCube, which was a commercial failure with 22 million hardware sales. So you’re looking at around 9 percent, or double the attach rate. And based on my research, it looks like Super Paper Mario was actually the highest-selling game in the series with over 4 million sales.
Origami King might continue to sell, but for an established franchise with decades of history like Paper Mario to be doing numbers compared to ARMS or 1-2 Switch while other Mario games are selling 10, 20, 30 million units on the Switch, it’s really not that great. Especially considering HD games are more costly to produce than something that would have been on the GameCube. An indie team might not snub their nose at 3 million units, but this is Nintendo.
We as a society are never going to normalize having different opinions, are we? Just because I don’t like a something doesn’t mean I’m trying to throw anyone under the bus who happens to like that particular thing. It just sucks when your favorite game hasn’t gotten the sequel you’ve wanted and it’s been over 20 years.
By virtue of the fact Nintendo continues to make the Paper Mario games you like, you and other Origami King fans are already winning this battle. Telling us we aren’t allowed to be upset just kinda rubs salt in the already open wound, ya know? Believe me, I would give anything to still love the direction Paper Mario was going, but I don’t. The new and old games are literally as night-and-day as Federation Force is to Prime, but no one complained about that game’s backlash, even though it was probably still good on its own merits. It just still wasn’t the same.
I’m not sure if you’ve played the older Paper Mario games, but if not, I would strongly encourage you to give them a chance because you might not know what you’re missing.