Paper Mario arrives on Nintendo Switch Online in December

Paper Mario will launch on Nintendo Switch Online from December 10.
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Out of the blue, Nintendo has announced classic RPG Paper Mario is heading to Nintendo Switch Online on December 10, with the game being made available to everyone with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership.

The title was originally promised when the service launched, although a release date was not given at the time. Now, we have a fresh date to look forward to.

While Paper Mario has become the first game to be added to the service post-launch, fans can also expect to hear more about upcoming titles like Pokémon Snap, Banjo-Kazooie, Kirby 64, Mario Golf and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask shortly.

In the meantime, Paper Mario should be more than enough to tempt fans.

With its simplified RPG gameplay and plenty of fun, paper-themed mechanics, the game really is a must-play for Nintendo fans, and it’ll be great to have it on a modern console.

Read: What you should know about Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack

How to play Paper Mario on Nintendo Switch

To play Paper Mario on Nintendo Switch, you’ll need to subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, the version of the subscription service that gives you access to emulated Nintendo 64 and Sega Mega Drive games, as well as select game expansions like Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise.

This service is not available on a monthly basis, so you’ll need to fork out $59.95 for a full 12 months subscription before you can actually access those nifty emulated games. This does come with all the usual benefits of Nintendo Switch Online, so it’s not a massive change from the base subscription — but you’ll have to consider whether you’ll actually play the games before you subscribe.

In any case, Paper Mario is an absolutely delightful series, and having the original Nintendo 64 game available on Nintendo Switch will be fantastic. Without any modern remasters or ports, the only real way to play the first game is on the original console, or via Nintendo‘s Virtual Console.

Paper Mario launches for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers from December 10.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.