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While it’s not a bug that everyone will run into, there are already a number of complaints over on the official Nintendo support site. “Once I had realized the pipe was blocked, I looked around the whole area to find where I was supposed to go,” wrote one player explaining what had made them decide to backtrack out of the Spring of Rainbows. “I kept wandering around until I walked across the bridge to the front desk area, in which my characters started talking to me as if I hadn’t turned in the stamp sheet.”


As Gaming Invented points out, game breaking bugs like this are rare but still pop up every once in a while. Last year’s Mario & Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey, a remaster of the original Game 2009 DS game, also had a game breaking bug that caused Luigi to keep running into walls if you backtracked at a certain point. After about a month, Nintendo was eventually able to patch that bug out, so maybe don’t go deleting that bugged Paper Mario: The Origami King save just yet. And for anyone else playing the game right now: don’t leave the Spring of Rainbows.

Update - 9:47 a.m. ET, 7/30/20: Nintendo is aware of the problem and working on a fix. The company provided Polygon with the following statement:

“We are aware of reports about issues affecting some players of Paper Mario: The Origami King. We are working to resolve these issues and plan to address them in a software update. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Update - 9:54 a.m. ET, 8/6/20: The bug has been patched out.