It seems that the visual improvements in Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door for Nintendo Switch may have a cost. An early technological analysis by Nintendo World Report apparently suggests that the new version of this classic turn-based RPG will target 30FPS.
This analysis is based on the Nintendo Direct Video Upload and apparently it’s not “an issue with the trailer simply rendered at 30FPS.” It may come as a surprise to fans of the original GameCube classic, as the 2004 version targeted 60 FPS. That said, it may not be so surprising if you played the most recent entry. Paper Mario: The Origami Kingwhich also had a 30 FPS limit.
NWR notes how a change in frame rate could result in latency issues when pressing timed buttons during battles. As for other parts of the Switch version, the resolution is reported to be 900p in docked mode, and it is estimated that the resolution in handheld mode could be around 720p.
Later in the review, it’s mentioned how the Thousand Year Door for Switch appears to be using subtle reflections, ambient occlusion, and global illumination. However, one thing that may be missing is anti-aliasing. In addition to the changes that exist, there is obviously also the updated art style and textures.
It’s worth noting that this game won’t be released until 2024, so there’s no guarantee that anything Nintendo showed in the Paper Mario Thousand-Year Door remaster announcement trailer necessarily reflects the final product. It is subject to change before launch and this includes the title’s performance and resolution on Switch.