While some aspects of the duel may have changed, one thing remains the same.
Mario can actually deal some damage before a fight starts - here's how to do it.
How To Attack Your Enemy First In Paper Mario: The Origami King
When you see an enemy, you can choose to engage in a fight or walk on by.
If you jump on an enemy or hit them with a hammer, you will deal the first blow before the fight begins.
It's a great way to get a leg up against stronger opponents and quickly finish battles.
But that's not all, your opponents can attack you first too (if you let them). So be sure to get the first strike in.