Mario has been a staple of the gaming industry since the very early arcade days when he was just a humble sprite named Jump Man who wanted nothing more than to save a poor woman he loved named Pauline from a beast, barrel throwing ape named Donkey Kong. Since those early days, things have changed immensely for our humble protagonist and he has since been on many adventures through many lands and beyond even to the galaxy. After Super Mario Galaxy however, a question entered the minds of me and my friends and that question was “Where could Mario possibly go exploring the entire galaxy?” and we joked and theorized, but we could not have possibly guessed the answer in store for us; that answer was possession. Yes, Mario and his new friend Cappy can possess various beings in the world in order to help him, of course, save Princess Peach; some things will never change. This time, however, there is a forced marriage to Bowser that needs to be foiled.
There are two main differences in this game. The first difference is the scale of the world and the second is the gameplay. Regarding the former, the world is simply put, huge. You may think the world is large during the story campaign, but once you complete the story you will see just how big in scale this game is. There are large areas to explore in this world and even beyond the world to the moon at one point. Each area is filled with so many nooks and crannies and secrets it took many hours to fully explore some places. Aside from just the aesthetic value, your main incentive for exploring and discovering each area’s secrets is to find Power Moons that give you moon power. What does moon power do for you? Well, it fuels and repairs your titular ship, The Odyssey and also gives completionist a nice long scavenger hunt challenge to find all the moons. Once you have the necessary moon power to fuel or repair your ship, you’re off to the next land. While in these lands, you will see how different the gameplay is to other Mario games.
Instead of just hopping on Goombas or swatting an enemy with a tanooki tail, you now have your friend Cappy who replaces your signature cap after Bowser destroys the original. Cappy can be thrown by Mario to kill enemies or even more fun, possess enemies to perform various tasks to either get past puzzles or get from platform to platform to get to particular parts in the world. You may need to possess a Goomba and jump on other Goombas to create a stack of them to reach high points or you may need to become a Hammerhead brother and knock down walls. The end of the game has a particularly special possession that really was a satisfying conclusion along with the end to the story campaign. You also can not ignore the joy of literally becoming a T-rex in a Mario game and smashing everything in your way. If you want to play along with a friend or partner or family member, there is a multiplayer mode similar to that of Mario Galaxy that allows for someone to control Cappy. Along with Cappy being able to change forms into various styles of hats, Mario too can purchase new outfits and styles in each level’s store with a special unique currency exclusive to that world. Each store different theme of clothes associated with the area you’re in.
Mario Odyssey is one of the most satisfying Mario games that I have experienced since Mario 64, way back in 1996. With many touching tributes to Mario past, exciting new gameplay and plenty of gorgeous lands to explore and all the hours of exploring and challenges, even if you are not a fan of Mario games, this is highly recommended. If you need a reason to get yourself a Nintendo Switch, this is it. I foresee this game making plenty of critic top 10 lists for the year, and it isn’t without reason. Mario Oddsey is truly a special experience and shouldn’t be missed.
Nintendo’s first big Mario title for the Switch, Super Mario Odyssey debuted near the top of the UK sales charts this week two spots ahead of Bethesda’s Nazi slaying Wolfenstein sequel, The New Colossus. Ubisoft’s (chronically) first title in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed Origins also debuted last week and managed to take the top spot. Sony’s exclusive racer, Gran Turismo Sport fell 4 spots to secure 5th place overall.
Here are the top 5 games by sales for the week of October 28th:
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Super Mario Odyssey
Wildenstein: The New Colossus
Gran Turismo Sport
As Metro points out in their summary of this week’s sales data, Super Mario Odyssey is responsible for a 64% increase in Switch hardware sales week over week, making Odyssey the 6th biggest Nintendo debut in the United Kingdom.
Did you pick up Super Mario Odyssey? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments section.,
Nintendo of Canada will be at Fan Expo Toronto this weekend, which takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from August 31st – September 3rd. The big N has a lot of activities lined up for people of all ages.
Super Mario Odyssey game will be playable and there will be giveaways, while quantities last. Plus people who pre-order Super Mario Odyssey game at the EB Games booth while at Fan Expo will receive a special edition Super Mario Odyssey poster as a gift with purchase (while supplies last). There will be a playable demo of the game at the convention as well as a Super Mario Odyssey Goomba Stack statue for all visitors to take photos with at the Nintendo booth.
Visitors to the Nintendo booth will have the chance to play other Nintendo games including ARMS, Splatoon 2 and two upcoming games Pokkén Tournament DX, and Metroid: Samus Returns.
Playable games scheduled to appear in the Nintendo booth at Fan Expo Toronto 2017 include Super Mario Odyssey, ARMS, Splatoon 2, and Pokkén Tournament DX for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo 3DS title Metroid: Samus Returns will also be playable.
Nintendo has plans for three more amiibo to coincide with the release of Super Mario Odyssey in October. The three amiibo will be of Mario, Peach, and Bowser decked out in wedding garb.
In Super Mario Odyssey you will join Mario on a massive, globe-trotting 3D adventure and use his incredible new abilities to collect Moons so you can power up your airship, the Odyssey, and rescue Princess Peach from Bowser’s wedding plans! This sandbox-style 3D Mario adventure—the first since 1996’s beloved Super Mario 64 and 2002’s Nintendo GameCube classic Super Mario Sunshine—is packed with secrets and surprises, and with Mario’s new moves like cap throw, cap jump, and capture, you’ll have fun and exciting gameplay experiences unlike anything you’ve enjoyed in a Mario game before. Get ready to be whisked away to strange and amazing places far from the Mushroom Kingdom!
Check out some features from the game which were revealed at E3.Read More
Nintendo unveilled a new 3D Mario title at their Switch presentation on Thursday night. While the return to the classic 2D side scrolling games (New Super Mario Bros.) and the 2.5D games (Super Mario 3D World) were great, it’s been two generations since we’ve had a full 3D game.
That’s about to change. While details are scarce at the moment, and the game not landing in our laps until nearly the end of the year, Mario will embark on a new journey through unknown worlds, running and jumping through huge 3D worlds in the first sandbox-style Mario game since Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64 and Super Mario Sunshine on the Nintendo GameCube.
Set sail between expansive worlds aboard an airship, and perform all-new actions, such as throwing Mario’s cap.