Another Nintendo console, another Mario game, as Super Mario Odyssey is slated to launch towards the end of this year on Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Odyssey is set to put a rather unique twist on past Mario adventures by bringing the character to the location of New Donk City, which definitely isn’t a take on New York City, along with many other exciting kingdoms. Mario must travel the world in his Odyssey ship and prevent Bowser from marrying Princess Peach.
With Super Mario Odyssey’s release date just a few weeks away, we’ll be updating this post with every new piece of information about the game prior to its launch, including the Super Mario Odyssey release date, pre-order info, and Super Mario Odyssey reviews.
Super Mario Odyssey Essential Information:
- Release Date: October 27, 2017
- Price: $59.99
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
- Developer: Nintendo
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Genre: Sandbox 3D Platformer
Super Mario Odyssey Review
The first review of Super Mario Odyssey has arrived, and it's from EDGE magazine in the UK. The prestigious publication has given the game a 10/10 in its Super Mario Odyssey review. This is the second 10/10 EDGE has given to a Switch game this year, with the first being for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Super Mario Odyssey Release Date and E3 2017 Trailer
Nintendo has given Super Mario Odyssey for Switch a release date of October 27, 2017. The news came following the debut of a brand new trailer shown during the company’s Nintendo Spotlight E3 video.
The E3 2017 trailer for Super Mario Odyssey showcased the game’s focus on taking players on a journey around the world. A core gameplay mechanic is throwing Mario’s hat, Cappy. Whatever Mario throws his hat onto is captured, and you become that object or creature. We saw Mario becoming a T-rex, a fish, and a taxi amongst other things. The dev team hopes players will experiment to see what items can be captured.
Mario uses a spaceship, named Odyssey, to travel around, with progression through the game locked behind power moons, a currency found inside areas that is used to unlock new Kingdoms. Nintendo showed off numerous areas, including New Donk City (inspired by New York), a prehistoric area, and a the Sand Kingdom.
For the first time in the mainline Mario series, players will be able to buy things with coins found in the game. You can buy different outfits or souvenirs - the souvenirs can be used to decorate the inside of Odyssey. Purple coins are unique to the local kingdom while yellow can be used in the Mushroom Kingdom.
Super Mario Odyssey includes plenty of traditional 3D Mario gameplay, including platforming and boss battles. The footage released by Nintendo even includes a sequence in which Mario jumps into a wall and then does some 2D platforming!
The good folk over at our sister site Eurogamer recently got to go hands-on with Super Mario Odyssey, where they got to play through three new worlds, including the Cap Kingdom, Luncheon Kingdom, and the Seaside Kingdom, all of which you can see for yourself just below.
The official Super Mario UK twitter account revealed several interesting new details about Super Mario Odyssey recently, including Jaxi, the "standard mode of transportation" in the Sand Kingdom, as well as Mario's ability to capture Lava Bubbles in order to move through hot environments.
Super Mario Odyssey Snapshot Photo Mode
Nintendo showcased a brand new look at Super Mario Odyssey in its September Nintendo Direct, which featured new areas Shiveria in the Snow Kingdom and Bubblaine in the Seaside Kingdom. Snapshot photo mode was also revealed, allowing you to pause the game and take a photo from any angle. To round out the presentation, new outfits for Mario in Super Mario Odyssey were revealed, including outfits from games like Yoshi's Cookie.
How Mario's Hat Works in Super Mario Odyssey
Cappy, Mario's hat companion in Super Mario Odyssey, can be used in a variety of ways, on top of the aforementioned capturing system.
- Boomerang-style - Mario can fire out the hat as a weapon, with it returning to him after it's knocked out its targets.
- Directed attack - Mario can throw out Cappy and the direct it at enemies while it's in flight. This can also be used to collect or interact with out of reach objects.
- Create a platform - If Mario needs to reach a platform that's out of reach, he can throw the hat and make it hover in place as a temporary way to bridge the gap.
- Spin attack - Mario spins Cappy around him so it hits nearby enemies.
All this can be seen in the lengthy gameplay demo Nintendo presented during its E3 2017 Treehouse session - which we've embedded below.
We also now know how Super Mario Odyssey will play once you've captured a frog using Cappy the Hat, thanks to the leaked video footage of the game just below. In the brief gameplay video, you can see frog Mario doing all sorts of platforming, while also having to avoid groups of yellow Goombas.
Super Mario Odyssey will also be getting its own line of amiibo. Princess Peach, Bowser, and Mario amiibo all feature the characters in their wedding outfits. You'll be able to use them to get different costumes and get assists in the game. Existing amiibo will also work in Super Mario Odyssey.
Super Mario Odyssey Gameplay and Trailers
The very first glimpse we got of a new Super Mario game was in the initial reveal trailer for the Nintendo Switch, when eagle-eyed viewers spotting some brand new Mario gameplay part way through the trailer.
This was then confirmed in the reveal trailer for Super Mario Odyssey, which was the very first time we saw Mario arriving in the real world, standing side by side (but not exactly shoulder to shoulder) with real humans - this definitely didn’t bring back the nightmares we had about Sonic the Hedgehog’s 2006 video game disaster.
We saw Mario swinging from lampposts and hopping over rooftops around New Donk City, all with the aim of once again rescuing Peach from Bowser, the latter of which is dressed up spectacularly for the occasion, donning a white suit complete with a top hat.
Speaking of hats, not only can Mario use his hat as a makeshift boomerang in Super Mario Odyssey, flinging it at enemies, but his hat also appears to be sentient, with eyes popping out of the front of the hat itself at the very end of the trailer.
The gameplay style of Super Mario Odyssey is similar to that of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, giving players a sandbox-style world to explore and wreak havoc in, along with a hub world for players to frequently return to in between taking on different worlds.
Aside from Mario’s hat being used as a weapon, he can also use it to hop to new heights, bouncing off of it while it spins in the air. He will also be able to visit a hat store in the game, meaning there could be hats with other powers available to Mario. The range of areas in Super Mario Odyssey, of which we have so far seen New Donk City and a desert area, can all be traversed using an airship, exactly like the one we see Bowser on near the end of the reveal trailer for the game.
Player Two Can Play as Cappy the Hat
During Nintendo's E3 Treehouse livestream, Super Mario Odyssey director Kenta Motokura revealed that there will be a co-op mode within the game, which the development team always wanted to implement since the Nintendo Switch comes with two joycon controllers.
As you can see in the image just below, the player controlling Cappy the Hat won't have the same controls as the player taking charge of Mario. Two players aren't required for any sections in Super Mario Odyssey, but having a second player controlling Cappy will make certain puzzles easier, allowing player two to reach areas higher up and farther away.
Digital Foundry Hands-On Super Mario Odyssey Analysis
Like us, Digital Foundry recently went hands-on with Super Mario Odyssey at E3 2017, and had some thoughts about how the Nintendo Switch handles the bustling city environment of New Donk City.
It appears as though Super Mario Odyssey manages to hit a consistent 60FPS, and pulls this off in New Donk City by rendering distant NPCs as 2D objects, instead of rendering every single NPC as a full 3D character.
With this being all the information we have so far on Super Mario Odyssey, make sure to keep returning to this page in the months leading up to the release of the game, as we’ll be updating it with every new piece of information that Nintendo releases.