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Super Mario Odyssey Celebrates All the Spin-Offs of Mario's Past Through Costumes

Even Super Mario Maker makes an appearance.

News by Caty McCarthy, .

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Super Mario Odyssey, releasing on October 27 this year, introduces a colorful, disorienting world for Mario to explore. He throws his hat at things, adopts their identity, and wreaks havoc. It's a harrowing adventure for our favorite overall-clad plumber, but the clothes he can wear throughout the journey hearken to his extremely checkered past.

At E3, Nintendo's demoing Super Mario Odyssey like crazy. On the show floor, exclusively for press, on Nintendo Treehouse streams. With all those nifty demos, we're getting our first glimpses of Mario in the bombastic New Donk City, the eerie Deep Woods, and more. And the outfits he dons in these kingdoms are all quite familiar: they're of the Mario spin-offs of games' past.

As multiple people have pointed out on Twitter and Reddit, costumes of the construction worker of Super Mario Maker, the stripes of NES Open Tournament Golf, Chef Mario from Yoshi's Cookie, in addition to others have all shown up across the trailers and demos for the upcoming game. Thus far, it's not apparent if there are story-stricken reasons for these, or if it's just a celebration of all things Mario.

The familiar outfits have raised excitement across the Mario community, as players wonder what other costumes the adventuring plumber will don as he throws his hat across new worlds. It's wholly embracing Mario's lengthy and colorful history, not just across mainline games, but beyond as well. Personally, I'd love to see Conductor Mario from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, maybe for a Fantasia-like mechanic of bringing miscellaneous objects to life—maybe even dancing by a boombox like Mario does in Odyssey.

Super Mario Odyssey will be out for the Nintendo Switch on October 27.

Edit: A prior version of this story attributed the featured Mario's chef uniform as being from Game & Watch. It's actually based on his appearance in the NES title Yoshi's Cookie. (But, to be fair, there is a cooking mini-game with ol' Mario in a later version of Game & Watch).

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  • Avatar for p-dagogik #1 p-dagogik A year ago
    Thanks for letting us know about the references to old Mario costumes, but a correction on the Chef outfit. That particular get up comes from the NES version of Yoshi's Cookie. I played the heck out of that game, but it is one that unfortunately doesn't get much Nintendo love.

    Thanks for your great content!
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #2 MetManMas A year ago
    Those are some awesome outfits. Here's some others I'm hoping we'll see in the game.

    Dr. Mario (Obviously)
    Famicom Grand Prix Mario
    Super Mario Sunshine's Hawaiian Shirt & Sunglasses Mario
    Mario's Game & Watch Gallery 3 suit & hat
    NES Punch-Out!! Referee Mario
    Space Suit Mario (Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins)
    Bucket on Head Mario (Mario & Wario)
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  • Avatar for Lonecow #3 Lonecow A year ago
    This game will be the connecting tissue and linchpin that holds together all Mario canon. We now have a direct link to all the other games in the Mario Timeline. The split begins with Odyssey, people.
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  • Avatar for Vonlenska #4 Vonlenska A year ago
    This is looking like the weirdest, most hodge-podge, slapdash Mario game since Super Mario Land 2.

    I love it.
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  • Avatar for swamped #5 swamped A year ago
    Love the callouts to Yoshi's Cookie and Picross. Definitely my most-played GB carts.
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  • Avatar for brionfoulke91 #6 brionfoulke91 A year ago
    I am really loving everything we've seen of this game so far. This feels like a great direction for the Mario series to go, weird and self-referential. Can't wait to see more!
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  • Avatar for danquemeams #7 danquemeams A year ago
    This type of fanservice is pretty cool. Definitely a spin off of being able to dress up a female protagonist in various scantily-clad clothes.
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