Super Mario Odyssey is the latest Super Mario game from Nintendo. It’s coming to the Nintendo Switch October 27, 2017.
Here’s everything you need to know.
1. Mario Travels to New, Wacky Worlds Collecting Moons
You’ll be riding aboard the Odyssey ship riding off to different kingdoms collecting Power Moons instead of Power Stars.
Locations include New Donk City, a world that has you leaping across skyscrapers and crawling through the sewers of a New York City-inspired landscape. There’s also a desert world to explore where you can merge with the walls of a ruins and jump around as the original NES Super Mario. The Nintendo Treehouse livestream showed off the Wooded Kingdom, a dense forest populated by robotic gardeners and a Sphinx. During the September 2017 Nintendo Direct, they introduced the frozen land of Shiveria in the Snow Kingdom and the crystal clear waters of Bubblaine in the Seaside Kingdom.
Instead of selecting a mission, completing said mission, and returning to the hub world or map screen, you can explore kingdoms and collect all of the moons in one go. According to Kotaku, Power Moons are also a lot more common than Power Stars in previous games.
2. Mario Gets Some New Abilities as Well as Some New Attire
Mario receives a brand new hat, which is alive and is named Cappy by the way.
Mario attacks by throwing his hat like a Frisbee. You can control the direction of the hat when you throw it. You can also hold down the throw button to keep the hat in the air and then jump on it for extra distance across gaps. You can also swing the hat in a circle around you or roll it along the ground. You can also hit different things with your hat for different effects. During the Nintendo Treehouse livestream, you can throw your hat into a piranha plant so it stops snapping and then jump on it or use the hat to clean up toxic goop.
But the biggest new ability coming to the game is the ability to possess enemies. Mario can inhabit everything from Bullet Bills to cross gaps, tanks to blow up things, and even Taxis. The enemy you possess also gets an adorable mustache/hat combo.
You can also roll on the ground for extra speed.
3. There are Additional Features
Super Mario Odyssey has a Snapshot mode allowing you to freeze gameplay and snap a picture which you can then rotate, zoom, crop, and add filters to.
You can spend coins to purchase new items. There are yellow coins that can be spent anywhere as well as different coins unique to the individual kingdoms with a limited amount of each coin. Items for sale include power-ups like the Life-Up heart which raises your maximum health, new clothing options for your head and body; and souvenirs to customize the Odyssey ship.
According to Kotaku, each kingdom is filled with multiple checkpoints and you can fast travel between them. There are also no lives and you’ll simply lose coins when you die.
You can also ride a lion-like creature known as Jaxi. As demonstrated during the Nintendo Treehouse livestream, you ride Jaxi as he careens across the land with your only controls being steering, breaking, and dismounting. You can also receive hints from a parrot named Talkatoo.
Mario will also react to different objects in the environment, such as dancing near a radio.
4. The Game Has Two Player Co-Op
When Kotaku asked Producer Yoshiaki Koizumi about the possibility of multiplayer, he had this to say:
Since this is the Nintendo Switch and it does have two controllers, it’s very easy for you to imagine handing it to another person,” said Yoshiaki Koizumi. “So there’s probably something you’ll hear about multiplayer. But the timing is not quite there so I hope you’re able to wait just a little bit longer to hear about that. And then as for network features, since this is something the hardware is capable of, there might be something you’ll hear about there as well, and I hope you’ll look forward to it.
The Nintendo Treehouse livestream later confirmed that 2 player co-op is available in the game. The co-op mode is similar to Super Mario Galaxy 2 and has one player controlling Mario while the other controls Cappy. After Mario throws Cappy, the other player can move it around and collect items like coins.
5. New Mario Amiibo are coming
New Amiibo figures of Mario, Peach, and Bowser in wedding attire are coming and will be releasing alongside the game. Each Amiibo figure grants Mario different power-ups in the game. The Mario Amiibo grants temporary invincibility, the Peach Amiibo grants a Life-Up Heart, and the Bowser Amiibo reveals regional coin locations.
Figures of Koopa and Goomba are also coming and will be compatible with Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions for the 3DS.
Amiibo are also coming for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Metroid, Pikmin, and Fire Emblem.
Super Mario Odyssey will be releasing alongside a special Nintendo Switch bundle that comes with the game, red Joy-Con controllers, and a carrying case.
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