Nintendo has recently revealed its trailer and gameplay demonstrations for Super Mario Odyssey during its conference at E3. At first glance, I was not terribly excited at the prospect of a new Mario game given that the market was already currently inundated with it. Even with the rave reviews that previous games garnered, I was still not very interested in the game, until I watched the trailer.
In this game, you play as Mario with the addition of a headwear called Cappy that aids you throughout your adventure to save Peach from Bowser (as always) but this time, he is dastardly determined to marry her.
Here is a list of a reasons why Super Mario Odyssey seems like a ball of fun to play:
The first thing that caught my eye with regards to the thrilling trailer is that you can possess almost any character you come across in the vast world of Super Mario Odyssey. Not only is it immensely fascinating that you get to possess other creatures and beings, you also need to utilise their unique abilities in order to advance in the game be it either by moving from one platform to the next or by collecting coins and moons.
How do you do this? Well, through the magical abilities of your trusty hat, Cappy, of course! Just throw Cappy at a character once (or twice to knock off any pre-existing head wear) and ta-da, you now have that character at your disposal!
You can possess a wide array of characters from familiar ones such as Goombas, Koopas and Bullet Bills to new ‘characters’ and objects such as a Tyrannosaurus Rex, taxi cabs and even electricity (what?). This special ability is unique to the game and breathes new life into the Mario franchise, giving players more hours of fun as they explore the different terrains as various sorts of characters.
Cappy: An Adorable Ally To Play With
Not only does this cute cap allow you the ability to possess creatures and inanimate objects, it is also pretty invulnerable. Cappy can protect you from enemies unaffected by possession and hurtful environmental aspects such as poisonous puddles.
On top of serving as a shield, Cappy helps you with collecting valuables like coins and moons that are beyond your reach.
You can also customise your Mario with different hats throughout the game.
In co-op mode, friends and family can play as Cappy to protect and aid Mario in his adventures. Hence, players who are relatively inexperienced can still join in the fun too, making this game playable and friendly to people of various ages and skill levels.
What A Wonderful World
Super Mario Odyssey has a multitude of worlds to explore, each with their own distinct setting. The worlds vary from the sandy deserts of the Sand Kingdom, to the ethereal evergreen environment of the Wooded Kingdom.
Some of these worlds also have a day and night feature, where the environment changes accordingly with the time of day. In addition, each world has unique enemies, characters/objects to possess and challenges to overcome. This gives players an additional layer of fun as they battle and explore the different terrains.
As players travel through the worlds, they may also notice some weird things. This is because Bowser has stolen some objects from these worlds in order to make his wedding with Princess Peach a success: contributing to the bizarre happenings in these worlds such as snow appearing in Sand Kingdom.
Blast From The Past
Super Mario Odyssey does its best to carry over elements from its previous games to give older players and fans bang for their buck as they reminiscence about past games.
This dose of nostalgia comes in the form of some 2D and 3D animation platformer gameplay as you jump, swim and run your way through various obstacles. However, you may have to do this while possessing other objects/characters, giving a unique spin on the older games.
It also pays tribute to several other Nintendo franchises such as Donkey Kong in terms of gameplay and Easter eggs. Characters and elements (both popular and more minute ones) are also brought over from previous games.
Super Mario Odyssey provides an unexpectedly entertaining twist to its “never-ending” franchise as sandbox gameplay is something Nintendo has not capitalised on in recent years. Overall, it seems like a fun game for people of various ages and skill levels to play regardless of whether they are familiar with the Mario franchise or not. This exploratory game is definitely not one to miss.
The game comes out on 27 October for the Nintendo Switch.