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Super Mario Odyssey Switch Review

  • Genre: Platform, Action-adventure
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Mama mia, it’s a masterpiece!

Super Mario Odyssey is one of the most anticipated games to be released in the past decade. Since the moment audiences saw gameplay footage of the Nintendo Switch presentation, fans have been anxiously waiting.

Nintendo’s mascot is celebrating 30 years of his anniversary. This is possibly the best Super Mario game ever. Finally, the iconic plumber returns to the big screen in a glorious open sandbox adventure. Accompanying him on his journey is a friend with new abilities.

Odyssey is the best game on the Nintendo Switch, and Mario retains his title as the king of platform gaming.

Super Mario Odyssey

Mario’s new capture ability allows him to throw his cap and take control of other objects. You can even turn into a T-Rex with a mustache! 🦖

CONCEPT

The game begins over the skies of the Mushroom Kingdom on top of an airship. Mario and Bowser are fighting. Bowser beats Mario, and he escapes above the clouds. Mario awakens on the ground to find a mysterious spirit like a cap floating above him. His name is Cappy, and his sister Tiara, a bridal tiara, has been kidnapped alongside Princess Peach.

Bowser is forcing Peach to marry him. Together, Mario and Cappy must travel through each Kingdom in search of Bowser to rescue Tiara and the Princess. The story is not good at all, and the whole plot about forced marriage seems off for 2020.

In Super Mario Odyssey, Mario will travel between different Kingdoms on a flying ship in the shape of a hat called the Odyssey. These Kingdoms have uniquely exotic concepts with wide-open environments. Mario’s journey will have you traveling outside the Mushroom Kingdom.

Super Mario Odyssey

You’re going to be traveling through different Kingdoms on the Odyssey. ✈️🌎

DESIGN

As part of the story, your main objective in each Kingdom is to find a certain amount of Power Moons scattered throughout the map to travel to the next location. Power Moons are energy and fuel. The unique environments have many Power Moons scattered around that you need to collect.

Super Mario Odyssey

You’ll have to find the minimum amount of Power Moons to be able to travel to the next location! 🔎🌙

Cappy power allows Mario to take control of any object he comes into contact with. Mario’s hat is used as a platform to jump on and bridge gaps in-between spaces. Odyssey rewards players for finding Power Moons in more hard to reach areas using the new jump mechanics.

Each enemy is unique, and learning to use their movement and attacks is one of the greatest joys in Super Mario Odyssey. 

Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey

All of Mario’s old his moves are here and better than ever for you to exploit at will!

Coin Currency

Coins are currency. Apart from Gold Coins, each Kingdom also has its money in the form of Purple Coins. Purple Coins are hidden in kingdoms and are used to purchase apparel at shops exclusively to that Kingdom.

One of the most radical changes is the removal of the classic 1-Up mushroom. Instead, ten coins are deducted from the player whenever they die. An iconic feature is now a penalty of 10 golden coins every time you restart at a checkpoint. This keeps Odyssey’s pacing fresh and finds more critical use for the in-game currency.

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Purchase apparel and decorations for the Odyssey at the Crazy Hat shop. 🎩🛍

Mario’s classic retro style 2D gameplay makes a return in Super Mario Odyssey. These portions are one of the highest of Super Mario Odyssey and fit beautifully into 3D environments.

Super Mario Odyssey

AESTHETICS

Mario has never looked more fabulous. For the first time, we see our favorite character in detailed environments. A few unique places are the lush green forests, sparkling water oceans, and a sprawling metropolitan city with inspiration from New York City.

Classic soundtracks have beautifully orchestrated music to accompany your adventure. The game boasts a fantastic set of songs that adapt to environments. Cheery and upbeat songs will repeat in your head.

The camera is manual, giving you a sense of liberty. The player must learn to perfect their management of camera control. The resolution looks great on the dock and handheld mode. Odyssey runs at a perfect frame rate and never causes any problems.

Super Mario Odyssey

This is the Odyssey that will take you out of this world! 🌎🌕

VALUE

After 30 years of culminating platform design, Nintendo has a magical way of lighting up our faces. All the imaginative and creative ways to keep gameplay fresh are here. Super Mario Odyssey is a game for all audiences to enjoy.

There are many challenges to discover once you finish the story of Mario Odyssey. You’ll spend dozens of hours collecting Power Moons. You’ll be treated to one of these fantastic moments of being able to jump through a painting just like in Super Mario 64. It’s one of those things that makes you say, “Wow, Nintendo, you’re spoiling me.”

VERDICT

Every Switch owner should play Super Mario Odyssey. It’s one of those video games where you can play endlessly for hours on end. Nothing feels repetitive as everything keeps continuously changing. There’s never a dull moment as there’s always something new to do.

Figuring out how different mechanisms work and using Cappy’s ability will put a smile across your face. Super Mario Odyssey is a master’s in game design. The attention to detail, creativity, and fun is here. 

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Closing Thoughts
This game is the game you have to play. It's even worth buying a Nintendo Switch just to play this game. Just WOW! What a fantastic experience. You'll fall in love every step of the way and be inspired by just how perfect Nintendo is at turning video games into an art form. This is the greatest in-house developed Nintendo game available for the Switch and one of the best video games ever created in history. Come and join the incredible Odyssey! EDIT: JUNE 27,2020 I remember playing this game for two weeks straight nonstop. I'd go to college and come home to play Super Mario Odyssey with my then-girlfriend sitting next to me. We both were amazed by the video game. This game is still incredible years later. Few games are as fun, but Super Mario Odyssey even has stayed on the top of my mind.
Concept10
Design9.8
Aesthetics10
Value10
Positive
Outstanding achievement, platform game design is impeccable
Fresh and innovative possession mechanic
A Super Mario adventure in stunning high resolution
An immense load of content even after completing the campaign
Free DLC includes an online Capture the Flag-esque mode and more costumes
Epic moments, levels, and boss fights
Beautifully orchestrated classic tunes and a new original soundtrack
Negative
Main villains of the game, The Broodals, are aesthetically undesirable and were an overall bad choice to include as antagonists
Coordination is difficult in 2 player mode as it only gives the option to control Cappy offering little participation
Two frustrating mini-games (Jump Rope & Volleyball) are horribly designed
When upside down, 2D stages have an awful control scheme that doesn’t recognize the directional input if the joystick changes movement
10
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