Super Mario Odyssey Review
Super Mario Odyssey Cover Art
System: Switch
Dev: Nintendo
Pub: Nintendo
Release: October 27, 2017
Players: 1 Player
Screen Resolution: 720p-1080p Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief

So the central point of Super Mario Odyssey is constant movement and searching for collectibles. But these collectibles are deliberately placed and in small enough numbers that you’re constantly finding little clusters as you make your way around. Coins are also lost when Mario fails, and the player no longer has to worry about lives at all. These decisions to change the familiar formula, while not world-changing, are all meant to facilitate the flow of constant movement, of not keeping the player standing still for long, ever. Also, you can stop whenever you want.

Super Mario Odyssey Screenshot

Despite the grand size of each level, there’s no pressure one way or another to play Super Mario Odyssey in short bursts or sit for hours. Open-world bloat is not an issue here; despite the maps looking like something out of Assassin’s Creed, the only waypoints are the few helpful NPCs, whichever plot point is next, and the fast travel flags. You can stop whenever you want, save whenever you want, and never feel lost or forget what you’re doing. You just pick it up and play some dang Super Mario Odyssey until you’re sick of it, be that minutes or hours later.

Super Mario Odyssey feels like a new glove that fits like an old glove, the new high point of a decades-long evolutionary process that is so smooth, so finely-tuned, that playing it nearly feels like an extension of yourself. It creeps up on you, the scale and design of it all, in a way that often doesn’t dawn on you just how purely grand it is until you stop playing and reflect on your experience. In a year full to bursting of huge, great games, Super Mario Odyssey stands out by acknowledging what’s cool and works about games today. It trims all the fat and doubles-down on not a gameplay loop, but a gameplay flow that feels effortless the whole way through. Even when you lose, when a challenging bit sends you sailing into the Nintendo-y abyss, you just keep going. Super Mario Odyssey is here to remind us how uniquely compelling jumping and flipping around a colorful video game space is and lets us indulge as long as we can stand it.

Lucas White
Contributing Writer
Date: 10/31/2017

Tons of color, smooth animations, and bizarre locales make Super Mario Odyssey a visual feast. Some levels feel a bit rote though, and Mario may be leaning a bit too much on the Nintendo House Style.
As close to perfect as we can get until the next Mario game finds new ways to refine 3D platforming.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Music swells and sometimes shreds, but also sometimes blends into the background too much. The voice acting is goofy cartoon babbling that also doesn’t do much of note. Weakest part of the package.
Play Value
Tons of Power Moons to collect, even well after the story is over. All the costumes and features like the camera mode add to the toybox-like nature of an open world-ish Mario game.
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Explore huge 3D kingdoms filled with secrets and surprises, including costumes for Mario and lots of ways to interact with the diverse environments - such as cruising around them in vehicles that incorporate the HD Rumble feature of the Joy-Con controller or exploring sections as Pixel Mario.
  • Thanks to his new friend, Cappy, Mario has brand-new moves for you to master, like cap throw, cap jump and capture. With capture, Mario can take control of all sorts of things, including objects and enemies!
  • Visit astonishing new locales, like skyscraper-packed New Donk City, and run into familiar friends and foes as you try to save Princess Peach from Bowser's clutches and foil his dastardly wedding plans.
  • A set of three new amiibo figures* - Mario, Princess Peach and Bowser in their wedding outfits - will be released at launch. Some previously released amiibo will also be compatible with this title. Tap supported amiibo to receive gameplay assistance - some amiibo will also unlock costumes for Mario when scanned!

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