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Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey - Box NA.jpg
Developer(s) Nintendo EPD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Release date USA October 27, 2017[1]
Japan October 27, 2017[2]
Europe October 27, 2017[3]
Australia October 27, 2017[4]
HK October 27, 2017[5]
Genre Platformer, Action-adventure
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
ACB:ACB PG.svg - Parental guidance
Mode(s)
Media
Input
Nintendo Switch:

Super Mario Odyssey is an upcoming platform game for the Nintendo Switch set to release on October 27, 2017.[6] It is the sixteenth title in the Super Mario series, the seventh original 3D Mario title, the eighth 3D Mario title overall, and the sixth 3D Mario title on a home console after Super Mario 3D World. The game has Mario leaving the Mushroom Kingdom to reach an unknown open world-like setting, like Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. This new world has been stated to bear resemblances to the real world[7].

The game's story will involve Mario preventing a forced marriage of Princess Peach to Bowser.[1]

Gameplay

Unlike recent 3D titles such as Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D World, which were more focused on platforming, Super Mario Odyssey will return to the explorative open-world gameplay seen in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, where Mario will explore various areas in order to collect Power Moons. Mario will maintain his moveset from previous 3D titles, including the Long Jump, Roll, Ground Pound, Spin Jump, the Triple Jump and the Dive, the last of which hasn't appeared since Super Mario Sunshine. In addition, a new character called Cappy allies with Mario, and takes possession of his cap. Mario can throw Cappy as if he were a boomerang, and it can also "capture" certain objects and enemies to take control of them.

Mario's life meter also returns with three health, similar to Super Mario Galaxy. Additionally, there does not appear to be any lives, as Mario will instead lose ten Coins upon dying. There will also be a new amiibo line based on Super Mario Odyssey, with a formal Mario, Princess Peach, and Bowser, which will unlock more costumes. Other lines are also confirmed to be compatible.[8]

Co-op mode is also confirmed, with player one controlling Mario and player two controlling Cappy.[9]

Confirmed features

Characters

Playable

Supporting Cast

Villains

  • Bowser
  • The Broodals, a quartet of rabbit wedding planners that were hired to plan Bowser's wedding[10]
    • Topper, a short egg-shaped Broodal in a green suit[10]
    • Harriet, the only female Broodal in the group who wears a purple dress[14]
    • A stocky Broodal in a blue suit physically similar to Morton[7]
    • A tall, lanky Broodal in orange suspenders[7]

Non-playable characters

Enemies

Certain enemies will wear different gear depending on the area they are found in.[1]

  1. ^ Koopa Troopas wear sombreros in Tostarena.
  2. ^ Goombas wear hard hats in New Donk City.
  3. ^ Goombas wear sombreros in Tostarena.
  4. ^ Goombas wear chef hats in Mount Volbono.
  5. ^ Bullet Bills wear visors in New Donk City.
  6. ^ The T-Rex in Steam Gardens wears an explorer's hat.

Unknown

  • Cookatiel[25], a pink Wingo-like bird in chef attire (present in Mount Volbono)
  • Sheep wearing sombreros (present in Tostarena)[17]
  • White ghosts wearing black hats (present in Bonneton)[1]

Bosses

Items and objects

Hats & Outfits

Hats

Name Official Description Notes
Mario Cap A red hat that has seen its fair share of adventures.

The player begins the game with this hat equipped.

Black Fedora[1] Perfect for business, business-casual, casual, or casual business![32]

This hat is available in New Donk City at the Crazy Cap Shop.

Sombrero[1] Traditional Tostarenan hat. Keeps the sun out of your eyes and just plain fun to wear.[10]

This hat is available in Tostarena Town at the Crazy Cap Shop. It is a homage to Qix.

Explorer Hat[1] Just because the territory is uncharted doesn’t mean your head should be uncovered.[13]

This hat is available in Fossil Falls and Steam Gardens at the Crazy Cap Shop. It is a homage to Mario's Picross.

Wedding Hat[1] -

A white marital top hat with Mario's insignia. It is only obtainable through amiibo.[10]

A chef's toque[1] -

This hat is a homage to Yoshi's Cookie.

A golfer's cap[1] -

The cap is white with red stripes and a red rim. It is a homage to Family Computer Golf: U.S. Course and NES Open Tournament Golf.

A snorkel with a pair of goggles[1] -

The goggles' lenses are Cappy's eyes.

A blue football helmet[1] -

The helmet is similar to the headgear worn by Chargin' Chucks.

Builder Helmet[33][34] Whether you're building or inspecting, you gotta keep your head safe.

This hat is a homage to Super Mario Maker.

Outfits

Name Official Description Notes
Mario Suit This tried-and-true outfit has weathered many adventures.

The player begins the game with this outfit equipped.

Black Suit[1] You can wear this outfit just about anywhere – it always looks good.[32]

This outfit is available in New Donk City at the Crazy Cap Shop.

Poncho[1] Traditional folk dress of the Tostarena region. Keeps the sun off and the breezes on.[10]

This outfit is available in Tostarena Town at the Crazy Cap Shop. It is a homage to Qix.

Explorer Outfit[1] Clothes that keep you comfortable even in the deepest heart of the wilderness.[13]

This outfit is available in Fossil Falls and Steam Gardens at the Crazy Cap Shop. It is a homage to Mario's Picross.

Wedding Outfit[1] -

A white marital suit. It is only obtainable through amiibo.[10]

A chef's uniform[1] -

The outfit is a homage to Yoshi's Cookie.

A golfer's uniform[1] -

The uniform consists of white overalls with red stripes and a blue shirt with white stars. The outfit is a homage to Family Computer Golf: U.S. Course and NES Open Tournament Golf.

A wetsuit[1] -

The wetsuit is white with blue, horizontal stripes. An orange tube surrounds Mario's waist, and orange flippers replace his boots. The outfit appearead in a 2016 Club Nintendo calendar[35].

A blue football uniform[1] -

This outfit is similar to the uniform worn by Chargin' Chucks. The jersey's number is "64".

Builder Outfit[36][34] The perfect outfit whether you're constructing or inspecting the construction work of others.

The uniform consists of a yellow shirt and red overalls. It is a homage to Super Mario Maker.

Kingdoms

Currently, there are six known locations, which are known as Kingdoms[21]. Each kingdom will be based on a real-world location (e.g. Metro Kingdom's main area, New Donk City, is based on "New York City"). Bowser will be after various items in each of the kingdoms, which all tie to his preparations for his wedding.

Nintendo has stated that there are more Kingdoms that haven't been revealed yet.[37]

Image Name Description and areas Wedding item
SMO Art - Metro Kingdom.jpg Metro Kingdom[38]
  • New Donk City, a city with many references to the Donkey Kong series
    • Main Street, a big street in the middle of the city[15]
    • New Donk City Hall Plaza, the area just near the city hall[15]
      • New Donk City Hall Auditorium, a room in the big building where Pauline's band gathers[15]
    • Outdoor Café, a place on the left of the city[15]
    • Helipad, an area next to the big building[15]
    • Mayor Pauline Commemorative Park, a park situated on a platform next to the city[20]
    • Construction Site, an area with various girders.[39]
 ?
SMO Art - Sand Kingdom.jpg Sand Kingdom[38]
  • Tostarena[21], a cold desert with several glaciers and some "bus stops" where Jaxi sits
    • Tostarena Town, a colorful town inhabited by the skull characters[12]
    • Tostarena Ruins, a ruins area with midair platforms[10]
    • Moe-Eye Habitat, an area inhabited by Moe-Eyes[1]
    • The Inverted Pyramid, an upside-down pyramid[40]
    • Desert Oasis, a frozen oasis[32]
    • Ice Cave, an underground area with ice platforms and crushing pillars[41]
    • A vast bottomless pit under the ground with Poisoned Water pathways, which can be accessed and traversed by Jaxi[42]
Wedding Ring[43]
SMO Art - Wooded Kingdom.jpg Wooded Kingdom[21][13]
  • Steam Gardens[21], an area with a forest surrounded by mountains and a glassy wall
    • Iron Road, a set of red iron buildings
    • Deep Woods, a spooky-looking dark forest where a T-Rex resides
Flowers[9]
SMO Art - Luncheon Kingdom.jpg Luncheon Kingdom[21]
  • Mount Volbono[21], a colorful area filled with crystal-like food and produce inhabited by the fork creatures
Stew[44]
SMO Art - Cascade Kingdom.jpg Cascade Kingdom[21]  ?
SMO Art - Cap Kingdom.jpg Cap Kingdom[21]
  • Bonneton[45], a misty world whose black, white and gold color scheme and hat theme match the interior of the Odyssey
 ?

Development

Official infograph showing the recognized difference between the progression-oriented, and the more sandbox-exploration style of the 3D Super Mario series. Or as put by Miyamoto, "casual" and "core" games. Super Mario Odyssey is considered to be the latter.

As part of the "Treehouse Live" event on January 13, 2017, Shigeru Miyamoto was hosted as a special guest, and interviewed for the Super Mario Odyssey segment.[46] When asked about "coming home" to the Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine style of gameplay, Miyamoto explained that when he was developing Super Mario 64 with Yoshiaki Koizumi, they realized that the title would be more directed towards the "core gamer", rather than the casual, pick-up-and-go gamer. After Super Mario Sunshine, their focus reshifted to more accessible, casual gamers, hence encouraging them to make Super Mario Galaxy.

Then in recent years, we made Super Mario 3D World and even though that's a 3D game, it's a little more accessible to everybody. And so speaking of casual gamers, we have Super Mario Maker out, and we also have Super Mario Run. So when we thought about making a Mario for Switch, we wanted to make it [...] something a little bit more on the core side, that people who like action games can really get into.

Miyamoto discussed how the 3D camera in Super Mario 64 worked very well, as it had the joystick as well as the C buttons to adjust the automatic camera. Super Mario Sunshine had the C stick in order to "control the camera freely", although they received feedback that the camera control was "a little bit difficult". With later 3D titles such as Super Mario Galaxy, the minimal control of the camera also attracted some negative feedback. Miyamoto added that it's "very difficult to find the right balance".

With Super Mario Odyssey, we made sure that the camera controls are really really smooth and easy to use, and the Switch controllers can really serve to that. [We] really made a sandbox-style game that's really easy and feels good to control.

With all the different ideas that Miyamoto received from other, "younger" developers and programmers, some actually worried him about how well Mario would "fit in" to these different worlds, although he was "open minded" to all ideas that were presented. Miyamoto also sought more senior developers and staff teams who had been involved in past 3D Mario titles, such as Yoshiaki Koizumi, in order to really "go back to the roots" of Super Mario Sunshine.

Vocal Theme: Jump Up, Super Star!

Pauline with her band.
Main article: Jump Up, Super Star!

A unique aspect of this title is a vocal main theme, sung by Pauline.[47][48] The song is big-band jazz style, and details an adventure across the worlds from this game, with Pauline referring to herself as Mario's "1-Up Girl".

Gallery

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Super Mario Odyssey.

Media

Audio.svg Jump Up, Super Star! - The theme song of Super Mario Odyssey, as heard in the E3 2017 Spotlight.
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References to other games

  • Donkey Kong: The location New Donk City looks to be a throwback to Mario's early origins as Jumpman. There are steel girders that resemble the ones seen in this game, and the taxi cabs have license plates reading "1981-ND", referencing the year Mario and Donkey Kong made their debut. The name New Donk City is also a reference to Donkey Kong himself. Pauline can also be found here, who originated from this game. The melody from the 25m theme can be heard halfway through the vocal theme song. The bassist can also be heard playing the 25m theme when Mario first finds him.[49] Also, the sound effect played when Mario jumps over a barrel in the game can be heard at the end of the aforementioned riff.[50]
  • Super Mario Bros.: Several parts of the game allow Mario to walk within walls from a 2D perspective, uses sprites and sound effects from that game, as well as altering the stage music to an 8-bit variation.
  • Family Computer Golf: U.S. Course: One of Mario's outfits originates from this game.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3: The music that plays in the slots minigame room is an arrangement of the minigame music from this game.[51]
  • Qix: The Sombrero and Poncho originates from the Game Boy version of this game.
  • Super Mario World: A piano remix of this game's overworld theme can be heard on radios in New Donk City.[52]
  • NES Open Tournament Golf: One of Mario's outfits was iconically used in this game.
  • Yoshi's Cookie: One of Mario's outfits originated from the NES version of this game.
  • Donkey Kong Country series: Characters' names from this series appear as street signs all over New Donk City such as Diddy Kong, Cranky Kong, Rambi the Rhino, Expresso the Ostrich, Squawks the Parrot, Dixie Kong, Tiny Kong, and King K. Rool.
  • Mario's Picross: The Explorer Hat and Explorer Outfit originates from this game.
  • Super Mario 64: The structure of the kingdoms in Odyssey carry-over what was established in 64, such as the lack of a time limit and having areas change each time the player visits them, based on what the player previously completed. Super Mario Odyssey is considered a spiritual successor to both Super Mario 64 and Sunshine. Mario relies on a Health Meter rather than Mushrooms. 64 first introduced utilizing variations of Mario's Cap as power-ups. The number on Mario's football jersey is "64".
  • Super Mario Sunshine: Super Mario Odyssey is the first 3D main series game since Super Mario Sunshine to feature open sandbox-style levels, as well as Mario's Dive move. Additionally, Mario can once again sidle while grabbing on a ledge. Mario retains his Spin Jump move as well.
  • Super Mario Galaxy: The animation of Mario and Cappy getting a Grand Moon is similar to Mario getting a Grand Star in this game. The low health buzzer sound also plays when Mario is low on health. The Ground-Pound Switches that first appeared in this game also reappear. Captain Toad, together with the Toad Brigade theme[53], appears in the game. The Life-Up Heart functions exactly like the Life Mushroom from this game. Mario's idle animation of falling asleep is similar to this game.
  • Super Mario 3D Land: The white birds from the game return in the Wooded Kingdom.
  • Super Mario 3D World: Some of the elements and sound effects are reused in this game. Cat Mario's Costume Mario sprite from Super Mario Maker can be seen on the side of one of the skyscrapers in New Donk City and a building in Tostarena, and Cat Peach's sprite can be seen behind the right black-colored wall in the New Donk City Auditorium. Captain Toad's design in Super Mario Odyssey was first introduced in this game.
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker: The Jaxi maze in Tostarena uses the same arrangement of the Super Mario Bros. underground theme from this game.[42]
  • Super Mario Maker: The Builder Helmet and Builder Outfit originate from this game. A sprite of Costume Mario's Cat Mario costume can be seen on the side of one of the skyscrapers in New Donk City and a building in Tostarena[54][15], and a sprite of the Cat Peach costume can be seen behind the right black-colored wall in the New Donk City Hall Auditorium[53].

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スーパーマリオ オデッセイ
Sūpā Mario Odessei
Super Mario Odyssey
Chinese 超級瑪利歐 奧德賽 (Traditional)[5]
超级马力欧 奥德赛 (Simplified)[55]
Chāojí Mǎlìōu Àodésài
Super Mario Odyssey

External links

References

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  19. ^ File:SMO Shot - New Donk City Night.pngMedia:SMO Shot - New Donk City Night.png
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  26. ^ Japanese Mario Odyssey Twitter (Local Coins)
  27. ^ Japanese Mario Odyssey Twitter (Mount Volbono)
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  35. ^ File:2016 Club Nintendo Calendar Art.jpgMedia:2016 Club Nintendo Calendar Art.jpg
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  45. ^ Background image from the Japanese site.
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  55. ^ Simplified Chinese version of the logo can be found in the HK website by clicking a button on the upper right corner on the main page, which changes the site's language to Simplified Chinese. It can then be pressed again to switch back to Traditional Chinese.