Mario’s bouncing onto Nintendo’s newest platform with the release of Super Mario Odyssey. While we saw a bit of Super Mario Odyssey in an earlier trailer, its true unveiling came during E3 2017, when we finally got a chance to see the game in action. There’s plenty to dissect and discuss, so keep reading to find out everything we know, everything we think we know, and everything we wish we could know about Super Mario Odyssey.
What we know we know
What is Super Mario Odyssey? A 3D, sandbox-style platformer, Super Mario Odyssey is a spiritual successor to games like Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. As always, Bowser has captured Princess Peach, but this time, he intends to marry her. Mario must venture far outside the Mushroom Kingdom in order to put a stop to the wedding.
What platforms will Super Mario Odyssey release on? Super Mario Odyssey is a Nintendo Switch exclusive.
When will Super Mario Odyssey release? Super Mario Odyssey releases on October 27th, 2017.
What is Super Mario Odyssey rated? Super Mario Odyssey received an E 10+ rating from the ESRB, making it the first mainline Mario game to not get a flat E. This means that we’ll probably be in for a bit more cartoon violence than usual.
Is Super Mario Odyssey multiplayer? A second player can jump in to Super Mario Odyssey for some co-op fun. Instead of an additional character, though, Player two takes control of Cappy, Mario’s hat. Player one controls Mario, with the ability to run, jump, and carry objects, while Player two as Cappy can fly independently and attack enemies. Some puzzles that involve leaping off of Cappy can be made much easier with teamwork, and both players can control the camera to execute tricky jumps.
Wait, what’s happening with Mario’s hat in Super Mario Odyssey? Cappy, the distinctive hat with big expressive eyes, is Mario’s sidekick this time around. Cappy can change his appearance, becoming a safari hat, sombrero, classy black fedora, and more to blend in with Mario’s surroundings. He’s also useful in exploring the world and battling. When thrown, Cappy can become a platform for Mario to jump on, or he can smash through crates or knock out enemies. Mario can even toss Cappy in a circle to take out an incoming group of enemies. That’s not all, though: by tossing Cappy at certain special objects, Mario can possess them!
How can Mario possess enemies in Super Mario Odyssey? Through the magic of Cappy, Mario can take control of both enemy and stationary object Capture Targets. For example, Mario can take control of a traffic cone in order to stretch it backwards and fling himself high in the air, or take control of an enemy in order to gain that enemy’s special abilities for a time. There’s only one catch: The enemy’s head first has to be exposed. Each enemy has its own strengths and weaknesses: the huge stone-like Moe-Eyes can’t jump, but can lower their sunglasses to see hidden objects; Goombas are weak but don’t slip on icy stages; Bullet Bills can’t be controlled for long but can soar over gaps. Get far enough, and Mario can even take control of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
What other moves can Mario pull off in Super Mario Odyssey? Mario brings back several of his moves for traversing the open worlds of Odyssey, including his Long Jump, Ground Pound, Dive, and Triple Jump. He’s picked up a new Roll, allowing him to tuck into a ball and spin downhill for a speed boost. Mario’s also capable of swimming, diving, and even jumping up geysers of sand.
How does Mario’s health work in Super Mario Odyssey? Unlike most past games, Mario won’t be knocked out after one hit. Instead, he has a health wheel, and is capable of making a few mistakes before he dies. Even death won’t send you all the way back to the beginning of the stage. Instead, you’ll be sent back to your last checkpoint, and you’ll lose 10 coins. Also, it’s impossible to die from falling, though Mario may be stunned for several seconds if he falls from a great height.
Why are coins important in Super Mario Odyssey? As said above, coins can save Mario from death—as long as you have at least a few coins, you’ll never be wiped out completely. Each world also has its own form of currency, unique to that world. This unique currency is purple and is only spendable on that world, in contrast to the regular golden coins which can be spent anywhere. Crazy Cap Stores, found on every world, will let Mario buy upgrades, accessories, and different outfits.
What other collectibles are in Super Mario Odyssey? In every level, you’ll also find Power Moons and Grand Moons. Like the Stars from other Mario games, these Moons are hidden in hard-to-reach places or behind puzzles, and you’ll need to gather them to power Mario’s airship and head to new places. Unlike in past games, however, finding a Moon won’t place you back at the beginning. You’ll be able to keep exploring and keep finding more goodies.
How do checkpoints work in Super Mario Odyssey? You’ll be able to activate checkpoint flags by walking over them. These flags don’t just serve as a place to respawn after death, though. You’ll be able to use them as warp points in order to travel the world quickly.
Is there any classic 2D platforming in Super Mario Odyssey? Surprisingly, yes! Mario’s taken a leaf out of Link from A Link Between Worlds‘ book, and is able to go through certain special Warp Pipes in order to become two-dimensional. He’ll find himself flattened against a wall, able to platform up the blocks and fight the enemies painted on that wall.
What enemies will Mario take on in Super Mario Odyssey? Plenty of classic Mario enemies, like the Goombas, Bullet Bills, and Koopa Troopers, make a return in Super Mario Odyssey. A few, though, are brand new. Stretchy Uproots will help Mario climb to higher places, Moe-Eyes stomp around in snazzy sunglasses, and Nintendo’s pun game is on-point with the ever-hungry Cookatiel.
Are there boss battles in Super Mario Odyssey? Bowser is of course setting himself up to be the big bad evil guy, but he’s not the only powerful enemy Mario will have to face. While we haven’t seen all of the bosses yet, Mario is able to confront a giant, electrified, mechanical Wiggler when it rampages across New Donk City.
I heard Pauline is in this game. How does Pauline fit into Super Mario Odyssey? One entire section of the world, New Donk City in the Metro Kingdom, is based off of Mario’s very first appearance as Jumpman in the original Donkey Kong arcade machine. New Donk City is full of references to this arcade game, including some very familiar pinkish-red scaffolding surrounding the buildings, and Pauline herself as the city’s mayor.
What we think we know
What worlds appear in Super Mario Odyssey? There are at least six Kingdoms in Super Mario Odyssey: the Metro Kingdom, the Sand Kingdom, the Wooded Kingdom, the Luncheon Kingdom, Cascade Kingdom, and Cap Kingdom. Of these, we’ve seen gameplay from the first four. Each kingdom is packed with paths, secrets, and multiple ways to traverse each world. New Donk City, in the Metro Kingdom, is full of skyscrapers, taxis, and homages to Mario’s roots in Donkey Kong, while Tostarena Town and the Desert Oasis in the Sand Kingdom have been frozen over. We’ve only briefly gotten a look at the overgrown plants under the greenhouse dome of the Wooded Kingdom, but Bowser’s plans in the Luncheon Kingdom are a little more clear: A big cooking pot has been dropped on top of a local volcano, sending the Kingdom’s native fork-like inhabitants into a panic.
As of right now, the Cascade Kingdom and Cap Kingdom remain pretty mysterious. A tweet from Nintendo also showed some concept art of Mario swimming around and picking up Power Moons underwater, so it’s possible that we’ll see an underwater world or an underwater section of one of the Kingdoms above.
How does Mario travel in Super Mario Odyssey? Mario commands a giant hat-shaped airship called the Odyssey, but we don’t know exactly how it flies. It’ll take Power Moons to travel from world to world, but how many we need, how the Odyssey flies, and how you steer it are all unknowns. It’s possible to enter the ship as well, though the function of the nice leather furniture on the interior is, for now, a mystery.
What we want to know
Is Mario human in Super Mario Odyssey? Okay, so this is just strange. It’s always been assumed that Mario is human, or at least as human as beings can get in the Mushroom Kingdom. New Donk City, though, shows that beings that look a lot more like conventional humans exist in this world. Does that mean that Mario isn’t human? Or is he another species of human? Could the events of this game take place on another planet (or galaxy) entirely? Will Nintendo completely gloss over this point and never address it?
Is Super Mario Odyssey‘s Cappy really a hat in Super Mario Odyssey? It seems a bit odd, even for this universe, that Mario’s hat should suddenly come alive. However, Bowser is seen with an entourage of rabbits in one of the trailers. And, as everyone who’s ever seen a magic trick knows, hats are commonly associated with rabbits. Perhaps Cappy isn’t really a hat at all, but another being inhabiting the hat. At the moment, though, that’s just our theory.
What powers will Mario have in Super Mario Odyssey? At the Crazy Cap Store, Mario’s able to buy outfit upgrades and certain powers. What we don’t know is what exactly these powers are and how the different outfits will work. Are they just fun cosmetics? Will they play a part in accessing certain areas? Are his powers tied to his clothes, or his hat? We’ll have to wait and see.
Will there be a hub world in Super Mario Odyssey? We’ve seen the different worlds, and we’ve seen the airship. What’s not clear, though, is how all the Kingdoms connect. Are they separated, making the Odyssey necessary to reach each world, or are they connected, with borders that can be crossed on foot?
Does Super Mario Odyssey have any online functionality? The Australian Classifications Board made a note of Super Mario Odyssey‘s use of “online interactivity,” but didn’t give us any clues as to what that could be. Perhaps it’s possible to play with a friend online, or maybe users will be just be able to upload their high scores or speed run records.
How does the day-night cycle work in Super Mario Odyssey? The developers have remarked that we’ll see the levels under different circumstances, seeing some stages during the day and again at night, and others with clear weather can be wracked by thunderstorms. What we don’t know is whether this is a constant cycle, with time progressing and weather moving in at random, or whether these events are triggered by certain points in the story. We also don’t know what effects seeing the Kingdoms under different circumstances will have. Perhaps different gameplay elements open up at different times, or more enemies appear at night.
How many hats are in Super Mario Odyssey? Mario has a hat. Bowser has a pretty snazzy hat. All of the rabbits have hats. Perhaps Super Mario Odyssey is sneakily taking aim at the long-forgotten Team Fortress 2 audience.