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. We’ve gotten even more information in subsequent Nintendo Directs, so there’s plenty to dissect and discuss. 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. Princess Peach isn’t the only casualty of Bowser’s kidnapping – he’s also stolen away Tiara, Cappy’s sibling! 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. Every world has more Moons than you need, so expect many of them to be extremely well-hidden.
How does Mario travel in Super Mario Odyssey? There’s no hub world in Super Mario Odyssey. Instead, Mario commands a giant hat-shaped airship called the Odyssey, which runs off of Power Moons. You’ll need to collect a different number of Power Moons from each world in order to make your way to the next, so you’ll need to explore each Kingdom pretty thoroughly if you want to keep on traveling.
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. Pauline is also the singer of Jump Up, Super Star!, the official theme song of Super Mario Odyssey.
How can I take screenshots of Super Mario Odyssey? The game features a special Snapshot Mode, which lets users freeze time at any point to take a snapshot. Once in Snapshot Mode, players can rotate the camera, zoom in and out, blur Mario’s surroundings, add stickers, change colors, and export their creation to post it on social media or use pre-made templates to create a desktop or phone background.
What we think we know
What worlds appear in Super Mario Odyssey? There are at least eight Kingdoms in Super Mario Odyssey: the Metro Kingdom, the Sand Kingdom, the Wooded Kingdom, the Luncheon Kingdom, Cascade Kingdom, the Snow Kingdom, and the Seaside Kingdom and Cap Kingdom. 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. The Seaside Kingdom provides plenty of underwater levels for Mario to explore, while the Cap Kingdom seems to be the mysterious home of Cappy and Tiara.
Do Amiibo work in Super Mario Odyssey? There’s a special line of Amiibo just for Super Mario Odyssey, and it features Bowser, Mario, and Princess Peach dressed in their best for the wedding. Nintendo has revealed that certain Amiibo can be tapped to summon a character named Uncle Amiibo, revealing the location of a Power Moon on the map. However, we don’t know which Amiibo will unlock this functionality, or whether the special wedding set of Amiibo will do anything different.
Will Super Mario Odyssey have any online functionality? Certain mini-games in Super Mario Odyssey will make use of online record-keeping. You’ll be able to compete with the world at large and with your group of friends to set records in games like Koopa Freerunning, the Jump Rope Challenge, and RC Car Challenge, and will be able to track your progress on a leaderboard. We don’t know whether this online functionality will expand to other features, however.
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?
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. Cappy is a hat. Tiara is a hat. Bowser has a pretty snazzy hat. All of the rabbits have hats. There seems to be an entire world of hats. Perhaps Super Mario Odyssey is sneakily taking aim at the long-forgotten Team Fortress 2 audience.