A tweet by the official Japanese Super Mario Odyssey account may have revealed an as-of-yet unannounced kingdom, and it’s got Mario all wet.
The tweet included an image that can be used as either a calendar or as a cellphone wallpaper, and it shows Mario diving underwater, decked out in snorkeling gear and surrounded by Cheep Cheeps.
At first, we thought maybe it was just a throwback image using familiar iconography, but upon closer inspection we realized that, not only is the Super Mario Odyssey logo visible in the bottom-right corner, but one of the game’s Power Moons, which act as the main collectibles like Power Stars and Shine Sprites in previous games, can be seen on the ocean floor.
On top of that, August 8th seems to have been singled out on the calendar image, possibly hinting at the next Nintendo Direct when Nintendo will reveal the new kingdom, though that’s pure speculation.
— スーパーマリオ オデッセイ (@mario_odysseyJP) July 31, 2017
While it’s tempting to take this as confirmation that Super Mario Odyssey will be taking to the sea, Nintendo has only confirmed six worlds so far, none of which are underwater kingdoms and none of which have included purple Power Moons (which is especially weird, considering that purple is the color that’s been tied to the game’s per-level currency so far). On top of that, even though the above image is tied to Super Mario Odyssey in certain ways, one major aspect of the game is missing — Cappy, Mario’s handy-dandy transformative headwear.
Also, Mario, you generally don’t snorkel underwater, bro. And you obviously need to put more air in that inner tube.
That being said, it does seem weird that Nintendo would create marketing materials (or, at least, post concept art as marketing materials) if it wasn’t indicative of what will be in the game, especially with only a couple months to go before releasing one of the most anticipated games of the year.
But, then again, Nintendo’s decisions don’t always make sense.
Super Mario Odyssey is coming to the Nintendo Switch on October 27th.
Source: Game Rant