The best so far in Nintendo’s Super Mario game series, Mario’s latest 3D platformer adventure, “Super Mario Odyssey,” is launching Friday on the Nintendo switch, along with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Assassin’s Creed Origins, which are also much-awaited.
When it comes to Super Mario games, it is a given that there will be no dearth of new ideas, be it new surroundings to explore or a new trick up Mario’s sleeve to exploit while interacting with the world around him.
The Super Mario Odyssey has certainly taken the 3D platformer adventure to another level – and beyond – in terms of wild creativity and an awesome gaming experience, with brilliant puzzles, rewards, and side adventures, to say nothing of the excellent control over jumps, dashes, and dives. There is never a dull moment in the game!
It all starts with a raging battle between Mario and the villain Bowser, an angry turtle, who defeats Mario and takes off with Princess Peach.
Mario, meanwhile, finds himself in a strange land where he comes across the character Cappy – a sentient hat. It gives Mario the ability to take possession of objects and characters while on his quest to rescue Princess Peach whom her abductor Bowser plans to marry.
Mario can turn into a relentless rocket by simply tossing Cappy on to a Bullet Bill, or he can throw it on a frog to get enhanced leaping powers. With Cappy’s help, he can possess a squid to squirt an inky way out of a watery situation or become a dinosaur and smash his way through stuff. And, even become a giant chunk of meat to counter a specific threat.
There are also plenty of Browser minions Mario can take possession of for enhanced abilities in adverse situations during his adventure run across the varied kingdoms.
The key is in learning how to make the most of these additional powers that Cappy brings to the Odyssey table.
Mario can now embark on his adventure across brand new worlds, including a dark crumbling castle, a forest, an icescape, and a New York- like cityscape called New Donk, to name a few.
It is a great combination of the two new aspects of the game – Cappy and its possession abilities plus the exciting new kingdoms you will encounter during the adventure.
However, before Mario can reach a new world he needs to first power up the ship, Odyssey, using Power Moons which are radiant collectibles spread across the different kingdoms and landscapes.
Running around corners and along walls and floors, Super Mario Odyssey effortlessly transitions from 3D to 2D somewhat replicating the experience of its predecessor Super Mario Bros.
There’s a fantastic fight in a bowl of soup in which Mario has to swim up sheet of cascading barf disgorged by a giant crazy bird chef. And in one spectacular racing adventure Mario needs to strategically bounce off raised track walls – an original compelling experience, indeed!
All in all, the Super Mario Odyssey is everything you have loved about the Super Mario series games with a lot of new, brilliantly creative additions and innovation giving you an unprecedented Mario experience. Great graphics, fantastic thrills!
The good thing is that we are not alone in our assessment of the Super Mario Odyssey game as a superb new addition to the Nintendo game series. We are joined by several others who have rated the game very highly. Here they are with their reviews.
“Super Mario Odyssey marks a major milestone in Mario’s legacy. This will likely be the game his future endeavors get measured against. It’s an absolute no-brainer to buy for anyone with a Switch. And if you’ve been waiting on Odyssey as a validation for a console purchase, I’m here to tell you the time is now.” — Jeff Bakalar
“The Nintendo Switch isn’t hurting for must-have titles, and Super Mario Odyssey is a proud addition to its library. Like Breath of the Wild before it, it takes you on a journey that’s not short on cool sights, epic battles, and coy suggestions to ‘see what’s over there.’ Pack a suitcase and get on board; there’s so very much to do.” — Nadia Oxford
Game Informer (9.75/10)
“I was floored by the creativity accompanying most of Odyssey. A lot of iteration and thought clearly went into some of the secrets and platforming exercises. I enjoyed each challenge type except the Roving Races, on-foot sprints against Koopa Troopers where every second counts. I was irked by the racers walking through enemies and walls without penalty–almost appearing to be a bug or a cheap way of intensifying the competition in a game that is otherwise nearly flawless in its execution. Quibbles aside, Super Mario Odyssey is an absolute delight and another Switch release that will have Nintendo fans debating which 3D Mario game is the best of them all.
I still hang my hat on Super Mario Galaxy as the pinnacle of the series, but Odyssey and its wealth of gameplay styles and moons make it a close second.” — Andrew Reiner
“Mario’s games have been around for almost as long as game consoles have been a thing, but thankfully, he’s always evolving. We rarely get the same Mario twice. Super Mario Odyssey delivers on that ongoing promise of originality and innovation: It distills the venerable series’ joyful, irreverent world and characters and best-in-class platforming action, and introduces a steady stream of new and unexpected mechanics. It’s all spun together into a generational masterpiece.” — Ryan McCaffrey