Mario’s been to a lot of weird places, and he’s done a lot of strange things, but nothing compares to the surreal and bizarre world of “Super Mario Odyssey.”
“Super Mario Odyssey” is the next major flagship game in the classic franchise, from Nintendo’s world-class internal teams — and it’s nearly here.
With the launch of “Odyssey” coming up so soon on October 27, it’s time to get up to speed on Mario’s next big adventure. Here’s a look:
1. “Super Mario Odyssey” is an open-world, 3D Mario game.
“Super Mario Odyssey” is a 3D Mario game, along the lines of “Super Mario 64” and “Super Mario Sunshine.” That means it’s a sandbox-style game. The world is segmented into levels, but the levels are massive and open-ended.
Forget about flagpoles — in “Super Mario Odyssey,” you’re given free rein to go wherever you want within a world. There are no “beginning” and “end” points in “Odyssey,” in that sense. There is an overall story arc and a progression to the game, of course, but each world is open-ended in how you approach it.
2. “Odyssey” is still very much a Mario game.
If you’ve ever played a 3D Mario game before, you’re familiar with “Super Mario Odyssey.” I’ve spent a few hours playing the game at preview events in 2017, and I was able to directly apply previously learned Mario skills. The double jump, and the long jump, and the backflip, and whatever else you’re expecting? It’s in there.
In the long tradition of Mario games, “Odyssey” builds on the already existing framework of Mario gameplay and control.
3. The world of “Odyssey” is divided into “Kingdoms.”
It’s not clear how many kingdoms in total there are for Mario to explore — remember, these are large areas that are full of stuff to collect, puzzles to solve, and enemies to tackle — but Nintendo has thus far shown nine.
Here are all nine areas Nintendo detailed in its most recent video:
-New Donk City, Metro Kingdom
-Tostarena, Sand Kingdom
-Mount Volbono, Luncheon Kingdom
-Steam Gardens, Wooded Kingdom
-Bonneton, Cap Kingdom
-Fossil Falls, Cascade Kingdom
-Shiveria, Snow Kingdom
-Bubblaine, Seaside Kingdom
-Tropical island, Unknown kingdom