Super Mario Odyssey

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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

Overview

Mario has stared in running and jumping Super Mario games on Nintendo hardware since the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80's. The formula remains unchanged. Explore a level, jump on enemies, collect coins and get to the flag at the end to inch closer to saving the princess. Each world is rounded off with a big enemy to beat before moving on to the next one.

Super Mario Odyssey expands on these basics with intricately explorable themed worlds rich in secrets, new enemies and a brand new companion, Cappy. This not only adds new ways to attack enemies but also to poses them and use their powers. It expands the ways to progress and beat each level in ways not seen before.

These novelties are often seen in platform games but rarely are they as well balanced and integrated as Cappy in Super Mario Odyssey. The hat is versatile and can be jumped on while it hangs in the air. Players learn to use its properties to reach distant platforms and make seemingly impossible jumps. Like the best platform games, this moves success from quick reactions to learned mechanical prowess with the physics of the world and Mario's abilities.

After the more linear Super Mario games like New Super Mario Bros and New Super Mario 3D World, this game returns to the more open-ended, exploration-based gameplay featured in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine.
  • Super Mario Bros. (1985) on NES and rereleased on GameBoy Colour in 1999.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988) on NES and rereleased on GBA in 2001
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988) on NES and rereleased on GBA in 2003
  • Super Mario Land (1989) on GameBoy
  • Super Mario World (1990) on SNES and rereleased on GBA in 2002
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992) on GameBoy
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995) on SNES and rereleased on GBA in 2002
  • Super Mario 64 (1996) on N64 and rereleased on DS in 2004
  • Super Mario Sunshine (2002) on GameCube
  • New Super Mario Bros (2012) on DS
  • Super Mario Galaxy (2007) on Wii
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009) on Wii
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010) on Wii
  • Super Mario 3D Land (2011) on Wii
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012) on 3DS
  • New Super Mario Bros. U (2013) on Wii U
  • Super Mario 3D World (2014) on Wii U
  • Super Mario Run (2016) on iOS and Android
  • Super Mario Odyssey (2017) on Switch
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019) on Switch
  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020) on Switch Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy
There's also a spin off game creation game that enables you to make you own Super Mario levels:

Details

Release date: October 2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform.

 

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Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 13 hours and 18 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can collect the minimum number of Power Moons to advance to the end and beat Bowser in around 13 hours, but to see all the levels will take at least 18. To collect everything is reported to take players towards 130 hours. Once Bowser is defeated at the end of the first run-through, each world is repopulated with more Power Moons and mysterious grey boxes are activated.

You can play two players in Super Mario Odyssey with the second player controller Cappy, although this can become a little fiddly unless the two players are communicating really clearly.

There is a hide and find balloons mode where online players hide balloons in the worlds and ou score points by finding them.

Costs

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

This game supports Nintendo's amiibo, figurines and cards that can be purchased separately to unlock in-game items.

Age Ratings

Rated PEGI 7+ because it features violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures, pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children and non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context.

One of the boss battles takes place in a nightmarish setting in which you need to climb a destroyed tower to confront a realistic-looking dragon. This dragon has glowing eyes, sharp teeth and looks rather realistic. You need to dodge its lasers and circular saw lasers to remove pins from its head and stop him once this is done. Some boss battles also contain elements that are more severe than previous instalments from this series.

In one of the levels, you can capture a realistic-looking T-rex and roam the level with it. This beast has a realistic appearance and could be seen as a disturbing element. Mario can also be outfitted with different costumes. The most noteworthy costume is the Zombie costume. Here Mario looks like a zombie and instead of a hat, he as an axe in his head. This axe can be thrown, much like the hat he always wears. The reactions of the character to this action, remain the same.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.


User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

Accessibility

Difficulty starts low and rises, but the assist mode helps direct you and grants extra health. There is minimal reading, although text size can't be adjusted. In the shop, the text is small including prices and how many coins you have. Motion controls are integral but not essential and you can't remap any buttons or sticks. Assist mode superimposes blue arrows on the ground to show players where they need to go next. You can unlock outfits that offer higher contrast. Controller rumble tells you when you are walking on a secret and directs you to it. Auditory cues exist for some other events, but this isn't comprehensive.
Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Assistance

Assistance When Stuck: The game notices if you get stuck and provides assistance, such as skipping levels, hints or tutorials.

Assistance With Controls: You can get the game to assist aiming, steering, reloading, jumping, running etc.

Assistance With Direction: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trail and the like.

Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Motion

Motion Controls Available: You can use motion controls, tilting the controller to steer for example.

Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.

Controller Vibration

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

Informative Vibration: Controller vibration indicates aspects of the game, echoing visual and audio cues.

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Super Mario Odyssey in the following lists:

Unusual Locomotion

These games offer worlds you explore in unusual ways. Maybe it’s hard to put one foot in front of the other, or maybe you get a chance to climb and jump athletically. These games put you in touch what it’s like to move more easily or more difficulty than real life.
 

BAFTA Nominated Games

The British Academy Games Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding creative achievement in Games. The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of the games sector.

The awards started in 2004 and are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). For parents, they are a great way of discovering brilliant games to play in their family. The games included here are from the:
  • The Family Games award highlights games that will work really well for parents and children. These often include multiplayer features and feature a cast of family-friendly characters.
  • The Games Beyond Entertainment award is also of interest as this highlights more unusual games with an emphasis on storytelling that addresses topics that parents may find appealing themselves.

 

Big Budget Popular Games

These games are big, brash and popular. They have big budgets which means the visual and interactive quality is particularly high. They also have strong and wide ranging player communities.
 

Hide and Seek

Some forms of play are timeless. Running around with a stick pretending to be in the army. Chasing each other in games of tag. And, of course, hide and seek. The games in this list offer digital ways to play hide and seek with a variety of different twists.

Hide In A Crowd: There are games like Spy Party, Thief Town, Hidden in Plain Sight and Buissons, that let you play as a range of characters and then challenge another player to find you amongst a computer-controlled crowd, from what way you move and interact. The Fruit game in Game and Wario on Wii U has the same mechanics, with one person trying to steal fruit without the other players working out who they are. Wii Party offers hiding in its Spot the Sneak mode where one player has a secret advantage in the mini-games that the other players have to spot. Another great example is Wii U Party, Lost and Found Square mode. One player stands in a crowd of identical people and uses the Wii U gamepad to look around and describe their location to other players, who use the TV to explore and find them. At the end, you see a map of where the players had run.

Prop Hunt: There are games with "Prop Hunt" modes where you can change into the items in the world to hide. Fortnite has a great Prop Hunt mode, as does Minecraft. Then there are games like Witch It designed around this idea of transforming into normal items and hiding in a game world.

Separate Screens: There games like Mario Chase and Luigi's Ghosthouse in Nintendoland, or Pac-Man Vs where one person has their own screen while the others team up to hunt for them use the main TV screen. Or games you play online where everyone has their own screen and try to hide from a particular character like in Secret Neighbor. Screencheat is a twist on this, where you share the same screen and try to shoot each other, but your characters are invisible.

Hidden Objects: Or there are hidden object games where the computer hides things that you have to find, like Hidden Folks and Hidden Through Time. There's a hidden object mode in Mario Odyssey where you hunt online player's hidden balloons. A twist on this is Here Kitty where one person hides a phone that then makes cat noises until the seeker has found it.

Open World Hiding: You can use pretty much any open-world game to make your own hiding fun. You can hide in Minecraft (having turned nameplates off), sneak around on public transport in or simply count to 10 while visitors hide in Animal Crossing New Horizons.
 
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