For as long as we have been following the video game industry, the character Mario has been prevalent and sitting at center stage. Mario is a larger-than-life video game icon despite his humble origins as a platforming plumber. Nintendo has made sure to continually bring their mega-character into every iteration of their newest consoles and in doing so they’ve kept us feeling young at heart. Most recently we saw Mario take center stage once again on the Nintendo Switch in what is, perhaps, the most hyped game of the year: ‘Super Mario Odyssey’
Returning to the gaming world with Mario is as graceful and enjoyable as it ever was. There is something intrinsically pleasing about the bright colors, excited and unique music, and the simple task of saving Princess Peach. Even though so much is familiar in ‘Odyssey’ there is still so much that feels different, new and exciting. In ‘Odyssey’ your goal is ultimately to rescue Princess Peach from the evil grasp of Bowser but it is being done by way of your hunt for the elusive Power Moons. These Power Moons are a riff off of the traditional star system that past Mario titles have pursued. As you hunt for these Power Moons you will travel across a wide variety of different levels, exploring every conceivable landscape that you can imagine. Along the way, you’ll utilize new transformations, fight larger than life opponents, and collect a number of different items.
The power in ‘Odyssey’ isn’t that it is, perhaps, the best ‘Mario’ title released in the past decade. The power in ‘Odyssey’ is that it is a potent blend of nostalgia that you can uncork and imbibe at any point in time, supposing you own the title and a Nintendo Switch. So long as Nintendo keeps doing our favorite plumber justice, we’ll keep lining up.
The Mario franchise continues to wreck havoc even after all these years. It’s been a generation since Mario first graced a video game screen. And now, in 2017, he is dominating another platform.
Super Mario Odyssey is the latest smash hit game released for the Nintendo Switch gaming console. According to Forbes, the game was such an immediate success on the new-ish device that a quarter of all Switch users purchased it within the first three days of the game’s release. In less than a week, it is on pace to easily surpass The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as the biggest game ever for the Switch.
That, on its own, isn’t a huge surprise. Breath of the Wild was the first main release for the console. As the Switch becomes more prevalent in the market, newer games are bound to sell more. However, Super Mario Odyssey has something else going for it. It is one of the best reviewed games of the year.
The thought behind the game is fresh and enticing, though with a hint of nostalgia. Gamers travel the world as Mario, collecting trinkets, taking photos, and searching for hidden secrets in the places they visit. The open world aspect reminds people of Super Mario 64 from the old Nintendo 64. The freedom of exploration really opens up what players have come to expect from a Mario game.
After venturing around, part of the fun of Odyssey is involved in what one does with his or her discoveries. Players are allowed to decorate their ship to represent the places they have visited. They are also encouraged to take and capture the very best Mario photos and share them on social media with other players.
The Mario character continues to succeed because of the innovations surrounding his game play. From Cart to Party, Odyssey is the latest installment in a franchise that keeps improving.