Super Mario Odyssey Review: Capturing the Minds of Adventurous Gamers

Super Mario Odyssey Review: Capturing the Minds of Adventurous Gamers


Preston Jones, Staff Writer

Title: Super Mario Odyssey
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: October 27th, 2017

It’s been awhile since Nintendo has released such a remarkable title in the Super Mario franchise. Going back to the 3D platformer’s roots, Super Mario Odyssey is a brand new title which incorporates new and original concepts built up with ideas illustrated from past games in the long-running franchise.

Odyssey’s main form leans toward the exploration style of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine as opposed to the more linear Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2. While Odyssey is more exploration based, it also incorporates more linear sections that balance the game’s progression.

The biggest concept presented in Odyssey, “Cappy,” is a new character featured to represent Mario’s well recognized hat. Throughout the game, Mario is able use Cappy as a weapon thrown at enemies, a jumping pad to reach territories out of reach, and a tool to solve puzzles located throughout each Kingdom in the game.

The bulk of the puzzles in Odyssey consists of Mario throwing his hat, Cappy, at enemies to “capture” their bodies.

Basically, whenever the player tosses Cappy at certain enemies, Mario possesses that enemy. Once the player takes control of an enemy, a new set of abilities are gained, giving the player access to complete puzzles, advance through linear sections or discover secret areas containing objects to collect.

Capturing a Goomba, for instance, will allow the player to stack onto other Goombas to create a tower to reach a higher ledge holding new collectables.

Another driving point the game offers is the expansive amount of objects to collect. The main collectibles you find are Power Moons and Purple Coins. There are 1,000 Purple Coins and over 800 Power Moon locations! Players are able to acquire these collectibles throughout the game.

After completing the game’s main campaign, I was surprised by the heavy amount of content that was still left to explore. Odyssey does a fantastic job captivating the player’s attention by rewarding the player with Power Moons throughout the entire game.

Never once did I find myself having a difficult time looking for a new objective.

Between compelling ideas, colorful visuals, balanced progression and richness in content, Odyssey is a wonderful surprise for everybody.

Odyssey is a must buy for any Nintendo fan. The game is another selling reason to own a Nintendo Switch, alongside other major exclusives such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, and Splatoon 2.

Hats off to Nintendo for making a masterfully crafted platformer that evokes the adventure in all of us.

Reviewer score: 10/10