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Minor Super Mario Odyssey spoilers!
Super Mario Odyssey is the latest Nintendo game to grace the Nintendo Switch, the game follows Mario who is once again trying to save Peach from Bowser. Bowser this time is boldly planning his wedding to Peach, with his wedding planning rabbits called The Broodles, his goal is to go to different kingdoms in his air ship and plan the perfect wedding.
This time however, Mario is not alone! Mario is joined by his friend from Cappy from the Cap Kingdom. Cappy is also after Bowser as Bowser has also stollen Cappy’s sister Tiara to be used as part of Peach’s costume. Cappy is moe than just a buddy on this journey though, Cappy is Mario’s main weapon as he can be thrown, can be used to merge with enemies and even as a platform for Mario to jump on! After finding the ship known as The Odyssey, Mario and Cappy embark on an adventure through multiple kingdoms to save Princess Peach from Bowser.
Mario Odyssey so far has been a rather captivating (pun) experience! I’ve just completed the main story for the game but there’s still so much to do! The game boasts an assortment of Kingdoms and as a Mario game the gameplay is rather solid. Cappy feels natural to use and all of his captures use the same control scheme which makes using them feel easy to use. Every boss has a fun element to them that makes them enjoyable with lots of “aha” moments and vetted Mario fans will find a lot of nostalgic moments and gameplay elements that will lead to many gleeful smiles. New Donk City in the Metro Kingdom has one of the greatest homages in video game history.
The game has a slew of collectables and is probably the largest collectathon platformer to date, over 800 moons to collect and a huge amount of outfits and stickers to obtain in your game. Even capturing has a collectathon element with the game telling you how many you’ve captured and even has the same thing for what music you’ve listenned to!
The games levels are set out as large open areas with a huge amount of moons, level specific coins and objectives to tackle! Giving fans of games like Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Sunshine an experience to relive!
However Mario Odyssey’s perhaps most noticable caviate lies in it’s over 800 moons. Because these 800 moons are split across 15 levels and this means that there is a huge saturation of moons in each level. I’m trying to avoid spoilers but there’s a level in the game that literally points to 4 objectives on a map, you go speak to some people and boom you have some moons and it felt so repetitive and boring for that one level. That one level proceeded to have one of my faviroute moments in my life playing video games so I was left feeling very happy but the collectathon element whilst fun does often feel a little eye rolling in how easy some moons are to get. I am aware however that there are some that are incredibly difficult and if you do want a collectathon challange then this game might leave you with nothing but joy! However as someone who rather enjoyed the sheer amount of levels in Super Mario Galaxy with less stars I did feel like I got through the main story very quickly and whiulst I’m looking forward to tackling this game over time it would have been nice to see a higher abundence of levels.
In conclusion Super Mario Odyssey is a love letter to fans of the plumber! The game is a culmination of the Super Mario series across the ages and the game hits all the right notes with all the right subtleties that makes it an enjoyable experience. From the 8bit sequences to Mario’s happy face on the save sceren this game is polished with love. Some of the best Mario gameplay I’ve ever played and whilst I felt like the distrubtion of Moons could of been handled better, this didn’t stop me from enjoying Super Mario Odyssey. I’d rate this game a 8.4/10! An Odyssey for the ages!
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