Back in October 2016, Nintendo revealed a trailer for the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch is their newest hybrid home console that is set to be released on March 3rd. Its unit is shaped similarly to a tablet computer and features two detachable controllers called Joy-Con. Joy-Con can be used individually or attached to a grip for the more traditional game pad form.
Halfway through the trailer we see someone playing a new Mario game. Mario was seen jumping and hopping through this desert world, avoiding a bullet bill that was heading his way. No news was found about what the new Mario game would be…until NOW!
Mario’s new adventures will continue onto the Nintendo Switch with the new title Super Mario Odyssey. Super Mario Odyssey is the 7th 3D platformer within the Super Mario series and will also return to the more freeform level design that was previously used in Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario 64. Here’s some first-impressions notes I got from viewing the trailer:
Mario takes on the Big Apple
The trailer starts with Mario leaping up from a drainpipe in what looks like a NYC-inspired area. Taxi cabs are driving through the streets and regular people are walking around the sidewalk. Mario jumps from the taxi cab to the swing onto the lamp post. We also see his infamous wall-kick moves as he leaps from building-to-building to reach a ledge. He climbs walls and runs down to the helicopter pad area, where a big flying contraption sends him off to his next destination.
From Urban to Desert
We see Mario’s contraption land into a secluded desert town, performing a rolling move down the sandy path (FYI, this was the same town shown in the Nintendo Switch trailer back in October!). He leaps up from an umbrella to collect six pink triangles. Not sure what their significance is, but they’re DEFINITELY important collectibles!
Frolicking in the Forest
Another world in Super Mario Odyssey takes Mario into a cool, damp forest area. At one point, he runs through a flowery path that leads him around a hollow tree. We also get a glimpse of Mario swimming through some water (a green pipe can be seen near where the water is flowing!).
World of Veggies
Next world we see is full of large vegetables sprouting up everywhere. Mario carries a large turnip within the world (this feature of picking up turnips date back to Super Mario Bros. 2 for NES!). We see a glimpse of a Hammer Bro throwing hammers at Mario while he dodges two Spinies crossing his path. Mario’s contraption takes off and steers him towards his next destinations (NYC-esque city, desert town, forest, vegetable world).
In the newest chapter of Mario’s adventures, Bowser returns once again! Bowser is looking to celebrate a royal wedding with Peach, but Peach just isn’t having it. Mario must now save Peach from being Bowser’s wife and prevent the wedding from happening. It’s been decades since Super Mario Brothers was released and Bowser STILL won’t let go of Princess Peach!
Mario’s Playable Cap
Within the earlier games, Mario’s cap simply served as an accessory for his outfit. One scene shows Mario entering a ‘Crazy Cap’ shop, only to show off Mario’s new cap skills a few seconds later. Mario can throw his hat boomerang-style and even use it as a jumping pad to head over to farther distances. Previous Mario titles have shown him without his hat, but this would be the first game where Mario’s famous cap becomes a gameplay mechanic.
Riding the Lion
Near the end of the trailer, Mario jumps onto a gold lion’s back. The lion runs through the sand, destroying any enemies that stand in their way. So far this was only featured in the desert world. Run like the wind, Mario!
I don’t know about you, but I am DEFINITELY excited for this game! It’s been a while since I’ve played a good Mario title and I’ll have to check out when it releases. Nintendo really knows how to promote their brand mascot for each new home console. Mario may look the same, but a whole new adventure awaits him. There’s no set date on when the title will be released, but I look forward to finding out more information on it soon. In the meantime, let’s take this moment to celebrate Mario’s new adventure on the Nintendo Switch!