There was a lot to take in after Nintendo’s Switch presentation wrapped up last night. We finally have a release date and price for the console. A new online subscription service was announced and we now know the Switch’s launch lineup of games. Speaking of games, there was one featuring a famous Italian plumber that had a strong debut. For a while, we’ve been wondering if a new Mario game was headed to the Switch, and now we know. During the presentation, Nintendo revealed Super Mario Odyssey, a new 3D Mario game coming in the holiday of 2017.
In the game’s reveal trailer we see Mario exploring worlds outside the Mushroom Kingdom, including a version of New York City dubbed, New Donk City. A neat new gameplay mechanic was showcased in the trailer, too, which sees Mario use his hat (that now has eyes) as a platform to jump off of. Check out the trailer below:
Little else is known about the game at this time, other than it boasts large sandbox worlds to explore and that Bowser has captured Princess Peach. No surprise there then. A description of the game on Nintendo’s website reads:
“Mario embarks on a new journey through unknown worlds, running and jumping through huge 3D worlds in the first sandbox-style Mario game since Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. Set sail between expansive worlds aboard an airship, and perform all-new actions, such as throwing Mario’s cap.”
As mentioned in this description, Odyssey marks the first sandbox-style Mario game since Sunshine, 64 and the Galaxy games too to a certain extent. Many Nintendo fans were hoping they’d get a new Mario game at the launch of the Switch. However, the new Legend of Zelda gets that launch lineup spot, with Odyssey sure to be Nintendo’s flagship game for the Switch this fall. Odyssey certainly looks interesting, vibrant and marks somewhat of a new direction for the series. Let’s hope that release window sticks and we’ll be playing it later this year.
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