It’s a me, Odyssey!
Nintendo showed off a ton of Super Mario Odyssey gameplay at their Nintendo Treehouse event this year at E3 2017.
The gameplay starts off in New Donk City where Mario climbs building after building. It’s stunning to see just how large New Donk City looks and I don’t know about you, but I get the strange feeling we’re going to get a pretty good Donkey Kong cameo. I mean, New Donk City… which has skyscrapers… and probably a girder or two… perfect for throwing barrels down… I don’t know it seems like a perfect opportunity.\
From New Donk City, Mario heads to Tostarena Town where they show off some awesome combat mechanics. It’s almost as if they’ve taken Mario’s jump away as a combat mechanic and replaced it with the hat, and that’s not a bad thing. From what I see, Mario gets to pull off some pretty cool moves throwing the hat at enemies, controlling the hat in the air, even spinning it around his body a la a Link from the Legend Of Zelda power spin.
What was absolutely amazing to see was what I call the “possession” mechanic. Mario is able to throw his hat at enemies and then either control them or possess them or become them. It’s not quite obvious what happens but you definitely gain control of your enemies. In one scene, Mario possesses a Bullet Bill and flys around the map. This got me
This got me especially excited because most Mario games as platformers at their core, limit the time and space you have in certain areas. With this new mechanic, you’re able to explore each map to it’s fullest. Hopefully, Nintendo hides some super secret stuff on each map, forcing us to really use our creativity to find it.
Another cool point was the different looking coins. The creator of Super Mario Odyssey loved the idea that whenever you travel to a foreign place the money looks different and almost fake. They applied that to the game and it looks like you’ll get gathering different looking coins for the different areas that you visit.
At the very least, Super Mario Odyssey is an amazing breath of fresh air from all the shooting and killing and dark games shown off at E3 2017.
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