Nintendo Announces Super Mario Odyssey for the Switch

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Nintendo Announces Super Mario Odyssey for the Switch

During the Switch Presentation tonight, the Nintendo revealed that the next big Mario title will be Super Mario Odyssey, an open world sandbox game.

We got our first glimpse of the game during Nintendo's Switch reveal in October [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/168662-Nintendo-Switch-Revealed#&gid=gallery_6577&pid=1], but this is the first extensive look we've gotten at it.


The trailer from the presentation showed Nintendo's plumber-turned-hero jumping around a bunch of different areas, which are based on real world locations. You can check out some screenshots in the gallery below.

Unfortunately, Super Mario Odyssey will not be a Switch launch title, instead slated for a holiday 2017 release.

The Nintendo Switch will launch on March 3, 2017, at a cost of $299.

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Open World. Mario. Sandbox. Why?

I... just... christ, I know I ragged on Final Fantasy XIII for being what was essentially a giant corridor, but fuck me am I starting to miss a linear game experience with so many big empty sandboxes around. Hell Mario started off as a linear game (quite literally), his is the last fucking franchise that needs this kind of bullshit tacked on. God dammit.
 

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Wrex Brogan said:
Open World. Mario. Sandbox. Why?

I... just... christ, I know I ragged on Final Fantasy XIII for being what was essentially a giant corridor, but fuck me am I starting to miss a linear game experience with so many big empty sandboxes around. Hell Mario started off as a linear game (quite literally), his is the last fucking franchise that needs this kind of bullshit tacked on. God dammit.
It is possible that its like mario 64, many different missions that take place in the same map. Billy Hatcher did the same thing. We have no proof that Odyssey will be like that, but I would be willing to bet that Nintendo wouldn't just "throw" mario into an open world game.
 

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On the one hand it's nice to see Nintendo get rid of the rigid hub based, timed level set-up of old. On the other, from this footage there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the levels. Everything that isn't the city feels like a bunch of empty space occupied by randomly placed structures. And the city itself looks like every other open-world city in every other open-world game.

It is something different for Mario at least.
 

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I'm certain this is some sort of collective fever dream
Why would Nintendo put mario in a city full of weirdly realistic people
they could atleast have had them be is a similar cartoony style to mario and acknowledge that there are more than like 7 human beings in the mario universe
but no
super cartoony mario running around a realistic city

this looks like a GTA san andreas mod
 

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I'm really unsure about this. I know my son would love running around a city like that but... I'm not sold on this game.

Dear Nintendo,
I know you're like 5 years behind the curve, but you might want to know that sandbox games are on the decline.
 

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Seems like Super Mario 64 mixed with Jak and Daxter. With just a sprinkle of Sonic 06, in case you got your hopes up. Seriously, the concept looks good but why the realistically proportioned humans? Why not the regular suspects (Toads, Koopas, Shy Guys, etc.) or cartoon humans? I' okay with new characters, but Mario looks horribly out of place.

Death Carr said:
I'm certain this is some sort of collective fever dream
The entire presentation was a fever dream. The voice acting in BotW was bizarre in the Japanese version as well as awful in the English version. 1-2-Switch and Arms came completely out of left field. Project Octopath Traveler...what kind of name is that? It sounds like VR Hentai.
 

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I don't know whether it'll work or not, but I'm glad they're doing this rather than yet another formulaic New Super Mario Bros title.
 

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Cold Shiny said:
Wrex Brogan said:
Open World. Mario. Sandbox. Why?

I... just... christ, I know I ragged on Final Fantasy XIII for being what was essentially a giant corridor, but fuck me am I starting to miss a linear game experience with so many big empty sandboxes around. Hell Mario started off as a linear game (quite literally), his is the last fucking franchise that needs this kind of bullshit tacked on. God dammit.
It is possible that its like mario 64, many different missions that take place in the same map. Billy Hatcher did the same thing. We have no proof that Odyssey will be like that, but I would be willing to bet that Nintendo wouldn't just "throw" mario into an open world game.
I dunno, 'open world sandbox' really carries the idea that it's going to be a big open world game where the main goal is more 'player can fuck around' rather than anything resembling a cohesive narrative. Now, maybe they're hiding the Hub-world of 64 deep inside or they're gonna do something cool and unique with the genre, buuuut... *looks at the awkwardness of real-proportion humans against Mario* I have my doubts.
 

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Wrex Brogan said:
Cold Shiny said:
Wrex Brogan said:
Open World. Mario. Sandbox. Why?

I... just... christ, I know I ragged on Final Fantasy XIII for being what was essentially a giant corridor, but fuck me am I starting to miss a linear game experience with so many big empty sandboxes around. Hell Mario started off as a linear game (quite literally), his is the last fucking franchise that needs this kind of bullshit tacked on. God dammit.
It is possible that its like mario 64, many different missions that take place in the same map. Billy Hatcher did the same thing. We have no proof that Odyssey will be like that, but I would be willing to bet that Nintendo wouldn't just "throw" mario into an open world game.
I dunno, 'open world sandbox' really carries the idea that it's going to be a big open world game where the main goal is more 'player can fuck around' rather than anything resembling a cohesive narrative. Now, maybe they're hiding the Hub-world of 64 deep inside or they're gonna do something cool and unique with the genre, buuuut... *looks at the awkwardness of real-proportion humans against Mario* I have my doubts.
I think the realistic city and humans is more of a show-off to what the Nintendo Switch can do, not a mindful artistic choice.

But than again from a lore perspective, Mario is from real world New York in Donkey Kong Arcade game, than in Mario Bros. he went to a sewer that had him end up in the Mushroom Kingdom.

So Mario is back Home in New York now New Donk City?
 

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Samtemdo8 said:
I think the realistic city and humans is more of a show-off to what the Nintendo Switch can do, not a mindful artistic choice.

But than again from a lore perspective, Mario is from real world New York in Donkey Kong Arcade game, than in Mario Bros. he went to a sewer that had him end up in the Mushroom Kingdom.

So Mario is back Home in New York now New Donk City?
Ah, tech demos, one of the worst approaches to artistic design of a video game. And if it is to show-off what the Switch can do, I'm... not feeling good about it, I've seen better looking models on the PS2. Hell, everything else in the trailer looks miles ahead of the humans, so it really doesn't make any sense. Could've easily made it a city full of toadstools instead, that'd fit much better with the art style and the general backstory of the game.

and uhhh, I wouldn't stick too closely to lore that's 35 years old, that shit tends to get retconned hard and fast. Besides, doesn't exactly answer the question of why none of the people look like him/he doesn't look like them. 'Suddenly realistically proportioned humans' is a jarring shift for the series, and one that's only explainable by this being a multi-dimensional adventure (I mean, we had two Galaxy Games, might as well have a Dimension Hopper game now). Unless this is where Peach has come from, but even then...
 

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Wrex Brogan said:
Samtemdo8 said:
I think the realistic city and humans is more of a show-off to what the Nintendo Switch can do, not a mindful artistic choice.

But than again from a lore perspective, Mario is from real world New York in Donkey Kong Arcade game, than in Mario Bros. he went to a sewer that had him end up in the Mushroom Kingdom.

So Mario is back Home in New York now New Donk City?
Ah, tech demos, one of the worst approaches to artistic design of a video game. And if it is to show-off what the Switch can do, I'm... not feeling good about it, I've seen better looking models on the PS2. Hell, everything else in the trailer looks miles ahead of the humans, so it really doesn't make any sense. Could've easily made it a city full of toadstools instead, that'd fit much better with the art style and the general backstory of the game.

and uhhh, I wouldn't stick too closely to lore that's 35 years old, that shit tends to get retconned hard and fast. Besides, doesn't exactly answer the question of why none of the people look like him/he doesn't look like them. 'Suddenly realistically proportioned humans' is a jarring shift for the series, and one that's only explainable by this being a multi-dimensional adventure (I mean, we had two Galaxy Games, might as well have a Dimension Hopper game now). Unless this is where Peach has come from, but even then...
But we can pretty much agree its a Mario Game with Tech Demo Graphics.

Regardless it looks like fun Mario game.....I just wish it was Super Mario Galaxy 3 :(
 

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I gotta admit, I felt a little childish excitement there not felt in a long while. There is little doubt that the game will be fun. Mario has never been about cohesive, consistent design anyhow, the charm is in the variety and many little joys that are found through exploration. Haven't been interested in anything Mario since Galaxy 2, but this my interest it does peak.
Also, airhsips, tophats and riding angry lion beasts kinda seals the deal. I feel no shame.
 

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Okay, it's been a very long time since I've been really curious about a Mario game, and I'm talking since Mario Sunshine.

I'm still not sure how the hell that's gonna work for a Mario game, but I'm glad they are at least doing something with the series since it was getting really damn boring.

Color me intrigued.
 

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I, for one, am feeling really excited about this game! Too bad it won't be out for forever, though. Guess I'll buy the Switch when this comes out.
 

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I've been waiting for a Mario Game like this since Super Mario 64! (With Realistic Humans added in it for some reason...)

I'm already sold on this game. The Hat Mechanic looks great, the Graphics are absolutely fantastic, and what little story we've gotten is very intriguing already.

Wrex Brogan said:
Open World. Mario. Sandbox. Why?(SNIP)Hell Mario started off as a linear game (quite literally), his is the last fucking franchise that needs this kind of bullshit tacked on. God dammit.
Fun Fact: Mario was actually one of the first Franchises to do that: Turn from 2D and Linear into 3D and Open World.
 

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Johnny Novgorod said:
Mr.Mattress said:
and what little story we've gotten is very intriguing already.
... Bowser kidnaps Peach?
More then that! Not only is he kidnapping Peach; this time he's actually forcing a wedding between himself and her! It's a major improvement. Better then "I'm just gonna hold her here and do nothing with her".
 

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I'll admit it. Watching Mario wall-jumping around quasi-realistic skyscrapers kind of made me smile.

I'm still waiting for more trustworthy critical judgment/information on both the game and the Switch as a whole, but I think one could do worse than giving Mario an interesting powerset and turning him loose in a bunch of fanciful settings. Hopefully with slightly more focused and organized objectives than what has become typical of sandbox games of late.
 

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Mr.Mattress said:
Johnny Novgorod said:
Mr.Mattress said:
and what little story we've gotten is very intriguing already.
... Bowser kidnaps Peach?
More then that! Not only is he kidnapping Peach; this time he's actually forcing a wedding between himself and her! It's a major improvement. Better then "I'm just gonna hold her here and do nothing with her".
Wasn't "forced wedding" also part of the plot in Super Paper Mario?
 

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Bindal said:
Mr.Mattress said:
Johnny Novgorod said:
Mr.Mattress said:
and what little story we've gotten is very intriguing already.
... Bowser kidnaps Peach?
More then that! Not only is he kidnapping Peach; this time he's actually forcing a wedding between himself and her! It's a major improvement. Better then "I'm just gonna hold her here and do nothing with her".
Wasn't "forced wedding" also part of the plot in Super Paper Mario?
Hey, if they are calling it Super Mario Odyssey, why not get inspiration from the actual Odyssey.
I mean, the seven year journey home from the battle of Troy that Odysseus had to make to get home and in the end find his wife back home about to get married to a massive douche.
I mean, they might take inspiration from the classical epic.
It'd doubtful that Nintendo has the brains to do it, but I can atleast hope.

Odyssey is probably just a name that they picked out of the sequel names bin, along with Revolution and Revelations and whatever other shit names are in there, and not picked the name in some meaningful way to actually reference a piece of meaningful, influential classical literature.
 

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Mr.Mattress said:
I've been waiting for a Mario Game like this since Super Mario 64! (With Realistic Humans added in it for some reason...)

I'm already sold on this game. The Hat Mechanic looks great, the Graphics are absolutely fantastic, and what little story we've gotten is very intriguing already.

Wrex Brogan said:
Open World. Mario. Sandbox. Why?(SNIP)Hell Mario started off as a linear game (quite literally), his is the last fucking franchise that needs this kind of bullshit tacked on. God dammit.
Fun Fact: Mario was actually one of the first Franchises to do that: Turn from 2D and Linear into 3D and Open World.
See, it's not the Open World that's making me go 'god dammit', it's the Sandbox part that's making me go 'god dammit'. There's only so many disjointed mini-games and thousands of collectibles to be arbitrarily hunted down before I want something that isn't a friggin' sandbox for once. Now, maybe I'm just burnt out because we're drowning in poorly done open-world sandboxes right now and maybe they're going to do something interesting for the genre (god I hope so), but at the same time, still not feeling all too confident in it given how many AAA games have had 'open-world sandbox' slapped onto them without any thought put into the matter.
 

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Wrex Brogan said:
See, it's not the Open World that's making me go 'god dammit', it's the Sandbox part that's making me go 'god dammit'. There's only so many disjointed mini-games and thousands of collectibles to be arbitrarily hunted down before I want something that isn't a friggin' sandbox for once. Now, maybe I'm just burnt out because we're drowning in poorly done open-world sandboxes right now and maybe they're going to do something interesting for the genre (god I hope so), but at the same time, still not feeling all too confident in it given how many AAA games have had 'open-world sandbox' slapped onto them without any thought put into the matter.
What you say makes sense and i understand the issue that the word "sandbox" has been applied to a lot of cookie cutter games of late. But remember that Nintendo marketing execs are a little bit stupid and behind on the times and are quite possibly looking at the word "sandbox" as a good buzzword to throw into the marketing rhetoric bullshit that we all have to deal with. They also compared it to the "sandbox" of Mario 64 and sunshine if you take note. So I recommend the cautious optimism for now. These words of us humans are powerful things, aren't they? ;)
 

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Xsjadoblayde said:
Wrex Brogan said:
See, it's not the Open World that's making me go 'god dammit', it's the Sandbox part that's making me go 'god dammit'. There's only so many disjointed mini-games and thousands of collectibles to be arbitrarily hunted down before I want something that isn't a friggin' sandbox for once. Now, maybe I'm just burnt out because we're drowning in poorly done open-world sandboxes right now and maybe they're going to do something interesting for the genre (god I hope so), but at the same time, still not feeling all too confident in it given how many AAA games have had 'open-world sandbox' slapped onto them without any thought put into the matter.
What you say makes sense and i understand the issue that the word "sandbox" has been applied to a lot of cookie cutter games of late. But remember that Nintendo marketing execs are a little bit stupid and behind on the times and are quite possibly looking at the word "sandbox" as a good buzzword to throw into the marketing rhetoric bullshit that we all have to deal with. They also compared it to the "sandbox" of Mario 64 and sunshine if you take note. So I recommend the cautious optimism for now. These words of us humans are powerful things, aren't they? ;)
I hope it's just them misusing a marketing term - as cynical as I am towards the games industry these days, I still like being wrong about these kinds of things.
 

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MeatMachine said:
Remember what happened last time we had a platforming cartoon mascot who co-existed with psuedo-realistic humans?]
...we got Sonic Adventure?
 

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Honestly, I looked at the first few seconds of the trailer and got super worried. Mario feels uncanny in a realistic city. Fortunately, the majority of the trailer is somewhat standard Mario fare. I'm not in love with the darker colors that are adding to the realism though. Mario has become this bright, whimsical game series and I'd hate to see the series lose that in favor of realism =(