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    • Super Mario Odyssey

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (13694 out of 13790)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Nintendo
    • Publisher: Nintendo
    • Platform: Nintendo Switch
    • Genre: Action and Adventure
    • Release Date: 10/27/2017

    Synopsis


    Jump back into the fun of a favorite Nintendo series with Super Mario Odyssey for Nintendo Switch. Mario enters a 3-D world to save Princess Peach from Bowser yet again, and use new moves like cap jump to keep Mario one step ahead of trouble. Super Mario Odyssey is compatible with amiibos (not included) for enhanced gameplay and more excitement.

    Features


    Explore huge 3D kingdoms filled with secrets and surprises, including costumes for Mario and lots of ways to interact with the diverse environments

    Cruise in vehicles that incorporate the HD Rumble feature of the Joy-Con controller, or explore sections as Pixel Mario

    Thanks to his new friend Cappy, Mario has brand-new moves for you to master, such as cap throw, cap jump, and capture

    Visit astonishing new locales, such as the skyscraper-packed New Donk City, and run into familiar friends and foes as you try to save Princess Peach from Bowser's clutches and foil his dastardly wedding plans

    A set of three new amiibo figures — Mario, Princess Peach, and Bowser in their wedding outfits — will be released at launch

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Mario to date

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      Customer
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      Super Mario Odyssey is the best reason to go out and buy a Nintendo Switch right now. It is, hands down, one of the best Mario games ever made, and one of the best 3-D Platformers I have ever played. Even after you “beat” the game, there is so much more to do. The game manages to recapture the old, sandbox style 3-D Platformer that we saw in Super Mario 64, Sunshine, and games like Banjo Kazooie. Odyssey manages to update and modernize the concept, and tweak it to near perfection. No doubt about it, Odyssey is a must own. With that to say, I hope you enjoy my review for this incredible game! Story: Story has never been a Mario game’s strong suit. Odyssey isn’t too different. The game opens-up with Mario fighting Bowser, a fight which Mario loses. Bowser then kidnaps princess Peach yet again, only this time, he also captures Peach’s sentient hat, known as “Tiara,” and plans a wedding for him and Peach. Mario meets a sentient hat names Cappy. Cappy is able to take control of, and poses different creatures and objects (Mario meets the exorcist.) Mario and Cappy use an air-ship called the “Odyssey,” in order to trot the globe in a quest to sabotage Bowser and Peach’s sinister wedding. The story is very bare-bones, but it gets the ball rolling; once the ball rolls, it doesn’t stop. Presentation: Super Mario Odyssey is truly a feast for the eyes. Every kingdom you go to is a wonder to look at, from the cascade kingdom with its prehistoric look, to the Hispanic styles sand kingdom with its “Day of the Dead,” themed aesthetic, to the snow kingdom, the wooded kingdom and it’s sentient gardening tools, the luncheon kingdom (yumm,) and especially the New York inspired Metro Kingdom. Each kingdom that Mario visits looks incredible, and has its unique visual style. The texture and lighting design are also extremely impressive, the frame-rate is very solid. The music is outstanding. There is great variety in musical styles, and the game features many instrumental themes. You’ll hear very ambient sound effects in one stage, songs befitting of a beach in other stages, and even a folk-style song in the wooded kingdom. One kingdom has a Japanese palace inspired musical score; the music can get quite epic towards the last few kingdoms in the game, similar to the Super Mario Galaxy games. The game even features songs with actual singing, such as the surprisingly catchy “Jump Up Super star,” which you hear during a celebration in “New Donk City.” The sound effects also perfectly blended with the controls, and the gameplay. The menu is also very slick, and the Switch functionality allows you to pause the game and jump right back into it at any time. Presentation wise, this game is a winner through and through. Gameplay: Controls for Super Mario Odyssey are fantastic, and very intuitive. The controls for Mario are similar too how they have been in previous 3-D Mario adventures. Simply running around as Mario, and jumping is so much fun. My favorite new mechanic is the ability for Mario to roll like a ball, which is especially fun in the sandy and hilly areas. While some have had issues with them, I have found the joy-con motion controls to be precise and very fun. The camera in this game is much better than in previous titles, but it still has its occasional issues in certain areas. These issues are few and far between, however. The controls are all in all very responsive and as fun as ever. Compared to recent Mario games, Odyssey has a much more open-ended, sand-box design to it. As was mentioned earlier, you travel to different kingdoms such as the Cascade, Sand, Forest, Snow, Metro, Beach, Forest, and other kingdoms in order to chase down Bowser and his new lackeys, the “Broodal Bruddas, (bunny like creatures.”) Each kingdom has its own residents, and even interesting world-building aspects that flesh them out. For example, the luncheon kingdom has living utensils, while the snow kingdom has polar bears. The sea-side kingdom has snails, while the Metro Kingdom has actual people. These unique aspects make every kingdom exciting and interesting in its own way. The main gameplay itself consists of exploring these kingdoms, and searching for Power Moons (think the starts in Mario 64, or the jiggies in Banjo Kazooie,) in order to power up the Odyssey ship and travel to the next kingdom. You get acquire said moons by exploring every nook and cranny in the kingdom, solving little puzzles, fighting bosses, doing menial tasks, participating in minigames, and more. Some of the power moons are scripted, particularly early on, but most of them are not. For a game with such an open-ended nature, there is tons of variety to the gameplay. You might be controlling a T-Rex one moment, riding a golden lion another moment, balancing on a giant corn-cob, or even riding a motorcycle through the streets of New Donk City. The variety is stunning, and keeps the gameplay from getting boring. The real gameplay hook for Odyssey is hook in this Mario adventure is the ability to use Mario’s hat to control, and possess different objects, creatures, and even some people. It may seem a little weird and creepy at first, but the execution is ingenious, in a way only Nintendo can pull off. You can literally take control of several Goombas, Koopa Troopas, Hammer Bros, Fire Balls, Tanks, Frogs, and even a T-rex. You can even take control of certain inanimate objects, and even some of the humans in New Donk City. This switches up the Gameplay almost infinitely, but in a way that always feels very organic, introducing so many unique and clever moments that never cease to be fun. Just goofing off and experimenting with this mechanic is half the fun in and of itself. The boss fights, many of which incorporate the possession mechanic, are all very fun and well designed. The end-game fight in particular is a high point among the impressive array of boss fights that the game has to offer. One of the most surprising boss fights you will encounter is a dragon that looks like it’s straight out of Game of Thrones. While a few of the bosses are challenging, many of the fights feel rather easy, and are a breeze to defeat. Some of this is due to the fact that there is no longer a “game over,” as you simply loose coins when you die. The boss fights are still tons of fun all around. Speaking of coins, you can use them to purchase different outfits, power stars, and other goodies. Some of these outfits have some actual gameplay use, but many of them feel like window dressing, though it helps spruce up your ship none-the-less. What is so incredible about this game is that after the credits you, you feel like you have only just begun. The replay value for this Mario game is absurdly high, and the possibilities open-up a ton after you finish the story, which should take you around fifteen hours in and of itself. The gameplay is also perfectly suited for being able to play in small doses if you have a job and a busy schedule (as I do,) but you can also play to your hearts content when you wish to on the weekends. The Gameplay really is about as close to perfect as you could hope for a 3-D Platformer to be! Verdict: Super Mario Odyssey is a celebration of more than thirty years of Super Mario. The game encapsulates what Mario has always been about: Pure fun. More than that, though, the game innovates and surprises long after you “beat” it. I certainly see myself playing this game for several more weeks to come. This game is the number one reason to purchase a Nintendo Switch if you have not done so already (They’re still hard to find.) This game truly is the best 3-D Platformer I have played in years, even giving Galaxy 2 a run for its money, and it is one of the very best games that our favorite Italian plumber has ever been in. So, go out, buy this game, and participate in an incredible, one-of-a-kind, globe-trotting “Odyssey.” Cons: Easy initial difficulty Occasional camera issues Sub-par plot Pros: Beautiful visuals and design Amazing music Great sound effects Tight and responsive controls Wonderful Sand-Box style Mario Gameplay Incredible and ingenious level design and scenarios Quirky and fun characters Tons of variety Unbelievably high replay-value One of the best Mario games ever made Overall: 10/10

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Absolutely Wonderful

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      Shadowbox
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      Super Mario Odyssey is a throw back to Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. It is a true to form throw back to 3d open world Mario games. There is a good difficulty ranges making it easy for kids to enjoy, while still as keep it interesting for adults. I was a little disappointed by the length, but the game really opens up after completion. The main story is around 15 hours long if you go straight through, but after completing the main story, the remaining content is massive. The "kingdoms" you travel to are gorgeous, well design, and full of secrets and easter eggs to find. The main story is the usual, bowser kidnaps Princess Peach, and Mario sets out to save her. Sunshine introduced us to F.LU.D.D., the water shooting backpack companion. Like Sunshine, Odyssey teams you up with Cappy. Cappy provides the main game play mechanics for Odyssey, with the main one being capture. Capture mixes up the game play, and lets you play as different characters/enemies, each with their own unique skills and weakness. These skills are designed to help you traverse the terrain and solve puzzles relative to the kingdom you're in. Each kingdom has enemies specific to it, with only some cross over. There is a huge variety of "baddies" in Odyssey, some new interesting one, and even more being recognizable from previous 2d Mario titles. Outside of Bowser, the majority of bosses in the game are the Brodals, a gang of giant miscreant Bunnies. You encounter these guys regularly, and are my main gripe with the game. They are boring, and IMO just a distraction. Thankfully, though these battles are over quickly. Odyssey also includes 8bit 2d mario mini levels in each kingdom. These are mostly used as a door to progress to another area of the map, or contain some collectible to find. The main collectible in the game are Power Moons. Odyssey has a lot of power moons, somewhere over 800, with most of which not being obtainable until you replay each kingdom, after completing the main story. Another collectible are coins specific to each kingdom, 100 in each. These are used to buy collectibles, and outfits. Outfits, while not adding any skills or stats, often are required to get access to specific moons. Standard coins, also used to be used to purchase items and outfits, are found in all kingdoms and act as your lives. Each time you die you lose 10 coins. This, however, isn't ever a problem, because there are just so many to be found. I really loved playing this game.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Solid platforming, fantastic level design

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      Warrick
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      As a long-time fan of Nintendo games in general, and 3d Mario platformers specifically, I can say without hesitation that Super Mario Odyssey is my favorite so far. The controls and camera are exceptional. The motion controls provide a great supplement to the standard controls, and provide new abilities. I also never had to fight the camera, or take a "leap of faith". As for the level design, Odyssey turns to a more Super Mario 64 style of levels. The levels are large for a Mario title, and a have a mini-"Open World" aspect to them. Unlike Super Mario 64, there is no hub-world, so you travel between levels directly.. Each level has its own unique style, and is pure joy to explore. Behind virtually every corner are some coins, or a power moon, or some kind of Easter egg. Power Moons can be collected one after another, without losing your place, or being sent to the beginning of the level. Some are cleverly hidden, others unlocked by solving a puzzle, obtained by beating a boss, and half-a-dozen other different ways. You will likely find it a challenge to collect all of them. Hints are offered, but not foisted on you. Amiibo can help locate power moons, and the Odyssey amiibo offer particularly special benefits. No amiibo are required, however, to fully enjoy the game. It should be said that it is not a difficult game, nor is it intended to be. There is no level with punishing difficulty, and the boss fights are underpowered and even repetitive. Death's only penalty is a loss of a few coins. In my opinion, the ease of the boss fights do not ultimately take away from the supremely enjoyable experience of the rest of the game. However, some might be turned off by this lack of difficulty. If you are one who plays games for the innate challenge, I would recommend trying this out before buying, if possible. Challenge can be sought out, as a sort of aside from the main game. The controls and abilities of Mario in this title offer more than I've seen in previous titles, and virtually beg those with the skill to push them to the limits. Overall, I highly recommend this game to Switch owners. It is a fantastic platformer, with something in it for everyone. It hints and nods at nostalgia, but never relies on it. New gamers will be challenged to learn 3d platforming, but should find the learning curve to be a gentle slope, with rewards every step of the way. Experienced, and even expert gamers will find the level design to be varied, and a blast to explore. This is one title that will likely be in the libraries of almost every Switch owner.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Next Evolution of Mario

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      evanlanger98
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      Mario's been around for over 30 years, and it's equal parts shocking and amazing to see how well he's doing. Super Mario Odyssey is a culmination of everything that makes Mario, and Nintendo, great. It's a game that anyone from 1 to 99 years old could enjoy, especially with the new Assist Mode that helps younger plays know where to go next, and it's also something new gamers and experienced games can enjoy alike. The gameplay is blissful perfection, with extremely unique levels that are fun to play around in and explore with tight controls. The kinds of moves you can pull off allow you to play the game in infinitely more ways than intended. This is all done with Mario's new trusty companion, Cappy. Cappy is essentially Mario's sentient hat. You can throw him in any direction to "cap"ture enemies, jump higher or farther, or break boxes and question blocks. There are also so many ways to play the game. Interested in motion controls? Try holding both JoyCons controllers separately. You can throw Cappy with a flick of the wrist. Want to play with a more traditional control style? Try putting both JoyCons on the included Grip, or buy the Pro Controller (my personal recommendation). Every control style includes HD Rumble, which makes the rumbles in-game feel very realistic in your hands, and Gyro aiming, which means you just have to move the controller around to aim (there's an option to turn this off if you'd like, I think Zelda and Splatoon do Gyro better). The story is also really good. You may think it's nothing more than Bowser kidnapping Peach, and technically you're right, but there are so many specific moments within the game that I'd highly recommend not spoiling for yourself. Graphically the game is stunning. Even though it only runs at 900p, the art style really works in its favor. I've played this game on a 55' 4K TV and it's one of the best things I've seen on there. You can actually see the individual hair's in Mario's mustache! If you own a Nintendo Switch, you owe it to yourself to get this game. It takes advantage of all the Switch hardware has to offer, it's extremely fun to play with all its unique levels and tight controls, and it has a pretty solid story for a Mario game. It lives up to all the hype surrounding it, and it's highly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Platforming Perfection

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      Alfabits
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      There's a lot to love about Super Mario Odyssey. The gameplay, controls, challenges, and visuals are top notch. The story is typical for a modern Mario game, but that's not why we play them. From the moment the opening cutscene ended and I had control of Mario, instinct took over. Running, jumping, triple jumps, wall jumps, slides. All the moves were there, and I didn't even need to think about them. But as is standard for Mario games, quick tutorials abound. By the time you work your way through the "tutorial" stage, you've been introduced to all the basic moves. In addition to the classic moves, Mario gets several new tricks in this game, including the ability to take control of certain enemies to get around the stages. As you encounter new challenges, tips pop up. Speaking of challenges, there is a nice mix. Some of them are super easy, some of them are head scratchers, and some are only accessible once the story has been completed. There has been a complaint that some of the "challenges" were just giveaways for taking the logical path. I don't have a problem with this at all. Perhaps the game is a bit generous with the rewards, but it is great for people who just want to complete the main game and don't really have the interest (or the time) to find every secret. It's not overly complicated to get enough "moons" to unlock the next world or stage. Additionally, because of the mobile nature of the switch, having a lot of quick challenges is great for when you only have a few minutes of play time. It's possible to complete a challenge during a 15 minute bus or train ride. This also is great for someone like myself, who might only have 30 minutes of game time between other family responsibilities. I feel like I am making real progress even in short gaming sessions. If you're a fan of Mario games or haven't played one since the N64, Super Mario Odyssey won't disappoint.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Mario 64 2.0

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      SomeFatNerd
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      Super Mario Odyssey is a great game. The various kingdoms and their novel themes are some of the funnest and most aesthetically amazing environments in a Mario game to date. Pros: - Great Pacing: So much to do and you're never stuck doing the same thing long enough to get bored. - HUGE amounts of nostalgia throwbacks: There are a lot of nods to classic Super Mario Bros. & Donkey Kong games. - The new hat mechanic is a blast! - If you have enjoyed Mario 64/Mario Galaxy, there are a lot of familiar and welcomed returns to this series. - Pauline: Peach has friend-zoned Mario for far too long. Time to go back to the hot redhead instead (there's an awesome scenario in New Donk City that's well worth completing). Cons: - Enforcing motion controls to pull off some of the more advanced moves is a bad decision on Nintendo's part. - The lack of depth perception, 8-point directional controls, and weird slow-to-acceleration controls can often become frustrating as they may cause you to fail scenarios, miss jumps, or aim your hat throws improperly. - The cosmetic costumes, although great looking, don't offer any mechanical value (buying a snorkle/swimsuit doesn't make you be able to hold your breath under water longer or swim faster, the winter coat doesn't stave off the chilling effects of the cold any better than the boxer shorts, etc.). It makes pursuing these costumes kind of shallow and moot. - The main game is incredibly short: I thought I took the scenic route and yet won the main portion of the game in 2-3 days. Players ignoring the peripheral content could probably win the game in half that time. There's a huge collect-a-thon after the main game is won so at least you're able to keep playing but the story structure is crafted considerably worse. All in all, this is one of the best Super Mario games I've played and if you're a fan of 3D platforming, games the whole family can enjoy, and/or are thinking of taking the Switch plunge and are still wondering if there are enough good games on it yet - this will definitely be for you (see also: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, etc.).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An Absolute Masterpiece

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      Kirbycatcher
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      Putting this out there right now; you are not going to see a game like this for a very long time. This is one of those rare games that release every 10 or so years. From the moment I first put my hands on the game at E3, I knew this was going to be something special. Simply moving around the brilliance that was New Donk City was incredibly fun. I had the widest grin on my face the whole 10 minutes I was playing the demo. Now that I've played the game for 50 hours with 100% completion, I can tell you that grin never left. Super Mario Odyssey is an absolute blast with amazing worlds to explore. There's secrets in every corner you turn, waiting to be found. There's secrets within secrets, and it's often completely up to you on how to find them. Odyssey takes note from nearly every single 3D Mario before it. You can see linear based platforming sections from 3D World, or bustling puzzles rooms and bosses reminiscent of Galaxy. There's tough assistant-less platforming challenges from Sunshine, with crazy trick jumps waiting for you to master. All of this manages to take place within many amazing open worlds, with a structure and pace that works brilliantly. Akin to Breath of the Wild, you can choose how much or how little you want to complete within this large (but disconnected in comparison) open world. I've done a playthrough of this game with several other people, and we all had our own way about going for everything we can. There are some flaws here and there, but they're small complaints in an otherwise amazing game. This is one of those games that people who don't even play games should try; there's a lot waiting to be tried for everyone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great game, as expected

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      ZMYaro
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      Super Mario Odyssey does not feel like a sequel to Super Mario 64, as many have suggested, and while it contains numerous references to previous Mario games, it is very much its own experience. Mario controls similarly enough to past 3D Mario games to feel familiar. The cap attacks feel such like a natural addition to Mario's move set that it seems surprising they had never been there before. It would be nice if some of the cap moves did not require motion controls, but that is hardly a deal-breaker. Having the capture mechanic replace nearly all classic Mario power-ups seems an odd choice at first, but makes for much more fun gameplay since using a special power is limited by your ability to use captured creatures rather than waiting to find the right “?” block. The main campaign of Odyssey is great, encouraging you to spend a fair bit of time to get to know each kingdom before you move on to the next, but not requiring you to complete each kingdom's story in any particular order, or collect the non-story-related Power Moons within a kingdom in any order, except that certain areas only become accessible as you progress through the story. Where the game falters somewhat is the post-story content. Where past 3D Mario games, other “collectathon” games, and other open-world games have a variety of things to collect, Odyssey pretty much only has purple coins and Power Moons, and while plenty of Power Moons are rewards for platforming challenges or other fun side quests, many require menial tasks, like throwing your hat at a particular pillar, waiting for a particular animal, or pressing the jump button enough times in a jump rope minigame—tasks that test your patience more than your skill. In this particular respect, TL;DR: Super Mario Odyssey is a new Mario experience that combines Mario's traditional 3D moveset with new mechanics, and a more open world. I might not rate it an 11/10, but I still highly recommend it.

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