Super Mario Odyssey Release Date, Features & Details

If there’s a royal court of video game characters and franchises, Nintendo’s Mario franchise reigns supreme. For decades now, Mario and the other characters of his world have dominated video gaming. Mario games sell astonishingly well, no matter how far they deviate from the original two-dimension escapades of the first game. Mario Kart 8 was a huge hit when it debuted for the Nintendo Wii U. Its Nintendo Switch version, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, is expected to sell well and put the spotlight on the console only a month after its initial release. That remake won’t have to tide gamers over for long. The Super Mario Odyssey release date is coming soon to feed cravings for a new title in the series.

Revealed alongside the Nintendo Switch in early January, Super Mario Odyssey is both a departure and a reinvention of the gameplay that users love already. Its visuals are expected to be stunning; Nintendo seems to be harnessing the full power of the Nintendo Switch. The side-scrolling levels are once again being scrapped for a world that looks alive. Mario moves in three dimensions. He climbs buildings and uses almost anything in the world to his advantage. That includes his hat.

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Gamers won’t have to wait long for the Super Mario Odyssey release date. The game is set to arrive this calendar year. Here’s what we know about the upcoming adventure game and platformer from Nintendo.

Super Mario Odyssey Release Date & Release Window

At the time of the Nintendo Switch reveal, gamers were salivating for news about the console. Nintendo had only shared a brief teaser video that featured gamers using the console in different places and different ways. It hadn’t talked about games beyond The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Then the reveal arrived and we learned more. We don’t have the exact Super Mario Odyssey release date yet because Nintendo is notoriously quiet about game releases until we’re already fairly close to their launch. For example, Splatoon 2 is launching this summer and we still don’t have a release date.

All that being said, Nintendo doesn’t mind providing release windows, and Super Mario Odyssey has one. We can expect the Super Mario Odyssey release date to arrive during “Holiday 2017,” according to the game’s landing page on Nintendo.com. Roughly, that means the game should arrive in November or December, which typically make up the crux of the holiday shopping season.

Super Mario Odyssey Features & Gameplay

The Nintendo Switch is a console unlike any other we’ve seen before. That being said, Super Mario Odyssey isn’t. At least, it won’t be to anyone that’s played every other Mario game.

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The trailer for the game begins on the streets of an unnamed city. This street is lined with tall buildings and full of people. A yellow cab drives over a sewer cover. That sewer cover rattles a bit and out jumps Mario. His iconic uniform and hat are the same.

The next two minutes of the trailer are spent watching Mario move through the three-dimensional world of Super Mario Odyssey. Like a superhero, he leaps into the air to snatch up power-ups. It appears as if almost every solid thing in the game will act as an opportunity for jumping to new heights. He even jumps from ledge to ledge to reach higher ground in one scene. The other people in the city acknowledge Mario as he moves among them.

Later scenes in the trailer leave the city behind. Mario boards some kind of flying contraption in one scene. He uses that vehicle to glide above the desert landscape below. Screenshots of the game show a town amongst all the sand. Another screenshot has Mario exploring the lush foliage of a forest. He appears to look at the player while jamming to music from a boombox that either he brought with him or someone left.

What gamers will find when the Super Mario Odyssey release date arrives is a sandbox style game. That is, they’ll be able to explore the game’s worlds at their own pace. This game style is only new to players that didn’t try Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Sunshine.

An airship will take players to the areas that they want to explore. We don’t know a lot about the combat in the game, except that Mario will throw his hat at enemies.

The Nintendo Switch allows for lots of different gameplay modes. It can be used in a dock with a television or as a mobile video game console for up to three hours with the most resource intensive titles. The removable Joy-Con controllers allow gamers to play on the built-in screen with their friends without the need for extra controllers or a subscription to an online gaming service. Gamers will find only some of these scenarios are supported by this game on Super Mario Odyssey release day.

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The game is listed on Nintendo’s website as only offering a single player experience. The site doesn’t list any online multiplayer features either. In this way, it’ll be just like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. All Nintendo Switch games work in both handheld and console mode.

Nintendo could have something to say about the Super Mario Odyssey release date and more during this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

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Sonic Forces

Featuring three protagonists from very different eras of Sonic, Sonic Forces will offer platforming and an all-new story when it arrives on video game consoles – including the Nintendo Switch – sometime soon.

Sega has only confirmed that the game will launch worldwide sometime in Q4 2017. As such, an exact release date remains a complete mystery. Other details, like how it’ll support Amiibo, and the different play modes of the Nintendo Switch, are unclear too. Sonic Forces is one of two recently revealed Sonic games coming to Nintendo Switch. The other is Sonic Mania.

We don't yet know who that third protagonist will be.

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