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Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Super Mario Odyssey 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 9 days ago.
When Peach is kidnapped by Bowser, who plans to marry her in a big wedding on the moon, you set out after them in an attempt to rescue the princess and save the day. As they visit kingdom after kingdom, stealing priceless artefacts for the ceremony, you chase after them, defeating their henchmen and gathering enough energy to reach the moon. By your side through it all is Cappy, your ghostly hat, who you use to reach new areas and defeat tough foes.
Play remains largely similar to previous Mario games: explore the level, jump on enemies, collect moon pieces to power up your ship, and beat the enemy at the end to inch closer to saving the princess. Super Mario Odyssey expands on these basics with intricately explorable themed worlds rich in secrets and new enemies. Cappy not only adds new ways to attack enemies but also to possess them and use their powers. You also use it to aid in your movement around the stages; you can jump on it in midair to extend your reach, and as you play you learn to use it to reach distant platforms and make seemingly impossible jumps. This moves success from quick reactions to the learned mechanical prowess with the physics of the world and Mario's abilities.
After the more linear Super Mario games like New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario 3D World, this game returns to the more open-ended, exploration-based gameplay featured in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, resulting in a unique and entertaining experience.
You can play this game in the following styles:
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. One family told us, "Super Mario Odyssey with assists mode on worked well for my daughter when had just turned 5." The older player can control Mario while the younger player can help by controlling his cap to stun enemies and collect coins. Another parent said that they, "played through the game first so it was opened up so he could basically do what he wanted while he mastered the controls".
Super Mario Odyssey
This game supports Nintendo's amiibo, figurines and cards that can be purchased separately to unlock in-game items.
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