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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Super Mario Odyssey (2017) is a running and jumping game in the long-running Mario series where you save Princess Peach from Bowser. While it's a familiar setup, here you explore vast open worlds and use your hat to help you get around, fight, and even possess enemies to gain new abilities. It's a clear departure from what's come before, yet still retains the same lighthearted charm and focus on fun and fluid movement.

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.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Super Mario Odyssey 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Adventure, Collecting and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can play two players in Super Mario Odyssey with the second player controller Cappy, although this can become a little fiddly unless the two players are communicating really clearly. There is a hide-and-find balloons mode where online players hide balloons in the worlds and you score points by finding them.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 13 hours and 18 hours to complete. You can collect the minimum number of Power Moons to advance to the end and beat Bowser in around 13 hours, but to see all the levels will take at least 18. Collecting everything is reported to take players towards 130 hours. Once Bowser is defeated at the end of the first run-through, each world is repopulated with more Power Moons and mysterious grey boxes are activated.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures, pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children and non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context. One of the boss battles takes place in a nightmarish setting in which you need to climb a destroyed tower to confront a realistic-looking dragon. This dragon has glowing eyes, sharp teeth and looks rather realistic. You need to dodge its lasers and circular saw lasers to remove pins from its head and stop him once this is done. Some boss battles also contain elements that are more severe than previous instalments from this series. In one of the levels, you can capture a realistic-looking T-rex and roam the level with it. This beast has a realistic appearance and could be seen as a disturbing element. Mario can also be outfitted with different costumes. The most noteworthy costume is the Zombie costume. Here Mario looks like a zombie and instead of a hat, he has an axe in his head. This axe can be thrown, much like the hat he always wears. The reactions of the character to this action, remain the same.
 
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

Skill Level

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".

CostsCosts

Super Mario Odyssey usually costs £49.99. 

Super Mario Odyssey

Switch Store Switch £49.99
Amazon StoreSALE Switch £49.99 £36 at the moment
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
This game supports Nintendo's amiibo, figurines and cards that can be purchased separately to unlock in-game items. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 27/10/2017

Price: 27% off

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Platform (Adventure, Collecting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 15 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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