One of the year's biggest gaming shows, Gamescom, kicks off later this month in Cologne, Germany. Many of the big players in gaming are attending, including Nintendo. Nintendo will host a stream for the hugely anticipated Super Mario Odyssey on Wednesday, August 23, starting at 14:00 BST. During this stream, Nintendo will show off a "fresh look at gameplay," with commentary from producer Yoshiaki Koizumi.
The producer of Odyssey, Yoshiaki Koizumi, also developed Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Sunshine.
Super Mario Odyssey
- What is it? The next 3D Super Mario game following Super Mario 3D World.
- When it is out? October 27, 2017.
- What system will it be on? Nintendo Switch, exclusively.
- How much will it cost? TBA, but Switch games usually retail for around $49.99.
Super Mario Odyssey gameplay
Super Mario Odyssey is going to take us all over the world, and all throughout time. From underwater worlds to the age of te dinosaurs, the new 3D Mario game will have an incredibly diverse range of environments. The game's designers are daring to do something different with the game's environments and themes. The urban landscape of New Donk City as featured in the first trailer is a prime example.
New Donk City is joined by a host of other kingdoms for Mario to explore. It looks like Nintendo is cramming these environments with new mechanics and challenges, such as segments in which Mario moves from 3D to 2D on various wall surfaces.
Super Mario Odyssey trailers and screenshots
Odyssey's latest trailer was unveiled at E3 207 and it showed Mario really putting some stamps in his passport. In it, we saw a new dinosaur level and one of Mario's new tricks: using his hat to take control of enemies and NPCs.
Check it out for yourself below:
While that gameplay trailer is the latest one to come from Nintendo, the big N showed off the first footage of Super Mario Odyssey during the initial Switch reveal in October 2016, and followed this with a more detailed video before the console launched in March of this year. You can check out of those both below.
Super Mario Odyssey Features
Super Mario Odyssey isn’t a direct sequel to the Galaxy franchise despite having a suspiciously similar premise. In both games, Mario transverses a number of unrelated worlds, called Kingdoms in Odyssey, in the search of missing cosmic planetoids. That’s not even mentioning gameplay which feels more like a speedier Mario 64 than it does 3D World.
Super Mario Odyssey will opt for a more open-ended setup, similar to Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine with several large, interconnected worlds called Kingdoms. You'll travel from world to world in your rocket ship, and each world will have its own form of currency, unique purple coins.
One stage – New Donk City – is based on New York and boasts pedestrians, vehicles and tall skyscrapers. We've also seen a desert landscape similar to Kalimari Desert from Mario Kart 64, and a lush jungle landscape filled with dinosaurs.
During the game's trailer Mario is seen leaping onto the back of a what appears to be a lion statue, which then magically springs to life and dashes across the desert level.
Super Mario Odyssey platform
The Switch, the Nintendo Switch, and nothing but the Switch. Nintendo is keen to force users to migrate to its new console, so the Wii U is being left out in the cold for this particular release.
We wouldn't go expecting a Dark Souls-like slog, but it would be wise to anticipate a game which will put your reflexes to the test.