'Super Mario Odyssey' is a Fever Dream of Creativity and Pure Joy


#1

272 moons later, I've "beaten" Super Mario Odyssey, but it feels like I've only scratched the surface of Mario's latest, a breathlessly creative adventure equal parts surprising and bewildering—in a good way. Every moon, a reward for completing one of hundreds of obstacles, is a step towards something new. You don't need many to see the credits, but you'll want to collect more. At 250 moons, a new world unlocks. At 500 moons, something happens, the game promises, with a wink and a smile. Beyond that, who knows? But it's clear I'll be playing Odyssey for months, as I try to mine every secret, wracking my brain to find out what the designers have hidden behind yet another seemingly innocuous corner.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/d3dpeq/super-mario-odyssey-is-a-fever-dream-of-creativity-and-pure-joy

#2

Great write up. I’m gna be honest, I stopped reading halfway through just to avoid specifics but its clear this game is a winner! Additionally on Waypoint Radio episode 24 (I believe) Patrick predicted the unannounced Mario Switch game would be GOTY 2017


#3

It sounds like an outstanding game, I can’t wait for tomorrow to come so I can play it! I could use a hug game just now.
I’m skeptical about it reaching my love of Galaxy though, because I really love Galaxy but we’ll see.

Good job on Nintendo overdelivering in the Switch’s first year too. I really hope they keep this pace of releases up going forward but it seems mental to think of.


#4

Great write-up. Glad to hear the execution was pulled off given that it was a pretty ambitious idea.

This may put me over the edge to buy the switch. I’ve been on the fence for a minute now, but there have been so many great games coming out for it that I feel like now I just need to bite the bullet.


#5

I cannot afford a Switch. I cannot afford a Switch. I cannot afford a Switch.

Just trying to convince myself.


I assume this will drop off next year. Maybe Metroid Prime ones out, but they haven’t stopped 3DS development as far as I can tell so there simply aren’t enough dev teams to continue putting out even 3-4 games a year as they’ve done this year [Arms, BoTW, Mario Oddessey, Mario+rabbids].

I could see them doing more WiiU ports though. I think they announced a Sm4sh port, and they’ve already gotten Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon (which is sort of a new game but not really).


#7

I used $300 of loan money on a switch instead of textbooks. I’m definitely going to hate paying it off, but boy will i understand


#8

I could certainly use more joy.


#9

Oh god I’ve been saving up money for a PC but this is really making me itch for a switch.


#10

I tell you what, this game sounds like a near-perfect capper on an improbably fantastic launch year for the Switch. You won’t be disappointed if you end up dropping the money on it.


#11

I very much see what you did there.


#12

It was very much unintentional. :flushed:


#13

I’m not supposed to spend money on a Switch :(((


#14

Any questions? Hit me.


#15

Maaan… Wolfenstein 2 and Mario Odyssey at the same time. This weekend will be most epic. I will arrive at work on Monday morning drained and tired but it’ll have been worth it.


#16

What’s the way you advise playing the game? I don’t know if I should be taking my time exploring every inch of the levels on the first go, or if I should be focusing on the mainline story stuff with the intent to go back later. And I guess also controller-wise, how’d you prefer to play it?


#17

You’ll figure out your own pace as you go along. The sheer amount of moons means you cannot reasonably collect everything before moving on. You’d go numb. In previous Mario games, I tried to exhaust an area before going forward, but that wasn’t possible in Odyssey. I started pushing through really fast towards the end, because I needed to write about it, but I have so much more to go back and explore, and at this point, it’s been 10+ hours since I’ve seen some places, so they’ll be fresh all over again.


#18

Is this your game of the year as you predicted back in March?


#19

I didn’t realize this year would have so many incredible games, and there’s more to come. I don’t know yet.


#20

That’s understandable and to be fair, I don’t think anybody could’ve expected the amount of amazing games this year.


#21

How much do you think nostalgia or interest in the Mario universe/designs is required to like this game?
When I saw the possession-mechanic, I feared a significant amount of the game would be built upon the idea of “now you get to be X character/enemy you know and love”. I have very mixed interest in Mario games, with only Galaxy and 3D World being mechanically interesting enough for me to finish: is Odyssey also fun-to-play at heart?