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On October 27 of this year, it was time to jump for joy as “Super Mario Odyssey” released into the world. Fans of the series have been waiting for this wacky hat-throwing adventure since the reveal at E3. The game was an instant success, with sales that perhaps even surpassed Nintendo’s other top seller “Breath of the Wild.” IGN gave it a 10/10, and it has a 97% on Metacritic, coincidentally the same scores as the aforementioned game. Either way, this means that the game has to be really good.

    Well, overall yes, “Super Mario Odyssey” is a very well-made game with an interesting concept. We’re all used to Mario going out of his way to keep his hat on or near his head. He used to take increased damage or collapse from heatstroke without it. Then it became a secret in “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” where Mario would have no hat if he had 99 extra lives. Now he’s taking it off to use it as a weapon and a way to possess objects and enemies. Big changes there, and they may result from the fact that his hat in “Odyssey” is no ordinary hat but is instead a living being.

    At the beginning of the game, players discover that Bowser not only kidnapped Princess Peach again but also two inhabitants of the Cap Kingdom. Mario arrived on the scene to save Peach for the, how many times has it been? Either way, he lost and got sent flying by Bowser throwing his captive hat spirit at Mario in a boomerang style. Mario’s hat fell off and was stomped on by Bower’s flashy metal shoes, resulting in it becoming a tattered mess and flying off into the sky. Mario crash landed headfirst into the ground in the Cap Kingdom after these events. However, to his aid comes Cappy, another of these hat spirits who has lost his sister to Bowser’s clutches. Well, it just so happens that his sister is named Tiara, so take a guess what she is. Bowser stole her and is forcing Peach to wear her as a hat which sounds weird in hindsight, but it’s a Nintendo game. So Cappy decides to become Mario’s hat, as in literally morph to match it and team up with him.

    Now, piloting a ship they find a bit later known as the Odyssey, they set off on this journey. Their mission is to collect Power Moons to fuel the Odyssey so that they can get to Bowser and save Peach and Tiara. But of course we have to stop and take breaks for some puzzle solving, exploration, platforming and generally messing around because impending doom doesn’t exist. Seriously though, you’ll probably find yourself sidetracked, backtracking and every other track word you can think of in this game. There’s so much to do and so little time to do it realistically speaking, but again, this is a video game.

    There is actually a surprising amount to do in the game though, with tons of Power Moons littered all across the worlds, some that can only be found in shops, some that are won by playing slots and some even hidden in boxes that are just sitting there. But the sidequesting and backtracking for Power Moons aren’t all there is to do in the game. If you think Mario would look great dressed up as a mafioso, cowboy, or in a parka, then stop by the shops in the game. Yes, you can buy outfits to dress Mario up in, some of which are even used to get Power Moons. For Example in the Sand Kingdom, there is a fiesta going on in one of the houses. Getting a sombrero and a poncho allows Mario to join the party by playing a Spanish guitar, resulting in obtaining a Power Moon from the right side trumpet player.

A major plus of the game is that they did make Mario much more expressive.  Luigi’s level of expression is still a bit more present, but Mario is finally showing some personality.  Some humor can be found in his reactions to scenarios, and it feels like he’s finally more human. At least as human as a character in a platforming game by Nintendo can feel.

Overall, it’s a really amazing game. Save for a few minor details like snow piles that break and fall like Tetris blocks, there’s not much wrong with it. The costumes are cool, there’s a lot to do, the mechanics of the game are really cool, and it’s almost perfectly put together. However, it probably doesn’t deserve a 10/10 unless Tetris snow was intended, but even if it was, there are a few other minor details to worry about. It does, however, get a solid 9/10.

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