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POSTED 30/10/17


SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY

Nintendo



It’s a widely held belief that tradies are good earners. Mario is proof.

The blueprint for every platform game ever? Check.

The blueprint for every 3D platformer ever? Check.

Now, instead of resting on his laurels, the little bloke has taken both of the above and mushed them together into a work of genius. Well, he hasn’t done it, but his bosses at Nintendo have.

Super Mario Odyssey is gobsmacking – and we’re not talking a slip with a wrench.

Story-wise, big bad Bowser thinks it’s a nice day for a white wedding – to Peach. It’s kind of a Princess Bride situation, where she doesn’t want a bar – or any other part – of him. But before Mario can save the day his princess is in another, erm, airship, as Bowser speeds her away. Mario’s left flat, but a chance meeting with Cappy, who’s a sentient hat (yes, really), leads to the two teaming up – Mario to save his beloved Peach, Cappy to save his sister, a stolen tiara.

The pair quickly develop quite the symbiotic relationship, whereby Mario uses the handy headwear as anything from a weapon to a wealth collector to something to allow larger leaps. Oh, he can also use Cappy to possess most any sentient thing that doesn’t already have millinery atop their bonce. This ranges from small goodies or baddies to a hulking dinosaur.

Whereas Super Mario 64 had stars and Super Mario Sunshine had suns, Super Mario Odyssey has bananas, and lots of ’em. OK, they’re really moons, but we like our nephew’s initial description better. These fuel the Odyssey, a top hat-shaped airship which transports our protagonists from level to level.

Through remarkably varied worlds our pair tromp, cosplaying, puzzling, gathering coins, purple things and those all-important moons. You’ll need subsequent playthroughs to get them all, as new abilities unlock as you progress. Trust us, you won’t mind revisiting.

In SMO Nintendo have raised the bar further than we ever thought possible. If you’ve ever enjoyed playing a game, then this is a must-have.

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