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Update: Nintendo recently hosted another Nintendo Direct which showed off some brand new gameplay footage which you can watch below: 

At the same time, Nintendo announced its biggest release of the fall would also be getting a special bundle with the Switch. 

The bundle will contain a Switch console and the game, of course, but it’ll also have special red Joy-Cons and a themed carrying case. The bundle will cost $380 and be released at the same time as the game – October 27. 

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Super Mario Odyssey is going to take us all over the world, and all throughout time. From underwater worlds to the age of the dinosaurs, the new 3D Mario game will have an incredibly diverse range of environments.  

The release of a new Super Mario game is always a momentous event, and the famous mascot’s Nintendo Switch debut will surely be no exception. 

After playing it firsthand at E3 2017, we can say with absolute assuredness that Super Mario Odyssey will be the most ambitious adventure the character has ever been involved with, offering more freedom and scope than ever before. 

Need to get up to speed on this Switch exclusive? You’ve come to the right place.

Cut to the chase

  • 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 / £49.99 / AU$79.95

Super Mario Odyssey trailers and screenshots 

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The latest Super Mario Odyssey trailer is fresh from Nintendo’s latest September Direct and you can see it in all its glory below:

As you’d expect Super Mario Odyssey got a trailer at E3 2017 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. 

Before that, however, Nintendo 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. 

Super Mario Odyssey release date

E3 2017 also provided us a solid release date for Mario’s next outing to rescue the princess – October 27, 2017. 

Nintendo has yet to mention any special editions of the game, but it has announced three new amiibo figures to commemorate the launch: Tuxedo Mario, Tuxedo Bowser and Wedding Dress Princess Peach. 

Super Mario Odyssey confirmed 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. 

Here’s what we know about the game based off the trailers, and two 10-minute hands on sessions with the game.

You can buy new hats for Mario in the game’s shops.

A sentient hat called ‘Cappy’ 

The single biggest new feature in the game is Mario’s new hat. Styled after his classic headgear, the cap can be thrown at enemies in order to posses them and take advantage of their unique powers. 

In their Gamescom presentation Nintendo used these powers to cross lava which would normally be impossible for our favorite plumber, while possessing other enemies will grant different abilities. 

A world made up of ‘Kingdoms’ 

Following the self-contained, level-by-level approach taken by Super Mario 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. 

The producer of the game, Yoshiaki Koizumi, said that this approach was due to the game being based on the theme of ‘travel’. 

Rather than accessing these Kingdoms through a central hub as in previous Mario games, the character will instead travel between them on his rocket ship called the ‘Odyssey’. 

Each world will have its own form of currency, unique purple coins.

Varied locations

Mario’s previous adventures have taken him to many familiar locations in the Mushroom Kingdom, but this new outing marks something of a departure for the series as it will include semi-realistic environments. 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.

At Gamescom 2017 Nintendo showed off a new kingdom for the game called the ‘Luncheon Kingdom’. This new world is themed around food, in particular the cuisines of Italy and other European countries. 

The ‘Luncheon Kingdom’ was first shown off at Gamescom 2017.

Buddy creatures

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