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Super Mario Odyssey – Can it continue the success of the latest Pokemon and Zelda titles?

By Tristan Werbe in Nintendo

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The Nintendo Switch has launched to great success, alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild being the one of the highest rated, and one of most successful Zelda games of all time, despite it being much different than previous entries in the series. Some call it a breath of fresh air for the franchise, I am inclined to agree. Recently back in November, Nintendo also released the last big game for the 3ds, Pokemon Sun and Moon. Another one of their huge franchises that also saw a huge degree change. Not in the core gameplay itself, but how you play the game, gone were the gyms fans had grown used to, instead replaced with trials usually involving some puzzle with a Pokemon boss fight at the end of them. Sun and Moon also saw a greater degree of focus on it’s narrative, making the game feel like it had a sense of community and actual growth in the characters. Pokemon Sun and Moon is also the fastest selling game on the 3ds, it’ll likely soon overtake Pokemon X and Y in sales.

That brings us to, Super Mario Odyssey, that’ll be launching this fall on the Nintendo Switch. It also seems to be taking somewhat of risk with it’s presentation and style, being a truly open world sandbox platformer for gamers to play in. Although it seems to retain the basic plot structure of Bowser either kidnaps Peach, wants to takeover world, kingdom, galaxy, etc. Some of the gameplay elements seem similar as well, with tradition of the big 3d Mario games. But something feels fresh within in it from what I have seen, similar to the changes brought to the Zelda and Pokemon series. Nintendo seems to going in a new direction for how they make their old franchises, and is even starting to make new IPs again with titles such as Splatoon and Arms. From what we have seen and heard about Mario’s latest adventure so far, I believe it’ll carry on the success they have seen in their games recently, likely being the biggest game to come out on the Switch this year. Hopefully it lives up to this new standard Nintendo has brought out, as the Mario series has been mostly stagnant for several years, the last truly good and innovative entry being Super Mario Galaxy, but I have faith in Super Mario Odyssey, and I will review it when it comes out this holiday season.

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