EB Expo 2017 – Super Mario Odyssey Hands on Impressions

It’s with no word of lie that the DJ Podcast team was very excited to get their hands on Super Mario Odyssey.  In fact, when the media gates opened it was the first title we ran to get hands on with right away.  So what did we think? Does Mario Odyssey have the goods this time round?  Can it top itself once again? Each of the DJ team’s thoughts are as follows.

Paul

As a long time Mario fan, I can rest assured that Nintendo knows how to deliver a top notch game when its biggest mascot is concerned.  In Super Mario Odyssey, Mario travels across many worlds via his hat shaped ship in search of Princess Peach.  Nothing unusual there in terms of story, but in terms of gameplay Mario Odyssey manages to keep things fresh with its latest iteration.  What was a new change for the Mario series is the fact that Mario can now throw his cap at enemies as well as being able to be used as a temporary platform also.  Mario can also use his cap to capture certain items as well which is also a great idea and a change for the series.   Aside from the new changes, Mario Odyssey is just as gorgeous as you’d expect, with worlds filled with colour and imagination as well as a wealth of secrets and hidden areas and worlds to explore.  I cannot wait to get my hands on this exceptional game that I am sure will set the bar for Mario titles once again.

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Shane

Putting it simply what you see is what you get, nothing less but definitely more. Even from the limited 2 levels we played, you could tell this game is a masterpiece that will please the most avid Mario fan. It’s got all the basics as well as some new features players will certainly enjoy. If you currently own a switch then there is no excuse not to have this in your collection. I bet this will be high up on most people’s “game of the year” lists. This could well be the Killer App for the Nintendo Switch.

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CJ

As this was my first experience seeing and touching a Nintendo Switch, what better game to play other then Super Mario Odyssey. Firstly, the game is smooth, it’s expansive, and it is new but with a familiar feel. This is a true successor to Mario 64 and the Mario 3D titles. I liked how you can play the way you have done in the past by jumping on your foes but also utilising Mario’s fancy new hat, which comes in handy when multiple enemies are approaching. Although accidental, I threw my hat at Bullet Bill and suddenly I could control it, both speed and direction. This helped me reach a Moon collectible situated on a previously unreachable location. It also had parts where you could enter a classic 2D area for other collectibles. It really was enjoyable just wandering around to see what else there was to discover. Super Mario Odyssey is definitely a game for all audiences, newcomers and the experienced. There is something for everyone to enjoy and it will no doubt be a roaring success.

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Be sure to pick up Super Mario Odyssey when it launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch worldwide on October 27th, 2017.

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Paul Barbara

I'm 40, been an avid gamer since I was 5 (1981) and owned almost all systems possible in that time. I love podcasting, having produced over 230 episodes over the last 6 years and I get a real buzz out of discussing all this gaming news with other gamers. So tune in!

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