Super Mario Odyssey has been announced as a Nintendo Switch exclusive starring everyone’s favourite portly Italian plumber.
This is the first sandbox game that will allow Mario to fully explore his surrounding world since Super Mario 64 on Nintendo 64 and Super Mario Sunshine on Nintendo GameCube. It will see him leap out of the Mushroom Kingdom and sail between mysterious worlds on an airship, with players taking on all challenges with help from a new ability to throw Mario’s cap.
“While I am the overall producer for the Nintendo Switch hardware I simultaneously have a hand in the newest Mario game, Super Mario Odyssey,” producer Yoshiaki Koizumi shared in the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017.
“This is the first time since Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine that we have created a large Mario sandbox world like this for you to run around in. The theme of Mario this time is ‘a journey to an unknown world,’ and Mario has jumped out of the Mushroom Kingdom to go on an extraordinary adventure. I said unknown, but perhaps you notice some landscapes that look familiar from the real world?
“Perhaps some of you have noticed some unusual eyes or something on Mario’s cap? This mysterious cap in particular offers action that can only be experienced on Nintendo Switch. This cap character plays an important role in Mario’s journey, I hope that you will look forward to it.
“In the 20 years since we made Super Mario 64 I have been on a long, long journey together with Mario, and we are working on this new journey called Nintendo Switch with the excitement one feels when visiting unknown countries for the very first time.”
Super Mario Odyssey will release exclusively on Nintendo Switch in Holiday 2017.