• Damien Lane & David Smith

Video Game Review: 'Mario Odyssey'

Mario Odyssey is an animated, open-world video game that was released on Oct. 27, 2017 for the Nintendo Switch console. The game allows you to explore huge worlds throughout the game, and each world has a different theme.

For this review, we got to play the first two worlds: the waterfall world and the desert world. The worlds were very well-designed and had a lot of interesting features. This is the type of game that you would play to release stress or just to have fun and relax. They throw many different obstacles at you to make the worlds more challenging.

The game has amazing graphics and smooth mechanics. IGN rated the game a 10/10. There are many other websites that gave the game high or positive ratings.

In these worlds, there are “Power Moons,” and these moons give power to the "Odyssey," Mario's ship, which he uses to track down Bowser and save Princess Peach. To get the power moons, you have to defeat a mini-boss at the end of each level. There are then more to find hidden throughout the stage.

In the beginning of the of the game, you are allied with "Cappy," a hat that Mario spins as his main attack to take out enemies or to take control of enemies; this is sometimes needed in order to cross certain areas. For example, in the waterfall world you get to control a T-rex to make a path for you. Cappy can also be used to reach higher places by jumping on top of the hat.

In many of the worlds, there are 2-D snippets for you to play through; these are throwbacks to the original Mario games on the Nintendo in terms of gameplay.

The developers of this game are Nintendo and Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Developing. They have made many other family-friendly games such as “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,” which was released on April 28, 2017, and Splatoon 2, which was July 17, 2017. The designers of the game are Futoshi Shira and Shinya Hiratake. These designers have have also helped with designing all the other Mario games.