Super Mario Odyssey, released in 2017 for the Nintendo Switch, redefined the iconic plumber’s adventures by introducing a vast open-world environment, the expansive “Kingdoms.” The game followed Mario’s quest to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser’s clutches, with the unique twist of Mario utilizing a sentient hat named Cappy. Cappy not only served as a faithful companion but also granted Mario the ability to “capture” and control various objects and enemies by throwing his hat at them. This groundbreaking mechanic allowed for diverse gameplay experiences, enabling Mario to possess everything from common objects to towering creatures, each with its own set of abilities.
The game featured meticulously designed Kingdoms, each with its distinct theme, challenges, and inhabitants. From the bustling urban landscape of New Donk City to the food-centric world of Luncheon Kingdom, the creativity and variety in level design showcased Nintendo’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of the Mario franchise. Super Mario Odyssey emphasized exploration, rewarding players for uncovering hidden Power Moons scattered throughout the Kingdoms. The addition of the Odyssey, Mario’s airship, served as both a narrative element and a means of transportation between Kingdoms, reinforcing the sense of a grand, interconnected adventure. With its innovative mechanics, captivating level design, and a whimsical art style, Super Mario Odyssey became a critically acclaimed and commercially successful addition to the Super Mario series, highlighting Nintendo’s ability to evolve and innovate within the platformer genre.