Super Mario Odyssey is set to arrive on the Nintendo Switch tomorrow and the reviews have already started pouring in. Based on what we're seeing so far, Mario and his new magical cap are in the running for Game of the Year nods.
Nintendo appears to have hit it out of the park once again with Super Mario Odyssey, giving Switch owners yet another reason to be excited they invested in the console during its first year. First party games like Breath of the Wild and Splatoon 2 have been phenomenal, backed by a healthy collection of third party games (especially from Bethesda) and all kinds of smaller gems.
In a year when the console has been going strong already, it looks like it might still be going out on a high note, as Mario Odyssey has received just shy of universal praise. Just about every outlet has given the game a score of 9 or higher, with most of the reviews we've seen clocking in at a perfect 10.
We'll get things rolling with God is a Geek, who offered a "hats off" to Mario's latest outing.
That's some extremely high praise, especially for a genre that hasn't seen much love and attention in recent years. Save a handful of indie darlings, you don't see a lot of mascot-driven platforming games these days, so it's nice to hear that Odyssey basically nails the beloved formula. GoaG pretty much heaped praise on every aspect of the game, from the beautiful graphics to the tight-as-a-drum controls.
The folks over at Giant Bomb basically offered all of the same glowing praise, pointing out that Odyssey definitely takes the series in a "weird" new direction that ultimately pays off.
The Giant Bomb review was extremely thorough, touching on just about every aspect of the game. As noted above, Odyssey apparently packs in plenty of fan service, which should tickle long-time fans. It's also nice to hear that the game is full of small tasks and big adventures, which sounds perfect for the Switch. If you're tethered to the TV, you can tuck in for hours. If you're on the go, you can still bounce around for a bit and feel like you're making some progress.
Over to the crowd at IGN and they've got similar praise, noting that the game "joyously fuses old with new." That's a common denominator we're seeing in plenty of reviews outside of this perfect score from Ryan McCaffrey, who stated that he literally applauded as the credits rolled on Mario's latest adventure.
The IGN review clocks in at about 15 hours, but states that there's still plenty to do once you've made your way through the main story.
So what do you think, folks? Planning on adding Super Mario Odyssey to your holiday wish list?