Developer: Nintendo EPD
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Released: October 27, 2017
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I was among the fortunate few to get an early hands-on preview with Super Mario Odyssey earlier this year at E3 2017. I left that gameplay session pleasantly surprised with the direction the development team was taking the 30-year-old flagship Nintendo franchise. Nintendo faced a tall task in creating a new Mario game that stays true to the franchise while introducing something new and exciting for their longtime fans.
After completing the Super Mario Odyssey campaign, it’s safe to say that Nintendo has successfully crafted a unique gaming experience, while still providing its fans with plenty of nostalgic callbacks to previous Mario games. Odyssey is not only one of the best Super Mario games of all time, but also deserves a spot among the greatest video game releases in history. If I had to sum up my experience with Odyssey in one word it would be “joy,” as I found myself with a permanent grin on my face during my playtime with the game. The development team at Nintendo’s Entertainment Planning & Development division (EPD) has successfully breathed new life into the decades-old 3D platforming formula that began with the groundbreaking Super Mario 64 in 1996.