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Review: Super Mario Odyssey (Switch Retail) Large

Developed and published by Nintendo, Super Mario Odyssey is Mario's latest 3D platforming adventure and as expected we enjoyed every minute of the game, however we couldn't help, but notice that the game didn't feel as magical as previous 3D Mario titles, why is that? Keep reading our review to find out why.

Review: Super Mario Odyssey (Switch Retail) Large

There's no doubt that Nintendo pulled out all the stops with the production value of Super Mario Odyssey and it shows between the incredible storytelling, incredible audio-visual presentation, and sheer scope, however the game lost something so much more important in the process.

Super Mario Odyssey lacks the charm of previous Mario games, the level designs are lacking compared to most previous entries in the series and the game is quite honestly, ridiculously easy to the point where it felt like we were playing a game geared towards young children.

Review: Super Mario Odyssey (Switch Retail) Large

That's not all, the gameplay is sort of mission-based like Grand Theft Auto and unfortunately falls victim to the same issues that plagued the Jak & Daxter games after the initial title, The Precursor Legacy and feels like a completely different series now.

Don't get us wrong it's a solid game, but it doesn't feel like a Mario game at its core and that's a serious problem when you're talking about a series that was not only at the top of the sales charts with every release in the franchise, but arguably the most beloved series in the video game industry, it honestly makes no sense why Nintendo would choose to reinvent the series at this time.

Review: Super Mario Odyssey (Switch Retail) Large

The controls in the game are very responsive and easy to learn which is always a good thing in our opinions.

Visually Super Mario Odyssey looks absolutely spectacular and really pushes the limit of the Nintendo Switch's hardware especially in docked mode, but it still looks great in handheld mode as well!

The soundtrack is quite varied as well with some pretty amazing vocal songs, however the music in the game's many levels was somewhat lacking, which was quite disappointing, but even so it's still great to listen to.

Review: Super Mario Odyssey (Switch Retail) Large


While the gameplay and story is solid, Super Mario Odyssey reinvented the series despite there being no need to do so and in the process has lost some of that special Nintendo magic the series has possessed for decades. While the controls and audio-visual presentation are fantastic we still give the game the lowest score of any mainstream release in the Mario series to-date. While the game is solid it was a major disappointment and as such we give Super Mario Odyssey a solid level of recommendation.


Score: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 7/10



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Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:10 pmAqua Cherry Blossom
I feel the same way about the game. It was good, but oh so disappointing lol. Rolling Eyes
Nice review lol. Smile
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:15 pmStaroceancrazy
Super Mario Odyssey is awesome, but you're right about it feeling like a different series. Awesome review @Reanfan! Very Happy
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:12 pmPennsage
Your reviews are getting better. And I'm shocked that this game isn't as great as other Mario titles.
Nice review @Reanfan!
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:39 pmKeAfan7
@Pennsage Thanks for your kind words! Also thanks to the rest of you awesome peeps for commenting on my review. Wink
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:42 pmBrian2030
I assume its better than Mario Sunshine,
But not even close to being as good as Mario Galaxy.
Nice Review! RukiaFan
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:55 pmKeAfan7
@Brian2030 Even Sunshine was better imo. Sad
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:03 pmTalesfanatic
@Brian2030 I agree with @Reanfan at least sunshine was enjoyably challenging while Odyssey is boring.

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Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:22 pmToughGamer
Good review.
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:21 pmthemcnoisy
Odyssey is alright, that unfortunately isnt good enough for a Mario game. The level design is all over the place and the crazy amount of abilities makes the game too easy.
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:50 pmSonicKnuckles
@themcnoisy Mario sets the standards for software quality in the industry and with this I fear that it'll resonate with other developers and we will see an increase in shovelware and crap games from AAA developers. Sad
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:02 amRWBY_Red
Good review Rean! I agree with @Pennsage your reviews are improving hehe. Smile
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:30 pmSuperVash
Sweet review @Reanfan! Cool
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:25 pmAmufungal
@Brian2030 I love Sunshine. Smile
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:13 pmAkatsuki
@Brian2030 I thought I was the only person who found Super Mario Sunshine to be subpar.
Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:15 pmKeAfan7
Thanks for the comments! You guys are awesome. Wink
Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:20 pmRyanNerdyGamer
Huh...? Lowest score...?! But...but...it's my...favourite... Surprised Sad

@Reanfan Your quality of writing improves with each review you write. Keep up the good work, my friend! Happy Review: Super Mario Odyssey (Switch Retail) 631737971 victory
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:58 amMs_Kinomoto
Um...nice review @Reanfan. Smile
@GeekyGamerZack Um...I really love the game and it is one of my favorites, but as @themcnoisy said it has questionable level design so I see why Brian gave the game a 7. Smile
Tue Dec 13, 2022 11:24 pmSunDownSamurai
I wished I had known that Odyssey isn't somewhat challenging like both of the Galaxy games. I just bought it at the beginning of the month from BestBuy, because they had it on sale for $39.99. I'm still going to try to play through at least once, since I already bought it. I wish more of the big name reviewers weren't so bias about some games. Not a single review I've read except for this one mentioned the low level of difficulty. I ran into the same situation with Kirby and the Forgotten Land. All of the reviews I read praised the game, and never once mentioned how unbelievably easy the game is. But I got lucky with that game and didn't buy it, because I tried the demo out beforehand. I just hope I can at least get some enjoyment from playing Odyssey.
Tue Dec 13, 2022 11:41 pmSunDownSamurai
Staroceancrazy wrote:Super Mario Odyssey is awesome, but you're right about it feeling like a different series. Awesome review @Reanfan! Very Happy
I hope that by the end of the game I can walk away feeling the same way.

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