Parents' Guide to

Super Mario Odyssey

By Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Great, fun Mario adventure is an instant classic on Switch.

Game Nintendo Switch 2017
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 4+

This game is great, not much replayability

It’s a really fun game, pretty easy and not too much scary stuff. But once you beat the game, you can’t really do anything except grind until you get to the darker side.

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Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
1 person found this helpful.
age 7+

Shigeru Miyamotos step up.

When I think of Mario games that make me go speechless, I think of Super Mario Odyssey.All the moons you can collect is amazing.You know what.I could stay at the second world and still have fun without collecting a single coin, but this game doesn't give me the joy Super Mario 64 gives.But it's still great!

This title has:

Easy to play/use
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22 ):
Kids say (100 ):

Mario's latest adventure is a fun-filled journey from beginning to end, and its gameplay has more than enough action to intrigue old and new fans alike for hours. Sure, it may feel familiar, especially if you've played Super Mario Galaxy or Super Mario Sunshine, but it's the way that Odyssey elevates the play with the Switch's responsive motion controls that stands out. In fact, much of this is tied to the addition of Cappy as your new companion, because he's unbelievably versatile. He can collect coins and trigger environmental switches. He can slingshot Mario across the map and break open objects. But Cappy can also be used to deflect projectiles and knock out enemies. Even better, Cappy can "capture" some foes, using their abilities to your advantage. That means you can swim and explore in the body of a Cheep Cheep fish, or toss fireballs and frying pans as a Hammer Bro. You'll probably spend a large amount of time tossing Cappy around each world just to see what he can do and how it changes your gameplay. Arguably, he's one of the better companions Mario's had in quite some time.

But it's not just the addition of Cappy. Odyssey has so many great touches that gaming fans will enjoy. For example, there's seamless movement from the 3D open-world adventure to the classic 2D Super Mario Bros.-style gameplay when you go down a pipe. There are huge homages to Donkey Kong, from the inclusion of New Donk City (and Mayor Pauline, aka Mario's first love interest) to its girder-inspired stages. There are even extra collectible Power Moons and Multi-Moons (like the Stars in Galaxy and the Shines in Sunshine) in each stage that encourage exploration (and can unlock extra content). It's almost perfect. The only knock here is that the camera angle can sometimes be poor, even when you try to move it around. This can get complicated when you need to make precise jumps, especially toward the end of the game. The other issue is that clothing and outfits are virtually meaningless. With Cappy effectively taking the place of suits or power-ups, outfits are simply a new visual look for Mario based on a world's theme. His clothing choices can open up a level in each kingdom, but that's about it; it would've been more impressive if Mario's fashion choices had a bigger impact on the characters or the overall gameplay from level to level. But these minor issues aside, Super Mario Odyssey is an instant classic. It's one of those games that could easily sell tons of Switches by itself, and proves that the magic is back with Nintendo's main hero once again.

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