I Played 15 Minutes of Mario Odyssey at a Target While Shopping for Cars Toys
Apparently Targets around the country have Nintendo Switch kiosks where you can play a variety of demos now. Among those demos is one for Super Mario Odyssey, the most anticipated Switch game at the moment.
While at a local Target shopping for various Lightning McQueen toys and such, I stumbled upon this demo kiosk, and I'm a better person for it.
Super Mario Odyssey seems overwhelmingly different from previous 3D Mario games, yet extremely familiar. In some ways I felt like I was playing Mario Galaxy, in others, Mario Sunshine. In the end, however, it felt like I was playing the next evolution in the Mario franchise.
Many have drawn the parallel between Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey with the fact that both games seem to reinvent their respective series, but Mario Odyssey feels a bit more Mario to me than Breath of the Wild does Zelda. Controls feel remarkably like Mario Galaxy, with slight but notable tweaks, and the visuals look like a beautiful HD Mario game that may have otherwise existed on Wii.
I'm not going to go into detail too much on gameplay because fifteen minutes is virtually nothing when assessing a game, but I will say I had a blast in that short time. One concern I have is that Nintendo really seems to be emphasizing the use of separate Joy-Cons when playing this game, but I just want to play every Switch game with my Pro Controller. I'm not quite sure what the added bonuses are for using separated Joy-Cons, but I love the sturdiness of my $70 trigger-less, headphone jack-less game pad.
It also seems like camera control is going to take a bit of getting used to. Believe it or not, this will be the first fully 3D Mario adventure where you use a controller with proper dual analog sticks. The GameCube had wannabe dual analog sticks, the Wii had one analog stick and a TV remote, and the Wii U (rest in peace) never got a proper 3D Mario game (although I'm sure Odyssey was once upon a time supposed to be a Wii U exclusive). The controls aren't bad, it's just a little loose and new for me. Perhaps, much like myself, the sensitivity will be adjustable.
Other than that, I loved those fifteen minutes like they were my own (wtf?). And to all those wondering, yes, throwing your hat as stuff and then possessing it is the greatest thing in the world.
October 27 is going to be a bitch. I can't wait.