Beat Mario Odyssey and See the End Game
Why the hell does Super Mario Odyssey get so weird and so good at the end?
Odyssey takes the traditional Mario formula and spins it on its head. Yes, we have seen this done before in Mario games, but not like this. There came a point during my play through where I had to stop and go, "am I really naked Mario running around a realistic-looking city, taking control of tanks, and fighting giant Final Fantasy bosses on the sides of buildings?"
Yes, it would appear that is common for the plumbers latest outing, but the wackiness doesn't stop there. At the end of the game, we get to see Mario become Bowser while crazy anime music plays in the background, only for Princess Peach to seemingly abandon both Mario and Bowser after a fight over Peach's love breaks out among the two foes.
Again, yes, this is the latest Mario game. Something about the ending is so incredibly funny and charming, but also unapologetically not Mario. There's just something about how campy the game gets that makes it enduring. I can't say enough good things about this game.
Then after you beat the game, you're transported to a re-imagined Mario 64 version of Peach's castle, and from there, the game opens up way more. With an actual hub world at your disposal, the game fulfills itself on all fronts for every Mario fan. This game is literally for everyone that has ever liked a Mario game. Period.
You can dress yourself like a blocky N64 version of Mario, take control of Yoshi, and even jump through paintings to discover new levels. It's a pretty loving throwback and I couldn't be any happier with it.
Plus, the game throws some big nods to Mario Galaxy during the final moon world where you fight Bowser. IT MADE ME CRY.
In short, play Mario Odyssey or be ashamed of yourself. There's really no excuse not to play this one. Thanks Nintendo. I'll be back to ranting about how much you aggravate me sometime next week.