Super Mario Odyssey is one of the best games of 2017, one of the best Super Mario games, and a must-have title for Nintendo Switch owners—if the vast majority of reviewers are to be believed, all of those statements are correct. It's time for all former plumbers, children at heart and everyone in between to get excited for this new odyssey.
Of the 67 professional outlets that have reviewed Odyssey on Metacritic, all of them have given the game positive scores, with many of those scores being perfect. User scores for the game even round out to a 9 out of 10 on the site. Here's some examples of what critics are saying about the new Mario game:
"[Odyssey's] collection of open-world Kingdoms is varied and broad, and sometimes clearly inspired by Super Mario 64. Though it isn't necessarily a groundbreaking game like its ancestor, which redefined expectations for 3D games at large, Odyssey outpaces it at every turn." — Peter Brown, GameSpot staff writer
One thing is for sure: it will be very rare to see an official gaming publication or website give Super Mario Odyssey anything less than a 9 out of 10 or equivalent quantity. The game seems to be just that good, after all.
"Mario's games have been around for almost as long as game consoles have been a thing, but thankfully, he's always evolving. We rarely get the same Mario twice. Super Mario Odyssey delivers on that ongoing promise of originality and innovation: It distills the venerable series' joyful, irreverent world and characters and best-in-class platforming action, and introduces a steady stream of new and unexpected mechanics. It's all spun together into a generational masterpiece." — Ryan McCaffrey, IGN editor
What are your early thoughts on Super Mario Odyssey? The Switch title is finally out, which is making plenty of gamers (myself included) overjoyed! Let us know about your experiences in Mario's world in the comments below!