Super Mario 64 was one of the first games that I truly got into growing up. It taught me a sense of discovery and I’ve no doubt put in 100s of hours into the game over the years and still manage to discover things that I’ve never seen before. In my opinion, this kind of mystery and adventure has been missing from subsequent Mario games. It’s exactly what I wanted from Super Mario Odyssey and thankfully it delivers.
When it comes to story and presentation, Super Mario Odyssey is the best we’ve seen in a 3D Mario platformer. There’s cut scenes (with mumbled voice), a genuinely interesting storyline that is unlike anything we’ve seen in a Mario game. There’s also a bunch of interesting (and hilarious) dialogue with your sidekick, Cappy. Oh boy, the graphics. I don’t know how this game is running on the Switch, but it’s so gorgeous. At a time where everybody else is trying to cram as many pixels into their consoles as possible, Nintendo is showing that art and creative visuals are still the most important thing when building a world.