'Super Mario Odyssey' Is A Worldwide Holiday Hit

'Super Mario Odyssey' Is A Worldwide Holiday Hit

here is a reason they put more moons than you need to find in each kingdom.


Over the years, Nintendo has developed numerous hit games, including one of the most popular franchises in the world, Mario.

Recently, on October 27th, Nintendo just released a new 3D sandbox exploration game called Super Mario Odyssey. Although it is only made for the Nintendo switch, it redefines how we play Mario in a new way.

The reveal

When advertisements for the Nintendo switch came out, they also announced Super Mario Odyssey. Looking at the screenshots and the graphics, it looks stunning right from the start. As time went on, more and more of the game was revealed, and I started to like it more and more. Seeing Mario in his home city in New Donk City (In Metro Kingdom) got me excited! This Mario game takes the Mario franchise to a whole new level.

The Storyline

In the game, Mario is in the middle of fighting Bowser to save Princess Peach from not getting married. However, Mario gets tossed off the ship and Cappy notices that he needs help, So Cappy joins Mario in this Globetrotting adventure collecting power moons to stop the wedding and save Peach and Tierra (who is Cappy's sister).

The Critic’s Reviews

Critics, such as Polygon, and IGN, had viewed the game and they gave this game a high average rating of 9.8 out of 10. This game is known as “the best game for the switch” by far.

In their review, Polygon states that easily comparable to Zelda Breath of the wild, but both having their varied differences, each having a different storyline with a different objective.

Super Mario Odyssey is a predecessor of Super Mario 64, Sunshine, Gaxaly 1 and 2, 3D land and 3D world. This game is different in a sense that when you collect a power moon, you don’t get booted back to the “Hub” like the predecessor s, instead, you can keep playing and earing moons to power the Odyssey ship so it can fly to the next kingdom.

Gameplay: What’s New?

Super Mario Odyssey is a different kind of Mario game. Yes, it contains elements from previous Mario games and staple items, such as coins, make a return. However, things are run a bit differently here.

First, getting a moon does not take you back to the “Hub” (where you select which levels you want to play). Instead, you can keep collecting power moons from where you are.

Secondly, there are no power-ups in this game (i.e. fire flower, mushroom, etc.). Instead, it is replaced with Cappy, who can do numerous things like, take possession of another character or enemy (which gives you that character's abilities), clean poison off the ground, grab coins or items from far away distances--and that’s just the beginning.

Speaking of coins, in each kingdom there are two types of coins, the normal gold coins and the purple kingdom specific coins (there are a certain amount in each kingdom).

In this game, Nintendo introduced the concept of spending coins for various souvenirs, or even power-ups. There are two stores corresponding to the coins, known as the "crazy cap store." The yellow coins can be spent anywhere, and the purple coins have to be spent in that kingdom.

Another thing about coins is that there are no more one-up lives (live count). Instead, when you die coins will be taken away from you, and there are plenty of opportunities to find more. When you lose all of your coins, there is no game over screen, it just takes you back to the store in that kingdom.

After defeating the boss in the kingdom (which gives a multi-moon, which is worth three moons), you are not done yet. You have to collect enough moons to travel to the next kingdom. Once you beat the game, then you are able to unlock more moons.

Taking it on a test Run: First impressions

After seeing all the previews, and all the reviews, I have decided to buy a copy and take it on a test run. Each “Kingdom” I came across had a lot of twist and turns, bringing a lot of unexpected surprises into the game to make the game feel more alive and more engaging.

Not only that, but the game is full of puzzles, platforming and various kinds of boss fights to complete. One of the elements this game brings is that it makes a tribute to previous Mario games by bringing in various elements such as the 2D platforming (which is my favorite part of the game). I liked how the storyline was referenced throughout the game, even in the end.

But wait it's not over!

After you beat the game, a new kingdom is opened. Guess which one (I’m not spoiling it). And yes, there are power moons there too.

One thing I was very surprised about that I didn’t notice until the end of the game is that Nintendo added achievements to the game in the form of power moons. And not even that, but those who like to speedrun games, this game will have crazy speed running starts.

The majority of the game is a celebration of previous Mario games, from the 2D retro segments to the bonus world. Even the costumes that are up for purchase, which are references to previous Mario games and unlockable with the different coins, are based on various Mario games.

Is this a Holiday Hit?

If you or someone you know loves Mario and Zelda: Breath of the Wild, this is a game worth buying for them. Even if they beat the game, there are still plenty of moons to be found (around 1,000 moons).

Overall, this game is worth the $60 (and taxes extra) that you pay for it. You are getting what you are paying for (if not, more).

Personally, I spent so much time in New Donk City, it was amazing. My recommendation when playing this game is playing with the detached Joy-Cons.

One thing I did like is that even if you missed some moons you wanted to get, you can always travel back to that kingdom, even after the end of the game. There is a reason they put more moons than you need to find in each kingdom.

They focused more on exploration than just completing the game, and that’s what I like about it. If you look at every nook and cranny, you'll never know what you will find.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

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17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

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18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

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20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

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25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

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27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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Aries: Country Apple

The rather impulsive Aries takes their time picking and choosing the scents from Bath and Body Works. The soothing scent of a fresh apple orchard is just what they need on a daily basis to keep up with their shenanigans.

Taurus: Japanese Cherry Blossom

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Leo: Thousand Wishes

Thousand Wishes is a purr-fect scent for a Leo. The light scent adornes the wearer just the right amount to get the desired reaction from those around them.

Aquarius: Be Enchanted

The rather cold personality of an Aquarius is counteracted by the loving scent of Be Enchanted. The scent is just enough tenderness for the wearer to be relaxed.

Gemini: Moonlight Path

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Another clean scent of Cucumber Melon is the exact thing a Capricorn needs. The balance and calming scents are what make this scent so attractive to a Capricorn.

Scorpio: Paris Amour

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Pisces: Warm Vanilla Sugar

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Cancer: Velvet Sugar

Velvet Sugar is the perfect blend of red velvet and strawberries and a Cancer is always changing their mind. The wearer can tell if it is a more red velvet or strawberry kind of day, and that is the balance that they need in their lives.

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