'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.
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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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19 Books Reading Addicts Should Toss In Their Beach Bag Summer 2019

Once you pick up these books, you won't be able to put them back down.

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If you're like me, you love to read tanning by the pool or relaxing at the beach. Something about the summertime just sparks something inside of your brain and you crave a good book. To me, summer reading trumps the rest because no one is assigning you chapter 1-3 or making you read for an assignment. Summer reading is only about you, so you might as well read something you'll love!

Here are 19 books I recommend checking out:

1. "Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn

"Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming."

2. "Dark Places" by Gillian Flynn 

"Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice" of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She'll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby's search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer."

3. "In a Dark, Dark Wood" by Ruth Ware

"Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.
There was a dark, dark house
Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare's hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?
And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room
But something goes wrong. Very wrong.
And in the dark, dark room....
Some things can't stay secret for ever."





4. "The Woman in Cabin 10" by Ruth Ware

"Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo's stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo's desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong."

5. "One of Us is Lying" by Karen M. McManus

"Pay close attention and you might solve this.

One Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them."









6. "Mistress of the Ritz" by Melanie Benjamin

"The Auzellos are the mistress and master of the Ritz, allowing the glamour and glitz to take their minds off their troubled marriage, and off the secrets that they keep from their guests—and each other. Until June 1940, when the German army sweeps into Paris, setting up headquarters at the Ritz. Suddenly, with the likes of Hermann Goëring moving into suites once occupied by royalty, Blanche and Claude must navigate a terrifying new reality. One that entails even more secrets. One that may destroy the tempestuous marriage between this beautiful, reckless American and her very proper Frenchman. For the falsehoods they tell to survive, and to strike a blow against their Nazi "guests," spin a web of deceit that ensnares everything and everyone they cherish."

7. "Tomb of Ancients" by Madeleine Roux

"Fleeing the nightmares of Coldthistle House, Louisa and her friends have taken up in a posh new London residence. But religious zealots from the shepherd's army are flocking to the city in droves, and ominous warnings are being left on Louisa's very doorstep. With the evil influence of her father's spirit growing stronger, Louisa knows she'll have to pick a side in the coming war between the old gods, whether she'd like to or not. Louisa will do whatever it takes to save herself—even if it means returning to Coldthistle House. And when she strikes another devil's bargain with Mr. Morningside, she's forced to join his supernatural staff on a journey to a gateway between worlds, a place of legend: the Tomb of Ancients. But as always, Louisa knows there's a catch. . . In this epic finale to Madeleine Roux's gripping House of Furies series, eerie photographs and beautiful illustrations from artist Iris Compiet help bring to life a world where gods and monsters are at war—and no one will escape the battle unscathed."

8. "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" by Heather Morris

"In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions."





9. "You" by Caroline Kepnes

"When a beautiful aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she'll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a "chance" meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck's life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck's perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder."



10. "The Perfect Couple" by Elin Hilderbrand

"It's Nantucket wedding season, also known as summer-the sight of a bride racing down Main Street is as common as the sun setting at Madaket Beach. The Otis-Winbury wedding promises to be an event to remember: the groom's wealthy parents have spared no expense to host a lavish ceremony at their oceanfront estate.

But it's going to be memorable for all the wrong reasons after tragedy strikes: a body is discovered in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony-and everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash interviews the bride, the groom, the groom's famous mystery-novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, he discovers that every wedding is a minefield-and no couple is perfect."

11. "Circe" by Madeline Miller

"In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love."



12. "The Rules of Magic" by Alice Hoffman

"For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people's thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy."





13. "The Other Woman" by Sandie Jones

"Emily thinks Adam's perfect; the man she thought she'd never meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn't choose his mother Pammie. There's nothing a mother wouldn't do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever."

14. "Her Daughter's Mother" by Daniela Petrova

"Lana Stone has never considered herself a stalker--until the night she impulsively follows a familiar face through the streets of New York's Upper West Side. Her target? The "anonymous" egg donor she'd selected through an agency, the one who's making motherhood possible for her. Hungry to learn more about her, Lana plans only to watch her from a distance. But when circumstances bring them face-to-face, an unexpected friendship is born.

Katya, a student at Columbia, is the yin to Lana's yang, an impulsive free spirit who lives life at the edge. And for pragmatic Lana, she's a breath of fresh air and a welcome distraction from her painful breakup with her baby's father. Then, just as suddenly as Katya entered Lana's life, she disappears--and Lana might have been the last person to see her before she went missing. Determined to find out what became of the woman to whom she owes so much, Lana digs into Katya's past, even as the police grow suspicious of her motives. But she's unprepared for the secrets she unearths, and their power to change everything she thought she knew about those she loves best..."

15. "The Last Resort" by Marissa Stapley

"The Harmony Resort promises hope for struggling marriages. Run by celebrity power couple Drs. Miles and Grace Markell, the "last resort" offers a chance for partners to repair their relationships in a luxurious setting on the gorgeous Mayan Riviera.

Johanna and Ben have a marriage that looks perfect on the surface, but in reality, they don't know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly: after all, Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second to his job as an executive at a powerful mining company. But what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony's intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all it seems—and neither are Miles and Grace themselves. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out?

As a deadly tropical storm descends on the coast, trapping the hosts and the guests on the resort, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested and not one single person—or their marriage—will remain unchanged by what follows."



16. "The Woman in the Window" by A.J. Finn

"Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.


Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.


What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems."

17. "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones

"Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. This novel is an exploration of love, loyalty, race, justice, and both Black masculinity and Black womanhood in 21st century America."

18. "The Sun Is Also a Star" by Nicola Yoon

"Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story.

Daniel: I've always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?"



19. "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas

"Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed."

And many, MANY more!

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Picture-perfect Songs For Your Summer Playlist

Feel good songs for any mood this summer.

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Summer is full of long days and even longer nights with those who you would call your closest friends. The best way to capture and to create memories is with a song everyone connects with. Each and every one of us should make our own summer playlist that reminds us of how to enjoy life during the best season of the year.

A song can fit the scene of any mood. Specifically, one for the road trips to endless locations with your girl gang or laid-back tunes when you're laying next to poolside. There is a song for any moment. Even those late nights when you wish that special someone could be right next to you remembering that instance.

If you're in need of desperate help on how to correctly jam out this summer and it makes it the best one yet, well here are my go-to's.

These songs will indeed catch everyone's attention. Especially, these 8 songs. I don't know about you, but I feel like everyone knows the lyrics to these songs and it makes everyone's night 10 times better. I mean talk about some classics; you can't go wrong with these.

  • Tongue Tied by GroupLove
  • Kill The Lights by Alex Newell
  • Electric Feel by MGMT
  • Body by Luxury
  • Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi
    • Preferably the extended Steve Aoki remix.
  • Mr. Brightside by The Killers
  • UCLA by RL Grime
  • Lucy By Bryce Fox
    • Spotify doesn't have the Ryan Dominic remix, but YouTube does! So, try it out because the original is way too slow and the remix just tops it.

Here are some other songs to play when you are surrounded by your loving yet crazy squad of girls. These next ones will definitely make your friends go wild.

  • Juice by Lizzo
    • You can't go wrong with any song made by her, she carries her music with such a feminist taste.
  • I Wish I Missed My Ex by Mahalia
  • Go To Town by Doja Cat
  • Bad Guy by Billie Eilish
    • Every girl's inner dark side will come out once this turns on.
  • Boo'd Up by Ella Mai

Summer is the best time to play country music in my eyes. It's the only season that seems fitting since every song is about fishing, cold ones, dirt roads and girls in sundresses. Let's be real does anyone ever drop their tailgate and have a party in a hay field? I'm from Iowa and all it is is garage parties or bonfires. So, if you do hit me up because I would love to experience a moment like the country music videos.

  • Get Along by Kenny Chesney
  • Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton
  • Tequila by Dan + Shay
  • GIRL by Maren Morris
  • Beautiful Crazy by Luke Combs
  • Look What God Gave Her by Thomas Rhett

There are certain types of songs that everyone just can't get away from. They make you want to let loose with your friends and rap a few verses. There is a feeling of young and free while it lasts.

  • Elastic by Joey Purp
  • Earfquake by Tyler, The Creator
  • Groceries by Chance the Rapper
  • Star by Bazzi
  • I've Been Waiting For by Lil Peep
  • Twenty One by Khalid
  • Flat Champagne by Dan Caplen

Lately, I've been on an EDM kick for some odd reason, but I thought I should share some that I really enjoy listening to.

  • Good Nights by Whethan
  • It's Strange by Louis The Child
  • Making Luv To The Beat by WATCH THE DUCK
  • Love on Me by Galantis
  • Weekend by Louis The Child
  • Tell Me You Love Me by Galantis
  • In My Mind by Dynoro

Then there are some songs essential for those chill vibes. They will fit the mood when you're trying to relax at the moment or when you are thinking about those you really wish you could be with at the time.

  • In My Head by Odie
  • Vibe by MELVV
  • Goodie Bag by Still Woozy
  • Basement Jack by Steve Lacy
  • Princess Bubblegum by Haroinfather
  • Are You Bored Yet? by Wallows

Hopefully, these different genres of music choices have inspired you. Now go enjoy your summer playlist with those who are your favorites. Just remember to keep adding because there is always new singles or albums midsummer.

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