While Nintendo may have had the shortest press conference of E3 2017, many regard the company has having one of the best for focusing on many of its core franchises coming to the Switch. Leading the charge for Nintendo is Super Mario Odyssey, a game that took home plenty of awards and seemingly left both the public and media gushing with positivity over the visuals and gameplay.
To see just how impressive the game is on Switch, the tech gurus at Digital Foundry decided to put the E3 2017 footage to the test, and came away with some surprising results.
The biggest finding from the team is that Super Mario Odyssey runs at a solid 60 frames per second. This number never wavers within the Frozen Desert environment of the Sand Kingdom, and only dips slightly when in the bustling streets of New Donk City.
The findings become even more impressive considering how complex the city is with NPCs walking around along with the sheer size of the environment. The results of having these additional frames are easily seen, as the character animation is fluid and the controls were reported as extremely smooth and responsive.
While the frame rate news is exciting, Nintendo did have to make a sacrifice or two in order to hit that target. The visual quality came in at only 720p, a likely side effect of prioritizing the frame rate. In addition, NPC models are first loaded in as 2D objects in the distance, only loading in as 3D models when Mario approaches and animating at only 30 frames instead of the normal 60. Still, the game’s release date is four months away so with additional polish, Nintendo could potentially boost that number a little higher before launch.
Nintendo has shown that it knows how to get the most out of its relatively low powered console as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launched in April sporting both 60 frames per second and 1080p visuals. While those numbers are impressive, it doesn’t quite compare to Super Mario Odyssey, which has a lot more things going on under the hood. Considering the scale, shadows, lighting, and all of the elements going on in a location like New Donk City, it makes the 60 FPS achievement that much more impressive even if the visual quality isn’t as high.
Super Mario Odyssy launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on October 27, 2017.
Source: Digital Foundry