Super Mario Odyssey will not have a game over state, Nintendo confirms. The company has been steadily revealing more and more information about the game ever since it showcased a new Super Mario Odyssey trailer at E3 2017.
On the official Super Mario Odyssey Twitter page, in Japanese, Nintendo confirmed how the game’s ‘fail’ states will work. When Mario comes into contact with an enemy and loses all of his health or when he falls into the abyss, players will not see a ‘game over’ screen. Instead, Super Mario Odyssey will take 10 coins away from them. Given that coins can be used to purchase items in the game, this fail state should just be frustrating enough to keep players coming back to try and beat the game again.
Some long-time Mario fans may not be best pleased with this confirmation. Part of the draw to the Mario series and part of the difficulty is that players must check how many lives they have, in order to avoid a game over. They must also keep track of how many coins they have too – as 100 coins is worth an extra life and therefore provides a bit of a difficulty cushion. Getting rid of that could dramatically impact how players take on Super Mario Odyssey when it arrives on the Switch later this year.
マリオの体力が0になったり、奈落に落ちると、持っているコインが10枚減ってしまいます。ただし…！いくらミスしてもGAME OVERはありません。 pic.twitter.com/6oEia6LcVr
— スーパーマリオ オデッセイ (@mario_odysseyJP) July 4, 2017
On the other hand, some may be glad to see that Super Mario Odyssey will be inclusive to players of all skill levels and abilities. Nintendo previously confirmed that the game will not punish players too harshly, though it has also stated that Super Mario Odyssey was developed with core players in mind.
The lack of a “Game Over” screen will be part of that as Nintendo will not want to turn players away by making them start all over again. Super Mario Odyssey has many worlds to explore and lots of gameplay opportunities, but if players find themselves in danger and get a “Game Over” state it will put them back to square one.
This could also discourage players from going through the game, purposefully avoiding certain sections and missing out on the fun. By removing this, players will be more inclined to take a look around, knowing that they’ll only be losing coins, and not the game, should Mario’s health run out.
Super Mario Odyssey is set to launch on October 27, 2017 for Nintendo Switch.
Source: Super Mario Odyssey – Twitter