As part of its E3 2017 press conference, Nintendo revealed a brand new Super Mario Odyssey gameplay trailer. But post-presser, the company also confirmed several other details, including how the game deals with death.
According to the Treehouse gameplay session, Super Mario Odyssey will not punish players harshly for dying. When one of the members of the Treehouse panel accidentally died during the playthrough, they only lost 10 coins. While some may be frustrated that Mario will lose any coins at all, saying that New Donk City should offer free health benefits to the character, many will be glad that the game doesn’t set them back too far.
Another positive feature that is sure to go down well with fans is that Super Mario Odyssey does not kick players from a location when they collected a Moon. The game will be big on exploration when it launches later this year and so it’s good to know that players will be able to do a bit more adventuring, without having to avoid them. It looks as though boss battles will end an episode in the traditional way, however, so that’s something to keep in mind.
Overall, the fresh gameplay seems to offer the best of both worlds. While Nintendo previously stated that Super Mario Odyssey is made for core gamers, including challenges regarding its control scheme, it seems that the company has series newcomers in mind as well. No doubt many players will be coming to Odyssey as their very first game in the Mario universe or may not be used to other, more open Mario games. This should ensure that they can get to grips with the game without being discouraged due to incredibly harsh death punishments.
Moreover, the game clearly offers some child-friendly features and appeals, such as being able to control dinosaurs using Mario’s hat but a game that punishes them too harshly for failure could well put them off. Children may be easily frustrated by mechanics that are too severe and so this is vital. These features like these should make the game both challenging and accessible, which could also make Super Mario Odyssey even more of a Nintendo Switch system seller than it already is.
Super Mario Odyssey is scheduled to release on October 27 for the Nintendo Switch.