Just a few weeks ahead of its release on the Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Odyssey has received a live-action trailer in the style of a Broadway musical, complete with a song and a dance ensemble.Super Mario Odyssey marks a return to a 3D, open-world experience for the Super Mario franchise that was made popular with Super Mario 64 and the Gamecube game, Super Mario Sunshine.
The new game will take Mario on adventures though various Kingdoms, which include fantasy-based worlds and realistic cities filled with skyscrapers like New Donk City. The game will also introduce Mario's sentient hat, Cappy, which will be an important component in how the game is played. Cappy can also be controlled in co-op mode.
Nintendo has released a new trailer for Super Mario Odyssey which brings Mario to life in a live-action world. Set to the backdrop of the game's theme song, "Jump, Jump, Super Star!", the trailer sees Mario dance alongside several real actors in the streets of New Donk City. We can also hear Mario make his iconic "Yahoo!" yell before tossing his hat like a boomerang. As Mario shows off his jumping skills, the trailer switches to gameplay footage of Mario in the city. A gamer is shown playing on his couch when Mario appears in front of the window and throws his hat at him. The trailer continues to mix gameplay with live-action video until the song ends with a display of fireworks.
Every time Mario throws his hat at someone in the trailer, whether it's a person or a dog, the hat transforms their appearance to give them a mustache like Mario's. For people who haven't been following the game, this could be seen as something that just adds flavor to the trailer, but instead it's actually a gameplay mechanic called "Capture." As part of the game's structure, Mario is able to use Cappy to possess enemies or interactive items. The player can then take control of the "captured" character.
"Jump, Jump, Super Star!" is sung by voice actress Kate Higgins, who voices Pauline in the game. Pauline was the damsel in distress in Mario's first video game, Donkey Kong. The song can be downloaded for free at Nintendo's website.
Super Mario Odyssey will release worldwide for the Nintendo Switch on October 27.