A Super Mario Odyssey fan has designed a poster for the game in the vein of Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming. The latest Nintendo title immediately became one of the must-have games on the Switch when it released at the end of October. Seen by many as a wonderful spiritual successor to Mario 64, the Nintendo mascot's latest adventure takes players on a whirlwind tour of varied and vibrant locales, and has earned itself reviews that call it the best Mario game ever.
One of the most memorable locations in the game is New Donk City, a play on New York that even has the cheeky nickname of The Big Banana. Since this section of Super Mario Odyssey involved a red and blue-garbed hero manoeuvring acrobatically around a New York-esque city, it's understandable that some players might have been reminded of Spider-Man. Now, one fan has decided to take it one step further and directly compare the game to Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Over on Reddit, user MarianneThornberry showed off a homemade Super Mario Odyssey poster, which directly recreates a Spider-Man: Homecoming poster with the former plumber. Made using Super Mario Odyssey's Photo Mode, it's remarkable how close to the Homecoming image Mario can get. The poster itself can be seen below.
The New York and New Donk link is not the only similarity that Super Mario Odyssey and Spider-Man: Homecoming have, of course. Both Mario's latest adventure and Spider-Man's return to the Marvel fold were hits with critics and fans alike, and Homecoming was a huge box office success to boot. Although it's too early to know exactly how Super Mario Odyssey has fared overall, the fact that it cleared 2 million sales within days and set the record for the fastest-selling Mario game of all time speaks volumes.
Although this poster imagines Super Mario Odyssey as a movie, Mario's previous attempt to break into the world of film is not exactly a fond one to remember. 1993's Super Mario Bros. was a critical and commercial flop, gaining notoriety as one of the earliest examples of a bad video game movie. Although the film has made it to Blu-ray, it's not the character's finest moment.
That said, Mario will have the chance to make amends in movie form. It's been announced that an animated Super Mario movie is on the cards, with Illumination Entertainment in talks with Nintendo over bringing Mario to the big screen once more. Hopefully, an animated adventure will prove to be less difficult a project than the previous live action one.