While this year’s E3 delivered quite a few promising announcements, Nintendo seemed to steal the show entirely when the studio presented news related to upcoming Pokémon, Kirby, and Yoshi titles, Rocket League for the Switch, Breath of the Wild’s first DLC, and, of course, Metroid Prime 4.
For many, however, the playable demo of Super Mario Odyssey was enough to justify the cost of attendance. There hasn’t been too much news on Nintendo’s mascot’s newest adventure, but what we have heard certainly sounds promising. Odyssey is ambitiously innovative, has great platforming and gameplay mechanics – and will have co-op!
It’s not quite the level of cooperative play we would’ve asked for, but even being able to control Mario’s sentient flying hat will be enough for many. Nintendo has always aimed for their games to be relatively family-friendly, and there’s definitely something wholesome about handing off a joycon controller to a younger sibling or child and letting them fly circles around you.
They won’t be totally useless, either. Mario’s hat can collect items and damage enemies, and it’s apparently indestructible, meaning that there will be little risk of your less advantaged partner growing frustrated or holding you back. Knowing Nintendo, there will probably also be plenty of situations where teamwork between you and your cooperative buddy can provide bonuses not found in the single-player experience.
Super Mario Odyssey is scheduled to launch on October 27, 2017. For more information, check out Nintendo’s official Twitter account, or visit the studio’s YouTube channel for access to any future media content.