A delightful new "Super Mario" game is in the works, and it's got a fun new twist.
In the upcoming"Super Mario Odyssey," Mario's hat is alive, and it's accompanying him on a bizarre new journey.
Yes, that's Mario playing guitar while a skeleton with maracas dances alongside him. (Nintendo)
I was lucky enough to play "Super Mario Odyssey" at the annual E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles, California this week. In addition to playing the game, I found out a ton of details about it.
Here's the best stuff I learned!
1. "Super Mario Odyssey" is a 3D, open-world game. It's the first such sandbox-style Mario title since 2002's "Super Mario Sunshine," which was made for the Nintendo GameCube
This is New Donk City, one of the many areas you can explore in "Super Mario Odyssey." (Nintendo)
2. The main gimmick in "Super Mario Odyssey" is Mario's hat. It's named "Cappy," and it's alive!
2. The main gimmick in "Super Mario Odyssey" is Mario's hat. It's named "Cappy," and it's alive! (Nintendo)
3. Mario can do several things with Cappy. He can throw it as a weapon to hurt enemies. He can use it to help him jump higher...
In the image above, for example, Mario has used his cap as a kind of springboard to help him leap across the gap between the buildings. (Nintendo)
4. And he can use Cappy to straight up take over stuff, from inanimate objects to enemies!
Here's Mario taking over a goomba with Cappy. (Nintendo)
5. Being able to take over enemies means you can do stuff you've never been able to do in a Mario game before — like fly around as a Bullet Bill!
Look at that mustache! (Nintendo)
6. "Super Mario Odyssey" feels like the culmination of the past 30 years of Mario games.
You can wall jump, you can triple jump, you can long jump, you can butt stomp — "Super Mario Odyssey" combines features from dozens of Mario games. It feels both familiar and fresh as a result. (Nintendo)
7. There are adorable outfits for Mario to don, and they give him different abilities.
Notice the safari outfit here, for example. (Nintendo)
8. The game's plot revolves around Princess Peach being forced to marry Bowser — that jerk!
8. The game's plot revolves around Princess Peach being forced to marry Bowser — that jerk! (Nintendo)
9. While Bowser is certainly up to no good, the game's main enemies are the devious wedding planners.
The bad guys (and lady). (Nintendo)
10. There are incredible, throwback moments in the game where you slip into pixelated 2D scenes.
10. There are incredible, throwback moments in the game where you slip into pixelated 2D scenes. (Nintendo)
11. The objective of the game is to explore the different areas and capture moons, which are hidden everywhere. It's not clear how many are in each area of the game, but Nintendo reps indicated it was quite a few.
Moons for DAYS. (Nintendo)
12. You can see night and day versions of each area.
Hats are a recurring theme in "Super Mario Odyssey." (Nintendo)
13. Cappy is actually a ghost inhabiting a hat. Here he is in his natural form.
14. You can also play as this dinosaur.
15. You can play the game entirely by yourself in single-player mode, or you can play with a friend in co-op mode.
In co-op, one of you plays as Mario, the other as Cappy. It's very different! (Nintendo)
"Super Mario Odyssey" is scheduled to launch on October 27 for the Nintendo Switch. Check out the latest trailer right here. It's full of madness: