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E3 2017 Impressions – Super Mario Odyssey

mario odyssey

Happy week of E3, everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying the new game announcements and demo reels. It’s easy to be cynical about today’s video games, especially during E3 week (arguably) the industry’s biggest event each year, but I still find the multiple days of press conferences and game reveals to be exciting every time. I thought it’d be fun to take a moment to write here about a few of the games that impressed me the most so far from E3 2017, starting with the latest adventure from Nintendo’s biggest mascot.

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  • SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY

 

Yeah, I don’t think anyone is surprised to see this game listed here among my most anticipated. I’ve been a Mario fan for most of my life, and the plumber’s latest adventure looks better every time I see it. The latest trailer showed off the game’s “capture” mechanic, where Mario tosses his cap (see what they did there?) at an enemy to temporarily take control of them. If the goomba mask in Super Mario 3D World was a sign of things to come, then fully controlling goombas in Super Mario Odyssey is the next great step in Mario’s bid for complete control of the mushroom kingdom.

goomba mario

The possibilities to gameplay that the capture feature offers has me even more excited to play the game, especially now that it’s confirmed that Mario can take control of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. If that isn’t a solid way to sell a game, then I don’t know what is. Filling out a list of enemies, objects, and NPC’s that Mario can control in the final game should be a fun diversion from the expected platforming challenges.  

Mario Dinosaur

In an unexpected move, Nintendo appears to have removed the “lives” system that has been present in every 3D Mario platformer up until this point. From what I could gather watching the E3 gameplay demonstration, the coins collected during Mario’s adventure are tallied up across levels and spent on customization items. When the player dies, they lose a set number of coins as a result. The number of lives that Mario had in his 3D platforming games always felt like a redundant feature, so it is good to see Nintendo finally putting coins toward a better use.

 

It appears that Super Mario Odyssey is pretty much feature-complete at this point. When the confirmed release date for October 27, 2017 popped up during Nintendo’s stream, I was not surprised but still very pleased. It follows Nintendo’s previous claims of the game releasing by holiday 2017, and while things can always change at the last minute, I have little doubt that the game will make it to store shelves on time. I’ll be there day one for Mario’s next big adventure! I cannot wait to explore new worlds, stomp on new enemies, and selfishly take over animals in Mario’s desperate bid for Peach’s hand in marriage. Man, the premise gets weirder every time I think about it. And now there are evil bunnies? Sure, why not.

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The tune that played during the E3 trailer is amazing and deserves every bit of attention. I’ve listened to this at least five times now, it’s extremely light-hearted and uplifting. Give it a listen! Also, the woman that is singing that song is totally Pauline from the original Donkey Kong, as hinted by the mentions to Mayor Pauline in the E3 gameplay coverage. It’s been literal decades since we’ve seen her in a Mario game, aside from some referential nods as a collectible trophy in Super Smash Bros. titles. I’m excited to see how Mayor Pauline will contribute to Odyssey’s story, if she does at all. The spotlight will most likely be placed squarely on Bowser and Princess Peach, as it always has, but I hope we see a cameo from Donkey Kong and Pauline, as neither have shown up in any previous single-player 3D Mario adventure. 

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That’s all I’ve got for now. Feel free to share what your favorite E3 2017 games are, or how I could improve my writing. I’m always looking to improve. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading!

 

  • Matt
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E3 2015 – My Favorite Games of the Show

Hey everyone! This post is a bit late, seeing as E3 2015 was last month, but here are my favorite games of the show, in no particular order, except for my game of the show at the end. Here we goooo!

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  • Cuphead: This game debuted during Microsoft’s E3 2014 press conference in a brief snippet showing co-op gameplay, but this year the developers behind Cuphead showed even more gameplay, proving to any doubters that this game is BEAUTIFUL. The visuals in this game are phenomenal, and dare I say it, one of my favorites yet in gaming. Screenshots don’t do this title justice, and I urge you all to watch a video of the game in action. I grew up watching old Mickey Mouse cartoons, and seeing a game utilize that similar visual style was very refreshing. I hope we see another title or two attempt to replicate the classic Disney-esque art that Cuphead achieves. Right now the game is slated for a PC + Xbox One release, and I’m hoping Wii U and PS4 owners can get a taste of this artistic little title.

    Star Wars Battlefront Gameplay Shot

  • Star Wars: Battlefront: I still have my doubts about this game, but Dice has piqued my interest. I think we’ve all been waiting for a solid new Star Wars game for quite a while now, and for those interested in classic Battlefront and new Battlefield games, this title seems to scratch the itch for both types of fans. The manual on-the-fly switch between first and third person viewpoints is a welcome addition, and as I former Battlefield fanatic, I am looking forward to see what Dice does in the Star Wars universe with the expertise they’ve accumulated from Battlefield.Fulgore
  • Killer Instinct and D4 (PC releases): Yes, Microsoft. Yes, good. Keep pumping out those Xbox + PC releases! As someone who had very little interest in purchasing an Xbox One (personal preference), seeing two of my favorite games on the system make their way to the PC is very welcome. D4 was one of my favorite titles of last year, and Killer Instinct is a blast to learn the mechanics of each fighter. I’m highly anticipating the release of Killer Instinct on PC, and waiting to purchase D4 on PC. Right now, my backlog is rather large. I should probably upgrade my rig in time for Killer Instinct…

And now, my game of the show.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn: Aside from my displeasure with this game’s title, Horizon: Zero Dawn looks like an awesome addition to the PS4 lineup in 2016. Guerrilla Games has been working on the Killzone franchise for the past ten years, so seeing them invest work into a brand new IP is very nice.

I enjoy the Killzone franchise for the most part, but even I was getting tired of the series.
Aloy, this new game’s protagonist, quips witty lines as she battles giant mechanical beasts hell-bent on destroying her kind. The game’s setting and atmosphere appears top-notch, with gameplay focused on bows and many different types of arrows to fire. I feel like this weaponry is a solid choice, because machine guns and other heavy weaponry might feel a bit out of place within the tribe that Aloy is part of. Time will tell what other types of weaponry will be available, but after hearing about the game’s reported four-plus years of development time thus far, I’m extremely excited to see and hear more about this ambitious title. Also, it’s a single-player focused title! Hooray!

Anyway, that’s my list. What were your favorite games from E3 2015? Let me know in the comments below or via my Twitter handle @matt_mancuso12.

Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend, everyone.