When we saw Mario bouncing around the screen of the Nintendo Switch’s reveal back in October, the obvious gut reaction was, “Whoa, hold on, wait – is that the next Mario game?”
Sure enough, that footage was not some mere placeholder designed to sell the idea of an upcoming Mario game – it actually was an upcoming Mario game!
Mario’s next big game is the logical progression of the portly, platforming plumber, taking from 1989’s Super Mario Land to 1990’s Super Mario World to 2007’s Super Mario Galaxy to 2017’s Super Mario Odyssey – a trip throughout multiple realities set to release this holiday.
Featured in the gameplay reveal was a multitude of new worlds to run, jump, and vault through with various aesthetics and styles, such as a lush forest setting to an urban jungle populated by what seems to be a more realistic, mundane world than that of the fantastical Mushroom Kingdom.
Also, Mario’s trademark red cap seems to have become sentient, having grown a pair of eyes and gained the ability to fly out in place to offer Mario an extra surface to jump from. So, uh, there’s that.