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Details from Famitsu’s Super Mario Odyssey review

Posted on October 22, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Super Mario Odyssey already had one review before this week. In its latest issue, UK magazine EDGE awarded the game with a perfect 10 / 10 score.

Meanwhile, this week, Japanese magazine Famitsu also had its own review of Super Mario Odyssey. It wasn’t quite perfect, but the game did very well indeed. Four reviewers handed out scores of “10”, “10”, “9”, and “10”.

Here’s a summary of the the different “sub-reviews”:

Reviewer 1 – 10

In addition to the usual fun factor of Mario, the reviewer felt that the new hat actions and capture abilities are fresh. He was getting well used to the two-handed controls that make good use of the Joy-Con’s gyro feature. Also noted in the review, each stage is full of discoveries and surprises. The world with its realistic touch, which is unlike anything before, had quite an impact on the person playing the game, and feels this will make you want to continue your journey to new locations.

Reviewer 2 – 10

The second reviewer noted how the levels are created in such a way that makes them very worth exploring, so it’s great to see them full of discoveries and surprises. The various gimmicks ensure that players won’t be bored, and will make them want to run to every corner, finding Power Moons and coins from each area. The actions that use the cap are said to be fresh, and being able to control various characters with the capture mechanic is also interesting. The reviewer also highlighted the help mode and two-player multiplayer, so you can play it without worry.

Reviewer 3 – 9

The new hat throwing action is like a boomerang, and it also has good compatibility with the Joy-Con controls. This person felt that it’s fun to open new unexpected breakthrough doors by capturing enemies and animals. Various tricks are hidden in areas in each kingdom, so exploring is interesting and a lot of gimmicks can also be fathomed. The NES-style 2D areas that make good use of the walls are also original. The reviewer is also glad that Super Mario Odyssey can be played for a long time thanks to features that are unlocked after clearing the game.

Reviewer 4 – 10

According to the reviewer, Super Mario Odyssey has a great composition full of exciting elements that make you feel like experiencing a good-quality journey. Gimmicks from Mario’s costume changing, hat-throwing attacks, to capturing enemies and transforming are fresh for the series. But rather than showing off strange things, it still retains the play sensation of a Mario game. The reviewer had one word for the game balance that has both senses of comfort and originality: excellent. The map design that lets you enjoy even the corners inside the sandbox is also great.

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  • Tobi

    reviewers handed out scores of “10”, “10”, “9”, and “10


    Reviewer 1 – 10
    Reviewer 2 – 10
    Reviewer 3 – 10
    Reviewer 4 – 10

    Hows that possible??

    • Brian

      It’s been fixed. This is what happens when I don’t sleep!

  • Ser2k2

    You have forgotten the number 9.

  • Blanco8x8

    Wait, which review has the 9?

    • wytxus

      Actually the Reviewer 3 gave Odyssey an 9

  • DiscoGentleman

    Who the hell translated this? Way too much passive language and direct translations…

    • Brian

      It has nothing to do with the translation. This is literally how Famitsu editors review games. They aren’t going to go into detail or be direct about certain aspects that you’d find in traditional reviews. That tends to happen when you have four editors talking vaguely about a game in a paragraph or two.

      • DiscoGentleman

        As a JPN-ENG translator, I have to disagree. It’s not the vagueness that bothers me– that is what the subject material is, so it should be left vague. My complaint is that this is bad writing/translation. I would never turn this in on a job.
        “The actions that use the cap are said to be fresh,”
        “so you can play it without worry.”

        • Brian

          I think you’re misunderstanding the purpose of this post. We personally phrased the quotes you brought up that way because they weren’t direct translations (which is why they weren’t in our usual quote boxes). If we were going for a direct translation, maybe it’d be another story. We wouldn’t have include the words “said to be”, for example. Each one of the “sub-reviewers” were intended to be paraphrases this time around, not direct translations.

      • Oku Raku

        As another Japanese speaker, could you just post a link to the source so we can read and interpret ourselves? Thanks!

        • Oku you would like join our unofficial NE discord server. We’re a community of Nintendo gamers we debate and discuss on chat daily, If you are interested in the future to join us the link is on my bio. Cheers!

  • ≈ KobobKC ≈ ᔦꙬᔨ

    “The reviewer is also glad that Super Mario Odyssey can be played for a long time thanks to features that are unlocked after clearing the game.”

    I’m excited for that!

  • Mitt_Romney_2012 Leaks:

    Peach doesn’t marry eith Mario or Bowser and travels the worlds at the end.
    Isle Delfino is the last post game world.
    Yoshi, as well as Poochi can be captured.
    You return to Mario 64’s Peach’s Castle, and can go to Boo’s Kingdom in the courtyard.
    Mario 64 Mario costume is available.

    • KnickKnackMyWack

      Gee, thanks for the spoilers, you moron.

      • Operative

        Some people have such sad lives they find pleasure in ruining fun

  • Emmanuel Henné

    Great that they love it. I find things like the T-Rex dont look well integrated into the typical Mario style. Its like putting a T-Rex from Jurassic Park into a Pixar movie. Doesnt match. And throughout the videos I have seen, there are several things like that. It would have been rather logical to have the T-Rex look more cartoony/colourful, given that we have something like Yoshi and Bowser already.

  • PachterStation

    Only fools get sucked into reviews. Look at how many people got sucked into Gran Turismo Sport. A PS3 game in HD with only 16 tracks and that was just for starters.

  • Matt Saroni (randomhero24)

    Sorry but 10’s from Famitsu reviewers don’t hold a lot of water for me. One of them gave FIFA 18 a 10. Really?

  • Icer Zerocool

    Mario has never failed me. I love all Mario games, even at the age of 35. So friggin hype for Oddy..

    • Wake Up! It’s Feeding Time

      35 myself. Pre-Order booked.

  • Operative

    I cannot wait for the game. And I’m so glad there’s post game content. Ever since they started doing World Star in the Mario games, they’ve really tested my skills. It’s amazing