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Nintendo is really going out with the “Jump Up, Super Star!” theme for Super Mario Odyssey. That’s especially evidence in the special musical that the company put out tonight.

Over on the Japanese website, Nintendo confirms that the full version will be sold on iTunes in Japan beginning October 20. We’ll have to wait and see if something similar happens in other regions.

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Update: To clarify, Nintendo tagged “Kate Davis” in the MP3, but it’s thought to be Catherine Davis “Kate” Higgins. Kate Davis is someone else. If the actual singer turns out to be Kate Davis and not Catherine Davis “Kate” Higgins (or someone else entirely), we’ll let you know. As things stand, we believe the singer to be the person described below.


Ever since we first heard the “Jump Up, Super Star!” song for Super Mario Odyssey, we’ve wondered who actually sings it. Thanks to Nintendo’s official upload of the music, we may have an answer.

An upload of the Super Mario Odyssey theme song was added to the official website here. After poking through the included MP3, fans noticed that Kate Davis (known as Catherine Davis “Kate” Higgins) is tagged.

Here’s her bio from Wikipedia:

Catherine Davis “Kate” Higgins (born August 16, 1969), also known as Kate Davis, is an American voice actress, singer, and jazz pianist. Her major voice roles have been in English-language adaptations of Japanese anime, and she is best known as the voice of Sakura Haruno in Naruto. She has also voiced C.C. in Code Geass and Saber in the original Fate/stay Night. In 2010, she voiced Miles “Tails” Prower in the video game series Sonic the Hedgehog. She also voices Kate, Stinky and Lilly in the Alpha and Omega sequels. In 2014, She became the voice of Ami Mizuno / Sailor Mercury in the Viz English dub of Sailor Moon.

So there you have it. We may finally have an answer about the mystery singer of the Super Mario Odyssey theme song.

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Nintendo has published a trio of Japanese commercials for Super Mario Odyssey. We’ve included all three below.

As a way of promoting Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo has come out with an official “Jump Up, Super Star!” music video. Check it out below.

Nintendo has really been ramping up its promotion of Super Mario Odyssey in Japan as of late. That makes sense given how the big platformer is just a few weeks out.

A new billboard for Super Mario Odyssey was spotted by a train station in Japan featuring Mario in Shiveria. For those who missed it, a different ad that was recently found can be seen here

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Super Mario Odyssey has a few different amiibo functions. We know that the new wedding versions of Mario, Peach, and Bowser have their own specialties. They grant temporary invincibility, provide a Life-Up Heart, and show the locations of regional coins respectively.

Every other amiibo also works with Super Mario Odyssey. Generally you’ll receive help when tapped. However, some also unlock special outfits.

If you’re curious which figures can be used to obtain costumes, this list should come in handy:

The final game played at the Nintendo World Championships 2017 tonight was none other than Super Mario Odyssey. Nintendo had the last two contestants play the game, which included some new footage. Watch the full recording below.

The Nintendo Treehouse Log updated this past week with entries for two big entries. Super Mario Odyssey and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 were both covered.

First, here’s an excerpt about the Snapshot Mode in Super Mario Odyssey:

This game’s all about the fun and excitement of travel, so it makes sense that the dev team created a tool to help you preserve those memories. After all, part of the fun of a journey is sharing photos of the big moments with your friends! But what really surprised me the first time I tried out Snapshot Mode was how robust its toolset was…

It utilizes the same Capture Button you’re used to on your Nintendo Switch, and it lets you share images in all the same ways that’re built into that system, too. But from there, it offers you a whole lot more. I’ve been messing around with Snapshot Mode a bunch since it first got added to the game. Over the next few posts I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite recent shots, and a bit of info about how I captured each one…

And an excerpt about the battle system in Xenoblade Chronicles 2:

To begin with, let’s discuss Blades. Blades are synthetic beings who wield different weapons full of tremendous power. Each Blade is born from what is called a Core Crystal. When a person touches a Blade’s Core Crystal, he or she will bond with that Blade and, as a result, be able to command that Blade in battle. A person who has bonded with a Blade is known as that Blade’s “Driver.”

Here we see a powerful and mysterious Blade, Pyra, alongside her Driver, Rex.
Drivers can bond with many different Blades, but can only command up to three in battle at a time. This is a big point at which strategy comes into play—once you’ve bonded with multiple Blades, which will you take into battle, and who will you start with? An indicator at the lower left of the game screen shows you who your current three Blades are; the top position represents the lead Blade, who always enters battle first.

Here we see Pyra in the first position, with Finch and Kogoku in the second and third positions respectively.
A small amount of time must pass before you can swap to one of your other two Blades. There are ways to shorten this amount of time by using Blades more frequently or completing quests, but there will always be a bit of a wait. And which Blade you choose to start battle with should always be part of your plans.

From there, though, battle strategy gets even more complex. Think of it like peeling an onion—there are lots of layers to go!

You can read Super Mario Odyssey’s full entry on the Nintendo Treehouse Log here. The one for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is here.

We knew that Super Mario Odyssey would be getting a guide from Prima. It’ll come in both standard and collector’s edition flavor.

Amazon’s listing has since updated with a full overview of the guide. It confirms that the collector’s edition contains a hard cover with premium fishes. Some “exclusive content” is also teased.

Here’s the full rundown of the guide:

Update: Nintendo released an English version of the trailer. It’s essentially the same video, just with English text and no voice-over.


Original: Nintendo just released a new Japanese introduction trailer for Super Mario Odyssey. Watch it below.

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