The launch of Super Mario Odyssey is just a couple short weeks away and, leading up to its October 27 release date, Nintendo put out a trailer unlike anything else you’ll see this year. The ad blends live action dancers and real sets with animated elements from the game to create a musical-style romp through New Donk City. It’s all set to Jump Up, Superstar, the original song created specifically for the game. It’s Mario like you’ve never seen him before, and far more joyful than a marketing spot has any right to be.
Not many franchise mascots could justify having their own song, but Nintendo is showing us with their playful attitude here that they’re still all-in for putting fun first. And Nintendo certainly knows what they’re doing: When Jump Up, Superstar was first heard in the announcement trailer for Super Mario Odyssey it made waves. Now, a free version of song has been made available for download on the Nintendo website.
But even before this cheery new musical, Super Mario Odyssey looked chock full of light-hearted personality: Fans and critics who’ve gone hands-on with Odyssey seem very positive about what they’ve seen from Mario’s debut on the Nintendo Switch so far, praising the gorgeous world design and the clever implementation of Mario’s new hat, Cappy, which allows the ubiquitous plumber to take the shape of dozens of objects and creatures – from city street bollards to enormous Tyrannosaurs – with novel and sometimes surprising effects.
It’s not all positive though. We’re still reeling from the discovery that Mario has nipples, as proven by a recent Nintendo Direct, where new footage of Odyssey pictured the video game icon running along a beach wearing nothing but trunks and his new-found hat.
We can only imagine what other unspeakable character revelations abound in Super Mario Odyssey. Does Luigi have bacne? Will Mario face charges for his confirmed physical abuse of his friend Yoshi? The Mushroom Kingdom might be getting too real, after all.