I had around an hour of time with the game, and it didn't take long for me to fall in love with it. That's a bit surprising, since I wasn't impressed with what I saw from early footage, especially Mario running around "normal" humans in New Donk City. Perhaps it was just the aesthetic of that stage that bothered me -- if that's the "real world," does that mean Mario isn't even human? (Nintendo says he is, for the record.)
Super Mario Odyssey looked great on the Switch when it was both docked and handheld. It's the sort of game where extra precision would be helpful, so I definitely preferred using the Pro Controller when playing it on a couch. It also supports motion controls for jumping and throwing Cappy directionally, but I preferred doing all of those things with the normal controller buttons.
As usual, there is a plethora of things for you to find throughout the game. There are mysterious moon pieces scattered throughout every level, which help to power the Odyssey, Mario's airship. Coin collection is a big part of the game too, but this time around coins also let you purchase new outfits for Mario. In addition to being simply adorable, they also unlock new areas. In one stage, I couldn't enter a door until I was dressed as a chef.
There's also a photo mode, which allows you to freeze time, reposition the camera and apply filters to snap your perfect Mario Odyssey moment. It's the sort of thing we're seeing in plenty of games these days, but that doesn't make it any less fun. And given just how expressive Mario is now, I expect to spend a big chunk of my Odyssey playthrough collecting photos.
The few boss battles I encountered were a blast, as usual. They typically build on the powers you find throughout each stage, and I got a thrill out of figuring out just what I needed to stomp out the bosses. I can't say too much about specifics yet, but they'll surely bring a smile to your face. (And I can't wait until everyone sees the glory of Meat Mario.)
My short time with Super Mario Odyssey left me eager for more. Thankfully its Oct. 27th release isn't too far away. It brought back the joys of playing Mario when I was a kid -- like the thrill of learning how to use pipes for the first time in Super Mario Brothers, discovering new suits in Mario 3 and diving into the sheer perfection of Mario World on SNES. From what we've seen so far, Odyssey could shape up to be another classic Nintendo experience.