1. Super Mario Odyssey
This may sound crazy to some, but I’m even more excited for the new Mario game than the new Zelda. Super Mario Galaxy blew my tiny 14-year old mind away back in 2007; every minute, there was something new to make me grin from ear to ear, to make me press onwards for one more level just to see what else I’d discover, and I have been waiting for another 3D Mario to bring those feelings back to the forefront. And so far, Super Mario Odyssey is doing a damn fine job of it.
Just at how big some of these areas are; the metropolitan-looking city looks absolutely gigantic, with all manner of nooks and crannies to explore. I was gobsmacked whilst watching that trailer, seeing Mario at his most athletic yet, jumping off of taxis, scaling skyscrapers, rolling through dusty dunes and even using his own hat as a projectile AND as a platform to reach new heights.
Not to mention Bowser’s dapper new look and all the new enemies to encounter. Aside from the Hammer Bros, I didn’t recognise any of the foes Mario will be facing in this game, including a new squad of evil rabbits and some giant robot that wouldn’t look out of place in a Platinum game.
It’s very easy to look at some of Mario’s recent outings and point at all the elements that Nintendo clearly cribbed off of previous games; everything seen so far in Odyssey though looks brand spanking new. Everything seems to be filled with so much charm and character. This isn’t just another Mario game – they could’ve very easily just done a Mario Galaxy 3 and called it a night but there’s clearly an attempt to help distinguish it from Galaxy.
The pun may be obvious but with this new Mario, as well as the other four games on this list, Nintendo really does seem to be trying to switch things up for their new console, at least with their games. And I, for one, cannot wait to see what else they have in store for the system.