Since its release, Super Mario Odyssey has gotten amazing reviews! Scoring 10/10 or a solid 9.5 all across the board, it’s a game that people are STILL talking about. If you read my initial review of the main campaign, I mentioned writing a blog completely dedicated to the post-game:
THAT’S BECAUSE THE AMOUNT OF THINGS TO DO IN THIS GAME ARE INSANE!
So without rambling too much, lets get into the post-game review while you admire the screenshots that I took from my Nintendo Switch!
- Returning to the Mushroom Kingdom!
—The Mushroom Kingdom is the first place you visit once post-game begins…and when I said that Mario was nostalgic before, the Mushroom Kingdom amplifies that feeling by a thousand! Here in the Mushroom Kingdom, there are more power moons to collect (shaped like the original power stars), more stickers for your Odyssey, and even more costumes for you to collect! The entire Kingdom is a throwback to Super Mario 64: from the 64-bit costume, to Yoshi being on the roof. The power moons are shaped like the classic power stars, and the courtyard you get into is straight from the N64 game! Even the rematches with bosses you beat throughout the main campaign are accessed through portraits you must jump through!I had so much fun playing through this place because while everything was new, it was also like reliving my childhood all over again. Also, the rematches with former bosses were amazing. They amped up the difficulty giving you a fun way to really show off your skills. Some of the bosses I still found pretty easy…but there were others where I barely survived and/or I had to try to beat them multiple times.Also, finding Yoshi and being able to capture him was really neat, even if it was a bit strange. I am a huge Yoshi fan, and, the fact that they included him in the game had me over-the-moon (get it?)…but whereas I was expecting us to ride Yoshi (maybe like how we ride the Jaxi), I quickly found out that we had to capture him instead. Yoshi controls as he normally does in the 3D platformers. He has his flutter jump and his ground-pound. He can swallow enemies and such…and while he lacks the ability to create and throw eggs, they gave him something new to play with. Yoshi’s tongue now sticks to walls and he can use that to reach new heights in the Mushroom Kingdom. There are some power moons that only Yoshi can reach, and his tongue is needed for eating giant apples that block some pipes that you will need to use in order to do the boss rematches.
—So wait, Nintendo is doing achievements now? Well yes-and-no…
You see, there is an achievement-system in the game in which completing certain tasks gets you special power moons for your journey. But, it’s not like XBOX or Playstation where you get any sort of ‘score’ for the achievements that you complete. I find this weird since so many little games in Odyssey have you connect to a network in order to rank you, and yet these achievements are just a random addition to get more moons. It’s interesting and it can be fun going out and hunting to get these moons…but ultimately I felt like they could have done a lot more with this feature.
- New places to travel!
—Post-game is all about getting more power moons to unlock new things. When I say ‘things’ I mean new costumes for Mario to wear and new places to travel! That’s right, the adventure is not over!!! The more power moons you collect the more you power up your ship in order to visit the “Dark Side of the Moon” and the “Darker Side of the Moon”. There was a fabled 3rd location, but I have yet to see any proof of it existing. Even the Mushroom Kingdom is technically a new place only found in post-game, so, even though the campaign is over, there are still 3 more places for you to roam and explore!
- The Mysterious Moon Rocks!
—If you played through the main campaign, you would have noticed the square, metal-like objects in each Kingdom that you visited. They had a strange texture to them and made weird noises as you walked across them. Even Cappy would note how strange they were and how it seemed as though you could not do anything with them for now. Well, once you have beaten the main campaign, these blocks open up and start glowing. Hopping on top of them and giving them a good ground-pound makes them lock-up and shoot off into space, unlocking new power moons that were never there before. These moons get marked on your map so you don’t have to hunt for them, but these are new and challenging puzzles mixed in with new moons hiding across the map. Just something fun and extra, even if I’m not sure what the main result is. But per moon rock, there are 2 moon pipes that will usually show up in a world…and these are all new platforming challenges for Mario to overcome.
- Costumes, Costumes, Costumes:
—Lets be honest: one of the coolest things about Super Mario Odyssey is all the different costumes that Mario can wear. If you played the main game, you know that each Kingdom has its own costume (or two) that can be purchased with the purple currency of that world. Even in the Mushroom Kingdom, they have the 64-bit costume. But, as mentioned before…collecting power moons does more things in the post-game and this includes unlocking new costumes. There are several new costumes that become available for regular coin purchase once you have collected a certain number of power moons. This includes (but is not limited to): Metal Mario, Gold Mario, Bowser and Peach Wedding Set, Wario and Waluigi, Luigi and Diddy Kong garb, and even a skeleton suit for a whopping 9,999 coins!!!
Even after the power moon outfits, the new update for the game (Balloon World) unlocked 3 new outfits for you to buy including Knight’s Armor, Musician Wear, and a Sunshine outfit! All-in-all including world-costumes (and even incomplete costumes like the Hakama and Captain’s hat), there are 45 costumes that Mario can currently wear, and, I wouldn’t be surprised if they created more in the future!
- New things to do in the Kingdoms!
—Don’t forget to go back and visit each Kingdom after you have beaten the main campaign! Peach is now traveling the world (since she is safe and all that) and herself and Tiara will give you a power moon when you find them. There is the matter of the mysterious moon rocks to tackle, as well as some fun new things to do! New areas have become available, and I know for a fact that there are doors now open in New Donk City that I was never able to access before I beat the game! There are Koopa Races you can do now as well as other fun games…so go out, explore some more, and see what all new things you can find!
- Completing your collection!
—I would not consider myself a completionist by any means, but I do love collecting things in games! While it was never a main mechanic or even necessary by the game’s standards…I LOVED collecting all the different trinkets from the different Kingdoms. So, if you’re like me, then really take a moment in the post-game to complete your collection! There are some areas I think you can get purple coins in that only show up after the main campaign anyways (though I could be wrong). Above is a screenshot of my completed Odyssey (on the inside). I also have every sticker possible on the outside, but that was a lot harder to capture. Also, don’t ask me at what point you get the dog because, I really have no idea…but I adore him!
- Dark Side boss rush!
—I was super excited to explore the Dark Side of the Moon because I expected it to be a whole new Kingdom. Rather, what I found was a barren moon with a bunch of those annoying top-hatted rabbits running around it with a massive mountain in the background. This is known as Rabbit Ridge. Turns out this area is a boss rush where you must fight all the Broodals in their home-space. Now you might be thinking: “The Broodals were so easy though.” and you’re right! They WERE easy…but much like the boss rematches in the Mushroom Kingdom, the Broodals have stepped up their game.Not only that, but, because you are fighting them on the Moon, the gravity has changed…making the battles that much harder! But, it gets even harder than that. The Broodals must be beaten one right after the other in order to progress to the top of Rabbit Ridge. There are no places to stop in between battles, there are no checkpoint flags, and there are not any areas to heal until you are at the very top. You must beat all the Broodals (all 4) in order, all in one shot to reach the top- then the big boss battle takes place, and once completed, you are given a multi-moon and a King’s Outfit for completing this challenge!
This area caused me so much rage…and while it is new and it is a challenge, I never even liked the Broodals to begin with, but I really hate them now. Still, after beating the Broodals, the Dark Side of the Moon reveals hint art that was never there before. There are some moon pipes for getting some more power moons, and a few challenge doors for Mario to try. Other than that, there is not a lot more to be done in this area. You can choose to fight the Broodals again if you so desire, but they offer no more rewards after the first time you fight them.
- Darker Side rage!
—The Darker Side of the Moon is an area I had always seen but I had never dared to explore, mainly because the gaming community has dubbed it “impossible”. But Mario’s journey is not truly over until this area has been conquered. This area is for the perfect-precise timing-platformers that get a kick out of games like Kaizo Mario and impossible levels via Super Mario Maker. Maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration but it does test every skill you have learned throughout the game, and the tiniest mistake easily means death. For the casual, it might be a bit overwhelming…and again, it’s not its own Kingdom per-se, rather just a mass of stages meant to test your ability as a player.But I must say that seeing the people gathering around and having Pauline singing for you to cheer you on for the final hurdle was really nice.
I have heard numerous accounts of people rage quitting this area because of how crazy and insane it is, so pardon me for avoiding it like the plague up until now. As of writing this blog, I have died several times already, and I don’t see myself making it to the end any time soon. But, if you want that extra challenge and you wanna go for the bragging rights, then by all means, unlock this world and have at it. You have my blessing.
- Balloon World!
—Recently released on February 22nd, 2018, Balloon World was meant to add something new for players to have fun with while interacting with others from all-over-the-world. A lot of people were excited for the fact that Luigi finally made an appearance in the game- but here is the premise of what Balloon World is:
You can find Luigi in any Kingdom, and then you choose whether you want to hide a balloon or whether you want to find someone else’s balloon.
If you hide a balloon, you may only hide one per world and you get some coins if someone finds it. But, if you want to find a balloon…the process is a little different.You are given a certain amount of seconds to find whatever player’s balloon you chose in the menu. The amount of time you are given varies per player you choose (and is based on how long it took them to hide their balloon). If you find their balloon within the time limit, you get rewarded with coins. The faster you find the balloon, the more bonus coins you get and the more points you get towards leveling up your rank.
Each game costs 10 coins to play, and if you lose, you have to pay another 10 coins to try again. And that’s really all there is to it. Your scores are sent to an online network so that others can see all your scores.
I will admit that I was a bit disappointed in this feature as I expected it to be a lot different. I thought that enabling Balloon World would make balloons appear all over the Kingdoms en-masse for someone to find. But instead you are hunting one balloon at a time in a very short amount of time. Sure, it gives players something extra to do if they have completed everything else in Super Mario Odyssey…but myself, I honestly found this new feature to be a little boring. I was more excited to get the new costumes, but, to each their own I suppose.
In conclusion, Super Mario Odyssey still has a ton of things to do after you beat the main game! For a game that is only $60, there is a lot of content. Would I say that it has replay-ability? Well yes! Because of all the extra content (finding all the power moons, getting all the achievements, collecting all the costumes, getting all the souvenirs, balloon world, etc)- there is a lot to revisit in this game. But, as far as starting a new game, I really wouldn’t bother. Either way, no matter how you play, the game will always hold the same kind of experience.
I will admit that others found post-game a bit tedious…and to some extent, I had to agree. The most expensive costume cost 9,999 coins which takes 54 minutes at the very LEAST in grinding coins (but only if you know the best places to go), and even with the power moons, there are 999+ to collect, and even once you get them all, all you get for it is a in-game ‘postcard’ (or so I have heard). It’s obvious that Nintendo wants to milk this game for everything it has got…so I can only imagine them adding even more things (much like balloon world) in the future. Already there is some rumors of data-mined costumes coming out later this year…and honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if holiday events became a thing.
But, like with the main game, I have enjoyed this journey with Mario…and Super Mario Odyssey continued to blow me away. I was in love with the further references made to older games, I loved being able to capture Yoshi and use him for levels. The rematches with the bosses were fun and challenging…and though I did not care for the other parts of the Moon, I did like that revisiting all the other Kingdoms had even more adventure to offer to keep a casual like myself occupied.
I feel like you get so much more than what they sell the game for, and I will always highly recommend it to anyone wanting to get a Nintendo Switch or wanting to try this game out!
But let me know what YOU think! Did you like the post-game? How many power moons did you finally get up to (as of this blog I have 721)? What was your favorite costume? Did you try balloon world? What were your thoughts on it? As always, let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comment-section down below.
Thank you all so much for reading, and as always, I will see you all in the next blog! 😉