The Los Angeles kickoff event will be held at Universal CityWalk, with plenty of opportunities to play the game and take photos with Mario the only celebrity in the city that knows how to triple jump.
The 2017 Nintendo World Championships hosted by Nintendo in NY concluded on Saturday. Each Amiibo, including those released prior to Odyssey, will grant Mario outfits and temporary powers.
What made the competition more entertaining than a normal eSports tournament, to me at least, was the variety of games on display.
If we look back at games like Ghouls N' Ghosts, Sword of Sodan, and Shadow of the Beast, modern day journalist would not stand a chance if they had to play named games without the help of assists from emulators.
Super Mario Odyssey will arrive later this month on the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo is determined to make every fantasy in that initial Switch trailer, from rooftop parties to midnight fake basketball to jam-packed Splatoon tournaments, come true.
Alongside that, Mario Odyssey seems to feature a handful of mini-games too, that will tie into some online functionality. Odyssey doesn't feature any other sort of multiplayer features, so this is the best you're going to get if that's something you were looking for.
In the official announcement, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime states, "Mario's interactive journey in the real world is a great way for fans to get excited for the game's launch by getting hands-on time, as well as following Mario as he explores and discovers locations all across the country". The Mario amiibo unlocked the Armor Helmet Replica, Armor Jacket Replica, and Armor Boot Replica, which give the abilities of Tenacity, Ink Saver, and Special Charge Up. They only talked about it briefly, so hopefully, Nintendo has more to share.
In fact, for as fun as it was to see these old games get some love, it also made me want Nintendo to acknowledge them again in new games.
Nintendo has released a Super Mario Odyssey video which provides an overview of the game. Judging from the trailer, there will be a lot of creative ways to use them.