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Nintendo explains the insane amount of work that went into Mario's design for Super Mario Odyssey

Mario has never looked better

The Art of Super Mario Odyssey art book is chock-full of amazing content. From unused content to concept art, there's so much to check out. That includes comments from Nintendo's dev team as well. In one particular snippet, we get to hear from art director Rikuto Yoshida and character art lead Sho Murata, who discuss the intense work that went into Mario's overall design. That work included some tweaks to Mario's face as well. Read the full snippet from Yoshida and Murata below.

RY: “When considering Mario’s design for this game, we decided very early on to give the physical materials a more realistic look than before. In order to welcome players with the aforementioned sense of surprise, we made individual strands of Mario’s mustache and hair visible. We also designed the denim of his clothes to show a fine weave.

The game’s setting and artwork influenced one another, and we were stunned by the impact of this new Mario coming to life before our eyes. Despite significant alterations, we made sure when finishing the design to maintain the visual aspects that people all over the world associate with Mario.”

SM: “We constructed our Mario with the most detailed texture quality yet, befitting the latest 3D Mario game. What would his gloves be made of? Does denim really exist in this color? How are his shoes put together? What about the texture of his hair? There were so many new issues we had to tackle when attempting this updated design. While making sure not to deviate from Mario’s existing image overall, we made his face a bit more “cool” than in previous games to make it seem right when set in motion. You may not be able to tell at a glance, but a lot of attention was put into his eyes. They were made to resemble real eyes with a tangible sense of depth. His expressions are much more vivid, more impressive than before.”

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I mean, what Mario game has Nintendo developed since Mario Odyssey? Luigi's Mansion was next level games, they have their own art style to use. Mario + Sonic is made by Sega. Super Mario Maker doesn't have Odyssey Mario. Doesn't make sense to use the highest detailed model available for the spin off games, you'd have to make sure the rest of the models match that level of detail. Not to mention the more realistic look of Mario wouldn't blend as well with the style of those games.

It turned out awesome, with Mario being very expressive. The costumes added a lot, too.

jambone
Sat Nov 16 19 06:44am
Rating: 3

Man I would love an Odyssey 2 so much. One of my favorite games of the last 20 years.

I'm guessing it will be a fall 2020 release

socar
Sat Nov 16 19 12:18pm
Rating: 1

That is too unrealistic. I honestly feel that it will come very late in the Switch cycle..or that can never happen assuming this game alone is large enough as it is.

I think there's a chance. I believe Galaxy and Galaxy 2 were 2 1/2 years apart

SMG2 when you think about it is an expansion pack for the game since Wii could not do dlc early on.

If Nintendo is going to do something on smo, they would probably go for dlc route instead.

I wonder why they go through all this and then don't use this Mario model as a future standard. Same for Luigi from Luigi's Mansion 3 (I just played Mario & Sonic ...)

I mean, what Mario game has Nintendo developed since Mario Odyssey? Luigi's Mansion was next level games, they have their own art style to use. Mario + Sonic is made by Sega. Super Mario Maker doesn't have Odyssey Mario. Doesn't make sense to use the highest detailed model available for the spin off games, you'd have to make sure the rest of the models match that level of detail. Not to mention the more realistic look of Mario wouldn't blend as well with the style of those games.

I mean, what Mario game has Nintendo developed since Mario Odyssey?

Super Mario 3D World? And that also had good detail of the model.

That came out before Mario Odyssey.

While I will applaud Nintendo for making the game look amazing, the facial detail could be ignored really since from far off distances, no one would notice it or even would care to such an extent.

That being said, seeing as this is a game that is to push the limits on the Switch, I don't mind. Whatever the case, Nintendo did an amazing job with the game as it deserves every penny it can make.

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