Check out English preview pages for "The Art of Super Mario Odyssey" art book

Now THAT'S art

As previously detailed, The Art of Super Mario Odyssey will launch in North America on Oct. 22, 2019, and is priced at $49.99. Want to get a better look at how the localization is coming along? Above you can see one example of the English version of the book, which certainly seems to be turning out quite well. Check out more preview pages right here.

Modder recreates Super Mario Odyssey's Sand Kingdom in Super Mario 64

Here we go!

Super Mario Odyssey has a number of striking kingdoms, with one of the most visually stunning locations being the Sand Kingdom. For whatever reason, a modder was inspired to take that kingdom and transfer it over to Super Mario 64. While its a work in progress, the results so far are pretty impressive!

Former BradyGames and Prima guide writer discusses how long it took to write guides for Banjo-Tooie and Super Mario Odyssey

One of the most grueling game industry jobs there is

Doug Walsh spent 18 years writing video game guides for both BradyGames and Prima, and he oversaw a ton of titles in that time. In an interview with Kotaku, Mr. Walsh discusses how guide-writing changed over the years.

Back in the PS2 era, guides would rarely take more than three or four weeks to write. The books were shorter—typically less than 160 pages—and so were the games. My very first time on-site at Nintendo was for Banjo-Tooie. The book was 144 pages and we wrote it in two weeks. Compare that to our Super Mario Odyssey guide which was 352 pages and took nearly two months. Those shorter games (and guides) meant we could get started later in the development process, typically after the games had “gone gold.” And BradyGames, who I started writing for in 2000, only needed the text from me a month before the game’s release.

Digital Foundry - Switch Labo VR: Zelda Breath of the Wild + Mario Odyssey VR modes tested

Just how well do Nintendo's big titles translate to a VR experience? Courtesy of a free update we can now find out - both Zelda Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey have an option to support the 'Toy-Con' goggles, as supplied with the Labo VR kit. Build the goggles out of card, slide the switch in, enable the mode - and away you go! Except, the results aren't necessarily all they could have been, as Tom finds out.

Super Mario Odyssey mod adds in a Super Mario 3D World stage

Cat Mario lives on

I truly enjoyed Super Mario 3D World. It saddens me that the game didn't get more attention due to it being on Wii U, but at least some fans are helping it live on. A recent mod for Super Mario Odyssey digs into the Super Mario 3D World universe to help give it a new lease on life! Check out the video above to see how Super Mario 3D World plays out in Super Mario Odyssey.

Thanks to CM30 for the heads up!

Super Mario Odyssey load-time comparison

Get into the action quicker

Just as with Zelda: Breath of the Wild, we heard that Super Mario Odyssey saw decreased loading times after its VR update. It appears this has something to do with the update to Super Mario Odyssey, as well as the Switch's update to Version 8.0.1 overall. Check out the comparison video above to see just how much speedier things are.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Labo VR update speeds up loading times, may have done the same in Super Mario Odyssey

You don't need Labo to enjoy these changes

Both The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey received updates a couple days back. These updates added in support for Nintendo Labo VR, but it appears there have been some other tweaks as well. With Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it's been confirmed that loading times for the game have been sped up. In some cases, the game loads a full 5 seconds faster than it did previously.

There are also reports of Super Mario Odyssey loading faster with its VR update as well, but we don't have the video proof like we do for Zelda above. If the update managed to decrease loading times for Zelda, it's not hard to imagine the same was done for Odyssey.

Super Mario Odyssey - Full VR mode playthrough

A whole new way to play

Super Mario Odyssey just got a new "Play in VR" update that lets you use Labo VR in 3 all-new missions! Check out gameplay of the full thing here recorded in 2D mode for an idea of what to expect (plus a secret bonus at the end!)

Super Mario Odyssey updated to Version 1.3.0, includes Nintendo Labo VR support


Super Mario Odyssey has gotten an update, bringing it to Version 1.3.0. This update's patch notes can be found below.

Now supporting Toy-Con VR Goggles from the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit.
- Go to “Playing in VR” from the menu to start the game.

Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Super Mario Odyssey's VR update lets you zoom in on the action

You following me, camera guy?

Here's a neat feature being added to Super Mario Odyssey via the VR update. In the new VR content, you'll be able to hit the R button to zoom in on the action. This will help you get a better look during gameplay, and can also be used just to enjoy the scenery!