Super Mario Odyssey beaten blindfolded in 5 hours, 24 minutes

How do people do this?!

Watch [BLINDFOLDED] Odyssey any% - FULL RUN for world's first (no breaks/peeks) from katun24 on www.twitch.tv

How long did it take you to beat Super Mario Odyssey the first time? Do you think you could beat it in 5 hours? Katun24 managed to do just that, but he played the entire game blindfolded. All in all, it took Katun24 5 hours, 24 minutes, and 18 seconds. You can see the entire amazing run above.

Super Mario Odyssey mod removes Mario's mustache

Please put it back...

Many have wondered what Mario would look like without his mustache. There has been plenty of fan art featuring Mario without his cookie duster, but now we have something even better. A Super Mario Odyssey mod removes Mario's mustache to show you that upper lip real estate he's got, and it sure is...something.

Nintendo submits four copyright contracts for Switch games in China

Plans for China move ahead

Slowly but surely, Nintendo is looking to bring the Switch out in China. Those efforts continue today, with four copyright contracts related to the platform. Nintendo is looking to secure copyrights for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe in the region. Hopefully they get approved, and the movement towards an official launch can continue on.

Super Mario Odyssey's Shiba Inu pup is the exact same model used in Nintendogs + Cats

Too cute to not use

When Nintendo has the chance to reuse a model, they'll take it. Case in point, the Shiba Inu pup you see in Super Mario Odyssey is actually the exact same model from Nintendogs + Cats! I guess that makes this guy a reoccuring character now! I wonder where he'll pup up next!

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.


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