The launch and year one lineup for the Nintendo Switch has been revealed, and some were left underwhelmed with the amount of games that will be available at launch. While we know that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the big system-seller to kick things off, the fact that the recently-announced Super Mario Odyssey won’t be out until Christmas 2017 is a shame.
It also looks as if this move is more of a marketing one rather than it having anything to do with the game’s state of completion, as the game’s producer, Yoshiaki Koizumi, confirmed during a stage show for the game over the weekend that the game is “considerably finished.” He unfortunately did not share more details on the game’s development cycle, but due to the game’s late 2017 launch window they did not have playable demos.
He did share more information regarding the actual concept of the game, which he describes as active exploration by players. Mario will be on an adventure to save Princess Peach as he always is, though this time his adventures will be taking him to “a certain Earth” to rescue her. His adventure will take him across various countries, which is something that was made apparent in some of the footage for the game.
The game will also be notable as it will be the first in a long time to feature an overall hub area that is in the vein of a game like Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Sunshine. This is something that fans have been missing in recent entries, and it will be interesting to see how that plays out in the latest installment of the series.
Super Mario Odyssey will launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch in late 2017. You can check out the trailer for the game that was shown during the Nintendo Switch reveal below.