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Is Super Mario Odyssey the Best Mario Game Ever?

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Super Mario Odyssey is great and all, but is it perhaps the BEST Mario game we've ever seen? Check out our full site ■ http://www.nintendolife.com Like us on Facebook ■ https://www.facebook.com/nintendolife Follow us on Twitter ■ https://www.twitter.com/nintendolife
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SAVAGE909yt (1 day ago)
odyssey is super fun but mario 64 is my fav because it was the first game i played
Jordan King (8 days ago)
That's a pretty loaded question in my opinion. It all boils down to what console you've had before. And I'm sorry Alex and again I'm sorry to say this, but this ALSO should include the 2D Mario's, because a Mario didn't exist in JUST the 3D games, and b Mario wouldn't be Mario if it weren't for the 2D games as you pointed out at the beginning of the video. Anyway as I said, it all depends on what you grew up with. If you've had a NES, SNES or Nintendo 64 in the past, then that's a tough one because everyone is different and everyone is going to have a favourite whether it be the 2D classics or the more recent 3D platformers from Mario. But if you never have owned a Nintendo console before in your life other than the Switch, then Mario Odyssey would have to be the best. HOWEVER, I believe there should also be a new category in this one as far as Mario goes. In terms of Mario games being on a handheld Nintendo console, yes you've got the Mario games on the old GameBoy consoles, but Odyssey for me would have to get it. Well that is if you can get past the battery life on the Switch.
Navid Farkhondehpay (21 days ago)
I think the 3D land and world games are so linear that they are basically just like 2D mario games in 3D. and they are great games, don't get me wrong, but they aren't really the most revolutionary. galaxy is one of my favorite tho, and it is linear, but not exactly to the extent that 3d world and land are. And at the end when you said in open world games the way you play makes a big difference, that is true, but i think from a more objective standpoint a linear game is... easier to enjoy, if that's the right word. I still respect your opinion, and i think you did a great job explaining it :D
UnlikePaladin98 (24 days ago)
I love Odyssey, but I would give it to Galaxy, In my on opinion Galaxy’s Music is sooo Much Better!!
DORbellProd (28 days ago)
Odyssey sucks. I played the demo at Best Buy and I loved it. Edit: uOopSz I lEfT a TyPO
K J Fraser (1 month ago)
I agree that Mario 64 is very dated and definitely not the best mario game but in it’s defense. although there are alot of simple to collect stars at least it doesn’t fill its worlds with hundreds of them like in Odyssey. having a few simple moons is fine in my opinion but having the majority of them be simple rewards for simple tasks makes beating odyssey feel like a chore.
KevSB07 (1 month ago)
You're trying very hard not to let Galaxy beat Odyssey and it's showing. Remember, this is objective, and you cannot objectively say that exploration is better than linear. I think that there are too many moons in Odyssey that don't add anything to the game, they're just there. Busy work. Galaxy had more unique experiences for each level, and more levels. None of them were just there because the developers found it easy to put a star somewhere. Even when they simply hid a star like Odyssey, it was a)hidden, and b)took effort to make.
IttiOnYouTube (1 month ago)
Super Mario RPG: legend of the seven stars is the best mario game
CatThatNever (1 month ago)
Whats the outro music called?
Andrea Nuñez (1 month ago)
I’m going for....the wii(nostalgic)
Denis Ruskin (1 month ago)
I prefer the linearity in Galaxy 2 and the platforming overall. Odyssey has the same issue as some open world games, I just get bored after spending some time in a map looking for 50 moons.
HazeTheHawk13 (2 months ago)
Beat Odyssey a few days ago, took me less then 5 hours to get to the final boss and less then 24 hours to 100%. I hate saying this but for me out of 65, Sunshine, and the Galaxy games, Odyssey is my least favorite 3D Mario Title for multiple reasons.
Odessey is graphically better and the worlds are bigger, but mario 64 is still the better game. The worlds were a better re imagination of the 2d worlds, it had a little more challenge, the graphics are still charming, levels had a tighter design, and getting all 120 stars had more challenge. To me, the perfect mario 3d game that i still play today next to the galaxy games. Odessey is still a great game though....
Jonathan Dominguez (3 months ago)
I like super mario 64 ds I'm just saying this because I can
ColinNH (3 months ago)
Super Mario Galaxy
awesomeness with me (3 months ago)
Hotel Mario is better than this
Sailor (3 months ago)
No. Odyssey is great but it's unbelievably short and packed with tons of filler. Hell 90% of the moons are given out for buying them, talking to people, ground pounding something shiny, a bunch of monotonous, boring, worthless moons basically just to get to 999. The purple coins are just kind of out there in the open or over a cliff, etc. The bosses are also forgettable. Compared to Galaxy 1/2 it's just ok. It has superior mechanics but everything else is lacking. It is a very basic collect-a-thon. Even when compared to N64 games, which is saying a lot.
Jaylen Yancy (3 months ago)
Is this the best Mario Game ever? ABSOLUTELY not. Seriously it definitely is not.
lightning81204 (3 months ago)
RhythmGrizz (3 months ago)
I adore Mario Sunshine
Adam McLean (3 months ago)
Yes, Odyssey is the best Mario game
LENINtendo (4 months ago)
Well, the fact that SM64 was revolutionary just gives it another advantage, in my opinion. SMO is not the 'wow' SM64 was, so talking about new concepts, SM64 is the best Mario game ever in my opinion. Talking about quality and about how fun the game is NOWADAYS, well, SMO is the best Mario game.
Dimentive (4 months ago)
You can’t _not_ include the 2D games on this list. Obviously, Odyssey is the best 3D Mario game, but is it the best of every Mario game? The title is clickbait because this is merely about the 3D games, not all Mario games.
Dimentive (4 months ago)
TL;DW: Yes.
(Odd-Moss) (4 months ago)
The best Mario games off all time are •super Mario Bros 3 •super Mario world •Mario galaxy series •new super Mario Bros •Mario odyssey •Mario maker •Mario Kart double dash •Mario 64 Not in that order tho.
Sonicice 24 (4 months ago)
what about Super Mario 64DS
Pi is the best (4 months ago)
But all of you odyssey haters, most of you don't like it because of one thing; it's too easy. I personally don't agree with this statement, but I have a way of getting around it none the less; try doing the major runs of the game, such as no jumping, no damage, minimal captures, no coins, combinations of those runs, or a separate run that interests you. These runs make odyssey so much more difficult, and if you think it is easy, try one out.
letsgoblues21 (4 months ago)
I agree with everything you just said. I could have said it myself, but your accent makes it sound better
Andrew Hayden (4 months ago)
odyssey as just a treat in general, its one the most in-depth and meticulously designed games i have played in recent memory. Yes, some moons are easy to get and really straight forward, but it never feels like too much for me. Finding moons so frequently keeps a certain momentum going, and it makes every little part of the levels that they have designed have purpose. It's a very fulfilling experience
Brian Jacob (4 months ago)
Super Mario 64 was my favorite Mario game until Super Mario Odessey came out.
RoboticArm64 (4 months ago)
I'm gonna have to give the crown to Super Mario Galaxy. it's not open world, but unlike Odyssey, the ending is actually good.
Encrypt Flexgeezer (4 months ago)
But for me Galaxy and Odyssey are more or less the same
Encrypt Flexgeezer (4 months ago)
I love Odyssey but 64 and Sunshine are amazing as well
GreenLight Productions (4 months ago)
I got a Switch ad before this.
Liam Yoshimura (4 months ago)
I agree, but I still prefer mario galaxy because of the game design, its so creative and fun, every single galaxy is different from the last one, and Im not a fan of exploring
Doglordz YT (4 months ago)
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Robbie Rotten (4 months ago)
JamesJoe 3635 (5 months ago)
9:05. "Super Mario Galaxy has one major advantage over Super Mario Odyssey." The soundtrack? "The game is more structured." What?????
Sch0feee (5 months ago)
Let's be real here guys, I'm sure we can all agree that the best Mario game is...... KNACK 2!!!
Nerd_in_a_Nutshell (5 months ago)
I found one of the major issues I’ve had with the game is the lack - in a lot of areas - of platforming (example: most of the sand kingdom). And some of the platforming sections feel awkwardly forced in (the sky area in the sand kingdom). I also find that most people are doing all this stupid challenges (like getting every capture into the odyssey) because (they may not be aware of it) there isn’t a massive amount of things to do
Nerd_in_a_Nutshell (5 months ago)
I definitely wouldn’t call it the greatest but it’s good
Nathaniel Busque (5 months ago)
Super Mario odyssey is not the best Mario game.
Jo (5 months ago)
No its not
Mike McLeod (5 months ago)
Gday Lovely Allllllex 😊 Mikey here from Australia! Thanks for the ramble. Mario 64 was our favourite game on our Nintendo 64 when my sons were young - I am old enough to remember being blown away because of the draw dropping graphics of the day. Thinking back 20 odd years and I still think it is amazing! Strangely enough, “M64” was the last dedicated 3D MARIO game I owned before getting my Switch a couple of weeks ago. Not sure why that was, but I do agree with you that SMO is definitely a better game than M64 was. The only thing in my opinion that makes the 64 version “better” was the fact that it was the first of its kind. But like you stated, it doesn’t age as well as we would like it to in our hearts. If I could change one thing about SMO, that would be to have an option to “turn off” the motion controls. I have nerve damage in my arms and I can’t play it for more than about 20 minutes before the ache sets in - it if play for an hour, I am out of action for at least 24 hours... not exactly fun to get Nintendoitis as my wife calls it. Hahaha. It seems that I can rave on needlessly as well. Thanks for the great channel and I’ve come to look forward to your videos each time they come out. Cheers Mike
BlueAurorus13 (5 months ago)
Odyssey is nowhere near as good as galaxy
FiVE ZER0 (5 months ago)
Super mario galaxy was awesome having linear structures having awesome level designs. But odyssey’s obviously better just thinking that odyssey having small rooms that have galaxy type levels which also are awesome
OM 5 (5 months ago)
3D world will always be by favorite, I’m unhappy I wasted 60$ odyssey, I thought I would like it, but I found it extremely boring too quickly. I just hate the aspect of being in a huge kingdom rather than jumping into a big variety of levels with each a enjoyable design and it’s own tricks. And the graphics and animation of 3D world is extremely impressive for 2013, it looks like it was made it 2016.
AlexFNAF68/9 Nock (5 months ago)
No its sunshine!
DoctorHver (5 months ago)
Nintendo should just reskin 64 with modern poligons and it would actually be better game than Odyssey.
Aiken Paul (5 months ago)
everyone forgets about mario maker
Danny 64 Gaming Gaming (5 months ago)
martinm nagell (5 months ago)
Super Mario Odyssey 2 confirmed!
Callinater (5 months ago)
Let’s take a look at all mario games considered the best...and super mario sunshine. Savage
Jacob Polteg (5 months ago)
13:17 BUT CAN YOU DO THIS!? ONLY 399!!!
izzy pokemon/games raine (5 months ago)
Super Mario Odyssey is the best Mario game ever !!!!!
Super alex 64 (5 months ago)
I like your opinion super mario odyssey is my favorite game of all time mario rabbids kingdom battle is second mario galaxy is my third
Jason Dixon Gaming (5 months ago)
Odyssey is best
A K (5 months ago)
MarioSonic24601 (5 months ago)
Odyssey is definitely my favorite Mario game by far. I even enjoyed it more than Galaxy (and I LOVED Galaxy growing up). Also, in response to 2:31, I literally celebrate every time I collect a moon and dance to the little song.
Derek Xue (5 months ago)
You forgot one thing about Galaxy...the music
Nuna Sallah (6 months ago)
True fact: Either New Super Mario Bros. 2 is forgotten and/or hated/disliked. And that makes me sad... :'(
ZLAuroraSwiper (6 months ago)
Guys! My 3D Mario game collection! (What's yours?) :) Super Mario 64 DS Super Mario Sunshine Super Mario Galaxy 2 Super Mario 3D Land Super Mario 3D World And very recently, Super Mario Odyssey!
Thomas Zhao (6 months ago)
Short answer: Yes.
Jo (5 months ago)
Shorter answer: No, stop fapping to your own opinion.
DEMONZz Gaming (6 months ago)
why do so many people hate super Mario sunshine, obviously its just an opinion but I just don't see why.
Gemma O (6 months ago)
You forgot the hardest 3D Mario game... SUPER MARIO MAKER!
katasiapa (6 months ago)
I think you're in love.
derp media (6 months ago)
You talken about Mario 3D world... Saïd iT is a good game... but so linear. I agree, but you missed one important factor: you have multiplayer! It was so much fun to play witch friends, so of course you have more characters.... there needed to bee more characters, so that it doesn’t feel like a Mario game is a weak argument
Turo 602 (6 months ago)
What's with this stupid idea that linear = bad? The original games were linear also. So acting like 3D World was so different and unlike Mario is just plain stupid when it's so much more like Mario than Mario 64.
Hugh TBR (6 months ago)
At 6:00 he says sunshines better than oddysey
Exodemus (6 months ago)
If you're not counting 2d games, why not name the video "Best 3D Mario Game Ever". You're skipping most of all Mario games released.
Caleb Soliman (6 months ago)
Here's what i don't get: Sunshine's Fludd and Odyssey's Cappy are so similar in that they both hold your hand, but both have the ability to be used to make great tricks with, so I feel like you are being a little tough on it. But Super Mario Sunshine is my favorite main line Mario, so yeah.
Hugo Stiglitz (6 months ago)
I'd probably prefer Galaxy. Linear games are better than open ended games. That's just a fact. I have a life, I don't need a ton of freedom AKA busy work and time wasting to do what I want in a game. I play games to have a great experience. Linear games have better experiences because they're more focused on delivering one rather than expecting the player to make their own. Plain and simple. 95 times out of 100 I'd rather have a linear game. I like to space out my super open mega world games because otherwise they'd get boring so quickly and they take too long to play anyways. I still haven't finished Fallout 4. Not because I don't love the game, I really do actually. It's because a million different games have come out since Fallout came out, many of which I had to play. I'm not going to let that happen with Zelda BoTW though and I won't have to since it's portable which makes it much easier to keep up with.
Jaufri Malex (6 months ago)
sunshine was my favorite <3
Jaufri Malex (6 months ago)
and im not a fan of the series
Anon (6 months ago)
Not even a fucking chance
Connor Bouton (6 months ago)
This may be the rose tinted glasses, but I still think Super Mario Galaxy 2 is better
Russell Shea (6 months ago)
galaxy is my favorite
Thomas Olsen (6 months ago)
super mario galaxy makes me want to kill myself
Ylendeth (6 months ago)
Having grew up with the old NES, i'd still have to vote for Super Mario Bros 3 as best Mario ever. It was so innovative in its time, and still a pretty hard game even now.
Alex K (6 months ago)
No Galaxy and 2 are the best, odyssey did not have good enough platforming.
Lord Cake (6 months ago)
galaxy 1 and 2 are different experiences in the end so saying they are one and the same is kinda dumb in my opinion.
Solax (6 months ago)
I don't know why people say odessy is so good. you spend most of time collecting tedious filler moons. You say its you hate it when people say its easy. I think you mistake difficulty with boring moons that don't feel like gratification, more like a chore. As far as content and gameplay goes, I would take galaxy 2 any day. I guess you are the target demographic.
Vsauce Puppet (6 months ago)
All of the mario games are incredible, but they’re so stupid and terrible Compared to the mario tv show
Doglordz YT (4 months ago)
Vsauce Puppet you are completely right but Zelda CGI or whatever it is called is better
smallbluemachine (6 months ago)
2D = Mario 3, 3D = Galaxy 2
lachlan hayes (6 months ago)
new super mario bros for 3ds. boom.
Official Tigers (7 months ago)
When I saw super Mario odyssey:A hat? Mario? NO LUIGI,TOAD OR YOSHI?! WORST GAME EVER!!! Me now in odyssey: ok so toad is. Yoshi is. Where's Luigi? Luigi's Balloon World: YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH
Ieuan Nash (7 months ago)
12:29 Unintentional Pun Super Mario Odyssey 'captures'
Bacon Party (7 months ago)
No its not Its a great game dont get me wrong ... but there are so many glitches its a little bit unfinished I was kinda dissapointed. I therw my cap at the lever that puls up a bridge while i was on the air and when the bridge pulled up marios body was "in" the bridge and all i saw was mario's head, then one second later i fell trough the bridge. This isnt a joke and i wasn't trying to do this but i did it.
Aiden jp (7 months ago)
Braillionaire (7 months ago)
The Sunshine hate…triggers me every time. lol smh I LOVED FLUDD. Went back and played the game a year ago…STILL LOVE FLUDD. It was the first time we got a companion who advanced the platforming and redefined the parameters of Mario’s jumping ability (Not a loose comparison at all…it’s exactly the same lol ). It even gains new abilities (albeit far LESS) throughout the gameplay which allow you to complete different missions and even discover secrets in the game…just like Cappy. It was the early version of this which was continued throughout the Galaxy games.  On top of this, the feeling of moving around by diving, sliding, then fludding over enemies or even using the different FLUDD abilities felt GREAT to me. It also added a shooting element into the platforming (which is not going to be everyone’s thing…but I personally liked it and feel that it isn’t OBJECTIVELY bad).  This whole “These childhood games aren’t as good as you think they were” argument to make Odyssey into the end all be all is getting very annoying lol I LOVE Odyssey, I personally feel that it is the better overall game…right now. lol The dust has barely settled, and we haven’t gotten to see how it will age AT ALL. Most of the issues with it are that it’s too much of a collectathon for very little reward, and that will definitely come more into play as time takes its toll on the game. In the meantime…let’s not take others power ups, so that our game stands taller. lol
Braillionaire (7 months ago)
Last thing…Galaxy is not REALLY an open world game. It’s a Sandbox game…with REALLY BIG Sandboxes lol Don’t get me wrong, it’s DOPE! Again, probably the best 3D game imo at the time, but it’s not open world. You can exhaust the actual space quite easily. The fun comes from exploration within the fairly frequent walls, and entering into sub-sandboxes within those walls as well. It’s a Sandbox adventure with the aesthetic of an open world game. One COULD argue that the Mario 64 castle felt more open world (although it was clearly a hub) than Galaxy. In said hub, you actually find tons of secrets (including other worlds and sandboxes). Things happen there. What do you do on the ship?…Fly to other Sandboxes lol It’s just stage selection. I don’t understand how THAT is open world, while Galaxy (though not quite as expansive as 64 in the ways I’ve mentioned) is not.
Hotdogchria 123 (7 months ago)
Yes best game ever
Odyssey is my favorite Mario game ever
Dylan & Auntie Crafters (7 months ago)
HÖÖLMÖ hölmölä (7 months ago)
so you like games that make you do nothing yourself? play sonic forces
VCiPz (7 months ago)
Super Mario Sunshine is a great game, not amazing like Odyssey.
The best Mario game is super Mario Odyssey
Aren't you talking about Super Mario Odyssey isn't there characters from Super Mario Odyssey in the background?
DinoSoldier (7 months ago)
Where did you get the odyssey poster in the background?
froggie (7 months ago)
Gaming In Action (7 months ago)
short awenser, yeah
Speed Champ (7 months ago)
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