Super Mario Odyssey’s hat power is capture, not possession says Nintendo

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Super Reagan

Nintendo is currently two for two when it comes to the best game of E3. Last year saw The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild scoop many a top honour, while this year saw the return of everyone’s favourite Italian plumber. Stealing the spotlight and then some, Super Mario Odyssey was our game of the show as Nintendo’s latest effort plays like an absolute winner.

It’s key hook? An adorable piece of headwear that Mario can use to possess anything and everything around him. Did I say possess? In the words of Sergeant Mike Cosgrove, Nintendo wants people to cut it out, as Mario is “capturing” enemies between sessions of jump-related spine-crushing:

Fair enough. I can see why Nintendo would want to distance itself from the more sinister term, even though the two are broadly the same. Nintendo’s a family company, so having their license to print money running around New Donk City and subsuming the wills of the inhabitants of that metropolis isn’t the kind of message that they want to use to sell the game. Still, things could be worse:

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Super Mario Odyssey drops in October, and if you’re still scratching your head as to why we’re in love with it then give Al’s article a quick read through. Or wonder why he suddenly grew an impressive moustache and began speaking with an Italian accent. Life is strange.

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Last Updated: June 23, 2017

Darryn Bonthuys

Something wrong gentlemen? You come here prepared to read the words of a madman, and instead found a lunatic obsessed with comics, Batman and Raul Julia’s M Bison performance in the 1994 Street Fighter movie? Fine! Keep your bio! In fact, now might be a good time to pray to it!

  • Actually if you are controlling the person or thing you “capture” it is quite literally the very definition of possession.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Decisions, decisions…….Now should I troll @OddSockZA:disqus and go on about how kak Mario is or shouldn’t I? 😛

    *Remembers he has Mario Run on his iPhone……..


  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I wonder what possessed them to say something so silly.

  • Original Heretic

    And political correct crap strikes again.
    No, that’s not a spade, it’s a dirt removal/transference implement, shaped to maximize efficiency.

    • Hammersteyn

      -adding on to that
      And I’m gonna use this dirt removal/transference implement, shaped to maximize efficiency implement to bury you in the desert

      • Original Heretic

        You’re being too literal. Politics is all about saying something without actually saying it.

        Bury you in the desert = descend the ground level in order to provide you with a new resting place. Once you are rested, we will ensure you are kept warm by redistributing the displaced soil in your general vicinity.

        • Hammersteyn

          Aah yes, correct and when they call you out on it you claim it was taken out of context.

          • Original Heretic

            That’s why I love listening to Vladimir Putin (via translator, of course). None of that political bullshit. Straight talker.

            I’ve watched the first episode of The Putin Interviews that Oliver Stone did,and I already wish I was a Russian.

          • Hammersteyn

            I wish Putin was president of the world.

          • Original Heretic

            It would be a better place.

            Have you watched those interviews?

          • Hammersteyn

            I’ve watch some of his interviews.

          • Original Heretic

            Watch these new ones. They are superb.

  • Unavengedavo

    So Mario is a Gupta?

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