Nintendo's never shy to reference retro goodness in its titles, be it stark and obvious or somewhat subtler. Where these costumes form Super Mario Odyssey fall between those categories depends on how well-versed you are in your Mario history.
From a guitar-toting, poncho-wearing Mario of Qix fame, to a Chain Chomp with a dashing moustache, you can find eleven of these nods to past Mario efforts in the video above.
Did you spot these the first time around? Think we'll see more once the game is released? Let us know in the comments down below.
I guess in ten years, we can look back on Mario in a tuxedo.
Well, there's a bit of an editing error at the end there, but the video's been up a bit long to re-upload, so enjoy it!
Nice video. I didn't realize pretty much all the costumes had been worn by Mario before.
Loved the unintentional blooper
@AlexOlney I'll see if I can fit a hat and mustache on your subscribe button
Well Pauline is in the game. You can't go back much further than that in Nintendo video games.
I love that they're bringing her back as a swing era performer.
I thought that was a deliberate double take! I enjoyed the dramatic pause while you thought up a sign-off.
Cantinflas Mario? That would be fun, although probably Don Ramón looks more similar to Mario
@AlexOlney You forgot to mention the "64" on the American football costume.
This is very cool! And I'm sure every one of them intentional. The outfits are spot on. Love it!
USA Football Mario.
Construction Worker Mario.
White Tuxedo Mario.
So many costumes for Mario.
Haha @AlexOlney I would sort of fancy you if you weren't such a goomba!
Nintendo is just the greatest!
I believe the fireball enemies are “Podoboos“.... or something.
4:46 LOL, what?
One little question about the costumes you can buy: I know that you can enter certain areas with them, but is that all they do? From the looks of it they are mostly cosmetic, wich is a shame.
The original manual for NES Super Mario Bros. called that fireball enemy "Podoboo". Super Mario Maker called it a "Lava Bubble"... I have no clue where that name you used is from.
@AcesHigh The Chargin' Chuck one seems like stretch to me-- other than it being an American Football uniform, there are no specific features that I can see that directly link it to that design (the Super Mario Maker enemy sprites may be stretches too) other than that, the it's safe to assume they are indeed direct references.
@thatawesomedude Yeah, agreed. I didnt put much stock in the Mario Maker ones either. Chargin Chuck may have been a stretch too but I think the nod to him is there. Then again, Mario was never in that uniform in any other game either so it's his first time!
@AcesHigh I dunno... Do you also think the Mexican Mario's hat is a nod to Sombrero Guy from Paper Mario: Sticker Star? I certainly don't. A football uniform can just be a generic football uniform, just as a sombrero can be a generic sombrero.
In the video they referenced Mario's cameo in the GB game Qix. Which is spot on with what he wore in that game. That was one of the first games that came out for the Gameboy so it would make sense that he made that cameo. I thought that was pretty cool!
@AcesHigh I don't know how old you are, but I remember when Game Boy out, Qix didn't come until at least a year or two into the GB's life. It definitely wasn't one of the first games.
Oh, I've been around since the Atari 2600. In fact, I worked at a department store as the electronics department head in May of 1989 when they brought this big new cabinet display case thingie into my department with a glass front door. It said "Gameboy" on both sides of it. It had 2 shelves and a few rows of peg hooks.
What the hell is this?! It sat in the corner with no inventory in it for about a month when a new gaming magazine called Electronic Gaming Monthly was delivered to my department as well. That's when I read what was in store for my new fixture and was blown away! What? You mean a hand-held where the stuff on the screen actually, really moves?! For real? Like an NES and not just a hand-held Mattel baseball game with flashing liquid crystal LCDs? And it has levels? And you can change cartridges?! Holy crap!!
Then the stock came in around July 1989. There were 5 games, I think. In less than a year - May 1990 Qix came out. It was all new back then. So yes, I considered it a release game. Especially since it sat in my display case for years after that...
I'm gonna keep him in his original outfit, only because it feels original. I could change the lower outfit though.
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