We know what you're thinking. Super Mario Odyssey – great game that it is – came out ages ago. Surely, releasing an art book based on the game now would be a silly idea, especially when the spotlight has fallen on Mario's sibling and his latest adventure?
Putting aside any debates on launch timing, Dark Horse's latest tome is a welcome release any time of the year, because, within its 368 pages, it packs in a truly astonishing amount of detail.
What we have here is a comprehensive archive of every aspect of Super Mario Odyssey's design, from concept doodles to promotional tweet artwork, and much more besides. From enemy designs to stage mock-ups and logo templates, no stone is left unturned in this exhaustive book; it really does feel like you're getting a complete account of how the Switch title came to be, from a design perspective. There are also interviews with the core team behind the game, explaining some of the key decisions that contributed to the way it looks and plays.
Protected by a transparent slip-case which also houses the book's logo, The Art of Super Mario Odyssey is a lush and luxurious piece of work, and is pretty much essential for anyone who played the game and enjoyed it. We'd love to show you more, but that would be ruining the surprise. You'd better make some room on your shelf, then.
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