October 27 is one of the biggest release days for gaming this year, with three AAA titles launching today: Assassin’s Creed Origins, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Super Mario Odyssey. Super Mario Odyssey is launching for the Nintendo Switch as one of the most anticipated games of the year. Nintendo celebrated the big launch with a road trip across the US, ending in a party in New York City.
The cross-country road trip began in Los Angeles, California. The Nintendo tour bus traveled between major cities such as Dallas and Chicago to meet with fans and give them a chance to play Super Mario Odyssey leading up to its release. Pictures of the trip can be found on Nintendo’s social media accounts on twitter, instagram, and tumblr.
The final celebration took place last night in Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, New York. The party featured a costumed Mario and a big dance number with music from the game. Fans could purchase the game at midnight at the Nintendo store.
Get a glimpse at the “Jump Up, Super Star!” dance number performed during the #SuperMarioOdyssey launch event! pic.twitter.com/7bAzcsV40E
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 27, 2017
“Super Mario Odyssey is the must-have video game for this holiday season, and this event was the perfect way to kick off Mario’s latest adventure,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America President and COO. “Video game fans of all kinds will want to dive into this latest Mario adventure as soon as possible.”
Fils-Aime was also on hand to sell the very first copy of Super Mario Odyssey at the Nintendo store.
Super Mario Odyssey is a 3D platformer with a sandbox-style. It’s set to be the next evolution of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy. Mario is joined by a new sentient hat called Cappy. He can throw Cappy at enemies and objects to take control and gain new abilities and solve puzzles.
Super Mario Odyssey is rated E for Everyone. It’s available only for the Nintendo Switch. A Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo Switch bundle is available with Mario-themed Joy-Con controllers for $379.99.