Michael Cavacini

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Book Review: The Art of Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey is my favorite game on Nintendo Switch. Why? It’s quite simple. I was born in 1985, which is the same year the Nintendo Entertainment System was released in the U.S., and I have fond memories of playing every entry in the Super Mario Bros. series. Some of my favorites include the original Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and, my all-time favorite, Super Mario World. Super Mario Odyssey continues the innovative evolution of Nintendo’s signature character, while simultaneously paying tribute to the entries that preceded it. It’s a fantastical journey that can be enjoyed by those young and old, and The Art of Super Mario Odyssey by Dark Horse takes a deep dive into how this masterpiece was made.

This beautiful book is 368 pages, and it’s filled to the brim with concept art, preliminary sketches, and notes from the development team, plus insight into some early ideas that didn’t make it into the game itself. Dark Horse always kills it when it comes to presentation, and they don’t disappoint this time around. This book is a visual feast that will leave you smiling as your pore over the content on every page. If you’re a Nintendo or Super Mario Bros. fan like me, buy The Art of Super Mario Odyssey. It’s a winner!

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