Super Mario Odyssey is one of the greatest games that Nintendo has ever made. It’s been a while since we’ve had a proper free-roaming Mario game, though, so there’s a good chance you’ll be a bit disappointed. Furthermore, there are a few things about the plumber’s new adventure that Nintendo didn’t tell you about.
Improved dive jump – Super Mario Odyssey
You’ll spend the first few hours of the game learning Mario’s new hat-throwing skill, but those aren’t the only new moves you should learn. He also has a new and improved mid-air dive move. Similar to that in Super Mario 64 and Sunshine but much more useful as it helps him to dive straight ahead instead of diving down at an angle.
To do it, press ZR + Y at the top of your jump, and Mario will do the dive. It will take you a while to get used to it, but once you do, it’s great for reaching platforms that you can’t reach with a normal hop.
Every Realm in the Super Mario Odyssey has a bunch of bonus areas, which can be accessed by pipes, doors, and the like. These are usually self-contained platforming stages where you collect a Power Moon at the end, then exit through another pipe or door to return to the main area.
The point is, in fact, every one of these bonus areas has a second Power Moon hidden somewhere. Think of it like the temples in Zelda: Breath Of The Wild – there’s always a chest at the end but there’s always a hidden chest as well. While it’s tempting to go all the way to these regions, take your time and look for a Second Moon instead.
Power Moons and currency
Sometimes you will see Power Moon or purple coins in a dangerous place. It may be near an enemy when you have only one health left, or it may be hovering over a hole and you don’t know how to grab it without dying. Just take it by all means.
The game automatically saves every time you collect a moon or any purple coin, so if you take it and fall over the cliff the game still counts as collected. Return to the pit when you start your next life and you’ll see the outline of that item as proof. Since the game has loads of lives and you only lose 10 coins when you die, don’t spend a lot of time figuring out how to get those tricky items, just drill down first.
Use amiibo – Super Mario Odyssey
Uncle amiibo is actually not the only way you can use amiibo while playing Odyssey. At any point during gameplay, you can hold Permissions on the D-Pad, the amiibo icon appears on the screen. You can then scan any amiibo at this point for in-game rewards. This could be something rather pointless like a few coins, something useful like a life heart, or even something unique: if you scan an amiibo Mario, for example, he will become so invincible as if he had collected a Star, something not possible in the other game.
Finish the story first
Super Mario Odyssey‘s Kingdoms is so beautifully designed that you can spend time in each section trying to get all the Power Moons before moving on to the next Kingdom. Our advice is not to do this – instead, try to finish the main story first by collecting the required minimum number of Power Moons per Realm and then move on to the next one.
Not wanting to spoil anything, there are a handful of Power Moons per Realm that you can’t get until you’ve watched the end credits, so instead of stressing over how earning Moons seems impossible found, beat the game first and you will be free to collect all remaining Moons with no limit after the game.