E3 2017: How Super Mario Odyssey’s Local Co-op Works
Super Mario Odyssey Co-op

One of the big surprises that aired during Nintendo’s three day live-streaming event for all things Switch and 3DS was that the upcoming open-world, platforming adventure game, Super Mario Odyssey, will support local two-player cooperative play.

The news was made available through a brief video demonstration of Super Mario Odyssey during the Treehouse Live presentation, which featured a segment with game director, Kenta Motokura. You can check out the video below to see it in action.

So basically, how the local co-op in Super Mario Odyssey works is that you can allow two players to use one set of Joy-Con controllers. Much like the other titles available on the Nintendo Switch, you can separate the Joy-Cons from the dock and one person can control Mario with the left Joy-Con and the other person can control his magically-imbued hat, Cappy.

As showcased in the video, the analog stick controls Mario on the left Joy-Con, while the right analog stick on the right Joy-Con controls Cappy. The player in control of Mario still has control of the camera as well, and you can use the top face button and the analog stick to rotate the camera around. The second player in control of Cappy also has the ability to briefly look around.

The player in control of Cappy is also invincible, so there’s no need to worry about dying or messing up while you’re in control of the magical cap.

Mario is still able to jump, however, using the bottom face button, and he’s also still able to throw Cappy if he needs to, even if another player is in control of the cap.

The cooperative mode is very similar to the local co-op mode in the Super Mario Galaxy games, where a second player could hop in and control the star and manipulate certain things to help Mario out during his adventures. Obviously, in this case the second player doesn’t have nearly as much control over things as the two-player mode in Super Mario Galaxy but it’s still a neat feature for people who want to play the game together in some capacity.

Super Mario Odyssey is due for release exclusively on the Nintendo Switch this fall.


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