Mario’s Odyssey starts in Los Angeles, California at Universal CityWalk today and culminates in New York on Oct. 26
Before Super Mario Odyssey launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system on Oct. 27, Mario is taking off on a cross-country tour to explore some wild and wonderful locations in the real world. Mario’s real-life odyssey starts in Los Angeles at Universal CityWalk on Oct. 10 and ends in New York on Oct. 26, with many super stops in between.
Mario will be rolling in style in a custom trailer featuring Super Mario Odyssey artwork, and a giant inflatable Cappy!
Fans visiting one of the stops will have the chance to meet the Mario costumed character, take photos with him and his amazing decked-out trailer, and play Super Mario Odyssey for Nintendo Switch.
For the first time, the costumed character will even include Cappy, Mario’s new companion in Super Mario Odyssey who enables him to capture various objects, animals and enemies. Cappy also gives Mario new moves like cap throw, cap jump and capture, which define this new adventure and provide a fresh take on the classic Super Mario formula. Cappy is basically the ultimate power-up!
“Super Mario Odyssey is all about travel, exploration and that feeling you get when you discover something new and exciting,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “Mario’s interactive journey in the real world is a great way for fans to get excited for the game’s launch by getting hands-on time, as well as following Mario as he explores and discovers locations all across the country.”
Mario will be making five major stops across the country that fans can visit, but he will also be making some stops to sightsee and take photos, just like any tourist. Each of these special stops on Mario’s odyssey will look familiar to anyone who plays Super Mario Odyssey, as they are all inspired by Kingdoms in the game. When he visits big cities, for example, the Metro Kingdom might come to mind, while his stop at the beach will remind fans of the scenic Seaside Kingdom. Photos from these locations will be posted on Nintendo’s social media accounts, so make sure to follow along!
The Los Angeles kickoff event will be held at Universal CityWalk, with plenty of opportunities to play the game and take photos with Mario – the only celebrity in the city that knows how to properly triple jump. The final stop in New York will culminate with an event to celebrate the launch of Super Mario Odyssey. Taking place in Rockefeller Center, next to the Nintendo NY store, the event will feature gameplay sampling and photos with Mario, as well as some additional surprises and guests. As Mario would say: “It’s-a the place to be!”
Mario, Cappy and the game are scheduled to visit the following locations, which are all open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
Los Angeles Kingdom
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
Located at 5 Towers at Universal CityWalk.
State Fair of Texas
3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75210
Located in Chevy Park Plaza (enter at gate 11), across from the Chevy Ride & Drive.
10 a.m.-9 p.m.
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Located in Polk Bros Park, Navy Pier’s front gateway, between Illinois and Grand avenues.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Located below the “Rocky Steps” of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
New York Kingdom
10 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020
In New York, the first 200 people in line will gain access to the event and be the first to purchase the game at midnight. (Sadly, no Goomba stacks will be admitted.) After that, the general public will be able to purchase the game at the Nintendo NY store.
Super Mario Odyssey launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 27. A bundle that comes with the Nintendo Switch system, a download code for the game, Mario-themed red Joy-Con controllers and a special carrying case will also hit stores on the same day at a suggested retail price of $379.99. For more information about Super Mario Odyssey, visit the official Super Mario Odyssey website.