Some Things I Noticed In Super Mario Odyssey

I did not get to play Super Mario Odyssey at E3 2017. However, my colleagues did, and I got to study 20 minutes of delicious footage they captured. I spent too much time frame-by-frame studying the glorious dust cloud effects when Mario butt-stomps. I also noticed an overt “Glengarry Glen Ross” reference in the New Donk City travel brochure. Of course, it’s to the Alec Baldwin part. All of “Glengarry Glen Ross” is mind-bendingly quotable; why do people only ever quote the Alec Baldwin part? Oh well.


In other frame-by-frame discoveries: Did you know Mario catches his hat and puts it back onto his head in one swift motion that lasts exactly six frames? That’s one tenth of a second. Seriously: Mario puts his hat on in less than one tenth of a second. I’ve been searching for thirty-eight years and I can’t even find a hat that fits my head. Furthermore, his hand goes from slack by his waist to fully upright, ready to catch his hat, in the space of exactly one frame. That’s one sixtieth of a second. That completely blows away Usain Bolt’s reaction time.

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The only thing that I notice at all anymore is Mario’s shadow. It doesn’t shadow the way everything else shadows (look at it compared to the shadows of the ice blocks and things) his is always directly under him, as if the sun is hovering right above him. To the point where when he’s riding Jaxi around Mario’s shadow doesn’t even seem to appear.