Super Mario Odyssey was undoubtedly one of our Italian plumber's finest adventures. First appearing in 2017, Odyssey saw exceptional reviews and it stands as the sixth best-selling game on Nintendo Switch.
While there's been no official confirmation of a sequel to Super Mario Odyssey just yet, Nintendo working on a follow-up entry for their biggest franchise is practically guaranteed. There's been a couple of rumblings about what Mario's future holds, and here's what we know so far.
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Back in October 2019, Nintendo put up job listings for two new Super Mario projects. The first related a Level Designer for a "New 3D Action Game" within Tokyo. That'd likely be for Production Group 8, who previously made Super Mario Odyssey and Super Mario 3D World.
The second specified work for a "New 2D Action Game" level designer, this time based in Kyoto, where previous entries like New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and Super Mario Maker 2 were made. As Nintendo's only active 2D sub-series - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze being handled externally by Retro Studios - it's hard to imagine what else this could be.
Now, job listings aren't a huge amount to go off on their own. However, when you consider the imagery used in both ads and Mario's enduring popularity, it'd be very surprising if Nintendo weren't working on new entries.
Is It Likely?
It's all but guaranteed that Nintendo are working on a new Super Mario platformer, though whether this would a direct sequel to Odyssey is unknown. We've often seen Nintendo release one major entry per console, though the Wii marked a notable exception with Super Mario Galaxy and Galaxy 2.
So, it's not without precedent, and Nintendo President Shuntaro Furakawa previously stated that the Switch is at "the middle of its life cycle". Given that's been 4 years so far, and Odyssey released 7 months after the Switch launched, we'd very surprised if we didn't get another entry before their next console.
Will It Appear At Nintendo Direct?
So far, we've not seen any speculation to a new main entry appearing at the September 23rd Nintendo Direct. As Nintendo's confirmed news will "mostly" focus on games releasing this Winter - which it's worth noting runs until March 2022 - we're expecting this to focus on games like Mario Party Superstars and Advance Wars.
When Does Nintendo Direct Start?
That airs on September 23rd, 2021, starting at 3pm PT / 6pm ET / 11pm BST / Midnight CEST. You can watch it below.