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 E3?
So far, we've not seen any speculation to a new main entry appearing at E3 2021. That's mostly been focused on talk of a Switch Pro and Breath of the Wild 2 speculation, though Age of Calamity's surprise reveal two months before launch showed that even now, Nintendo can pull off surprises.
That said, Mario has already appeared during Ubisoft Forward, which revealed Mario + Rabbids: Sparks Of Hope. We aren't expecting Mario Golf: Super Rush as it launches two weeks after E3. Alongside reports of that potential Donkey Kong game, known leaker Zippo believes after Super Mario Party's surprise addition of online multiplayer, a sequel announcement is likely.