Super Mario Odyssey's co-op mode lets one player control Cappy
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 15:37
Those who can recall playing the star in Super Mario Galaxy, which had nearly similar two players local co-op mode can identify with the latest one. Cappy can spin into enemies and snag certain objects in the environment, allowing Super Mario to perform other actions. While controlling Cappy, the second player is able to fly around independently from Mario, which they show off by solving a puzzle involving collecting music notes. Or even a more advanced version of Super Mario Galaxy's co-op where the second player could point a Wiimote at the screen and pick up collectables. However, during the event, Nintendo did drop a hint that Mario could control Cappy in some way, but how, it was not revealed in the demo. Mario and Cappy will have camera control, and the latter could collect the items, which would prove handy for far away coins and collectibles.
While it's easy to dismiss this as "little brother" co-op, these kinds of modes are useful for introducing new players to games by giving them some control/agency without the fear of consequences. Cappy is a whole different ball game though. Both players will also have control of the game's camera as well.
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