The day Super Mario Odyssey was formally revealed at E3, representatives of Nintendo spoke of a possible multiplayer feature but said they were “still working on it.” Today in the Treehouse a co-op function was demoed for the first time. We’re not sure if this was the feature they were referring to, but it’s cool either way.
As we know by now, Mario can throw his hat around in Odyssey and do various tricks with it. But if you split the Joy-Cons up and give the second one to another player, that person can control Cappy.
The hosts demonstrated how the co-op feature could be used to make some tasks easier. In one scenario Mario had to gather six musical notes hovering on fragile palm fronds. A tricky task for a single player, but the second human controllng Cappy was able to gather up the notes in no time and earn Mario a Moon. Later on Mario had to carry a large seed through the desert while avoiding chibi skull enemies. Since Mario had his hands full, the player controlling Cappy was able to keep the baddies at bay.
This idea grew out of the development process for Cappy himself. “It was a natural evolution for us….we thought that Mario might want to throw something, and since he’s always wearing his hat, we thought it should be the hat….and once we got to that point, we realized that people would have a more emotional attachment if it was also a character.”
“Once [Cappy] was a character, we realized he should be able to move around by himself, so….the multiplayer element really just fell into place.” Cappy is also invincible, so he makes a good choice for less experienced players.
Super Mario Odyssey will be released October 27, 2017 for Nintendo Switch.