Mario is back in the long-awaited Super Mario Odyssey, travelling across the world on the Odyssey (a ship shaped like his trademark hat), trying to save Princess Peach from marrying Bowser.
Released for Nintendo Switch, the game has been a massive hit amongst both critics and fans who have praised the depth of play and the huge amount of attention to detail. With tons of throwbacks to the earlier games blended in with loads of new features, some are saying it’s one of the best ever Mario games.
But one thing that has been picked as a real stand out moment is New Donk City. “The city that never leaps” is based, unsurprisingly; on New York City; with veteran Mario character ‘Pauline’ (yes, Pauline, the woman Mario recued in the original Donkey Kong games) appearing as the mayor. And fans are bloody loving it.
The final story sequence in New Donk City is one of the greatest things I have ever witnessed.
— Stealth (@Stealth40k) October 29, 2017
Can I be honest about a thing
I teared up during the New Donk City Festival, it was so good.
Fucking video games, man.
— Trevor (@DDBoftheStars) October 29, 2017
— André Segers (@AndreSegers) October 29, 2017
Players are giving it high praise across the board:
The Super Mario Odyssey festival level in New Donk City is probably the greatest level in video gaming ever.
— LoneVaultWanderer (@LoneVaultWander) October 30, 2017
Take me down to New Donk City ? pic.twitter.com/BkUC8p2kl1
— Castle Zotz (@castle_zotz) October 27, 2017
And enjoying the unique addition of humans in the game:
new donk city is much more bizarre since i realized "50s human" is just another kind of quirky species in this world, like toads or forks
— ?? eevee ?? (@eevee) October 28, 2017
Fans are also loving the sly references to Donkey Kong games – with all the streets in New Donk City being named after Donkey Kong characters (there’s a Rambi Street, Squawks Park and Tiny’s Piroshkis):
All the streets in New Donk City In Super Mario Odyssey are named after Donkey Kong Country characters :O
— BrettUltimus (@BrettUltimus) October 28, 2017
And some fans are just questioning the most important things:
Since New Donk City is a thing in Mario Odyssey, that means a place exists in that universe simply called
— Olivia White: Listen to @NoSleepPodcast This Month (@horrolivia) October 27, 2017
You always make it there, you make it anywhere, it’s up to you, New Donk, New Donk.