One of the games that probably caught most of the audiences' attention during the Nintendo Switch presentation was Super Mario Odyssey, a 3D Mario game that looks to bring back the classic gameplay from the Nintendo 64 era. The creator of Mario, however, Shigeru Miyamoto, says that this game is targeted towards the more "hardcore" players, unlike the other recent Mario games that have been playable for almost anyone.
According to Attack of the Fan Boy, Miyamoto has this to say about Super Mario Odyssey: "When we thought about making Mario for Switch we thought to make the game something more on the core side, something that people who like action games can really get into."
Game Rant has pointed out that this decision to give focus on the core gamers could lead to some confusion as it has been said that the Nintendo Switch is for the more casual gamers. With Super Mario Odyssey targeting the more seasoned gamers in the franchise, it is possible that Nintendo could be driving away its main target audience.
With that in mind, the Nintendo Switch is still getting a handful of titles that don't seem to be for the casual gamer. Though The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild could be a bit more user-friendly, casuals may find themselves scratching their heads over the skillset customization in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Fans shouldn't also forget that one of the main reasons for Mario's popularity is because his games are - simply put - for everyone. Seasoned and casual players both can enjoy games like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros without the games feeling overly complex or downright simple. With the Nintendo Switch, however, it looks like the company wants to cater to members of both parties.
Super Mario Odyssey comes to the Nintendo Switch in the holiday season of 2017.