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E3 2017: Super Mario Odyssey, Sony's Spider-Man game stand out

June 13, 2017 5:01 PM
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E3 2017: Super Mario Odyssey, Sony's Spider-Man game stand out

Ubisoft surprises with Rabbids + Mario, Beyond Good & Evil 2

Nintendo's mascot Mario was shown possessing a dinosaur, a frog and inanimate city infrastructure during the new trailer for Super Mario Odyssey, as part of the company's E3 livestream.

In a new feature for the series, Mario throws his hat — now a sentient creature with eyes named Cappy — to creatures and objects in the universe. Mario then possesses the creature or item, taking their abilities and imbuing them with his trademark eyes and moustache.

The trailer showed Mario taking over his ubiquitous enemies, including Goombas and Koopa Troopas, but also a taxi cab (in a New York City-like environment) and a normal-looking human being.

Super Mario Odyssey is scheduled for release on Oct. 27, on Nintendo's newest platform: the Switch.

French publisher Ubisoft was full of surprises Monday, unveiling details about an upcoming team-up with Nintendo's Super Mario at its press conference.

Legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto joined Ubisoft chairman and CEO Yves Guillemot to unveil the long-rumoured Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. It pairs Super Mario and his supporting cast with the Rabbids, a collection of frantic, Minion-like rabbits seen in multiple Ubisoft games.

Ubisoft unveiled Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, its collaboration with Nintendo, at E3 on Monday. (Ubisoft)

A short demonstration included Mario and several Rabbids roaming the Mushroom Kingdom, moving behind cover and firing cartoonish laser guns at enemies in a methodical turn-based strategy game.

It wasn't the only surprise Ubisoft has up its sleeve, as the company ended with a lavish CG cinematic unveiling Beyond Good and Evil 2, the sequel to the 2001 cult classic Beyond Good and Evil.

The trailer re-introduces a cyberpunk-like world with an aesthetic invoking Blade Runner and The Fifth Element, and where humans live alongside anthropomorphic, humanoid creatures such as a pig-man crime lord and a smack-talking monkey.

The last teaser trailer for the game appeared on Ubisoft's E3 stage in 2008 and it has scarcely been heard about since. Beyond Good and Evil 2's director, Michel Ancel, emerged teary-eyed onstage to receive applause from the crowd after re-debuting the game he's been working on for the better part of a decade.

There will still likely be a long time before gamers get to play it, however: no in-game action was shown and no release date was revealed.

Sony's press conference Monday evening held fewer surprises and announcements than rival events. Instead, the company revealed extended trailers for and demonstrations of games announced at E3 last year.

Sony ended with an extended look at its upcoming Spider-Man game. The web-slinging hero is seen stalking low-level criminals at a construction site and later swings through New York City chasing after the crime boss Mr. Negative.

The end of the conference surprised many with a shot of Miles Morales, the new Spider-Man, in his civilian clothing. Fans immediately began to speculate whether the Spider-Man seen in the trailer — who never removes his mask nor states his name — was Peter Parker or Morales.


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