6 Games Like Super Mario Odyssey [Recommendations]

Nintendo had one of the greatest comebacks of any game studio in recent memory. People are back to not just being excited for random games coming from the company, but actually being excited for the company as an entity, eager to see what they could possibly have up their sleeve next. A lot of that hype comes from the release of Super Mario Odyssey, a show-stopping 3D platformer with wild imagination and buttery-smooth controls that make it an absolute joy to play.

But that came out in October last year. It’s been several months. Surely you’ve gotten all 800+ Power Moons that Super Mario Odyssey has to offer and are ready for something new. That’s why we thought we’d take a look at some other games like Super Mario Odyssey. These games won’t replace Super Mario Odyssey, of course, but think of them as a supplement to your experience. That is, if only to tide you over until the inevitable Super Mario Odyssey 2.

Similar Game to Super Mario Odyssey

1. Yooka-Laylee

  • System: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Publisher: Team17
  • Developer: Playtonic Games
  • Release Dates: April 11th, 2017

Yooka and Laylee live together in a giant shipwreck (don’t ask). While cleaning up their place, they find a magic golden book that might be worth a few bucks. Before they even get the chance to have it appraised, though, the book is sucked up by Hivory Towers, a local factory whose business is to make money. Yooka and Laylee set out on a globe-trotting adventure to stop the CEO of the company, Capital B, from using the book to turn every piece of literature into pure profit!

Banjo-Kazooie, the previous work of the employees of Playtonic, was famously created as the bigger, better alternative to Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64. Yooka-Laylee was created as Playtonic’s attempt to reclaim their former legacy and used Banjo-Kazooie as its main (quite obvious) reference. So, while Super Mario Odyssey is a vision for the future of 3D platformers, Yooka-Laylee is a nice reminder of their past. Anyone who needs games like Mario Odyssey but wants a 3D platformer that’s a bit more traditional should be thrilled with Yooka-Laylee.

Yooka-Laylee - Nintendo Switch Trailer:

2. Kirby Star Allies

  • System: Switch
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: HAL Laboratories
  • Release Dates: March 16th, 2018

You’ve probably never heard of Jambastism. It’s a religion practiced on a faraway planet by the Jambastions. During one of their rituals, they can even create shadowy hearts that can corrupt anyone. Just ask Kirby! His home planet of Popstar just recently got assaulted by these shadow hearts, and now he has to set off to re-purify the land and save his friends. Thankfully, he’ll have some help, as during this ritual, he managed to obtain the power of Friend Hearts, which will de-corrupt anyone who’s been afflicted.

You like to capture enemies in Mario Odyssey? Well, Kirby was the original power-stealer of the video game world! Much like Mario Odyssey, you’ll capture enemies to make use of their abilities in order to solve puzzles and interact with the game’s environment. In fact, Kirby Star Allies goes a step further and, after you’ve recruited someone to your side, you can combine their powers with your own for even more wild abilities. It’s the perfect follow-up for anyone who wanted the enemy possession in Super Mario Odyssey to get even more creative!

Kirby Star Allies – Launch Trailer (Nintendo Switch):

3. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

  • System: Wii U
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo EAD Tokyo
  • Release Dates: December 5th, 2014 (US)

Captain Toad and Toadette are fearless adventurers with a thirst for thrills and a passion for exploring! One day, on one of their many adventures, they actually stumble upon a Power Star atop a grand tower and hope to claim it for themselves. Before they get the chance, Toadette, while gripping the Power Star, is whisked away by Wingo, a massive crow with a penchant for shiny objects. Now, Captain Toad has to set out to rescue poor Toadette and nothing can stop him!... except maybe waist-high walls.

Did you skip out on the Wii U and wonder who that Captain Toad guy was that was giving you stars in Mario Odyssey? Well, he actually had his own game! Captain Toad is actually an antithesis to Mario Odyssey in that it’s designed around the player’s inability to jump, which makes for a unique and delightful comparison piece to see how a platformer can work with limited movement options. If you wanted a 3D platformer like Mario Odyssey that was a little more puzzle-filled, Captain Toad is the perfect choice.

And, hey, if you missed out on the Wii U, no worries! Nintendo has been kind enough to begin work on a port for both Switch and 3DS this summer. It’ll even include extra Mario Odyssey themed content!

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Trailer:

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4. Celeste

  • System: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Publisher: Matt Makes Games
  • Developer: Matt Makes Games
  • Release Dates: January 25th, 2018

Poor Madeline has got some issues. She’s apparently suffering from some severe depression but doesn’t really know how to deal with it. Rather than lying in bed all day, though, Madeline decides to take some action. She travels to Celeste Mountain deep in the mythical land of Canada, which is said to have the powers to transform one’s inner turmoil into reality. Can Celeste make it to the top and overcome her demons? That’ll depend on you.

Want another highly polished and critically acclaimed platformer like Super Mario Odyssey? Look no further than Celeste. It’s a bit more narrative-driven than Mario Odyssey, but Celeste possesses the same technical platforming challenge that made Mario Odyssey so beloved. It’s a 2D platformer rather than a 3D one, but don’t let that stop you. Celeste has been extremely well-received, much like Super Mario Odyssey, and is pure platforming bliss.

Celeste – Nintendo Switch Trailer:

5. Super Mario Galaxy 2

  • System: Wii, Wii U
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo EAD Tokyo
  • Release Dates: May 23rd, 2010

It’s time once again for the Star Festival and Peach is inviting everyone in the kingdom, so naturally, Mario was included. On his way to the festival, Mario stumbles upon an intergalactic being called a Luma. Upon meeting, the Luma grants Mario the incredible ability to spin, and as it turns out, he’ll need that power sooner than he thinks! Bowser has taken the power from the Power Stars and has captured Peach once again. Mario will have to jump into action and travel across the Galaxy to save Peach yet again.

It shouldn’t be too subtle why we’re recommending Super Mario Galaxy 2, but if you want more games like Super Mario Odyssey, check out one of Mario’s earlier 3D adventures. But, while Super Mario Odyssey is more about free-roaming adventure and exploration, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a much more straightforward game with all the same thrills and platforming finesse you’d find in Super Mario Odyssey. Super Mario Galaxy 2 was actually made as something of an expansion to the original Mario Galaxy, so it’s been polished to perfection with some fun new gameplay bits.

Besides, Super Mario Odyssey missed out on letting you ride on Yoshi for the whole game. Not so in Super Mario Galaxy 2. You’ll actually get the two teaming up for most of the game. There’s even a massive post-game reward for getting 100% during the main story, which practically doubles the game length. So if you need a 3D platformer like Mario Odyssey with some extensive game length and fanservice, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is your game.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Official E3 Trailer:

6. A Hat in Time

  • System: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One
  • Publisher: Gears for Breakfast, Humble Bundle
  • Developer: Gears for Breakfast
  • Release Dates: October 5th, 2017

Don’t you just hate toll booths? Especially when you’re just trying to drive home? That’s what Hat Kid was trying to do while flying home in her spaceship. She got stopped at Mafia Town and when she naturally refuses to pay up, the Mafia member breaks her door and ends up destroying the magical hourglass that powers her spaceship. While stranded in town, Hat Kid meets an oddball named Mustache Girl who might be able to locate the pieces of her hourglass, but also wants to take down the local Mafioso. The two come to an agreement: Hat Kid will take down the mob while Mustache Girl will look for the pieces of Hat Kid’s hourglass.

A Hat in Time attempts to capture that same sense of wonder and creativity that the 3D platformer genre used to offer, much like Super Mario Odyssey. You’ll travel to movie studios run by birds, deliver mail for shadowy forest-dwelling spirits, and race mafia dons around town on space ships. And that’s just a taste of all the crazy things A Hat in Time will have you do. It’s a wonderfully charming romp, so it’s worth a look if you want more games like Super Mario Odyssey with that same sense of whimsy!

A Hat in Time – Launch Trailer | PS4:

Final Thoughts

Naturally, we’re sure there are plenty more games like Super Mario Odyssey out there that we could recommend. This is just a small taste of what’s out there. On the Switch alone there’s the recent Fe and the top-selling Snake Pass, and if you’ve got an Xbox One or PC you might even check out Cuphead for some old-school fun. But, hey, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. If you’ve got any suggestions for games like Super Mario Odyssey, please, let us know in the comments below!

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Author: Matt Knodle

I come from Indiana, where I grew up near a video rental shop that proudly stated “The widest selection of anime in the state”, setting me on a course to enjoy as much anime as possible. I’ve devoted myself to over-analyzing various sports anime and video games probably more than they were ever intended. I currently co-host a weekly sports anime fan podcast called KoshienCast with my good friend, Matt.

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