There Will Be No Hub World In Super Mario Odyssey
All aboard the Odyssey ship!
The hub world has been a staple feature of most 3D Mario games since Super Mario 64, but it won't feature in the latest addition to the ever expanding Mario franchise.
In Super Mario Odyssey, Mario will navigate between worlds via the Odyssey ship. Nintendo producer Yoshiaki Koizumi spoke about the upcoming platformer during a Gamescom livestream, in which he briefly discussed the in-game ship. Unlike the Comet Observatory, the Odyssey ship isn't explorable; Mario simply hops into the ship, opens a map, and heads to his new location.
While maps aren't a new concept for Super Mario games, they're not traditionally associated with 3D Mario games like hubs are. Here's what Koizumi said during the Gamescom livestream: "Mario flies between the kingdoms in his ship called the Odyssey. You choose a location on the globe, and you can travel there directly. So in this game, there's actually no central hub world like for example Peach's Castle in Super Mario 64 or Delfino Plaza in Super Mario Sunshine". The transition to map-based systems are no new concept either. Cue the Comet Observatory from Super Mario Galaxy and Rosalina's space station.
We currently don't know what kind of map system will be in place, but a globe-like map has surfaced online. The map is unlikely to be particularly complicated or feature gameplay. Each individual world in Super Mario Odyssey is pretty darn large, so it would make sense for Nintendo to prefer to get players back on land.
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