For those who want to get a little more game-time out of Super Mario Odyssey, you’re in luck. Today, Nintendo released a free DLC, on the Switch, featuring the beloved Luigi and a whole lot of balloons!
Unfortunately, Nintendo haven’t released a new kingdom to explore, but if you’re sick of collecting Power Moons then this is a nice mini game to try out. The concept is a sort of hide and seek style game, where players from around the world hide balloons, and you have to find it within a time limit. You can also take part by hiding your own balloon for others to find, earning coins for every unsuccessful player. All you have to do is talk to Luigi, who can be found in any kingdom, to get hiding and hunting! The terrain will change depending on where you find Luigi, so you can keep things a bit more interesting by flying somewhere else. All of the usual in-game hat mechanics still apply, although you can’t use any pipes or warp paintings.
Each game costs a certain amount of coins to play, but if you’re successful you will win back more than you invested as well as working towards gaining a higher star rating. The amount you spend and win can change drastically depending on the difficulty of the balloon; with some being worth hundreds of coins, whilst others worth only 50. This mini game has been live for less than a day, and there are already plenty of creative hiding spots that people have managed to come up with.
In this update Nintendo have also included three new outfits, which will be available after players complete the main quest line; ‘Sunshine’, ‘Musician’, and ‘Knight Armour’, which is always fun for those who set out to collect all of the different cosmetic items (if you have a few to change in to, Luigi will even comment on your outfits). There is also two new Snapshot Mode filters, which are ‘Neon’ and ‘Coin’.
This update was originally announced at a Nintendo Direct in January, so we haven’t had to wait too long. At the same event, Nintendo promised more outfits to come, as well as the possibility of more mini games; however, there was no mention of any new kingdoms or any substantial updates so far. Considering this is a free DLC, Nintendo have really delivered something worthwhile to the game. For the players who have completed the storyline and are searching for their last Power Moons, this mini game can serve as a nice distraction, whilst also drawing in players who had previously given up.