Fun fact of the day: Super Mario Odyssey will not have any “Game Over” screens. Second fun fact of the day: it won’t have any 1-Ups either.
That’s right, according to the game’s official Japanese Twitter account, the highly-anticipated (and Game Critics Awards: E3 2017 game of the show) will not feature a Game Over screen when you die, but rather you will lose a slab of hard-earned coins.
マリオの体力が0になったり、奈落に落ちると、持っているコインが10枚減ってしまいます。ただし…！いくらミスしてもGAME OVERはありません。 pic.twitter.com/6oEia6LcVr
— スーパーマリオ オデッセイ (@mario_odysseyJP) July 4, 2017
Per Polygon, Super Mario Odyssey also doesn’t have regular features of 1-Ups or lives. However, there is a checkpoint system, so if you die, you will likely not have to replay much. Additionally, coins are said to be rather easy to come by, so unless you are really terrible (and you know who you are) then you won’t have to worry about losing all your coins from death.
At the moment, Nintendo hasn’t officially revealed why there is no Game Over screens, though I speculate it’s an effort to keep people playing and to prevent younger kids from getting discouraged.
Super Mario Odyssey is set to launch on October 27, 2017 for $59.99 USD, exclusively on the Switch. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our preview of the new 3D platforming Mario game.