Super Mario Odyssey is one of this era's masterpieces. It took just about everything that made 3D Mario games fun to play, and multiplied it. The game is unique, with diverse worlds that are instantly recognized to come from this title. At the same time, Odyssey is a love letter to the Mario franchise as a whole. The 'Traditional Festival' is a tribute to Mario's beginnings in the arcade game, Donkey Kong. Meanwhile, Mario can transform into his Super Mario 64 self by putting on the Mario 64 hat and suit. There is a lot to appreciate as a longtime fan. For another interesting aspect, a little gaming detail was included when Luigi's Balloon World launched earlier this year.
Luigi's Balloon World was a DLC update for Odyssey. Basically, it's a minigame where players have to hide balloons, and search for balloons that other players have hidden in a given world. When Luigi flies in, he descends using three colored balloons - blue, red and yellow. As Reddit user puningtilde pointed out, the balloon color placement is the same as the color scheme for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System's Controller.
It's clever of Nintendo to subtly reference the SNES. It's also clever how Luigi's green color is used to match the balloon placement. Now, some American players may be confused. After all, in America, the SNES did not have multi-colored buttons. However, this was not the case in Japan or the PAL region. If you look at the Japanese version of the SNES (called Super Famicom over there) or the PAL version, you'll notice that the actual console is different, with one noticeable difference being the controller's color scheme. The buttons on the Super Famicom and PAL SNES are multi-colored, which is what Luigi's balloons are referencing.
Nintendo referencing the SNES in such a way shows that the company is a master of subtly paying tribute to its past. The SNES is one of Nintendo's greatest consoles, home to legendary software such as Super Mario World, Yoshi's Island, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. (It is also where Donkey Kong Country got its start.) Many people are enjoying the SNES for the first time thanks to the SNES Classic Edition, which houses the aforementioned titles, and more.
Super Mario Odyssey continues to leave an impact. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a stage set in New Donk City will be featured, and the iconic 'Jump Up, Super Star!' song will accompany it. With a Metacritic score of 97, Odyssey is loved for its gameplay, and tributes to the franchise's history.