Dark Horse is finally introducing The Art of Super Mario Odyssey to the west.
Dark Horse is no stranger to video games. The comic book company has brought over a number of hardcovers from Japan, such as The Art of Splatoon, and recently the Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia. Now, it's been confirmed that The Art of Super Mario Odyssey is going to see a stateside release.
According to Dark Horse, The Art of Super Mario Odyssey will be coming to North American retailers in October, and the price will be $49.99. As for what to expect, the company says the book will contain "concept art, preliminary sketches, and notes from the development team, plus insight into some early ideas that didn’t make it into the game itself!"
Players of Super Mario Odyssey, and those who like the Mario series in general, will definitely want to consider picking this up.
The Art of Super Mario Odyssey was released in Japan last year. You can find a bunch of scans online, revealing intriguing cut concepts from the game. For example, thanks to the book, we learned that there was originally going to be a transformation that shockingly looked like Bowsette, and that Rosalina was considered to appear, though with a redesign. Also, New Donk City was originally going to look different.
Although art books are, of course, bought for their images, fans are excited to get their hands on the book for another reason. It will be great to have a copy of The Art of Super Mario Odyssey, as the notes from the development team should offer some interesting tidbits on Odyssey's development.
Super Mario Odyssey released in 2017 to critical acclaim and commercial success. According to Business Wire, Odyssey was the fastest selling Mario game in the US, selling over 1.1 million copies in five days. The game is also one of the highest rated on Metacritic, with a score of 97. Alongside Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, it is the highest rated Mario title on the aggregator site.
Nintendo has supported the game with some new content, the biggest being Luigi's Balloon World. There have also been new costumes. At this point, it seems unlikely that there will be any more new content, as Nintendo will likely shift focus to the upcoming Super Mario Maker 2.