‘Super Mario Odyssey’ bags 5 awards at Gamescom 2017

A screenshot from the "Super Mario Odyssey - Luncheon Kingdom" showcase with Yoshiaki Koizumi (YouTube/Nintendo UK)

With roughly two months before its release, “Super Mario Odyssey” is already making noise in the gaming world.

According to a press release from Gamescom, the upcoming Nintendo Switch game bagged the “Best of Gamescom” award. In addition, it also took home four other awards that cemented its dominance in the event held in Cologne, Germany. The game won the “Most Wanted Consumer Award” and the “Best Action Game” title. It also bagged the honors “Best Nintendo Switch Console Game” and the “Best Family Game.”

“Super Mario Odyssey” and the other winners were selected from “more than 100 submissions” that “reached the award office.”

Meanwhile, “Assassin’s Creed: Origins” from Ubisoft snagged “Best Console Game” for PlayStation 4. “Middle-earth: Shadow of War” from Warner Bros. took home the “Best Console Game” award for Xbox One. “Kingdom Come: Deliverance” by Koch Media, on the other hand, won “Best PC Game.”

Other notable winners include “Mario & Rabbids Kingdom Battle” for “Best Strategy Game” and “Destiny 2” for “Best Multiplayer Game.” “Metroid: Samus Returns” secured the “Best Mobile Game” title while “Battlefield 1: In the Name of the Tsar” won “Best DLC.”

During the Gamescom festivities, Nintendo revealed the new level called “Luncheon Kingdom” via a special live stream demonstration. It featured a food-themed stage where players can find vegetables, prawns, and different kinds of food items everywhere. It also presents an environment through a polygonal stylized art treatment.

Game director Yoshiaki Koizumi confirmed that Italy and other European countries with rich food culture inspired the creation of the level. Gamespot reported that Mario’s encounters in the stage will practically involve food. There will be times when he will pluck vegetables and throw them into a pot of stew, which will yield some coins.

The currency, on the other hand, will be in the form of purple tomatoes.

Last month, a significant change that will be applied in the game was confirmed by Nintendo. “Super Mario Odyssey” will no longer feature the “game over” screen that has been a staple in the “Super Mario” video game franchise. Instead, players will now enjoy a checkpoint system, which does not require players to resume their campaign right from the start.

“Super Mario Odyssey” rolls out exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on Oct. 27.