‘Super Mario Odyssey’ to feature co-op gameplay; second player controls Cappy

A screenshot from the game E3 game trailer of "Super Mario Odyssey." (YouTube/Nintendo)

After showcasing some gameplay action for “Super Mario Odyssey” last weekend during E3, Nintendo, this time, confirmed a big feature.

According to a report by IGN, the gaming giant announced that the upcoming game will feature a co-op mode. Moreover, the second player will get to control Mario’s magical hat, Cappy. Nintendo announced the new feature by showing a demo during the E3 Treehouse live stream. This allowed fans who were unable to join the E3 festivities in person to see the co-op feature.

Players who will use Cappy can attack enemies and fly around the screen, all while being invincible. During single-player mode, Cappy plays a crucial role. Players can use Cappy to capture enemies and obtain various objects.

Meanwhile, Gamespot reported that the co-op was Nintendo’s way of introducing the game, as well as video games in general to players, especially the younger ones.

Back in January, Nintendo gave fans a teaser of “Super Mario Odyssey” during a press conference for the Switch console. They initially described that game as a “new sandbox-style journey” for the iconic Mario character. “This is the first sandbox game that allows Mario to fully explore his world since Super Mario 64 on Nintendo 64 and Super Mario Sunshine on Nintendo GameCube,” read the official description.

Furthermore, fans can expect “mysterious new places and new experiences” such as sailing across worlds in an airship. Many consider the game as one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. It is Super Mario’s first appearance in a gaming console since 2013. The last “Super Mario” game to appear in a console was “Super Mario 3D World.”

Meanwhile, Nintendo Switch recently became compatible with third-party controllers. Gamespot also reported last month that Nintendo’s flagship console can now be played using classic-looking controllers made by manufacturer 8Bitdo.

The controllers come in styles that closely resemble controllers of some of the most iconic consoles in the past. These include the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), the Super Famicom, the Nintendo 64, and the Family Computer, among others.