Critics say Super Mario Odyssey is possibly the best Mario game ever

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:17 AM EDT (Updated)

The reviews are finally in for Super Mario Odyssey, and everyone's favorite dungaree-wearing plumber is receiving some of the best notices of his jump-tastic career.

Hitting stores tomorrow for the Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Odyssey finds Mario once again embarking on yet another mission to save Princess Peach from his old nemesis Bowser. And while the damsel-in-distress plot is still there, longtime fans of the beloved coin collector will revel in the many hats he wears as he explores the 3D worlds of New Donk City. There's also the addition of several new abilities -- including a hat-shaped character named Cappy that lets him wield the powers of his enemies -- that truly take the game to heights of enjoyment never before experienced in a Mario adventure.

Here's a roundup of the near-universal raves the critics are lavishing on the little guy:

• "This is the Mario's most accomplished outing yet, one of the finest titles of the year and the overriding reason for everyone to own a Switch. A towering achievement — hats off," praised Empire.

• "Somehow, the company has made another Mario masterpiece. It really shouldn’t be possible after all these years and all those Mario games. Yet here we are. This game is incredible and guaranteed to put a smile on the face of anyone who enjoys video games and is capable of experiencing joy," opined CGMagazine.

• "This is another brilliant redefinition of the very platforming genre he helped popularize 30 years ago," commended one giddy reviewer for IGN, who said he applauded as the end credits rolled.

• "It’s simply bursting with wild creativity. One minute you’re driving a tank down a rain-slicked city street, the next you’re dressed as a clown while trying to guide sheep across the desert ... the game remains a constant delight to play," wrote The Verge in a big thumbs up.

• "It’s no surprise that Super Mario Odyssey is, yes, a great game. But more than that, it’s a fantastic, even fundamental addition to Mario’s legacy," applauded Polygon.

One of the only reviews that wasn't totally complimentary came from Wired. The magazine knocked Odyssey for its "obliviousness" to some problematic cultural representation, such as its "clumsy mashup of Latin American and Pacific Islander stereotypes." Or Mario, in order to solve some challenges, having to put on a sombrero and poncho "like a thoughtless college student at Halloween."

But the reviewer was still quick to hail the game as a "Surreal, Candy-Colored triumph."

We can't wait to play!