Mario wanders the big city, rides a tiger in first trailer for Super Mario Odyssey

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Jan 15, 2017, 2:48 PM EST (Updated)

Here's our first look at the most ambitious Mario game ever conceived, coming later this year to the Nintendo Switch. 

The studio has released the first full trailer for Super Mario Odyssey, an open world sandbox game featuring everyone's favorite plumber. Nintendo has rarely missed when it comes to Mario games, but this one looks like the biggest change of pace for the character to date. It opens with Mario kicking around New Donk City, after which we see him flying around on an airship, riding a giant tiger (Yoshi's gonna be pissed) and using his trademark hat as a weapon. Oh, and Bowser wears a top hat, which is actually kind of awesome.

As expected, the game looks gorgeous. In addition to the city-scape, we also get a colorful desert village, a lush forest and a bright world full of jewels (or something?).

However, you always run a risk when blowing a format open so wide. Just look back at some of the open-world Sonic the Hedgehog games with the weird juxtaposition of the hedgehog running around the regular world interacting with folks in suits and dodging taxi cabs. It didn't quite work. 

Super Mario Odyssey is scheduled for release in late 2017 for the Nintendo Switch. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think:

(Via The Verge)