By Ben Gilbert
Nintendo is no longer satisfied by creating surrealist, fantastical, virtual worlds to explore. For the second year in a row, the Japanese game company turned one of its upcoming games into a real place — if only for a few days.
Behold: New Donk City from “Super Mario Odyssey”!
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And that’s just the beginning.
Nintendo created the real-life approximation of New Donk City — a prominent region in the upcoming “Super Mario Odyssey” on Nintendo Switch — for the annual video game trade show, “E3.”
E3 2017 took place on June 13 – 15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This was the first year ever E3 was open to the public.
The booth was adorned with neat little touches like this Bullet Bill, seen with Mario’s trademark red cap and bushy mustache. In “Super Mario Odyssey,” Mario can possess enemies using his hat — and he can then control them! It’s a huge change to the Mario formula.
More than ever, these Chain Chomps look like they’re smiling when Mario’s in control.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a trade show without celebrity cameos. Here’s Chris Hardwick and Lydia Hearst posing with Super Mario and his ship (named — what else? — the “Odyssey”).