Players Will Have Unlimited Lives in Super Mario Odyssey


In Super Mario Odyssey, as it seems, we will have infinite lives and, therefore, there will be no "Game Over". The only penalty upon death will be the deduction of 10 coins, and if you don't have 10 coins left you may still continue playing all the same.

Nintendo of Japan has revealed this in a message posted on Twitter. The players will indeed have infinite lives and consequently will not be able to come across any Game Over screen.

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In the tweet accompanied with a GIF, the developers have said the following:

“If Mario’s health drops to zero, or if he falls down a bottomless pit, you’ll lose 10 of your coins. But…! No matter how many times you’ll mess up, there’s never a game over

The producer of the game, Yoshiaki Koizumi has justified this choice in an interview with Polygon who stated the following: "We also wanted people to be able to, you know, you get into a kingdom and you can just kind of continually keep going through that kingdom without being pulled out, so that was why we kind of wanted to get rid of the lives idea."

In the event of a defeat, ten coins will be taken out of your piggy bank but this will not have any side effect, as you can continue to play regularly.

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Super Mario Odyssey is coming to Nintendo Switch on October 27. In the game, Mario will have the help of Cappy, a special hat that the plumber can use to attack to deal with damages, use it as a platform and even control certain enemies and objects to fight, access new places and solve puzzles. You may read Dave's hands-on impressions here.

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