Super Mario Odyssey is Nintendo’s most recent mainline entry in the Super Mario series. Mushroom Kingdom is just one of the almost twenty kingdoms players can unlock in-game; however, unlike the other areas players can explore, Mushroom Kingdom can only be unlocked after the game has been beaten and the credits have rolled. Since some might not stick around after beating the game, there are a few clever Easter eggs in the Mushroom Kingdom that players might have missed.
Although very few Super Mario games take place in Mushroom Kingdom, Princess Peach’s domain often makes an appearance. Mushroom Kingdom is home to Peach’s castle – although she is often away from home. In Super Mario Odyssey, her citizens have paid homage to their pink princess with a nice stained-glass portrait.
Although the area players can explore in Super Mario Odyssey‘s Mushroom Kingdom is relatively small, those familiar with previous Mario games may find several references to games such as Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 3D Land. This Easter egg-filled landscape is a great spot for players to explore and relax after completing the main questline. Here are some the best Easter eggs in Mushroom Kingdom.
Mushroom Kingdom is filled with hidden secrets and many tributes to the well-loved 1996 Nintendo title, Super Mario 64. Super Mario 64 is considered revolutionary because of its implementation of 3D gameplay; at the time, 2D games were much more common, so Super Mario 64 set a precedent for future 3D games. In Super Mario Odyssey, players must collect Power Moons in order to power up the Odyssey so Mario can travel from kingdom to kingdom. However, once players have completed the main questline and made their way to the Mushroom Kingdom, these Power Moons are actually Power Stars, similar to those that players had to collect in Super Mario 64.
The nods to past games don’t stop at Super Mario 64 – fans of Super Mario 3D Land may find a familiar landmark when they park their Odyssey in Mushroom Kingdom. Super Mario 3D Land received a sequel in 2013, Super Mario 3D World (which is considered to be one of the best 3D Super Mario games). Super Mario 3D Land is home to Tail Trees, which is a species of trees native to Mushroom Kingdom. This tree produces a power-up item known as Super Leaves. And in Super Mario Odyssey’s version of Mushroom Kingdom, to the left of the fountain area where Mario parks his ballon, players can spot one of these tail trees.
If Mushroom Kingdom’s castle looks familiar, that’s because it is. Super Mario Odyssey pays homage once again to the classic Super Mario 64 by creating an almost exact replica of Peach’s kingdom. Nintendo even included a similar interior structure and requires players to jump through warp paintings to access levels inside the castle and around this kingdom. The castle also contains the same Eternal Star Statue as Super Mario 64 – if payers have unlocked the Super Mario 64 costume, they can gain access to it.
Super Mario Odyssey is one of Nintendo’s best additions to the Super Mario franchise. It pays homage to a lot of Mario’s history. Super Mario games have been releasing steadily since Nintendo’s arcade platform game Donkey Kong in 1981, so the company has plenty of well-loved content to choose from to include as Easter eggs in future games.