Super Mario Odyssey was revealed by Nintendo earlier this year and will make its way to the successful handheld-hybrid console in October. However, the ESRB has officially given the game a rating, and it will be the first time a Super Mario game will be too 'mature' to be played by children younger than the age of 10.
In a surprise move, The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) has officially given the upcoming open-world game from Nintendo an E10+ (For everyone 10 and older) rating. Although the game would seem like it was family-friendly, based solely on the trailers we have seen, the ratings agency most likely saw something that it considered inappropriate. It didn't explain this decision though, so there might be some things you can do in this open-world that could offend or upset younger players or their parents, but we will have to wait and see.
According to reports, Nintendo recently removed an image of Mario wearing a Mexican outfit on the cover art of Super Mario Odyssey in a bid to stop potential negative press from surfacing. The company isn't new to controversy, as its level-building game Super Mario Maker received backlash for not giving users the option to choose the skin tone of the 'hand' inside the game, which was that of a 'white woman'. It was later confirmed that it did have multiple skin tone options available.
Super Mario Odyssey revolves around you exploring New Donk City, which introduces the open-world gameplay style for the first time to the franchise. The game is expected to launch for the Nintendo Switch on October 27.
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