When we saw the E3 trailer for Super Mario Odyssey, it was easy to call what Mario does with his hat “possession.” He didn’t put on a costume, no racoon or frog here, nor did he begin to wear a different hat. No, this time Mario throws his cap at other enemies and it seemed like he went “into” them somehow.
The enemy gained Mario’s moustache and was under the plumber’s control, what else were supposed to think other than possession? According to Nintendo America, who finally corrected comic artist Sam Logan for making the joke that the only difference between Kirby eating Mario and Mario possessing Kirby was the moustache. It’s “capturing” not “possession.” Nintendo even going so far as to start with the trademark nerd phrase: “um, actually.”
It did not slip by one Twitter user, who made the pun that of course it is “CAPtured” after all. Other Twitter users are still sure the act has far more to do with possession than capturing, but the official word is out and there’s no refuting it.
If the capture mechanic isn’t weird enough, you can also do it to the normal sized people of Mario’s world. Seeing people, especially not drawn in the same cartoonish way as Mario, has set an uncanny edge to the game. It’s made the Mario game feel very different from what fans are used to coming out of Nintendo. Hopefully it helps players to call it capture instead of possession. It’s a little less creepy to be sure.
Super Mario Odyssey comes out out October 27, 2017.