How to marry longevity with a single-player campaign that can hold our interest for 50 hours or more? Super Mario Odyssey has the answer...
Nb: The following contains very mild spoilers for Super Mario Odyssey.
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In the wild frontier of videogames, things seldom remain the same for long. Properties come and go. Company mascots quietly check themselves into retirement homes. Once popular genres can wither into obscurity. Quick-fix, 80s arcade experiences gave way to the kinds of games that lasted eight hours or so in the 90s and 2000s; with many of today's online shooters and RPGs, the constant drip-feeds of content can keep us playing for months.
Taking these changing tastes into account, it left us wondering: how can Nintendo's venerable Super Mario franchise - a resolutely single-player,