Is Isle Delfino Returning in Super Mario Odyssey?

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When it comes to kingdoms in Super Mario Odyssey, we’ve seen a fair few of them. There’s the Metro Kingdom with New Donk City, where the trailers began all those months ago. There are the newly announced Seaside and Snow Kingdoms, which were shown at the recent Nintendo Direct.

And with unannounced but confirmed kingdoms like the Lake Kingdom and Mushroom Kingdom being present in game, it’s already shaping up to be quite the adventure.

But it seems something else may be present here too. A location Mario fans should be very familiar with…

Yep, Isle Delfino from Super Mario Sunshine has also been spotted on Super Mario Odyssey’s world map! Here’s a picture pointing it out, courtesy of Jordan Amaro on Twitter:

As you can see, that dolphin shaped island is a perfect match for the icon Super Mario Sunshine location. This indicates that not only has Nintendo added new kingdoms to the Mario world for this game, but also been careful enough to include older ones on the map too.

It’s pretty good from Nintendo, especially given how the company try to distance themselves from the idea of a Mario ‘canon’ as much as possible.

And that’s not all. Oh no, it also implies the area will be a playable level in some form too. That’s because every other landmass on the map indicates an area you visit in game. There aren’t meaningless details in this one!

So it seems like Mario will be visiting Isle Delfino here too. However, that still raises a few key questions.

Firstly, what part of Isle Delfino could you be visiting?

Because other kingdoms don’t have you visit every possible location. Instead, you only visit a certain place there. Like say, New Donk City in the Metro Kingdom. Or Tostarena in the Sand Kingdom.

So, would Isle Delfino work the same way? Would the level be based on Delfino Plaza, Ricco Harbour or Pinna Park?

Or would the player be able to visit the entire island in one big level? Either possibility is a valid one here.

Secondly, how could the area have changed from Sunshine if you do visit it?

Cause let’s face it, as great as Mario Sunshine is… few people want a complete carbon copy of its setting in a new Mario game without any changes. It’s a nice place, but it’s one we’ve already thoroughly explored before this point.

As a result, it’s likely a version in Odyssey would change up a few things. Maybe some of Bowser’s minions would be roaming around to cause havoc. Perhaps some new enemies or characters could be present here with interesting dialogue or behaviour.

At the very least, the Power Moon missions would significantly differ from the Shine Sprite ones.

So, the presence of Isle Delfino raises many questions here.

But hey, it’s an awesome inclusion none the less, and shows Nintendo may indeed be celebrating all the past Mario platformers in this one. Thanks Nintendo, this is a very welcome surprise in an already incredible looking title!

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