References & Allusions
There are countless costumes to collect in Super Mario Odyssey with each one you acquire nearly as charming than the last, and they're actually more closely associated to Mario's history than you might think. In fact, most of the costumes are direct references to outfits that Mario has worn throughout his 30+ year career.
To show just how far back Super Mario Odyssey reaches in history, we've gathered all the costumes that refer to past games or media in the Mario franchise.
Super Mario Odyssey is out now for Nintendo Switch. It's the latest installment of Nintendo's tenured franchise starring the lovable Italian plumber. You once again control Mario as he works to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser. But this time around, he has the help of a new hat sidekick named Cappy, who he can throw at certain objects or enemies to temporarily possess them and use their unique abilities.
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The Explorer Outfit is an homage to Mario's appearance in Mario's Picross, which first released on the original Game Boy in 1995. Mario could be seen wearing the outfit in the game's promotional art and on the top left corner of the screen as you played.
Mario's Builder Outfit references his appearance on the cover of Super Mario Maker for Wii U in 2015. In that game, you could only use the outfit in 2D-pixelated form. However, in Super Mario Odyssey, you can finally wear it in full 3D.
The Chef Suit is an homage to Mario's appearance in Yoshi's Cookie, a tile-matching puzzle game released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992. Mario could be seen wearing the outfit as he controlled the machine that guided the puzzle pieces that came down.
The Space Suit is one of the cooler outfits in Super Mario Odyssey. You might not know this, but Mario has actually worn an astronaut suit previously in the Space Zone levels in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins in 1992. The Space Suit was likely added into the game as homage to Mario's earlier space adventures.
This one should be obvious, but the Doctor Outfit is a clear reference to none other than Mario's appearance in Dr. Mario for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990.
The Mechanic Outfit you can purchase from the Crazy Cap store is a reference to Mario's appearance in Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally on the Famicom Disk System in 1988. Both Mario and Luigi can be seen wearing the outfit the game's promo art and instruction manual.
Hardcore fans will instantly recognize the color scheme of the Classic Suit. It's a reference to Mario's appearance in none other than the iconic 1981 arcade game where he made his first appearance, Donkey Kong.
It's possible to acquire a Black Tuxedo costume in Super Mario Odyssey. While it may seem like a simple re-skin of the White Tuxedo, the color swap is actually a reference to Mario's appearance from the front cover of Super Mario-All Stars on Super Nintendo.
Mario's Poncho costume comes from the Game Boy port of arcade puzzler, Qix. In that game's intermissions, Mario wore a sombrero and poncho while playing a guitar in the middle of a desert.
If you've spent a significant amount of time playing Mario Paint on Super Nintendo back in the early '90s, then you're likely to get a huge kick out of the Painter Outfit. It's the outfit that Mario can be seen wearing on the game's front cover.
Gamers were shocked when Nintendo first unveiled Mario's Boxer Shorts outfit in one the game's later trailers. However, it was first showcased in the Summer 2016 wallpaper released by Nintendo of Japan and Play Nintendo.
Mario's Golf Suit is a reference to his appearance in Family Computer Golf: U.S. Course for the Famicom Disk System in 1987. However, most fans are likely to recognize the outfit from NES Open Tournament Golf for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987.
A bit of a deep cut, the Swimwear outfit is a direct reference to Mario's appearance from the 2016 Club Nintendo calendar. Mario can be seen wearing the outfit in the calendar's August section.
The Samurai Armor is a reference to the T-shirt that Shigeru Miyamoto wore during the Super Mario Run debut on Jimmy Fallon in 2016. As this was before Super Mario Odyssey had been officially announced, the shirt became the subject of fan speculation towards a new Mario game.
Mario's Fashionable Outfit is a reference to an outfit he wore in a Japanese commercial for the New Nintendo 3DS.
While not a direct 1:1 match in appearance, the Cowboy Outfit is likely an homage to the clothes Mario wears in Western Land in Mario Party 2 on Nintendo 64. Thankfully, you don't have to complete an abundance of mini-games to get it.
Mario 64 Suit
This incredibly nostalgic and low-poly costume is perhaps one of the coolest in the game. The visual detail of this outfit is directly inspired by Mario's appearance from the iconic Super Mario 64 on Nintendo 64.
Metal Mario Suit
Adding upon the super nostalgic costumes you can get in the game is the Metal Mario Suit. It's modeled exactly the same as the Mario 64 Suit but with a thick coat of chrome.
Important Note: We understand that image above is from Super Mario 64. Like you, we've only recently purchased the game and are working hard to acquire this costume. We'll be sure to update this slide once we get a solid screenshot.