Super Mario Odyssey Becomes First Title in the History of the Franchise to Receive an E10+ Rating from ESRB

Nintendo’s beloved Super Mario franchise has been in the gaming world since its beginning, and received main entries and spin-offs more than any player can imagine. However, one thing the franchise never experienced is having an E10+ rating from the ESRB, the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

Nintendo’s upcoming Super Mario Odyssey is a 3D free-roaming platformer, with all the characters we love from the Mario franchise. All previous entries in the franchise received an E rating, which means it is suitable for everyone. However, according to the badge currently visible in the game’s official websiteSuper Mario Odyssey is deemed unsuitable for kids under 10 years old.

The ESRB hasn’t provided a thorough explanation as to why they gave the game an E10+. The ESRB mentioned that it is mainly due to mild cartoon violence depicted in certain levels, suggestive themes in the game’s world and dialogue between characters. Several Super Mario Odyssey fans believe the inclusion of the New Donk City level is part of the reason why it received an E10+ rating, as it is the first level in the history of the franchise to be set in the real world.

Super Mario Odyssey releases on October 27 on Nintendo Switch. What do you think of Super Mario Odyssey’s rating? Will it matter?