Update on Oct. 18: Walking into the State Fair of Texas on Wednesday, you didn't just see corny dogs and Big Tex apparel -- you saw a lot of Super Mario hats.
Specifically, they were wearing "Cappy," a new character from Super Mario Odyssey that is, y'know, a cap. But a cap that has eyes and can talk.
Mario wears Cappy on his head like his iconic red hat, but throwing Cappy at certain enemies allows the video game hero to capture (because CAPture) enemies and control them. Have you ever wanted to be a Goomba instead of squishing one? Now you can!
State Fair attendees lined up in the heat to play a 10 minute demo of Super Mario Odyssey ahead of its Oct. 27 release on the Nintendo Switch. They stuck around to take photos with a larger-than-life Mario character. The first batches of people to play the demo on Wednesday got replica Cappy hats, many of which I saw being proudly worn by families throughout the fair.
As for the demo itself: It's a blast. The gameplay in Mario Odyssey will feel like a natural evolution for anyone who has enjoyed other 3D Mario games in the past (particularly Super Mario 64), and 10 minutes was not nearly enough time for me to get my fill of the game's colorful worlds. I can't wait to keep running and jumping my way through more of the full game.
If you're reading this on Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Mario Odyssey trailer is sticking around at the State Fair until 9 p.m.
Original story: I'm not sure if the State Fair of Texas has any fried 1-up mushrooms or fire flowers (but how cool would that be?!?), but nevertheless, Mario (the former plumber) is coming in town to visit.
Nintendo is visiting the fair on Oct. 18 as part of a traveling trailer tour to promote Super Mario Odyssey, a game that lands on the Nintendo Switch on Oct. 27. People who stop by the "Dallas Kingdom," as they're calling it, will able to meet a costumed Mario and take photos with him.
Perhaps the more importantly, you'll be able to get an early hands-on with Super Mario Odyssey, more than a week before it's released in stores.
A press release from Nintendo also hints that Mario might hop around Dallas as a sightseer while he's here, so there's a chance you'll bump into the mustachioed hero elsewhere around town.
The Nintendo trailer will be at the State Fair on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It can be found in Chevy Park Plaza (near gate 11), across from the Chevy Ride & Drive. Since it's at the fair, you'll need tickets to get in.
While you're at the fair, you should try some fried food. If you want some tips on getting cheap water, food, etc., we can help you with that, too. In fact, just check out our State Fair Hub for all kinds of useful stuff.