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Super Mario Odyssey lets you cosplay as the best villain

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Bless these unlockable costumes

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Super Mario Odyssey
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Super Mario Odyssey has a whole bunch of costumes to unlock, and yes, they are fantastic. As we discovered during our six-hour stream of the Switch game, these costumes run the gamut from classic, to stylish and to ... evil.

By evil, I mean extremely good. If you’re anxious about “spoilers,” here’s your warning.

We had amiibo on hand, so we were able to quickly run by Uncle Amiibo to grab costumes based on favorite Super Mario characters. (You don’t have to have the amiibo to unlock the costumes, mind you, which is a nice touch.) For whatever reason, the basic Yoshi, Bowser and Peach amiibo didn’t quite work ... but good ol’ Wario did.

And you know who else grants Mario a special outfit? Waluigi. Check out the GIF below to see just how excited we were to discover this.

Mario has dressed up as Waluigi before, back in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door for Nintendo GameCube. But this is the most high-profile and mainstream Mario game to give Waluigi a chance to assume a starring role; he’s one of the only characters in the main crew to never have his very own game. Of course, it’s really just a re-skinned Mario, but that doesn’t dissuade us from calling this cosplay Waluigi’s first, big-time starring role.

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Here’s a nice, crisp screenshot for you, featuring Russ and me.
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This isn’t quite the “Super Waluigi Odyssey” we continue to hope for, but we’ll definitely take what we can get. That goes for the rest of Super Mario Odyssey, too — which features many, many, many more very good, very reference-heavy costumes to put on Mario.