Mario has been around since 1981 when he was introduced as “Jumpman.” The Mario franchise has been around for 32 years, and the plumber has always been rated “E” by the ESRB. However, Super Mario Odyssey will be the first title rated E10+.The ESRB’s official statement on E10+ is “cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.” Recent trailers show a family friendly title despite the increase in its rating.
According to a post on GoNintendo, the rating was revealed. Mario has had a cameo in many titles, but among his main titles. the rating has always been “E”.
Super Mario Odyssey focuses on Mario collecting “Moons” to power his airship, the Odyssey. Bowser decided to take Princess Peach as his wife and devises a devious wedding plan, and Mario has to travel in this open world title to save her.
It is unclear as to what the change in rating was caused by, but the title has more secrets to be revealed in the upcoming months. Super Mario Odyssey is scheduled to be released on October 27th, and only then will all of these questions surrounding the title be answered.