The Honda Odyssey is just about 25 years old, and Honda is celebrating its minivan's heritage for the 2020 model year. We got the non-sliding-door Odyssey for the first time as a 1995 model year minivan, and the nameplate has been sold uninterrupted since then. So what is Honda doing to celebrate? The Japanese brand is releasing a 25th Anniversary Accessory Package for 2020. The package will be available on every trim level of the Odyssey, and consists mostly of appearance items. You'll gain 25th Anniversary badging on the tailgate, front fenders, illuminated sill plates and on the key fob. Then Honda starts stacking on the chrome. There's a chrome roof rack, lower door garnish and rear bumper protector. If you want to spend even more, there are unique 25th Anniversary 19-inch wheels that can be optioned. The package costs $1,500 without the wheels, or $2,800 with the 19-inch wheels. It's available on every Odyssey trim level. There are other updates and changes for the 2020 Honda Odyssey beyond the 25th Anniversary pack. All Odyssey trims will now come with the 10-speed automatic transmission as standard instead of just the top two trims (Touring and Elite). Previous to the 2020 model year, the lower-trim (LX, EX, EX-L) Odysseys sent their power through a nine-speed automatic that has been eliminated from the Odyssey lineup. Every model will have Honda's start-stop system as standard now that the 10-speed is on every trim, too. There was no fuel economy difference according to EPA ratings, but we do enjoy using Honda's 10-speed automatic more than the nine-speed. Prices have gone up only slightly with the 2020 changes. A base LX now starts at $31,785 after the $1,095 destination charge. An Odyssey Elite with the Anniversary package and wheels will run you all the way up to $51,215. The increases are different depending on which trim you go for, but a 2020 Odyssey is as much as $530 more than an equivalent 2019 Odyssey. Keep in mind that you're getting a better transmission in 2020 for some trims, though. It's not a bad tradeoff for the few extra hundred dollars you'll spend. Honda says 2020 Odysseys should be rolling into dealerships tomorrow.
Last month to everyone’s surprise, Nintendo announced a new Labo kit that basically introduced virtual reality (VR) features to the Switch. Given that the last time Nintendo attempted anything VR was with the Virtual Boy, it did come out of the blue. For those who need more reason to pick up the Labo kit, Nintendo has announced some updates for their existing games.
If you own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and/or Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo has announced that they will be updating both games where they will now support VR on the Labo kit. With Super Mario Odyssey, the update is expected to add three new mini-missions where users will be able to collect musical notes and coins, while Breath of the Wild will give users the ability to active the Toy-Con VR Goggles.
Nintendo has a stable of classic franchises that are almost always guaranteed to do well whenever they launch. This is why it doesn’t really come as a surprise to learn that half of Nintendo Switch owners own a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and/or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
This is according to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime who spoke to IGN about the attachment rate for some of the company’s flagship titles. “Those three games continue to attach to hardware at better than 50 percent. Just think about that. For everyone who owns a system, more than one out of every two have bought Zelda, more than one out of every two have bought Kart, more than one out of every two have bought Odyssey. That’s never happened in U.S. video game history.”
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
is headed to the Nintendo Switch but not in a conventional manner. It has been confirmed that Ubisoft’s title will be available on the Nintendo Switch but only as a cloud game. This means that players would have to stream the title and consequently, would be required to have an internet connection at all times.
Alto’s Adventure was a very popular mobile game that was as calming as it was fun. Developer Snowman confirmed earlier this year that it would be releasing a sequel called Alto’s Odyssey. The game has been out for iOS devices since February this year and it been a long wait for Alto’s fans on Android. The wait finally ends for them today as Alto’s Odyssey has been released for Android.
Alto’s Adventure had players skiing down slopes complete with beautiful backdrops and relaxing music. They had to collect as many coins as they could while trying to rack up big scores by doing tricks.
"Forza Motorsport 7" continues to maintain its freshness by offering new playable cars in its monthly downloadable Car Packs. April's DLC has some really special offerings, as we see in the leaked trailer above. There are two classic Porsches. There's a 1985 Nissan GT racer and a Greenwood Corvette. The 1948 Ferrari 166 Inter Sport looks particularly beautiful. There's even a 2017 Maserati Levante S, so you can give that a virtual test drive before you head to your local dealership. Perhaps most surprising (if this isn't some cruel joke) is that gamer moms and dads will get to take the 2018 Honda Odyssey that might be sitting in their driveway, and flog it on virtual versions of the world's topflight racing circuits in "Forza 7."
Interestingly, the minivan isn't shown in the trailer above, only listed on the closing title screen as part of the April Car Pack. Perhaps developers thought the Odyssey looked too out-of-place next to a 1980 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS — though the Levante doesn't exactly fit in, either. Somehow, the Honda's visual absence only makes it more mysteriously enticing, like some plump dark horse waiting in its paddock for its turn to humiliate the competition. We drove the 2018 Honda Odyssey on the mountain roads above Kona, Hawaii, but our thumbs are itching to steer it around Spa-Francorchamps.
When Super Mario Odyssey was announced, it revealed a new and different way that Nintendo had approached its Mario franchise. It proved to be a success where the game sold 2 million copies within its first 3 days of release, and by now we're sure that many gamers have probably finished the game as well.
The good news is that if you were looking forward to more content and challenges, it seems that Nintendo isn't completely ruling out the idea of DLCs for the game. Speaking in the latest issue of Game Informer, Super Mario Odyssey producer Yoshiaki Koizumi said that DLCs could be something that Nintendo might consider for the game.
Considering that games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was initially designed for the Wii U, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch is essentially a port of the Wii U version of the game, we're sure some are wondering about Super Mario Odyssey, and whether or not the game might have been initially intended for the Wii U.
According to Nintendo, the short answer is no. Speaking in an interview in the latest issue of Game Informer, the game's producer Yoshiaki Koizumi said that Super Mario Odyssey was always intended for the Switch. "It was always planned for Nintendo Switch. We really were considering a lot of the hardware capabilities specifically for this game, and wanted to make the most use of them."
Honda‘s had a great run with the Odyssey minivan and the latest version has been updated to better suit the needs of minivan customers.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey is all new and was the first model to sport Honda’s 10-speed automatic transmission. It also introduces a host of technological and utility based features that help set it apart from other players in the segment. Make sure to check out our review, but here is a brief look at the pros and cons of one of North America’s most popular people carriers.