This Friday, three of the largest modern video game franchises will add another installment.  

Kicking off the gaming holiday season with a bang, these AAA titles (games produced by bigger, high budget development companies) include Nintendo’s highly anticipated Super Mario Odyssey, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins, and MachineGames/Bethesda’s Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.  

While Super Mario Odyssey probably doesn’t need much of a descriptive introduction as almost every gamer has played some form of Mario (hopefully), it is worth noting Nintendo’s efforts to utilize the Switch’s motion sensing controllers by implementing moves which involve Mario throwing his hat to attack enemies, or using it as a platform.  Instead of collecting stars, players will now collect “Power Moons” (clever Nintendo) that allow the gaming industry’s most acclaimed character to move to new explorable areas.

Assassin’s Creed Origins intends to spice up the cash cow franchise which in some regards has grown stale in terms of gameplay environment.  This time around Ubisoft scales back time to an even greater degree, and players will find themselves scaling building in Ancient Egypt sometime between the 3rd and 1st century BC.

Gamers anxious for another intense first person shooter following Bungie’s Destiny have Wolfenstein II to look forward to.  What doesn’t sound fun about blasting your way through a victorious Nazi regime in the post WWII era?