Today (27 October 2017) helms the release of Nintendo and Ubisoft’s two biggest franchises.

Assassins Creed Origins and Mario Odyssey will be launching today,  with the latter making its debut on Nintendo’s successful new console the Nintendo Switch.

I was lucky enough to demo both at this years EGX games event and wasn’t disappointed.

Super Mario Odyssey.

Featuring all the idiosyncratic and quirky design we have come to expect from a Mario Game, SMO takes it further    by enabling Mario to use his hat (named Cappy) to interact in a variety of ways.

You can use it to take out enemies, transform into missiles, toy cars, riding vehicles and more and bizarrely possess a multitude of different characters.

Featuring a vast array of open worlds from a New York city style landscape to a dune filled desert, SMO looks to of taken full advantage of the Nintendo Switch’s hardware enhancing the games playability.

Mario has always been ridiculously fun and has managed to reserve its legendary status but with SMO it may have even exceeded what was achieved in the past.

Super Mario Odyssey is out now for the Nintendo Switch.

Moving away from the bright and vibrant charm of Mario Odyssey I entered the dark mystical world of Assassin’s Creed Origins which looked gorgeous when demoed on the Xbox One X at this year’s EGX.

This time the game is based in ancient Egypt boasting stellar landscapes with grand monuments like the Great Pyramid, the Sphinx and other grandiose neolithic ruins. The missions promise to be extremely interesting too with seminal moments from history tied into the cinematic storyline.

You play as the main protagonist Bayak who is like an enforcer in that period of time. I started the demo with him mounted on a horse (you can also ride a camel in the full game) and it felt great just absorbing all of the atmosphere while navigating through the mountainous terrain and small villages.

With previous iterations of the Assassin’s Creed games having already captured the medieval and post renaissance periods of history it makes perfect sense that Ubisoft have ambitiously ventured into the valley of the kings to help us immerse in arguably the most majestic civilisation of all.

Assassin’s Creed Origins out now for the Sony PS4, Xbox One and PC