How to unlock Mario Odyssey’s new DLC mode and costumes

Super Mario Odyssey was one of last year’s most entertaining games, and easily one of the best reasons to own a Nintendo Switch. The title just received a free update with some new costumes, a pair of camera filters, and a special hide-and-seek mode featuring Mario’s brother Luigi.

You’ll need to meet a few simple requirements to gain access to the new content, so read on and we’ll let you know how to get the goods.


The snapshot mode has added two new filters to the camera. The Neon filter changes pictures to look like a Las Vegas tourist attraction, while the Coin filter turns everything gold and puts a round frame around your subject.

Both effects are pretty neat, and pictures taken with the camera can easily be exported to act as phone or desktop wallpaper if desired. Both filters will be available as soon as you’ve downloaded the 1.2.0 update for Mario Odyssey.


Along with the photo filters, Mario now has access to three entirely new costumes. The Musician Hat and Outfit allow Mario to dress like the quartet who performs “Jump Up, Super Star” with Mayor Pauline in New Donk City. The Sunshine Shades and Outfit are a tribute to the GameCube’s Super Mario Sunshine, a direct antecedent to Mario Odyssey. The Knight Helmet and Armor have never been seen in a Mario game before, which is sort of surprising since Bowser clearly takes some inspiration from fire-breathing dragons of legend. This outfit bears a striking similarity to the armor worn by Sir Arthur, the protagonist of Capcom’s Ghosts ‘N Goblins.

The new outfits Mario can equip aren’t hard to unlock, but you’ll need to have defeated Bowser at the chapel before they’ll show up in the Crazy Cap store. Each set of clothes can be purchased in any land, but they’re not cheap. Buying all three will set you back a whopping 14,000 gold coins! Fortunately, the other new addition makes it fairly easy to raise some cash.

Luigi’s Balloon World

Once again, you’ll need to have defeated Bowser at least once before this mode will be available to you. Luigi’s Balloon World allows players to start from a fixed point in almost all of Mario Odyssey’s lands and hide a balloon anywhere in the overworld, as long as they can reach the destination within a set time limit. Luigi doesn’t appear in Cloud Kingdom, Ruined Kingdom, or either of the Dark Side levels.

Players receive coins for finding other player’s balloons, and you also get some whenever another player attempts to find yours. If another player finds your balloon it’s “popped” and you’ll need to place a new one. Harder-to-find balloons are worth more coins, but it costs more to make an attempt. Collecting three coins will add an extra second to your timer, whether you’re hiding a balloon or trying to find one.

Before you chase down another player’s balloon, you’ll see an arrow pointing you in the general direction of where to go, and you’ll see a distance indicator while you’re hunting. You can stop moving momentarily to make the arrow appear again, but doing so may cause you to run out of time. Both hiders and seekers have access to everything in the level, so using speed flowers, tricky jumps or well-hidden sections of the map are all fair game. You can also hide a balloon inside a tree’s canopy, underwater, or at the top of a pole.

This mode is a great way to rack up coins in a hurry. Luigi will reward you with at least 50 coins for each successful hunt, and there are bonuses for ranking up and finding multiple balloons in a row. Each time you log in, there will be a message letting you know which kingdom Luigi is offering a bonus for, and traveling there will double your earnings. I made about 6,000 coins in 20 minutes by going after simple balloons, so the Knight costume shouldn’t take too long to acquire.

Keep in mind you’ll need to be connected to the internet to play this mode, so it won’t work if you don’t have wi-fi access. Good luck and happy hunting!