The Cascade Kingdom (滝の国 , lit. Waterfall Country?), known as The Land of Waterfalls and Natural Treasures is the second kingdom that appears in Super Mario Odyssey. It is a vast realm in the form of upside down triceratops' skull. Its most notable city is Fossil Falls, which serves as the kingdom's main playable area in the game.
To give the impression that there was going to be a magnificent adventure, Fossil Falls was designed with impressive elements such as a spreading blue sky, a huge waterfall, and a T-Rex.The main differences between the concept art and the final design lie in the sleeping T-Rex wearing a red top hat and the presence of pterasaurs flying in the sky.
A Tall Drink of Water
There are many waterfalls in the Cascade Kingdom, but the area known as Fossil Falls is a special one.
There are few sights in nature as grand as the millions of gallons of water pouring every second out of this giant triceratops skeleton.
Nature in Balance
The stone spire standing near the great falls has miraculously remained balanced upright in this position, presumably for eons.
Of particular interest are the cubes of unknown material embedded in the stone. There cubes are the reason for the common theory that the spire somehow fell from the sky. While this theory is difficult to prove, it is equally hard to doubt when looking at this miraculous stone structure.
The Ancient Wall
No ordinary cliff face, this structure was carved out painstakingly over many long years by people unknown. The wall is composed mainly of fossils, and evidence suggests it has been broken many times, causing some to suggest that something is buried inside. Visitors are encouraged to explore the mysteries surrounding the Great Barrier, if they dare.
The Prehistoric Tyrant
The biggest draw for tourists to this area is that dinosaurs still live here. Many people willingly put themselves at considerable risk for a glimpse of the ancient "terrible lizards."
T-Rex, most terrible of all dinosaurs, can pulverize a boulder with a single blow. On the other hand, most people don't realize how much time they spend napping.
An Old, Odd Structure
Natural Patterns: The Fossil
If you look closely at the stone walls, you will notice fossils mixed in. Think of it as nature's mosaic, and remember it always.
Three Keys to the Kingdom
- Experience the glory of nature with the eye-popping Great Falls.
- See dinosaurs, prehistoric rulers of a bygone age.
- Find treasures of the past, tucked away everywhere you look.
There are two paintings in this kingdom. At the right side of the bridge near the Odyssey, there is a small cave with some regional coins that can be accessed by swimming to it. Inside, there is a painting that leads to the Island in the Sky at Bowser's Kingdom that can be only entered after completing the main game.
The other painting is located at the Island in the Sky, which can only be accessed from a painting in the Seaside Kingdom or the Snow Kingdom.
There are a total of 42 Power Moons (39 regular Power Moons and 1 Multi Moon) in the Cascade Kingdom. After the player defeats Bowser in the Moon Kingdom, 4 more Power Moons become available to collect. The Moon Rock moons will also be available, and add 15 additional Power Moons to be accessible.
- Chain Chomps
- Big Chain Chomps
- Micro Goombas
- Goombas (in 2D segments)
- Koopa Troopas (in 2D segments)
- Madame Broode and Chain Chompikins (boss)
- Thematically, the Cascade Kingdom may have potentially been influenced by the 1990 science fiction novel Jurassic Park. Similar to the Cascade Kingdom, the novel takes places on a lush, Latin American island inhabited by dinosaurs. The T-Rex's design is reminiscent of the Tyrannosaurus rex from the film adaptation of Jurassic Park, rather than to what the animal might have actually looked like.