Best Super Mario Odyssey Kingdoms

WARNING! If you do not want spoilers, then please don't proceed at your own risk.
The Top Ten
1 Metro Kingdom

It's a big city, and when I first played it, I couldn't find anything. Top 3 kingdoms, no arguing for sure. Also, Pauline is back! And because of that, she is in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

The Metro Kingdom is awesome. It feels so much like a maze bursting with secrets and it also has lots of nostalgia references.

The only bad thing about this kingdom is the dumb jump rope challenge.

Amazing kingdom but mildly overrated. It's super fun to explore, but only becomes so after the boss. It left a bad first impression with the rain and awful motion-controlled first-person Mechawiggler battle.

After that, it becomes amazing however.

2 Mushroom Kingdom

The Mushroom Kingdom is a great one. I love the locations like the pond, the castle, and Goomba Woods. I also love the Yoshi capture.

But the thing I might love the most is how you can replay all the fun bosses, especially the Lord of Lightning. It also has lots of fun 2D nostalgia rooms and even a room based off of the 3D Super Mario 64.

It's the best bonus world, which isn't saying much. I love the references to Super Mario 64, but half of the stars are pretty lame, as they're just harder versions of past missions or Toadette-Achievements.

3 Luncheon Kingdom

The Luncheon Kingdom is super cute. Plus, the forks are really fun to flick and the boss fight is fun. But it gets really annoying when you get blown off the mountain and have to climb up a harder way.

All in all, a great kingdom with the cutest items in the shop.

This kingdom is great. I like how it took on a different take for a fire world. The Stupendous Stew looks really good, and the forks are nice and fun to flick with.

This kingdom is perfect in making me hungry. It's also really beautiful and interesting to explore.

4 Seaside Kingdom

"Amazing" is my number one, and here's why:

1. The boss fight is amazing - the only one in the game to make the entire kingdom its arena. It's such a good idea that Nintendo revisited it for Bowser's Fury, and it uses the main capture mechanic well.
2. The Gushens are a top 3 capture for most people, and for me, they are my number one. They allow for quick overwater travel, and with enough skill, you can actually climb to the tops of cliffs (if only Nintendo let you explore it instead of placing an invisible barrier).
3. After the story mission is over, the setting becomes gorgeous with a perfect sunset.
4. The NPCs are better than Lake - the snail guys are much cooler than the mermaids. I think the water is fun to explore.
5. The music is relaxing and has perfect beach energy. But it also changes to a much quieter tone when underwater, giving me "Dire, Dire Docks" vibes.
6. Great Kingdom-exclusive costumes - the resort one is awesome, and the sailor one is pretty good too.
7. So many moons and purple coins - there is so much to explore as this is in the large kingdom category. Some of the most notable moons are the story ones, the maze underwater, the Sphynx in the depths, the Cheep Cheep race, etc.
8. The lighthouse and glass are beautiful as the main architecture and gave me Portugal vibes. Also, the eels from Mario 64 and New Super Mario Bros DS return (Unagis/Maw-Rays).

There are many more reasons, but people need to stop using swimming controls as a reason for hating water levels, especially in these newer games where they work great (especially as Cheep Cheeps).

5 Sand Kingdom

Easily my favorite Kingdom in the entire game! I normally prefer snow levels over desert ones in Mario games, but this one was different.

It's got a beautifully colored town, an inverted pyramid, some awesome ruins, some underground ice caves, and much more! It is also home to my new 2nd favorite Mario character, those Tostarenan skeletons!

My personal favorites after this one are:
#2 Bowser's Kingdom (I especially love the Mechabrood boss battle)
#3 Ruined Kingdom
#4 Cap Kingdom
#5 Mushroom Kingdom

I still love the Mushroom Kingdom best in the world of Mario in general, but in this game, not so much.

6 Cascade Kingdom

I think Cascade is a great kingdom. It is visually amazing and has the best theme in my opinion.

It is a bit small, but still pleasing in other ways. There are more than enough moons that would take someone a while to get, and the Madame Broodal boss battle was good.

Overall, a great kingdom, but there are better.

An instant classic. I will never forget the moment I stepped out of the Odyssey and into the Cascade Kingdom for the first time.

I will never forget when Mario captured the dinosaur that isn't Yoshi for the first time.

7 Wooded Kingdom

This was such a neat idea for a kingdom. The mixture of the nature and mechanical parts of the kingdom was amazing.

Most of the moons were fun to get, and it was pretty fun to just run around in. But the music, OH MY GOSH, the music. This was by far my favorite in the game and one of my favorite Super Mario tunes of all time!

The watering cans were so analytical that they were actually pretty funny. I will always remember this kingdom! Thanks, Nintendo.

This kingdom is beautiful, has the best captures, has the best music, is really cool-looking, has incredible concepts like Deep Woods, has decent boss fights, so many secrets, and is just the best. A hidden gem that is outshined by the Sand and Metro Kingdom.

The Sand Kingdom is too open, the Metro Kingdom is too packed, but the Wooded Kingdom feels like a good mix of both.

8 Bowser's Kingdom

How is this amazing kingdom not higher? It is packed with moons, is different from all of the boring lava-themed levels, has awesome architecture, feels like a huge castle, has an awesome atmosphere with the colors in the sky, has the best boss battle in the game with Robo-Brood, and is just awesome and has the best music in the game.

And for once, it has poison instead of lava. Did I mention it has one of the best and most fun captures in the game with Pokio? A severely underrated kingdom.

Bowser's Kingdom, where do I start?

First off, I love the theme of it which is like a Japanese theme. Secondly, it has poison instead of lava. (Finally, something new.) Third, it has awesome music. And finally, it just is bursting with secrets.

I love how you can go to every roof and find hidden places. Oh, and did I mention it has the best boss fight with Robo-Brood and the best capture with Pokio?

9 Lost Kingdom

Seriously? Number 11? Give me a break. How could this be worse than the Cap Kingdom? This has by far the best puzzles out of all the kingdoms. The Cap Kingdom doesn't have anything that the other kingdoms don't have. All it is is just a tutorial kingdom.

The Lost Kingdom is amazing. Everything about it is perfect, from the music to the atmosphere. Also, it's not way too long or big like the Sand Kingdom, because let's be real, the Sand Kingdom sucks.

I really like the music here, it's really fun to explore, and I think this is the only kingdom to not have the ends of it either be a huge cliff or a tall wall and instead has poisonous water to block the way.

The only thing this area lacks that the other areas have is a boss fight.

10 Moon Kingdom

Nice-looking area, along with a great final boss fight, but I hate the Dry Bones capture so much!

A bit bland, but it's a really cool finale to the main story.

The Contenders
11 Lake Kingdom

The Lake Kingdom was awesome for me. I enjoyed the huge underwater area, which made it feel like an open-world underwater area.

The moons are fun to get, it has good challenges, and is a great kingdom overall.

I think it's the better water world of the two. It has a more interesting setting and better music. I just have more nostalgia for this one, honestly.

The most enchanting kingdom in the game. It really makes me want to go swimming.

12 Snow Kingdom

The Snow Kingdom was one of the funnest kingdoms for me. I enjoyed finding the hidden well in the blizzard, I enjoyed activating the four barriers in each of the rooms, but most of all, I enjoyed the races.

The Snow Kingdom is a highly underrated kingdom.

This is the best kingdom by far! I absolutely LOVE the Shiverians and the race is really fun. I think it could be bigger, but what's there is great. I really enjoyed hunting for the power moons too.

This should be higher on the list.

I like this kingdom because the Shiverians are nice, because there are some challenging levels in Shiveria, because there are some cool souvenirs, and because the races are fun. I haven't done a race in a few months.

13 Ruined Kingdom

Despite its small size, I actually like it more than some of the decent-sized areas.

It's pretty short, but the few things that are here are pretty enjoyable.

14 Cap Kingdom

Great tutorial and a really unique atmosphere and setting for the first level.

Not the best area by any means, but for the first area in the game, it's pretty good.

Awesome music and atmosphere.

15 Darker Side

It's one of my personal favorite final levels in the series, even if it's ridiculously easy with all the unintended shortcuts.

You get to show all of your skills! Could it get any better?

16 Dark Side
17 Cloud Kingdom

Not a popular option, but this is the best. It's so beautiful, and you get to fight Bowser! It also has the best 8-Bit section in the game.

It's a bit cozy, but I wish it was more than just an arena.