Super Mario 3D WorldDeveloped and published by Nintendo for the WiiU console, it is the latest platformer in the long and storied Mario Brothers franchise. 3D world, the sixth 3D incarnation of the series (seventh if you count Super Mario 64 DS), generously borrows different mechanics from previous Mario titles and combines them into a game that not only feels immediately familiar and fresh in equal parts, but is arguably the best Mario game of recent times. It is hands down the best Mario game available for WiiU right now.
That’s not to say that the other WiiU Mario title available, New Super Mario Brothers U, it’s a bad game. The iconic plumbers have enjoyed a prominent role in the recent rebirth of 2D platforms thanks to games that carry the ‘New’ super mario brothers nickname, and NSMBU it is a great example of the excellence that has driven that revitalization. But it’s been a while since the Italian duo took part in a full 3D adventure on our TV screens – well, since 2010. Super mario galaxy 2 To be exact, and it’s exciting to see how the Mario team has taken what they’ve learned to fix the ‘New’ 2D adventures of the titular mustache hero, and how they’ve applied that knowledge to a beautiful, high-definition, three-dimensional. Mario world.
As the New Super Mario Brothers games, 3D world It feels new, but it also has an undeniable old-school feel to it. In fact, it’s probably more of a spiritual successor to Super mario 64 or that of Super Nintendo The world of Super Mario which is a continuation of the latest 3D adventures on the Wii. However, Nintendo keeps things from feeling repeated by introducing new mechanics and power-ups for every old trope they mine. A POW block in a dark area will not only knock out nearby enemies, but will also light up the surrounding area for a moment. The ever-present fire flower still allows you to launch fireballs, but you can now occasionally bounce them off corners at unsuspecting enemies before they can see you.
The new power-ups also keep things interesting. The new hood will transform you into Cat Suit Mario, giving you a scratch and a dive attack, as well as the power to scale considerable distance up walls. Double cherries have a multi-man effect, adding another Mario to your side. Grab a few in a row and you can have a Pikmin-like a crowd of red-clad protagonists rushing around the screen.
Even level design has a strong dichotomy between old school and new school in Super Mario 3D World. While it is a 3D game, the levels make use of various 2D sensibilities, which gives a tight and focused feel to the game. The stages are more or less linear and there isn’t much exploration to do, which is good because the stages are timed. The clock starts ticking from the moment you walk in, until you jump to the flagpole at the end of the level (another old school Mario trope). The levels are navigated through an Overworld map (another old-school Mario device), which players can also explore for additional coins and secrets. And while many of the surroundings and enemies will be familiar to you, at the same time they have never looked so good. Seeing some of these beautiful, brightly colored characters and settings in HD is a real treat.
3D world It has simultaneous cooperative mode for up to 4 players, similar to New Super Mario Brothers series, which allows players to choose to play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, or Toad. There’s a bit of old school mixed in here too, as each character plays a little differently, similar to the way they played in the Nintendo Entertainment System title. Super mario brothers 2. Mario is average everywhere. Luigi jumps a little higher and falls a little slower, but it takes a little longer to reach full running speed. Princess Peach can float for a couple of seconds while jumping, but she’s not as fast as the other players. Toad runs faster but can’t jump as high and falls faster too. While the multiplayer mode is strictly offline, depending on your online settings, your Overworld map can be filled with Mii ghosts with messages posted by other players, and you can even run stages alongside Mii ghosts representing other players. Keeping an eye on them can sometimes be the difference between finding a stamp (the game’s new collectible) or all the stars in a level and coming out empty-handed.
All in all, Super Mario 3D World It may not be a title that takes full advantage of the WiiU’s online capabilities, or a title that fully exploits the WiiU’s signature Gamepad controller, but it’s a fantastic game. It is at once familiar, cool, fun, simple, engaging, and challenging. It’s a game that any Mario fan will want to play, play, and share with friends. In short, despite some shortcomings, it is everything a Mario Brothers game should be.