Review: Super Mario 3D World

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Explore a whole new 3D world by yourself or with your friends in the first 3D Mario multiplayer plaformer for the Wii U console. Bowser has captured all of the Sprixies and it’s up to Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad to rescue them and save the land from his clutches.

30 Second Review

+ 3D brings an exciting new way to play the Super Mario World franchise

+ The cat costume is cute and OP

+ Collect stars and stamps

– Flower items feel useless

– May leave you wanting more of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

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 Notable Features

  • Each character has unique abilities and play styles
  • Cat costume allows players a new unique way to play
  • Explore colorful 3D environments with new puzzle elements
  • Use the Wii U GamePad’s touch screen to search for hidden blocks and freeze enemies in place.

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I Got the Shell

Super Mario 3D World is such a wonderful addition to the Super Mario World universe. It takes elements from Super Mario 3D Land and has all of the classic platforming elements that you remember and love from previous 2D iterations. There is a free roaming play feeling that has been added with the addition of 3D. It is a fantastic update for the Wii U console that propels Mario and friends forward in this current generation.

One of the new additions to this version of the franchise is the cat costume. Seeing it for the first time brings back memories of when I first saw Mario as a raccoon. The mechanics are great whether you are trying to climb a wall, attack an enemy, or even pounce on an enemy from above. All these great traits of a cat are captured and put into Super Mario 3D World.

If you have a completionist living somewhere deep inside of you, then you’re going to love Super Mario 3D World. There are secrets to find, stars to collect, and stamps to gather for your Miiverse pleasures. There is so much to do, and the game is done so incredibly well, that you will be coming back and playing levels over and over again. There is a tremendous amount of replayability in Super Mario 3D World.

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Now with Cat Goomba’s

I enjoy collecting and doing everything that I can in order to obtain a high score. That being said, it almost pains me to collect the flower item. Yes the flower is worth 1,000 points, but it will remove one of the cat bell items. Playing Super Mario 3D World a cat bell as your primary item, and a cat bell as your back up item, is absolutely the best way to play this game. It makes me sad though, because I’ve always loved and enjoyed using the flower in every game, until now.

Each zone in Super Mario 3D World has a Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker level. It’s actually one of my favorite aspects of Super Mario 3D World. I loved it so much that I had to go out and buy Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, because I could not get enough of it. As a bonus you also unlock a lot of additional content in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker just for owning Super Mario 3D World. While this is a really neat way to market both games, it also forces you to essentially purchase both games in order to enjoy them to their fullest potentials. My best advice when it comes to this sticky situation, play Super Mario 3D World first; it’ll give you a chance to decide whether you want to own Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

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Four Players + Three Dimensions = Super Mario Fun

There are several ways to acquire Super Mario 3D World. You can acquire a copy at your local retailer, digital download via Nintendo eShop, or if you do not own a Wii U, then the Super Mario 3D World Deluxe Set is an excellent bundle to purchase. It comes with the Wii U console, Wii U GamePad, Super Mario 3D World, Nintendo Land, charging station, stand, and has additional storage space. Definitely one of the better Wii U bundles available for purchase. If you already own a Wii U but do not own Super Mario 3D World, then head on over to the Nintendo eShop and put it on your wishlist.