Super Mario 3D World
Super Mario 3D World is everything Nintendo stands for in gaming, it is the whole reason anyone plays videos games, to have fun. Having played Super Mario 3D Land and enjoyed it, I wasn’t expecting 3D world to be much different, well I was wrong and then some. The amount of colour and charm and variety of gameplay is outstanding and the Cat suit is one of the best additions to any Mario game ever! It adds speed and the ability to attack enemies instead of the traditional head stomp. It opens up great new ways of gameplay and a slightly easier way for younger kids to play. Super Mario 3D Land is a tech demo for Super Mario 3D World; it truly is the reason to own a Wii U!
The story starts off with Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad stumbling across a strange clear pipe and for once actually using some tools and plumbing skills to fix it. Then suddenly a Sprixie (fairy like creature) appears only to have Bowser come along and kidnap the Sprixie right in front of the group! Down the new warp pipe he goes to Sprixie Kingdom and our heroes follow to rescue the Sprixie and defeat Bowser in twelve new worlds!
The four player adventure is absolutely gorgeous in HD with so many colours (unlike most games today that are over using blacks and greys with dark worlds). The animations are amazing, especially as the cat when you prance around on all fours and climb a wall only to slide down with your claws leaving scratch marks on the surface and the ever so cute “meeoow” when you finish a level. Playing multiplayer will help with some of the harder levels late in the game (Champion Road is evil!).
Mario is the all-rounder – nice speed with a decent jump and easy to control. Luigi has the highest jump and runs slightly faster but is harder to control. Peach is slow but has a floating jump which helps for a lot of the harder levels and Toad is super-fast which helps for the levels that have a time limit. This really adds to the gameplay. Every single level can be finished with every character (which is actually a checklist and something you need to do to finish the game 100%), but some levels are easier if you use a specific character and even have buttons you need to stomp that are character specific to collect items.
The game has eight worlds and four secret ones to unlock. Every level has three green stars to collect and a stamp (which can be used with Miiverse posts). The infamous flag pole is also an objective for every level; reach the top for 10,000 points and you get a nice golden flag on the level select screen. Grab the three stars and you will get a spinning Star above the flag. Finish with all characters and the star turns gold! Do this to every level in the world and you get a paw print on your checklist!
The powerups provided are new and some old. Of course the brand new Super Bell I mentioned already, but there is an alternate Lucky Bell that gives you the same power as the Super Bell but allows you to stomp down as an invincible gold statue! There is also the Tanooki suit, a portable cannon box, a portable Beam box (light to kill ghosts), Propeller box, your traditional Super Mushroom to go from small to big, the Boomerang, Super Star, Fire Flower, Kuribo’s Skate, Mega Mushroom, Goomba Suit and the Double Cherry which multiplies your character even if you have a power up! Phew!
I was in control of six Mario’s at once and it was really fun and hard at the same time but made the boss battle much easier! Also included is the White Flower Tanooki suit that makes you invincible. If you die five times in a level it appears. By using this you can collect stars and stamps and the golden flag pole but it won’t actually account for you finishing the level with that character. It is good to use if you are getting stuck and just want to breeze through and start a new level and come back later on.
The audio is of course like any other Nintendo game, you have music from previous entries and other franchises. Everything is perfectly balanced for the level you are in and the music changes speed and tone accordingly. I have seen a few reviewers saying the game is a bit too easy well unlock the secret worlds and then the Crown World and say the game is easy. I believe it has a great balance and you can always try complete the levels without power ups which makes it a lot harder! With twelve worlds, a secret playable character, hundreds of secret stars and loads of secret stamps to collect along with gold flag poles the game runs in at well over eight hours, to collect everything 100% alone I’d wager around thirty hours with a couple friends sixteen to twenty hours. This game is a must buy for any gamer wanting a challenge, for any gamer wanting multi player on the same screen back in his/her lounge room.
Summary: Anyone can play this game and enjoy it, it combines all the best of Mario into one great package and never disappoints, if you do not own a Wii U and are on the fence, please do yourself a favor with Zelda Wind Waker HD, Wonderful 101, New Super Mario Bros. and now Super Mario 3D World. Owning a Wii U is a no brainer! These games are great and soon the Wii U library will expand with Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Brothers, Bayonetta 2, X, Hyrule Warriors and Shin Megami Tensei vs Fire Emblem. It’s a good time to be a gamer! Go buy this masterpiece of entertainment and fun right now this is something only Nintendo is capable of providing us with don’t skip it!
- Four player co-op
- Lots of levels all with variety
- Gameplay is incredible and changes a lot
- Captain Toad levels
- Cat Bell Powerup!
- The happy joyful worlds and fun they provide
- Sometimes frustrating (Crown World)
- It eventually comes to an end
Written by Nick Pearce