Super Mario 3D World

released on Nov 21, 2013

Super Mario 3D World is a 3D platformer action game for the Wii U, and a follow-up of the Nintendo 3DS installment Super Mario 3D Land. The game builds upon the previous installment, following a similar 3D level-design convention inspired from the 2D platformer titles where players must navigate through a linear-designed level within a time limit to reach a level's Goal Pole. One key aspect introduced in this title is the simultaneous multiplayer: while not the first game in the series to do so, it is the first 3D title in the Mario series to incorporate up to four players cooperating with each other to reach the goal. Players can select their character from a pool of playable characters prior to starting the game, and each of these characters have their own unique playstyle that gives them advantages and disadvantages over other characters. The game makes use of several Wii U exclusive features, such as tapping blocks with the touch screen on the GamePad and blowing into the mic to reveal hidden items and blow away enemies. Various new power-ups are introduced in this title, with the trademark suit being the Cat power-up, which enables characters to perform a melee attack, climb up walls, and leap while midair, as well as the game generally having a cat-based theme.

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Super Mario 3D World is carried by incredible level design and creative ideas. It has some odd aspects, like movement being locked to 8 directions and the removal of movement techniques present in other 3D Mario entries, but this is rarely a problem because the levels are designed with these restraints in mind. Nearly every single level is distinct and has a unique, memorable idea that gives them purpose. Some ideas carry over between worlds, like the Plessie levels, but most stay confined to their meticulously designed playground, so you always get to see them at their best. 4-Player co-op also makes an appearance and is as chaotic as ever, so this game is even better with friends.

Absolutely PEAK. This game is incredible with friends; we spent so many hours trying to beat Champions Road. There is just so much to do in this game. There are dozens upon dozens of levels with such great ideas. Even tho the 100% process was annoying, I did it anyways bc that's how fun this game was. And the music is fantastic. The switch port just makes an already amazing game even more great.

Having 4 (5) playable characters is such a great thing for straightforward Mario games like this, they should honestly do it all the time. And add Wario and Daisy to the mix you cowards

Kinda underrated honestly, it’s up there with Galaxy and Odyssey