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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Posted by GG Goblin On February - 22 - 2021

One of the best Wii U games comes to Switch with a bonus game bundled in.

 
Since the launch of the Nintendo Switch, there has been a massive push to port titles over from other platforms and older consoles. The Switch library has swelled under the weight of those ports, with many of them coming from Nintendo’s own back catalogue. For some reason, the Wii U was not the most successful console, so it is good to see many of the best Wii U games finding a new home on the Switch, including most recently Super Mario 3D World. This 3D platformer that plays like a 2D platformer is one of the best Mario games available and deserves to be played by as many fans as possible. However, rather than just porting over the original Wii U game, Nintendo have thrown in a little something extra in the form of a new game.

 


 
Super Mario 3D World was originally reviewed here on GGUK back in 2013, and the version that is now available on the Switch has not changed by much. In Super Mario 3D World, Bowser has taken a break from kidnapping Princess Peach and instead has taken a bunch of fairies. Of course this is not going to stop Mario and friends from running around the overworld hub, hopping into levels and collecting stars in order to reach bosses to rescue a fairy, who in turn will unlock the next area of the overworld hub. In this respect, it is a fairly familiar game.

 
What are not familiar though are the levels. The amount of imagination and variety in Super Mario 3D World is amazing. Playing mostly in 3D, players will constantly be finding something new to look at and some new feature to play with. Then there are the special levels, such as the Captain Toad puzzle levels that were so popular they became their own game, or sections where the play switches to 2D, or where the player rides on the back of a swimming dinosaur. There are familiar aspects everywhere, ensuring this is unmistakably a Mario game, but the amount of new stuff that has been squeezed in means that it is very easy to get invested as the player looks forward to the next surprise.

 


 
Many of the usual Mario outfits become available in Super Mario 3D World, allowing Mario special powers and a little extra defence. However, the game also introduced the cat suit, which proved to be a little controversial at the time. This suit, which has made its way over to Switch, has Mario running around on all fours and gives Mario a couple of new attacks. The thing that made the cat suit controversial is that it allows Mario to climb almost any surface. Many of the levels have a nice verticality, and being able to climb can mean bypassing many of the hazards along the way, which some may see as cheating. But then, there are still plenty of ways to lose that suit and be back to playing as normal.

 
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U was the cooperative play. This not only returns for the Nintendo Switch, but now includes online co-op, making it much easier to find someone to play with. Playing alone is great fun, but the game really comes into its own when playing with someone else. Players are able to play as Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad, and each character handles slightly differently, but they must work together to reach the end of each level. But then there is the crown, a shiny decoration that will be worn by the character who scored highest in the previous level. This leads to all manner of hilarity as players compete to get the highest score, or simply try and steal the crown from the leading player. Super Mario 3D World is one of the best family multiplayer games on Switch.

 


 
The fun of Super Mario 3D World will easily run past a dozen hours, and will often be started up when people are once again allowed to visit. But that is not all that’s included, as players will also have Bowser’s Fury to enjoy. Rather than just an extra collection of levels for the main game, this is something almost completely different with a whole new story.

 
This time around, Mario gets transported to another new world which seems to have some kind of cat theme going on. Seriously, there are cat ears on everything from the trees to the shines that Mario has to collect. There also happens to be a very large and very angry Bowser that seems to have taken on some kind of Kaiju form. After a brief attack in which Mario will power up a lighthouse to force Bowser away for a while, Mario will be approached by Bowser Jr. who asks for help returning his dad to normal.

 
Together, the pair will have the freedom to explore a good-sized open world and collect more shines to activate lighthouses, all while avoiding Bowser’s occasional bursts of anger, before finally facing off against the big boss in the most surprising way. Unlike Super Mario 3D World, the co-op in Bowser’s Fury is much more limited. Bowser Jr. can help Mario out to varying degrees, as chosen by the player, but adding an extra player to control Bowser Jr. is similar to the co-op in Odyssey and can prove to be more of a hindrance than a help.

 
Not that it really matters. Bowser’s Fury is only short, but is incredibly fun and one of the most foreboding Mario adventures ever seen, and it still manages to try out great ideas and new ways to play.

 


 
As a bundle, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is an excellent addition to the Switch library. Wii U players will already know just how good the main game is, and will be tempted by the chance to play it again on the Switch and the obvious bonus appeal of Bowser’s Fury. For the newcomers though, which will likely be most Switch players, Super Mario 3D World is one of the best Mario games, both playing alone and with friends, and Bowser’s Fury is a short but entertaining single player bonus. An essential purchase.

 

 ★★★★★★★★★½ 



 

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