By Dean Moses
Game: Super Mario™ 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Rating: E for Everyone
March 10th marked National Mario Day, so what better way to celebrate a gaming legend than reviewing his latest outing, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. Before we get into the new title, this video game franchise has been around for almost 40 years. Our beloved character was created by video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, who initially welcomed Mario to the world in a 1981 Donkey Kong game. Then in 1983, the release of Mario Bros. became the staple for Nintendo for decades. Overall, Mario has been featured in about 256 games.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a combination of a remastered game that first appeared on the Wii U and an entirely new experience made especially for the Nintendo Switch.
This 3D-platformer allows up to four players to enjoy the colorful and rather wacky world of the Mushroom Kingdom at one time. Allowing players to control either Mario, Luigi, Princes Peach, and Toad. Our heroes are sent on a fantastic journey through a variety of diverse stages. Each level is padded with plenty to discover, too—like three stars hidden away just begging to be uncovered.
The gameplay is less like Super Mario Odyssey and more like Super Mario Galaxy, albeit without as much creative design. We follow our protagonist from an overhead viewpoint as they jump their way to the finish line before moving on to the next adventure. Powerups such as the Tanooki Suit allows the wearer to climb walls and reach otherwise unreachable locations brimming with coins and other collectibles.
In Super Mario 3D World, there is a kingdom inhabited by magical creatures and is very much similar to the Mushroom World. It is known as the Sprixie Kingdom, and Mario and his friends must help return the leader who has been kidnaped by Bowser.
You also get a power packing punch of our favorite villain in Bowser’s Fury. In this game you can team up with a friend, who will play as Bowser Jr. You’ll have a blast venturing through Lake Lapcat, which is all feline themed. You can scratch, pounce and even jump like a cat.
While the experience exemplifies video games in their purest form: fun. The most enjoyable aspect comes when playing with friends or family members. There is nothing quite like scrambling over one another as you all charge this way and that, snatching up coins as you go.
Graphically, for a game that was originally released back in 2013, it looks remarkable. The remaster does an incredible job of updating the visuals to not only stand alongside more recent releases, but also hold its own.