Super Mario 3D World [ Backlog ] Review

I’m going to start reviewing games from my huge backlog of games. The first on the list is one of my favorite Wii U titles… Super Mario 3D World.

Super Mario 3D World is one of the best Mario games I’ve played in years. It’s different then what I was used to with Mario games, but once again Nintendo proved that they could innovate their main mascot and keep him relevant in modern gaming.

The Great:

Graphics:

This game looks fantastic. Every level is excellently designed, the character models look great, and world itself is full of life. Nintendo really showed what the Wii U is capable of with this title. I have no complaints whatsoever with the graphics in this game.

Gameplay:

Mario has always had really great gameplay and this one is no different. The platforming in this game is excellent and provides just the right amount of challenge for both kids and adults. This is a Mario game. Don’t go in expecting this game to be hard.

This game plays a lot differently then previous Mario games and it’s in full 3D. I can run around the world map for the first time and collect goodies before I start the next stage. When I start a stage I can run, jump, flip, fly, swim, and dash my way to the end of stage while avoiding enemies and obstacles in my way.

This game is a lot of fun to play with friends and since this game has four players everyone can play as a different character at the same time including Princess Peach. Peach does not get kidnapped by Bowser in this game.

Local Co Op:

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Playing this game alone is a blast so you can imagine how much fun it is with friends. Playing with Lunaliah, and our kids is probably the most fun I’ve ever had on the Wii U. This is a great game to play with your family and friends. Working as a team is really cool since I can lift one of my kids character’s up and carry them across difficulty sections of the game.

Sounds:

If you’ve ever played Mario then you’ll know that every game always has amazing sounds. This game is no different. There are some classic Mario sounds along with some new tunes and they all sound great. Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad sound fantastic. The sound effects sound like classic Mario sounds and I have no complaints whatsoever with them in this game.

World Design:

Nintendo always has something up their sleeve when it comes to Mario games. Every Mario game always has a unique design and that continues to be true in Super Mario 3D World. Every single stage in the game is unique and different from the last. The creativity in this game is astounding from the very beginning of the game. Nintendo made sure we knew we were in for a treat from the beginning. World 1 in this game really set the bar for what would come after it. There were so many different levels and secrets to find that I found myself redoing stages just to find them all and It was fun every single time I did it.

Not many games can do this. I usually avoid redoing stages in most platformers, but I actually wanted to do them again in this game.

Platforming:

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Super Mario 3D World takes platforming to a new level in Mario games with this installment. You don’t just go from left to right in this game. I can climb up walls, trees, tunnels, break down walls, blocks, and much more in this game. The first path you go down might make you miss some stars and you’ll end up redoing the entire stage to find it. It’s great and so much fun.

The Good:

Boss Fights:

Mario games aren’t known for their boss fights, but I always found them fun nonetheless. There’s nothing ground breaking here, but it’s a nice distraction from all the platforming.

Peach Doesn’t Get Kidnapped:

We all know the drill by now in Mario games, but this one changed it up a bit. Instead of rescuing Princess Peach we get to play as her and help rescue other princesses! It’s not much different since we’re still rescuing princesses, but it is fun playing as Peach since she can float around the place and not worry about some obstacles like Mario, Luigi, and Toad.

The Bad:

No Online Multiplayer:

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I don’t live near any of my closest friends and it would be nice if I could play this game with them, but it doesn’t support online multiplayer. Hopefully Nintendo will catch up with the times and give us the option in the next Mario game.

It’s Really Easy:

Would it kill Nintendo to add a hard difficulty for their long time fans? It’s not a real complaint, but I would love to have a real challenge in a Mario game. It probably won’t happen, but I thought I should mention it. Don’t play this game expecting a challenge and you’ll be fine.

The Verdict:

Super Mario 3D World is a fantastic game. I’ve replayed it many times since I got my Wii U last year. It’s fun, has excellent platforming, great new costumes for Mario and his team, and has an excellent world to explore. This game does everything right except one thing and that’s not having online multiplayer. This is one of many games I can recommend on the Wii U and it’s one of many reasons why I think you should own one.

9/10

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Author: Drakulus

I'm a hardcore gamer that enjoys every type of genre there is. I'm also a father of four kids, two girls and two boys, and love to write about whatever pops into my head.

3 thoughts on “Super Mario 3D World [ Backlog ] Review”

  1. I absolutely adored this game and think it truly worthy of 9/10. However you say there was no real challenge? I am guessing you haven’t tackled champion’s road yet? That is a course that will make you cry and then some đŸ˜‰ I do particularly like the minigames that pay homage the NES with 8-bit Mario & Link from the Legend of Zelda

    1. I haven’t tried champion’s road yet, but I’ll get around to it eventually.

      I’m not a big fan of minigames and I completely forgot about them to be honest.

      Thanks for reading :].

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