The Wii U is a great console, but it’s struggled to find it feet. Much of that has to do with the fact that it’s underpowered, people were waiting to see what the PS4 and Xbox One were capable of, and that Nintendo’s marketing messages were confusing. the biggest problem though is that the system just lacked its killer app; the one game that would entice people to buy the system. It may now have it.
New Super Mario 3D world for the Wii U is out in the US this week, and it’s getting some mighty, mighty impressive scores. Say what you will about Mario, but main-entry games featuring the portly plumber are consistently excellent. Super Mario 3D world goes beyond that though, and enters the realm of the magical.
Eurogamer – 10 : Compact by the standards of the Galaxy adventures but still loaded with bountiful secrets, beneath the warm familiarity of 3D World lies one of the strangest Mario games in years – or at least one of the most random in its influences and its moment-to-moment indulgences. And that’s a very, very good thing. The Wii U sees Nintendo’s mascot racing into venerable middle age by going wonderfully loopy – by dialling up the energy, even if the end result is often absolutely insane. After all these years, who could blame him?
EGM – 9.5:For any Mario fans worried their favorite paesano plumber wasn’t about innovation anymore,Super Mario 3D World shows the franchise that created the platforming standard continues to set the bar. The new Super Bell and Double Cherry power-ups augment the Mario experience in a brilliant, meaningful way, and the Wii U’s HD capabilities deliver the prettiest-looking game in series history.
Nintendo Life – 10: This is a definitive 3D Mario experience, successfully finding a middle-ground between the iconic Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy. You may not swing Bowser by his tail or run upside down, but it’s bursting with creativity nonetheless, while delivering on the craft and skill that defines the Tokyo EAD studio. It’s unmissable.
Polygon –9: Super Mario 3D World doesn’t reinvent the Mario formula. But it is in every way its own game, with a bright, joyful aesthetic that’s supported by inspired level design and a cast that matters. It gets the balance right between nostalgic touches and clever new twists, and never once let me down with a boring boss or too-familiar retread. In all my years of playing with the Mario gang, I’ve never been quite so happy to hurl myself into the unknown, and 3D World delivers challenge, surprise and joy in almost every moment
IGN – 9.6: Super Mario 3D World is marvelous, and its constant variety and fantastic light-hearted co-op play proves that Nintendo still knows exactly how to tweak their Mario formula in fun ways.
Joystiq – 5/5: Put simply, Super Mario 3D World is stunning. Its world is beautiful, its design is impeccable, and its fun is infectious. I’m running out of superlatives here, so let me finish where I started: Go play it.
CVG – 10: f Super Mario 3D World lacks the grand scale and ambition of the Galaxy games, it’s a comfortable match in colour, pacing and variety – and in its moment-to-moment play, it comes shockingly close to beating them. Where it’s undoubtedly superior is in its application of multiplayer: Galaxy’s Costar mode was a charming addition, but it’s comfortably trumped by the laughs and thrills you’ll share with up to three others.
Destructoid – 10: It was then that I realized that Super Mario 3D World had achieved a level of platforming design that’s close to perfection, and there was almost never a moment where I didn’t have a smile on my face. This is the unequivocally the best Mario game since Galaxy 2, and it shows up anything the “New” series has ever done, and then some.
Edge – 9: This is Mario like you’ve never seen him before, and unlike so many of his next-gen rivals, he nips along at an effortless 60fps. If the true measure of new hardware’s worth is how stark the difference is between it and what came before, then this is the most next-gen game that 2013 has yet produced.
Gamespot – 9: s. Mario has always had that uncanny ability to cross the boundaries of age and gender, to bring a smile to the face of every player who crosses his path. Super Mario 3D World is no different. This is a dazzlingly inventive game that brings the fun in spades, and will leave you grinning like a loon from start to finish.
We haven’t gotten a copy of the game yet, and though I’m the resident Mario fan, I’ve decided to sit out reviewing this one. I’ve got a pre-order, and I’ll be picking this one up and playing it at my own pace, co-operatively with my family…and I honestly can’t wait.
Super Mario 3D world is out here on November 29.
Last Updated: November 20, 2013