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Super Mario 3D World – Wii U’s Killer App?

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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 bountifulchar 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 Untitled-1boring 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


  1. fred

    November 20, 2013 at 11:08

    O yeah , oh yeah , my Wii U getting some plumbing action this silly season.


  2. Hammersteyn

    November 20, 2013 at 11:32

    I am really starting to miss Mario. If the ever mad another Mario RPG I would be sorely tempted to get a WIIU. Oh well, back to the emulators.


    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      November 20, 2013 at 11:39

      The “Mario and Luigi” Games on the 3DS are Mario RPGs. And they’re bloody amazing,. http://www.lazygamer.net/review/mario-and-luigi-dream-team-review/


      • Hammersteyn

        November 20, 2013 at 11:44

        The RPG on SNES was freaking awesome though. I would prefer one like that. Plus all my cash is going towards a PS4 and that’s scary in a sense that I don’t know what I’m buying. Hopefully it’s not a brick.


        • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

          November 20, 2013 at 11:47

          It’s actually quite damned similar in terms of mechanics, especially the combat.


          • Hammersteyn

            November 20, 2013 at 12:15

            Stop tempting me!!!

          • Shota

            November 20, 2013 at 15:02

            go play mario & luigi! you will love it!

          • Hammersteyn

            November 20, 2013 at 15:29

            Need a 3DS first :'(

          • Shota

            November 20, 2013 at 15:41

            i hope you get one on black friday or christmas.

          • mario54671

            November 22, 2013 at 10:34

            Just to tempt you some more, unlike Paper Mario, the Mario & Luigi series’ music was composed, so far, solely by Yoko Shimomura. She was the original Super Mario RPG composer (also known for doing Kingdom Hearts)… just in case if you were a fan of the original’s music. 😉

  3. Wyzak

    November 20, 2013 at 11:39

    I also pre-ordered this bad-boy. Can’t wait!


  4. TiMsTeR1033

    November 20, 2013 at 11:47

    Seriously thinking about getting a Wii u just for this!


    • Vampyre Squirrel

      November 20, 2013 at 12:00

      I’d join you on this too… I miss playing Mario games


  5. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    November 20, 2013 at 11:55

    Can’t wait for this! Super excited for more Nintendo love! o/ As per usual I would like Pokemon to please also be on the WiiU at some point. kthx


    • LoveZelda3

      November 21, 2013 at 06:13

      That would, if the game would be really good, be a real system seller. 🙂


  6. Stephen Snook

    November 20, 2013 at 13:58

    Also The new Smash Bros game.


  7. Gustav Minnie

    November 20, 2013 at 19:15

    That Wii U 32GB Console + New Super Mario Bros U & New Super Luigi U bundle is starting to look pretty shweet with this Mario on the horizon.


    • Joseph

      November 21, 2013 at 01:20

      I got the one with Zelda Wind Waker HD….its pretty slick and besides at least I know the Wii U won’t be a brick like the PS4, that is why I’ll buy that console in about a years time 😀


  8. Verrayne

    November 21, 2013 at 10:30

    With this, New Super Mario Bros, Zombi u and Wind Waker HD. the Wii U is number 1 on my Christmas list instead of a PS4


  9. Brian Bond

    November 21, 2013 at 20:07

    This makes me happy. I knew I made the right decision in purchasing this console.

    I can’t wait to invite my brother over for some co-op.


  10. Akai

    November 22, 2013 at 00:21

    i would not say its underpowered at all, the gap between the Wii U and the PS4/Xbone in terms of specs is definitely not as big as the Wii and PS3/Xbox 360. Just a cheeky little dig, the Wii U has more 1080p games running at 60fps than the two new consoles have. Still i want my hands on a PS4 for Final Fantasy XV


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