Sure, the average gamer might roll their eyes at the thought of seeing Nintendo’s mascot donning a Cat costume; but like most outlandish style choices the company makes, the gameplay proves they haven’t lost their touch. With Super Mario 3D World taking the momentum gained by Super Mario 3D Land on the 3DS, the developers were no doubt hoping to provide the Wii U with a killer piece of software, and perhaps a sales boost in the process.
Now that the reviews have begun to roll in, it seems that the team has succeeded in doing just that. As 3D Land proved to be a must-play experience for 3DS owners (read our review), critics seem to agree that for anyone in possession of a Wii U console, Super Mario 3D World is a game that must be added to their library at the earliest chance.
EGM (Andrew Fitch):
“After Super Mario 3D Land showed the potential of a new 3D adventure on the 3DS in 2011, Super Mario 3D World takes the concept, irons out the wrinkles, and delivers one of the most enthralling Mario adventures over the past three decades.”
Shacknews (Steve Watts):
“Super Mario 3D World is a tightly-designed platformer, raucously fun in multiplayer, and a master’s class in level design. Don’t pass it off as just another Mario game. This one is not to be missed.”
Nintendo Life (Thomas Whitehead):
“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.”
Joystiq (Richard Mitchell):
“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.”
Polygon (Danielle Riendeau):
“3D World doesn’t feel as inventive as, say, Super Mario Galaxy did in 2007. But it succeeds on its own merits, with brilliant level design, excellent pacing and surprisingly coherent multiplayer action.”
“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.”
Eurogamer (Christian Donlan):
“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.”
Gamespot (Mark Walton):
“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.”
Game Informer (Bryan Vore):
“After 25 years as a damsel in distress, Princess Peach finally rejoins the playable cast of a mainline Mario title for the first time since Super Mario Bros. 2. This refreshing change of the formula gets things off to a great start and teases Nintendo’s willingness to tweak tradition throughout the rest of the game.”
IGN (Jose Otero):
“Super Mario 3D World takes slightly smaller steps in the grand scheme of the platformer genre, but it fulfills the promise of a multiplayer Mario much better than anything that the Japanese game maker has done before.”
GamesRadar (Henry Gilbert):
“3D World sees the plumber at the top of his game, and it’s finally as fun to play with friends as it is solo. It doesn’t redefine the franchise like previous entries have, but when the total package is as fun as 3D World, that’s hardly a complaint.”
Official Nintendo Magazine UK (Joe Skrebels):
“It’s a game that feels totally familiar both in the elements we recognise and in the fact that there’s far more beyond them. It seems, after you spend so many years espousing the cult of invention above all things, that becomes a religion in itself. Praise be.”
What do you make of the reviews? Can a game this universally praised convince you to pick up a Wii U this holiday season? Or is next-gen hype too much to resist? Share your own thoughts in the comments, while we work to bring you our own review of Super Mario 3D World.
Super Mario 3D World is available November 22, 2013 for the Nintendo Wii U.
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