- Genre: Action, Platformer
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch
- Developer | Publisher: Nintendo
- Age Rating: PEGI 7 | ESRB E (Everyone)
- Price: £49.99
- Release Date: February 12th, 2021
As part of the Super Mario 35th celebrations. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury ends the anniversary in style showing just how influential Mario has been all these years and this very present day.
The story to 3D World takes a different path than the stories we have come accustomed to with Mario. Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad all start off watching a firework display in Mushroom Kingdom. All of a sudden a glass pipe appears, Mario and Luigi fix the pipe and a distressed fairy comes flying out of the pipe, these fairies are actually know as Sprixie princesses.
This green Sprixie princess explains that the troublemaker, Bowser, has kidnapped the rest of the Sprixie princesses and locked them up in a glass jar. Shortly afterwards, Bowser appears and nabs the green Sprixie and vanishes down the glass pipe. Without any hesitation Peach jumps down into the pipe and the rest of the gang follow suit in pursuit of Bowser.
It’s a typical plot even if it does mean Peach gets a break from being kidnapped, maybe Bowser has got the memo all these years? Young children will love it and even adults will enjoy it too. If you can go back to you’re first memories of any Mario game you first played. You always felt that anger, upbeat, chest out to stop Bowser no matter the cost. Nintendo has once again captured the essence of what Mario is all about and throws you back into that seat of playing Super Mario for the very first time.
Bowsers Fury again takes us down another path and pretty much opening the book to potential other stories we could have with Mario. Bowser Jr seeks Mario’s help as Bowser is hell bent to destroy anything and everything. Obviously Mario thinks Bowser Jr is playing some game, but witnessing first hand what Bowser has become, he doesn’t hesitate to help Bowser Jr out. For the first time we get to see Mario and Bowser Jr team up to help free Bowser from whatever is consuming him or is it all what it seems?
Jumping on Goomba’s, hitting puzzle boxes to see which power up we get to help reach the goal is of course the staple of the Super Mario games. With the new power up of becoming a cat. This allows Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad to reach new heights than ever before. Of course other power ups return and prove to be very useful if stuck on a certain part of the level, regarding if you keep the handy power up in your inventory.
3D World takes both formulas of the platforming from Super Mario Bros and the likes of 64, Sunshine, Galaxy and of course Odyssey with the 3D levels. The blend of both really works and being able to move the camera (looking at you Mario 64…) helps massively when trying to find the green stars. Yup, Green stars replace the golden coins in comparison to the Super Mario Bros games. Collect as many as you can as these will help unlock other levels throughout the course of the game.
3D World is also the first 4 player co-op Mario adventure too. Be that couch co-op or online, it’s certainly a brilliant, fun experience to be had. Each character has their own abilities pros and cons. The good thing about this even if not playing in co-op, you can decide who you play as before you jump in. Luigi has higher jump than Mario, Peach can glide/float in the air and Toad? Toad is just Toad, small, quick and Hey!
Bowsers + Fury brings to the table what was so great from Odyssey and continues that with typical Mario style Platforming at its best. I think people will really enjoy Bowser’s Fury and probably would question Nintendo why they didn’t just do it as a standalone game, adventure than being add on. Can’t complain either, as being able to gigantamax to bigger Cat Mario against the huge, really ticked off Bowser is great! With Bowser Jr helping you out be that played by another player or just yourself. Bowser Jr proves very useful than you think.
You don’t have to keep using the cat bells and fight Bowser toe to toe. If you collect the Shines when he emerges, the shine will repel him back to the gooey, oil like Calamity he comes from.
Sound, Performance, and Graphics
Without a shadow of doubt all three in the heading of this part, 3D World executes perfectly. The sound is top notch as always. The iconic themes, sounds when going down pipes, picking up power ups, collecting coins and defeating enemies is where all the fans are familiar with.
No issue performance wise from 3D World, though Bowser’s Fury did suffer with some framerate and the game slowing down a bit when big Bowser appears.
The visuals is what you would expect with a Mario game. Colourful, vibrant and upbeat to continue playing.
I will have to admit. I didn’t find 3D World or Bowser’s Fury that difficult whatsoever. It made for a nice, sit back adventure and everything just rolled off the bat nicely. I 100% Bowser’s Fury in my first go whilst 3D World will take longer to do so. Some of the levels towards the endgame and once you beat 3D World will test you greatly.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is probably one of the best Mario adventures Nintendo have produced. I didn’t play 3D World on the Wii U, as I didn’t keep my Wii U long enough to play it. I’m really glad 3D World has been brought to the Nintendo Switch as it was one Mario adventure I would of liked to play. With the inclusion of Bowser’s Fury and that in its own right is pretty much near to perfection, 3D World is a excellent showcase of how far Mario has come and keeps pushing the boundaries which is making Mario still relevant today.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a must have game in anyone’s Switch collection. It can be played by all, it will appeal to pretty much everyone and best of all. I can play with my daughter and get to experience a whole new Mario experience witnessing her enjoyment from a game series I have grown up on.