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Mario's better than ever

Dec 3, 2013

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Super Mario 3D WorldJust when you think Nintendo has done everything they could with the world’s most popular plumber, Mario has returned in another inventive and flamboyant adventure.

Following in the footsteps of ‘Super Mario 3D Land’ and ‘Super Mario Galaxy’ games, ‘Super Mario 3D World’ is one charming, fun-filled stage after another that introduces cool little elements which never overstay their welcome. The journey begins without much of a challenge to those who have worn the red overalls before but sooner rather than later, you will come across those stimulating, demanding moments which will remind you of why the addictive platform genre will never, ever disappear. 

Super Mario 3D WorldWhether you are riding on the back of a dinosaur across the water, sliding through those transparent pipes or moving platforms with your voice alone, ‘Super Mario 3D World’ will turn you inside out. Bowser, the worst kidnapper ever, has captured a fairy and as always it is up to Mario and possibly his friends to save them. The new Sprixie Kingdom is a rich realm with new obstacles around each and every corner.

Unquestionably, things really take off when you add other players into the mix. The co-op play features four different playable characters Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad; with Rosalina as an unlockable character. Players can share the pool of extra lives and can help each other through certain areas.

Super Mario 3D WorldNew to ‘Super Mario 3D World’ are the Cat Suit, Double Cherries and special Blocks. The slinky and curvy Cat Suit allows players to run swiftly, climb walls and other obstacles, as well as scratch your opponent’s eyes out. With Double Cherries, you can create duplicates of yourself to overwhelm enemies, while Goomba Masks allow you to go undetected. The wearable Cannon Blocks shoot blasts and Light Blocks are formidable against ghosts.

‘Super Mario 3D World’ is not nearly as impactful nor as progressive as ‘Super Mario Galaxy’ but then again, Mario’s latest escapade has enough skillful fine-tuning and surprises to keep us jumping for more. Once again, Nintendo has proven they can take something old and truly make it new again.

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Format: Nintendo WiiU
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo EAD Tokyo
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
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Rating: 9 / 10

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