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Super Mario World 3D is a collection of levels, all or almost all different, all original, gathered in several worlds with vague evocative themes (meadow, desert, ice, etc.). There is almost one original idea per level, such as stages featuring fake Mario Kart races with a Mario on fire, the all-too-frequent infernal circuses, caves in which you ha...

Super Mario™ 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

  • Greg Burn
  • Jun 05, 2021

Super Mario World 3D is a collection of levels, all or almost all different, all original, gathered in several worlds with vague evocative themes (meadow, desert, ice, etc.). There is almost one original idea per level, such as stages featuring fake Mario Kart races with a Mario on fire, the all-too-frequent infernal circuses, caves in which you have to play with shadow puppets, and the cherry objects that allow Mario to duplicate himself and activate certain tiles with his clones.

Presented on the map as small dioramas, each one contains a more or less interesting idea. 

In addition to substantial content, the difficulty is present in this 3D World. Already the collectibles, 3 to 5 green stars of which a certain number are necessary to finish the game, plus a stamp, are extremely well hidden.

And then, and then... there is the catsuit that gave the game its nickname. By catching a bell bonus, Mario or one of his buddies transmutes into a feline and develops brand new abilities. He can now climb vertical surfaces for a short period, swipe with his paws, and even melt with his claws in the air after jumping on his opponents.

Bowser's Fury is a great achievement! From the island of Velvet Steps to Mount Magmiaou and the Castle of Chatieres, the game offers us to discover a whole new archipelago dedicated to felines. Mario will have his work cut out for him as Bowser Jr. explains at the beginning of the game that his dad has gone crazy. His rage has gotten out of hand and he regularly wreaks havoc on the beaches of these once paradisiacal islets, like a storm sweeping through the yellow tribe's camp in Koh-Lanta.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury puts together a surprising combo like its original Wii U offering. What is certain is that the formula initiated with Bowser's Fury has a future and could be reworked to become a little less binary and spread out in a larger adventure. The balance between open-world exploration, quests with lots of collectibles and similar survival works very well. As far as Super Mario 3D World is concerned, it's still one of the most daring episodes in the franchise, both in terms of content variety and in a difficulty that can be more challenging than it seems!

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