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Super Mario 3D World

by Justin Baker - November 18, 2013, 7:59 am EST
Total comments: 3

It can be the game the Wii U needs.

Nintendo fan or not, it’s easy to see that the Wii U is in a hard place. The system has yet to have the kind of sales that the company (and fans) hoped for, and it’s facing the launch of two new systems in the coming weeks. While the hype for both the PS4 and the Xbox One seems a bit more muted than past console launches, the Wii U still needs to make sure it’s heard through the static that is the holiday season. The system has some solid features and some solid games, but it still needs its killer app.

However, as time has shown us over and over again, you never count the Big N out, and they’ve got two titles slated for later this month that will definitely turn some heads. The 3DS is getting another trip to Hyrule with A Link Between Worlds, and the Wii U is saying hello once again to its overall-clad friend. Super Mario 3D World looks great. With any luck,  the latter can provide the kind of incentive to buy that the Wii U needs right now.

Riding on the success of Super Mario 3D Land is a great idea. The 2011 3DS game served as proof of concept for the system and shined a new light on Mario that many fans had been hoping for. The Galaxy games were similarly inventive, but, at least for me, 3D Land felt more quintessentially Mario. Venturing off into space was great fun and showed of several new mechanics, but there’s nothing quite like those bright, colorful blocks and blue skies.

3D World also looks like it’s going to shake things up, and with a slew of new power ups and the ability to (finally) play as a full cast of four characters instead of the brothers and various Toads, it seems poised to achieve that goal. If anything, using the more nostalgic imagery of 3D Land will serve to remind people of why Nintendo has stuck around for so many years despite not always having the most powerful system on the market.

Any excitement I had for 3D Land prior to release is doubly so for 3D World. The original game in the series was simultaneously a return to form and a radical departure, a reinventing and a reminder of old times. And, truth be told, that’s what Nintendo (and the Wii U) needs: a bold new direction that keeps the past in its heart.

Excited for Super Mario 3D World? Well keep your eyes peeled for our review coming soon, and tell us why you're excited in the comments below!


KITT 10KNovember 18, 2013

One of the things the Wii U faces that most people seem to overlook is this sucky economy we're dealing with. Now (I'm NOT an expert with economies at all but) they do have an effect on it because it has an effect on those they want to buy it. Granted, Nintendo isn't doing some things they SHOULD be doing but they DO have a great system in the Wii U. I mean I can't get enough of it, (I have the touch screen contoller right next to my bed when I sleep even though the console is out in the living room). While I do have my worries about Nintendo at times, I still think they can make the Wii U work.

Ian SaneNovember 18, 2013

The economy should affect all the videogame companies equally.  So if all three consoles don't sell as well as their manufacturers hope then you could say the economy is a factor.  But if the Wii U underperforms while the other consoles don't, then you can't.

KITT 10KNovember 18, 2013

I'm not saying it's they only reason for the hardships the Wii U faces, only that it does play a factor in it. (It should effect the other consoles as well but it will vary with them.) There are many factors that effect all the consoles, this is just another on of many.

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Game Profile

Super Mario 3D World Box Art

Developer Nintendo
Players1 - 4

Worldwide Releases

na: Super Mario 3D World
Release Nov 22, 2013
jpn: Super Mario 3D World
Release Nov 21, 2013
RatingAll Ages
eu: Super Mario 3D World
Release Nov 29, 2013
aus: Super Mario 3D World
Release Nov 30, 2013

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