Excerpt: Nintendo’s initial reveal of Super Mario 3D World was not a resounding success. The video of Mario, Luigi, Toad and Peach prancing through green, Mushroom Kingdom-like isometric levels looked too pedestrian for many gamers to accept as the next big 3D Mario game that would breathe new life into Nintendo’s ailing next gen system. “It looks like Super Mario 3D Land HD!” collectively cried thousands of gamers. “Where’s Galaxy 3?
Excerpt: For a franchise featuring a hero that constantly makes such spectacular leaps, the Mario series is surprisingly steadfast against such transitions. The two Mario formulae Nintendo has been perfecting over the last couple of generations - the classic sidescrolling Mario of yesteryear with a few new twists and the ever-exciting romps in 3D space - have, more or less, remained the same. And why would they change?
Excerpt: Nintendo is making platformers for folks who have been playing them since the 80s. Which is a fine way to carve out a niche, and a dedicated niche at that. Probably even a huge niche consisting of people with Nintendo hardware. A niche that might not even know what they’re missing because they haven’t played Rayman Legends or Tearaway or even a Ratchet & Clank game. A niche that will no doubt adore the comfort candy traditionalism of Super Mario 3D World.
Excerpt: Super Mario 3D World is the newest release from publisher/developer Nintendo and gives fan exactly what they have been waiting for. There hasn't been a lot of noteworthy titles released for the Nintendo Wii U, and Super Mario 3D World offers gamers a combination of everything they loved from the classic Super Mario games mixed with all the benefits of next-gen technology.
Summary: Once again Nintendo's plumber is out to save a damsel in distress, only this time it's the Wii U. Peach, Toad and Luigi are along for the ride in the first cooperative 3D Mario game, 'Super Mario 3D World.' As a direct sequel to the 3DS title, 'Super Mario 3D Land,' this latest adventure isn't releasing with quite the same fanfare as the phenomenal 'Super Mario Galaxy' titles, but leading up to the release, trailers and gameplay footage have shown off convincing evidence...
Excerpt: Super Mario 3D World comes at a time when the Wii U needs some system sellers to really give it the boost it needs in the face of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s incredibly fun, and supports up to four players simultaneously, so it’s a no-brainer if you have a Wii U, and if you don’t then 3D World is the best reason to get one.
Excerpt: I honestly didn’t think Mario had been doing that great with his games recently. For the past few years, all we had gotten were New Super Mario Bros. games, which were pretty much rereleases of the same game. A new 3D Mario game was overdue, and I was very enthusiastic to hear the Wii U was getting a new one. However, the game did not appear the way I was expecting.
Pros: Super fun classic gameplay, eye popping graphics, lighthearted catchy soundtrack, enjoyable multiplayer, variety in the power ups (particularly the Cat Suit)
Cons: Not quite as innovative as Super Mario Galaxy