by: Matthew Adams

IF IT AINT BROKE DON’T FIX IT.  JUST SLAP A NEW PAINT JOB ON IT AND JACK THE PRICE UP. 

 

In 1981 Shigeru Miyamoto introduced the world to a little Italian man that would change the Nintendo franchise forever! From 1985 to 2014 Super Mario Bros. has been a household and prestige’s name over a few generations.  It is a name that people associate with great games, memorable adventures and brave plumbers everywhere.  Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U (released 11/18/13) is the newest game to the Nintendo series. 

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This time Mario and The Gang are off on an adventure to Fairies from the clutches of the always “Evil” and ever Present Bowser. Bowser captures the fairies to use them… For a reason that really isn’t clear; other than to allow Mario, and the others to save the fairies and defeat Bowser once again!? Team up with Mario, Luigi, Toad and a not so captured by Bowser Princess Peach! 

On a serious note this game is fantastic! (Personally) One of the best Mario games made! It’s sleek, pretty, vibrant, and it handles like a new Corvette in sports mode around a curve with an experienced racer at the wheel!  The Power-Ups are fun and & kind of wacky. Mario as a cat?? You know what I’m ok with that because without it some of those flags are HARD to reach. The “double cherry” –that’s what I call it- is so cool allowing you to multiply yourself over and over as long as you can grab them; or a Giant wiggly mushroom that turns you into a Giant Indestructible “Super Mario”.(Ah ha I put the title in the game like they sometimes do in movies, you know like….(cough) back to the point. 


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The interactive environment & brilliant colors just draw in your eyes & hold the there. When I did my play through, with my son watching TV and my wife not wanting to watch a game 24/7 most of my game time was on the gamepad; and still couldn’t take my eyes off of it.  It gave a game that was done over and over again a new perspective. Dare I say a three-dimensional view, HAHAHAHA…but seriously with the ability to change the camera and see the world actually around you instead of beside you gives that game a new depth that it desperately needed. One of my favorite levels is from World 2, a world that is completely based on the ability to use shadows to achieve your 3 star rank and collect the stamp found in every level. 

 

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All-in-all Super Mario 3D World is a fun-tastic game, that new comers to the series and old timers of the series will love it.  Its fun brilliant and vibrant colors, smooth gameplay and excellently executed game make it for a great pick-up and addition to any Wii, Nintendo, or just lover of games repertoire. 

I give this game 9.5 Green Stars out of 10.

 

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Pros:

  • Pretty
  • Smooth
  • Fun
  • It's a Mario Game!

Cons:

  • Little Variation in Story
  • No Scalable Difficulty
  • Luigi as a Playable Character

Final Score:    9.5 / 10

Let me know what you think!

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