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Super Mario 3D World is a 3D platform game developed by Nintendo EAD Tokyo and published by Nintendo exclusively for the Wii U. The game combines the free-roaming style of previous 3D Mario games with many of the classic 2D elements, while simultaneously showcasing a variety of new gameplay concepts. It is also the first 3D Mario game to feature local multiplayer support.
Players choose between Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess Peach as their character, traversing whimsical, open-ended overworld maps from one level to the next. As in previous 3D Mario games, players collect stars in order to unlock new levels. The game is initially fairly easy, but the difficulty increases significantly in the later worlds which should hopefully provide a hefty challenge even for veteran players.
Many new gameplay concepts are introduced, including new power-ups such as the Cat Suit and Double Cherry (makes a clone of the player), and platforms which can be manipulated via the gamepad's touch screen or microphone. Almost every level is a unique concept; in one level you may be exploring a circus carnival full of of tricky platforms, riding a dinosaur named Plessie down a raging river, exploring a rotatable 3D maze, or speeding through a racing track reminiscent of the Mario Kart games.
The multiplayer aspect also adds quite a bit to the experience. Although players can work together to overcome obstacles, competition is encouraged since each player has an individual score. This is enhanced by the fact that each character has unique abilities which may prove advantageous depending on the situation.
Creative Level Design: There is no shortage of creative and amazing levels.
Awesome Controls: Like most Mario games, the controls are fine-tuned to near perfection.
Challenging Levels: Veteran players should have a lot of fun with some of the later levels.
Great Multiplayer: Multiplayer works surprisingly well and adds a lot to an already great game.
Multiplayer Camera Issues: Sometimes the camera can leave behind less speedy players, dragging them along in a bubble.
The game is a joy to play and definitely lives up to the high expectations of this timeless franchise, while still remaining fresh and innovative. And the addition of multiplayer just makes it that much better.
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