Super Mario 3D World And Bowser’s Fury Review (Nintendo Switch)

Super Mario 3D World And Bowser's Fury Review (Nintendo Switch)

Join Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad on a quest to save the Sprixie Kingdom in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury on Nintendo Switch! Rescue the Sprixie Princess and her followers by yourself or with three other players in this enhanced version of Super Mario 3D World.

Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • 2.9GB download size.
  • Amiibo support-scan Bowser Amiibo to spawn him at any time.
  • Two games in one-Super Mario 3D World And Bowser’s Fury.
  • In-game cutscenes in both games.
  • Can skip cutscenes in both games.
  • Typical/familiar Mario controls.
  • Bowser Jr (Bowser’s Fury) is your sidekick and you can set how much he helps you (little/alot/none) but you can change it.
  • Bowser Jr can be controlled by a second player/Joycon at any time.
  • Power-ups-(Bowser’s Fury) you can store up to 5 of each and swap between them at will.
  • Camera control (Bowser’s Fury) Invert axis and sensitivity option.
  • Save when you want.
  • Super Mario 3D World supports 2-4 player online and offline support.
  • Super Mario 3D World has four playable characters-Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad.
  • Photo mode.
  • Cutesy pixel art loading icons.
  • Bowser’s Fury-you goes around and collect Cat shines to rid the world of Koopa darkness.
  • Map in Bowser’s Fury shows what shines you have left to get.
  • Bowser Jr can paint over specific art to reveal a power-up.
  • Bowser Jr is the difficulty option as he can help a lot with enemies and bosses.
  • Bowser fight (Bowser’s Fury) -you can turn into a huge cat Mario by ringing the Giga bell, you then hit Bowser 3 times to get rid of him.
  • Light houses-shines will activate these which get rid of Bowser and also uncover new parts of the world.
  • A lot of variety in Bowser’s Fury for events like ice skating, mini-boss fights, timed platforming, etc.
  • Nessie-(Bowser’s Fury) ride him around on the water and do special race events and go through rings for coins.
  • Bowser’s Fury uses infinite lives and coins to grant power-ups at 100 coins.
  • Amiibo-other ones will give power-ups.
  • Drop-in and out co-op.
  • Excellent for lovers of cats as in Bowser’s Fury every enemy has cat ears and tail.
  • 3D world boasts open levels and with the camera angles, it’s easy for multiplayer.
  • Can change characters in the 3D world in between levels.
  • Maintains the Mario polish.

Super Mario 3D World And Bowser's Fury Review (Nintendo Switch)

Cons:

  • No actual in-game tutorials instead you get a guide book option in the menu.
  • Can be hard to judge jumps in 3D.
  • Bowser fights are good at first but get tedious.
  • Bowser showing up happens a lot and drags on.
  • You can just wait for the Bowser encounters out.
  • Bowser’s Fury drags out far too long and is fun for a few hours but it really does begin to grind.
  • Judging all jumps, hitting blocks is tough to adapt to thanks to angles in both games.

Super Mario 3D World And Bowser's Fury Review (Nintendo Switch)

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8/10

Summary

I played Mario 3D World the first time around on the WiiU and loved it until the final boss when it all got a bit too much. I was eager to jump back in on the Switch and I am happy to report that the port is of the high Nintendo standard. Adding in online Co-op means I can now upgrade my team to a higher more professional standard! To me, though the draw here is Bowser’s Fury, it’s a new take on the game and is its own game mode. In Bowser’s Fury, you go around the open world and earn cat shines, doing so will uncover lighthouses that will, in turn, illuminate the world and uncover more of the huge map. You can play how you want within reason and take to the sea and air to solve the many many encounters and puzzles. As you play Bowser will show up and start racing down fire and firing off a big flame blast, when this happens you have choices to make. You can get rid of him by finding a cat shine, ignoring him, and eventually, he leaves or you can hit the Giga bell and turn into mega Mario and fight him! When mega Mario the level becomes insignificant as you both jump around it fighting. For the first few Bowser encounters it is awesome and provides a challenge but also a reward as Bowser blocks (which usually hide secrets) can only be broken by Bowser’s flame. After these few hours mind, the Bowser encounter feels dragged out and a hindrance more than anything, I felt it was too often, and later in the game, it’s harder to get shines or fill the criteria to unlock the Giga bell. I will probably be in the minority with that feeling but it’s an honest one and I truly felt that Bowser’s Fury as a whole was a dam good idea but it needed to be shorter or have more variation to Bowser’s showing up. Overall it’s a good package, even if you only do half of Bowser’s Fury you still have the excellent 3D world to fall back on.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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