Should You Play Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury?

Okay so the game came out nearly a month ago and you still aren’t sure whether you should play it or not. More importantly, you aren’t sure you want to drop your hard-earned money on a game that’s been ported over from the Wii U. The good news is you’re not alone. Plenty of people are questioning whether they want to spend the time or the cash on a game that originally came out eight years ago. Here’s some analysis to help you with your decision.

This post assumes you enjoy Mario games at least to a certain extent. If you know you don’t like Mario games, you probably won’t like Super Mario 3D World. If you haven’t played a Mario game before this is a great place to start, but you might also investigate some of the more traditional 2D Mario games as well.

Most importantly, the game comes with the additional content Bowser’s Fury, which – as we’ve written before – lays the groundwork for the future of 3D Mario. Despite only being about five hours long (unless you’re a completionist) the game is incredibly innovative and should encourage longtime fans of the franchise. The story is simple, and the gameplay is similar to any other 3D Mario game, except that instead of traversing through various levels accessed from a central area (like Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Sunshine) these levels take the form of different islands which Mario can travel to in the same area. It’s small, but the concept is scalable, and the possibilities are nearly endless for Nintendo to create a groundbreaking open-world 3D Mario game.

The Level Design is Excellent

But Bowser’s Fury is short, and the meat of the game is in the actual Super Mario 3D World portion. If you like 3D Mario and you didn’t play the game on the Wii U you will certainly like this game. The level design is excellent, but the difficulty is relatively low. If you are a veteran Mario player it won’t take you long to beat, but the real challenge is in going back and beating all the levels, collecting all the stars and all the stamps. Even if you are relatively inexperienced at the game the levels are designed well enough that you will be able to learn how to beat them after several attempts.

Super Mario 3D World has aged very well and finds itself at home on the Switch among countless other remasters and ports. If you are on the fence about diving into the game, I have to recommend you give it a try, especially if you are a Mario fan. The base game is enough to sell it and the inclusion of Bowser’s Fury makes it impossible to skip.

Have you played Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury? What did you think? Let us know what we got wrong and what you agreed with in the comments below.

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