As we know, the Nintendo Switch, with nearly 80 million consoles sold worldwide, allows the Japanese giant to recycle some of the hits launched on the previous Wii U. Games that are often very successful, but which have not known the success expected at the time, and which therefore benefit from a second youth on Nintendo Switch. This is the case of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (whose sales today exceed 33 million units on Nintendo Switch), Bayonetta 2, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, and today this Super Mario 3D World . Our full test!
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Super Mario 3D World… but on Switch!
If it is not necessarily very well known by the general public, Super Mario 3D World is an excellent episode of the saga, launched on Wii U in 2013. A fairly original title in its genre, which allows four players to collaborate, but also… to turn into a cat! An episode at level design quite atypical, neither in 2D nor in 3D, and which is inspired by the Super Mario 3D Land opus launched a little earlier on a certain Nintendo 3DS.
As often, it is again a question of going to kick the shell of good old Bowser, with the possibility of playing Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad. Each character has their own characteristics, which will allow each player to define the character that suits them best. In this regard, you should know that Super Mario 3D World is a very accessible game, very simple, except possibly if you are looking to collect the three stars per level and the hidden buffer (and more). Fans of full-bodied challenge will therefore be unsatisfied.
For this Nintendo Switch remaster, there are some discreet, but nevertheless notable improvements. We find in particular a more dynamic Super Mario 3D World on the new Nintendo console, the characters being a little faster (or slower, it depends) than on Wii U. On the display side also, the Nintendo game is displayed now in Full HD and 60 fps in docked mode (against 720p on Wii U), while in portable mode, it will be necessary to be satisfied with a rendering in 720p. For the rest, we find a perfect replica of Super Mario 3D World, always with this very pleasant rendering for the retina, this impeccable music, this absolutely brilliant level design and this myriad of finds at each level. Well, we also find this camera perspective quite misleading sometimes …
Playable entirely in solo, Super Mario 3D World also gives pride of place to multiplayer, with the possibility of evolving up to four simultaneously. The game then enjoys a whole new welcome “cooperation” side, with just the right amount of competitiveness between players to have a great time. A multi that is available locally, but also online.
Obviously, to fully enjoy the joys of online mode, a solid network connection is necessary, but the whole works quite admirably (even if, on a purely personal basis, the fun is much more present in local mode).
What about Bowser’s Fury?
The great novelty of this Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario 3D World is obviously the presence of Bowser’s Fury. The latter is available at the launch of the game, and allows you to enjoy a whole new adventure. Indeed, no mini-games or unpretentious bonus here, since Bowser’s Fury is indeed ” a new mario ” (or almost).
It will be necessary here to evolve in a world called Lake Saudechat, which is plagued by a Bowser as gigantic as it is uncontrollable, to such an extent that Bowser Jr asks for the help of good old Mario. The objective here is to accumulate a maximum of Feline Stars, to free the Giga Bells, and to be able to face the infamous (and gigantic) Bowser during battles “chatitanesques“. The latter intervenes in fact regularly to sow chaos on the island for a few moments, with many traps to avoid … but also passages which then become accessible only during this small period of time. Note that this Bowser’s Fury can be played in local cooperation (but not online).
Despite a resolutely modern style, we find in Bowser’s Fury a little side ” Mario 64 “Old-fashioned (even Super Mario Sunshine sometimes), which is not necessarily to displease us, quite the contrary.
Too bad, however, that the technical section is so sacrificed in nomadic mode, with not only a 30 fps rendering, but also significant drop in frame rate sometimes. In docked mode, it’s a whole different story, since the game is displayed at 60 fps and is otherwise more stable. Too bad therefore for all those who have a Switch Lite, and who will have to be satisfied with the “inferior” version of this new (and excellent) experience.
An experience that goes far beyond the simple “bonus” as one might think at first glance, to such an extent that Bowser’s Fury is almost a ” real new mario “. Indeed, as pleasant as it is, the whole still lacks history and binding, and ends what is more relatively quickly. It is undoubtedly a little for that which Nintendo chose to associate it with this Super Mario 3D World, rather than to make a game in its own right …
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Our opinion on Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury on Nintendo Switch
What a pleasure to (re) discover this Super Mario 3D World on Nintendo Switch. Relatively unnoticed on Wii U at the time, Nintendo’s game will finally be able to express itself fully, and affect a large number of players, some of whom did not even know it existed. Admittedly, this is yet another “recycling”, but the game is still as pleasant to navigate today, and benefits as a bonus from a few welcome tweaks. Finally, much more than a simple DLC, Bowser’s Fury (accessible from the home screen) stands out as a real 100% new Mario experience, which is added to a Super Mario 3D World which, via an already exceptional and some subtle optimizations, titillates perfection.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
- Super Mario 3D World just better
- The level design
- A mess of finds
- The multiplayer
- Bowser’s Fury, almost a “real new Mario”
We like less
- Some camera issues
- A (really) very easy Mario
- Bowser’s Fury in 30 fps in nomadic mode