Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 96 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 96
  2. Negative: 0 out of 96
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  1. Oct 5, 2020
    70
    Whilst these are great games, this isn’t a great collection. With almost no extras, very little tweaking of the games for the Switch and no Super Mario Galaxy 2 this just isn’t quite what I’d hoped for. I’m still enjoying the games, but for many people this won’t represent particularly great value. If you don’t already have the games then get it. If you do, you might want to give it some thought first.
  2. 70
    Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a lackluster collection of three (mostly) excellent, timeless games. Nintendo has shown us what it can do when the effort is put in with 2004's Super Mario 64 DS, so the lack of attention afforded here stings all the more.
  3. Sep 25, 2020
    70
    Despite boasting three of the most beloved platformers of all time, Super Mario 3D All-Stars too often resembles a hurried re-release as opposed to an act of careful curation
  4. Sep 25, 2020
    70
    A collection that includes three all-time classics, but not in the way we would have loved to see and play. For their suggested retail price and their limited availability, we would have loved to see a project equal to Super Mario All-Stars on the SNES, rather than a mostly upscaled increase in resolution and all the necessary conversion edits. Being a limited release, it should address only those who haven’t had the chance to play the games in their original release time. The rest could just unearth their old consoles and give these games a go as intended.
  5. Sep 24, 2020
    70
    A decent collection. It doesn’t try to impress with extra features or fancy padding; it simply puts three games from the past in a simple collection for old fans to enjoy. But without even the slightest of tweaks aside from a resolution boost, Super Mario 64 is painful to play. Sunshine and Galaxy, on the other hand, are a joy to revisit, but they’re still a pretty hard sell when the superior-in-every-way Super Mario Odyssey is much more readily available.
  6. Sep 23, 2020
    70
    There’s no denying that Super Mario 64, Sunshine and Galaxy are all masterpieces of their time. But without modern trimmings, this is a series that will only fully be appreciated by incredibly hardcore fans. Newcomers to these games may find themselves quickly turned off by the limitations of older software and controls. So while fun, the lack of effort put into Super Mario 3D All-Stars is very disappointing.
  7. Sep 22, 2020
    70
    Super Mario 3D All-Stars offers three spectacular games in the least inspired way possible. It's amazing to see these games reaching a whole new generation of gamers, but taking into account that Mario is Nintendo's flagship series, they could have made a greater effort.
  8. Sep 22, 2020
    70
    Super Mario 3D All-Stars is frustrating, because it could be more. It could be so much more. But even with Nintendo phoning it in, the games themselves are such classics that they're still worth putting in your Switch library. Just make sure you add it before it goes away forever.
  9. Sep 20, 2020
    70
    If you’re a Nintendo fan, you’re going to want to get Super Mario 3D All-Stars. However, just because the games are good doesn’t mean that these ports are great. They’re adequate, which has to be enough, I guess.
  10. Sep 16, 2020
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  11. Sep 16, 2020
    70
    Super Mario deserved a better celebration, because this collection is incomplete and It doesn't improve the 3D classic titles in a proper way. However, these are still incredible games and it's good to have them in Nintendo Switch.
  12. Sep 16, 2020
    70
    Super Mario 3D All-Stars offers three excellent games in close to their original forms, but it misses a lot of opportunities to polish and improve them.
  13. Sep 16, 2020
    70
    Super Mario 64 keeps its whole interest from historic and nostalgic points of view, a revolutionary approach that Super Mario Sunshine spreads in every sense of the word, while Super Mario Galaxy takes off literally outer space, among the brightest three dimensional platformers. Such true ports preserve these masterpieces' authenticity, but the Super Mario 3D All-Stars title suggested more, both in content and style. Brilliant HD renditions with fully available soundtracks on the go don't shine enough to overshadow some old issues and Super Mario Galaxy 2's glaring omission from this otherwise stellar collection.
  14. Sep 16, 2020
    70
    Three incredible games that, gameplay-wise, have barely aged, packed in disappointing collection with virtually no new features. It’s a shame that Nintendo didn’t try harder to update these games, but that aside, these three Marios remain incredible.
  15. Sep 16, 2020
    70
    Three of the most popular Super Mario games ever finally make their way to Nintendo Switch with Super Mario 3D All-Stars - warts and all.
  16. Sep 16, 2020
    70
    Much like an actual 35th birthday party (I assume), Super Mario 3D All-Stars just feels a little halfhearted. It bundles together three great platformers, all of which benefit from the bump up to HD resolutions, and Nintendo have done well to adapt the varying controls to suit the Nintendo Switch, but there's a squandered opportunity to enhance and go beyond this in a meaningful way. Maybe Nintendo are saving themselves for the big five-oh in 2035?
  17. Sep 16, 2020
    70
    Nintrendo packed some truly unforgettable classics into a single pack. And forgot to celebrate them the way they deserved to be.
  18. Sep 16, 2020
    65
    Despite collecting three of Mario’s most well-known games, Super Mario 3D All Stars doesn’t justify their porting onto the Switch. With minimal improvements, few features that truly make it feel like an “Anniversary celebration” and some bafflingly lazy design choices, 3D All Stars feels like more like a quick cash grab.
  19. Sep 27, 2020
    60
    Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a commemorative edition and one that's mostly about nostalgia. This means that players looking for a reinvention of the three classics included herewith will not find what they're looking for, as the contents on this release consist of something as close to the originals as possible, with only a few tweaks added. This will satisfy those looking for a strictly nostalgic experience, but it will also highlight how Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine did not age perfectly. Beyond that, it's difficult to understand why there's a one-year time limit on the availability of this release, or why there's so little additional content for an anniversary edition other than the three games' soundtracks. In any case, those looking for a revival experience will be well served.
  20. Sep 16, 2020
    60
    The standalone games themselves of course deserve higher scores, but the way this bundle is published seems very frugal, especially considering the 60 euro price tag that comes with it. In that manner, Nintendo could learn from the honorable and generous ways in which companies like Activision re-release their classics.
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  1. Sep 16, 2020
    A collection like 3D All-Stars would have been a great chance to celebrate Mario's recent history. In-game extras like concept art, developer interviews, or even playable prototype areas could have given fans a new appreciation for games that many players probably feel have already been picked clean. And while the ability to play each game's soundtrack inside the game is nice, the included songs are not hard to find all over the Internet. It might seem petty to ask more from a $60 package than to collect some of the greatest 3D platforming games ever created. At the same time, games this great deserve more respect and attention than the slapdash collection Nintendo has put together here.
  2. Sep 16, 2020
    Two of Nintendo's finest, and one of its most interesting, come together in a compilation that isn't worthy of their greatness.
  3. Sep 16, 2020
    Regardless of its shortcomings, this still serves as a great way to play these three games on modern, portable technology. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a must-have for all die-hard fans of Nintendo's flagship franchise, but it's unfortunate to have it outshone not only by the collection's contemporaries, but also by the collection it was essentially modeled after nearly three decades ago. If you're on the fence about Super Mario 3D All-Stars, you can't go wrong with these three classic adventures in one neat package. However, you'll want to grab these before they disappear forever; Nintendo currently plans on pulling the sale of Super Mario 3D All-Stars at the end of March 2021.
  4. Sep 16, 2020
    To break it down simply, this collection consists of one historical relic, one noteworthy experiment, and one bonafide masterpiece, all delivered in a convenient $60 package. The overall lack of bells and whistles make Super Mario 3D All Stars a bit of a disappointment, but taken as individual works, the games speak for themselves. While I would have loved to have seen a collection more worthy of Mario’s long and winding career, Super Mario 3D All-Stars does just enough to satisfy a longtime fan like myself, but misses the mark by not providing any of the updates and extras that would have really made this collection of classics sing.
  5. Sep 16, 2020
    Every game in Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a triumph, a clear indication of why Mario has remained an inextricable part of gaming history. They don’t even have to tell you how to jump in these games anymore; Nintendo knows that every player’s thumb will inevitably hover to the appropriate button. Although I have my qualms with this collection—strange inconsistencies in the Super Mario Sunshine port chief among them—it does what it set out to do: chart Mario’s evolution from a bushwhacking pioneer to the inimitable mascot of 3D platforming.
  6. Sep 18, 2020
    It's a shame Nintendo didn't do more to up the 35th anniversary celebration vibes in this collection. As I told you up front, though, Super Mario 3D All-Stars remains a superb collection of gaming classics and a must-own for every Nintendo-loving Switch user.
  7. Sep 16, 2020
    Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a perfect re-creation of an imperfect batch of games. In the case of Super Mario Sunshine, those imperfections are far too consistent and devastating to recommend the game. Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy, though, are both fantastic. The quality of both titles is so high that some unfortunate drawbacks (dated visuals in the former, motion controls in the latter) aren’t enough to stymie the pure excellence on hand. If anything, Super Mario 3D All-Stars shows the breadth of what a 3D Mario game can be, and much of that is truly excellent. Though seriously, y’all, Mario Sunshine sucks.
  8. Sep 16, 2020
    Of course, there are other ways to play some of these games, and it would be nice to have added titles like Galaxy 2. But having these pivotal games altogether in one package on the Switch makes them incredibly accessible; it’s been nice to be able to pick up the tablet and squeeze in a few stars when I have some time. It might just be the most entertaining way to explore the history of 3D game design.
  9. Sep 16, 2020
    3D All-Stars is a paradox: a collection of great games and a missed opportunity. These games deserved better, a respectful contextualization of their place in the history books. But ultimately, in my heart of hearts, I'm just happy to get a chance to declare this: Super Mario Sunshine was good.
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 508 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Sep 19, 2020
    0
    This simply does not do the games justice. This game is by no means worth the 60 dollar price tag and the limited release makes it even worse.
  2. Sep 19, 2020
    10
    Great purist ports of some of the most important and fun platformers of our time.
  3. Sep 19, 2020
    5
    what could have been a really great celebration of Mario's 35th anniversary, turned out to be a mediocre one unfortunately..

    this is such a
    what could have been a really great celebration of Mario's 35th anniversary, turned out to be a mediocre one unfortunately..

    this is such a huge missed opportunity. the omission of Galaxy 2 is bad enough, but there's really nothing extra to this compilation - it's as bare-bones as it possibly could get. 3 old games with enhanced resolution - that's it!

    what about some cool concept art, or something other extras, how about actually updating Mario 64's visuals to at least the standards of Galaxy 1 - I would've been more than pleased with that. but no, Nintendo is all about maximum profits, for minimum efforts - as usual..
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