Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 107 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 107
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  1. Feb 18, 2021
    70
    Bowser's Fury is a BowerStein creature, hybrid, short and chunky, more like a pot-pourri a bit under the usual creative standard from Nintendo. Still, it supports a mutiplayer classic from the Wii U era.
  2. Feb 10, 2021
    70
    Despite some good moments, Bowser’s Fury just feels like a strange collection of ideas that never really coalesce—like it wants to be a Course Clear Mario, trapped in the body of a Sandbox Exploration Mario. I can’t help but feel like maybe if Bowser’s Fury was built like Super Mario 3D World and had a collection of actual levels—maybe some that were normal, and some where Fury Bowser was in the background the whole time creating obstacles and threats, which culminated in various “3D” Fury Bowser boss battles, than it might have felt like a more put together experience.
  3. Feb 10, 2021
    70
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury packs a tonne of engaging gameplay, but neither component comes together as elegantly as it might have done. This is a solid option if you’re craving more Super Mario for your Switch, but it’s not the moustachioed must-play I was hoping for.
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  1. Feb 10, 2021
    A brilliant return. This is one of the best 3D platformers made by Nintendo, and now it is even better thanks to the online multiplayer and Bowser's Fury, a very enjoyable open world experience. [Recommended]
  2. Feb 10, 2021
    Bowser’s Fury is a decent diversion for the four hours or so it'll take an experienced platform player to beat (with maybe four more hours of diversion for completionists). Overall, though, it feels like a half-baked proving ground for some new gameplay ideas that aren’t fully fleshed out as they would be in a standalone Mario release. But Bowser’s Fury works just fine as an added bonus packaged with an under-appreciated platforming gem from the Wii U era. If you’ve never played 3D World before, this is a great chance to catch up on a fresh take on 3D Mario design. If you’re mainly interested in Bowser’s Fury, though, maybe wait until the strong ideas get expanded into a full, standalone game.
  3. Feb 10, 2021
    It's the heady energy at the heart of every Super Mario 3D World level, pushed out across an entire map for what's a hugely entertaining, and very different brand of Mario action. There might be more polished Mario adventures around, and more coherent ones. But when it gets to the core of what makes these games so special - the inventiveness, the imagination and the eccentricity of it all - then this new pairing might well be peerless. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  4. Feb 10, 2021
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is essentially the same game on Switch that some of you may have experienced on Wii U. While there’s no denying that the new hardware can’t keep up with the game’s ambitions at times, this bundle is at its core another fantastic Mario experience. Sure, it pales in comparison to the franchise’s best installments, with a limited moveset and janky camera angles often spoiling the imaginative stages and power-ups, but just like pizza, “bad” Mario is still pretty damn good.
  5. Feb 10, 2021
    I initially thought the two games — Super Mario 3D World and Bowser’s Fury — made for a mismatch. But I found from bouncing between the two that their formulas complement one another. Super Mario 3D World’s history-lesson-like approach to the series acts as a control group, making Bowser’s Fury’s experimental twists all the more striking. [Polygon Recommends]
  6. Feb 10, 2021
    Bowser’s Fury is essentially a remix of 3D World, one that takes the same basic themes and mechanics but turns them into something that feels both new and familiar at the same time. Really, this package is indicative of 3D Super Mario games as a whole: it’s a series where you never quite know what to expect with each new release. Sometimes that means a whole new structure or gameplay twist. Other times it means towering monsters and lots of cute cats.
  7. Feb 10, 2021
    All told, that's the most exciting part about Bowser's Fury: it feels genuinely new. That's not always the case with a new game in a franchise as long-running as Mario, but Bowser's Fury proves there are still ways to make the act of making Mario jump feel exciting all over again. Onward.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 260 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 260
  1. Feb 18, 2021
    8
    This is a great collection of 2 similar yet vastly different experiences!
    Dont sleep on Bowser's Fury!
    I enjoyed it more than 3D worlds!
  2. Feb 14, 2021
    0
    Nintendo done it again...laziness and lack of creativity..I'm ashamed to support their products.
  3. Feb 14, 2021
    10
    This has stood the test of time. This game is a must buy for all Switch owners, ESPECIALLY anyone who missed it on the Wii U. The game isThis has stood the test of time. This game is a must buy for all Switch owners, ESPECIALLY anyone who missed it on the Wii U. The game is fantastic and I highly recommend it. Full Review »