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Generally favorable reviews - based on 107 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 107
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  1. Feb 17, 2021
    100
    With some of the cleverest level designs and a boundless sense of joy, Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is essential playing for any Mario fan. Super Mario 3D World might be almost eight years old, but time hasn't dulled this cat's claws. And while Bowser's Fury is short, it's full of so much potential for Mario's future, making this the most easily recommended port-and-repackage of the Switch's lifecycle so far.
  2. Feb 17, 2021
    100
    Opinions on what the best 3D Mario titles are varied and polarizing. Is 3D World the best 3D Mario outing? For a game that came out nearly a decade ago, it still feels fairly new, which is not something that can be said of other recently released Mario ports. And while Bowser’s Fury may not be a full-fledged game, I almost cried when it was done, aching for more open-world Mario goodness. With all due respect to Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is the definitive Mario experience available on the Switch right now.
  3. Feb 16, 2021
    100
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is, simply put, the best classic platformer ever made. It was terrific and extremely joyful when it was released, and Bowser's addition made it even more complete.
  4. Feb 11, 2021
    100
    I would thoroughly recommend this game/s to anyone! You really don’t have to be a long time fan of Mario to enjoy this… it’s easy to get into, it’s not overly detailed in story (3D world you are basically trying to save fairy like creatures from Bowser, in Bowser’s Fury you are essentially trying to save Bowser). It’s bright, colourful and just full of fun and laughter. It’s what Nintendo are known for and what they do oh so well! An easy choice to add to your collection, or to start your collection with!
  5. Feb 10, 2021
    100
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is easily the best Wii U to Nintendo Switch update we’ve seen yet. The excellent original adventure has seen a number of minor but impactful changes – such as the addition of online play and increased movement speed – but it’s Bowser’s Fury that proves the true highlight combining familiar elements from the likes of Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario Odyssey with some exciting fresh ideas. Whatever your familiarity with the Wii U original is, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is an incredible package and a fantastic way to kick off 2021 for the Switch.
  6. 100
    For so many people, Super Mario 3D World is going to be an all-new experience, with the bonus of an all-new half-game in Bowser’s Fury. For the rest, it’s an excuse to play through a masterpiece of game design and then, as a bonus that almost overshadows the "main" event, there’s the new Bowser’s Fury to play through. Either way, this is an exceptional first release for Nintendo in 2021, and it’s a safe bet that the Switch is in for a big year, even as those new generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft start to pick up steam.
  7. Feb 10, 2021
    100
    While Super Mario 3D All-Stars was content rich but low on actual effort, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury feels like a necessary release. It brings one of the best ever Mario titles to a platform people actually own, but also adds a new exclusive that’s completely worthwhile. It easily cruises onto the list of best Nintendo Switch games – and it’s a great start for Nintendo’s 2021. Just don’t leave us waiting too long for an Odyssey 2, yeah?
  8. Feb 10, 2021
    100
    You can play a lot of 3D Mario games on your Switch. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is just as good as any of them. It contains makes the Wii U game feel better than you remember, and the bonus campaign makes the package one of the best ports Nintendo has brought to the Switch. It’s reshaped my thoughts on 3D World. This is one of the best Mario games ever made.
  9. Feb 10, 2021
    100
    Despite multiplayer now being online, it still feels superfluous, but otherwise Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury might just be one of those fabled "perfect" games.
  10. Feb 10, 2021
    100
    Super Mario 3D World remains one of the better linear Mario games, and anyone playing it for the first time is in for an absolute treat. Add to that the curious bonus adventure that is Bowser's Fury and you've got a package that provides great value for money. It isn't without its flaws, but most of these (online multiplayer, repetitive missions in Bowser's Fury) relate to the new additions; the main game itself remains as pure and perfect as it was seven years ago. Had it just been Super Mario 3D World on its own, we'd be thoroughly recommending it anyway; Bowser's Fury is just the cherry on top.
  11. 100
    Pairing one of the most brilliant yet underplayed games in Mario history with a wild and experimental new adventure, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is an incredible one-two punch of platforming perfection. While the combination of these two games may not be as exciting as an entirely new full-scale adventure, they're absolutely packed with the trademark Mario blend of creativity and control that seems so effortless but is also virtually without rival.
  12. Feb 10, 2021
    100
    3D World is Nintendo EAD at its imaginative, brilliant best and remains a platforming triumph. Bowser's Fury, while not nearly as inventive, offers hours of additional challenges and a welcome excuse to revisit a classic.
  13. Feb 10, 2021
    100
    Bowser’s Fury, like 3D World seven years ago, is a joy to play, and again full of fresh ideas and a new way to play Mario. This is an excellent Mario package for new Switch players and returning ones just the same.
  14. Feb 10, 2021
    100
    To be clear, I’d still wholly recommend this version of 3D World even without Bowser’s Fury.
  15. Mar 2, 2021
    98
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is one of the best values on the Switch. It goes above and beyond the usual port jobs to create a whole new experience – one that fits the platform perfectly. You can easily lose hours playing stages to completion or kick back for five minutes and play a single stage in portable mode and have a blast. This is a very versatile adventure and one that all past and present fans of Mario should pick up.
  16. Feb 10, 2021
    98
    Something like Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury feels like fresh water for anyone who is looking for more substantial experiences, and boy does this pack have substance, it contains one of the best Mario in all history with his best face so far, as well as an expansion that has left us very satisfied with its proposal and content in general.
  17. 95
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury offers two equally fantastic modes with different styles of gameplay. There is a ton of content spread out across both games, providing you with hours' worth of playtime for solo or co-op play.
  18. Feb 16, 2021
    95
    Super Mario 3D World is one of the best platformers ever. Period. It is a formidable testament in creative level design that shows everything a Mario Bros. game should be. Bowser’s Fury is an interesting experiment that tries to take the 3D World engine into an open world. The result is fun, but lacks the polish that made 3D World a classic. A must own game for Switch owners.
  19. Feb 13, 2021
    95
    Super Mario 3D World itself is an amazing joy ride with excellent platforming sections and amazing gameplay, but adding Bowser's Fury and it's incredible new and innovative concept of an open world Mario game, and you get a game that is bigger then the sum of its parts.
  20. Feb 10, 2021
    95
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is an explosive pack. 3D World returns with an improved pace, while retaining the stellar gameplay that characterized it when it first launched, and of course being still as hilarious as it was back then. Bowser's Fury takes the lesson a step further, creating a small and dense open world that will put you to the test with a sense of urgency unlike any other Super Mario game. The result, needless to say, is pure, unadulterated joy.
  21. Feb 10, 2021
    95
    If Super Mario 3D World was a masterpiece for Wii U, in this Nintendo Switch’s version it is confirmed again. Not only that, but Bowser's Fury, the unreleased expansion that includes this adaptation, should materialize in a new iteration of Super Mario in the future because it has a lot to say. Two great games, at the price of one?
  22. Feb 10, 2021
    93
    It´s not one, but two great platformers for Nintendo Switch. One of the greatest Wii U games (with improvement such as online multiplayer and photo mode) and a new Mario 3D game, not as big and ambitious as previous games, but equally fun and full of surprises.
  23. Feb 10, 2021
    93
    If you love platforming (and cats) this is an absolute gem.
  24. Feb 10, 2021
    93
    Having another chance to revisit Super Mario 3D World (or experience it for the first time) is reason enough to be excited. However, with an excellent, all-new game joining the Wii U port, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a compelling option for anyone who wants more Mario in their life.
  25. Feb 10, 2021
    92
    Super Mario 3D World continues to be a fantastic game, and Bowser’s Fury is a solid experiment that we have really enjoyed, even if it’s very disappointing from a technical standpoint.
  26. Feb 10, 2021
    92
    Super Mario 3D World is an excellent game so if you still haven't played it or simply want it on Switch, this will make a wonderful addition to your gaming library. Oh, and you also get a fantastic bonus game with Bowser's Fury so how could you go wrong?
  27. Feb 10, 2021
    91
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a sensational package. It reintroduces the world to an often forgotten (or straight-up missed) classic Mario platformer, while lays the groundwork for a new type of Mario experience, one that, with some further refinement, could be one day looked back upon as yet another defining moment in perhaps the most decorated franchise in the industry.
  28. Feb 10, 2021
    91
    Super Mario 3D World shows why Mario is an ageless franchise, with the seven-year-old game providing fresh fun and a delightful experience. Bowser's Fury is the exact opposite, showing just how exciting and experimental the series can be.
  29. Feb 10, 2021
    91
    Super Mario 3D World, like seven years ago, is an almost perfect platform game. It has a lot of stages, and they’re brilliant. Bowser’s Fury is a pretty short adventure, and it has imperfections here and there, but its concept is amazing.
  30. Feb 24, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World on the Nintendo Switch is the definitive version of an already stellar game. More than seven years after the original release, Mario's Wii U adventure hasn't aged a bit – oozing creativity and providing platforming thrills at nearly every turn. Bowser's Fury is a nice little companion, and although not quite as consistent, it combines with 3D World to form an outstanding package.
  31. Feb 23, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World was already one of the best 3D Mario games to date. Toss in some tweaks and a decent-sized expansion with new ideas and this package is a no-brainer. There is little to complain about with this latest Mario title on Switch. It is yet another must-own game for the platform. I am excited to see where Mario goes next and this is a perfect end to the 35th anniversary celebration of gaming’s first and oldest icon.
  32. Feb 23, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World is a game that is going to receive its deserved vindication by being now on a console that does not stop selling and will probably end up ranking among the best in the series. Bowser’s Fury is an excellent addition that paints a prosperous picture of a future full of possibilities for one of the most iconic characters in the history of gaming.
  33. Feb 21, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is an excellent package. Between the two games, players will find a lot to enjoy. Super Mario 3D World remains one of the best Mario games ever made, and Bowser's Fury is a tantalizing glimpse at a possible future for the franchise. The latter mode only lasts a few short hours, but it's an excellent addition, nonetheless. Whether you want to play alone or with friends, this is one Wii U port that's more than worth the cost of admission.
  34. Feb 19, 2021
    90
    This game brings a huge amount of consistently brilliant fun and happiness. It’s not a revolution, but it’s damn near perfect at what it does.
  35. Feb 18, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is an excellent combination of games, offering both co-op Mario mayhem and a 3D Mario collect-a-thon in a single package. While Mario 3D World might not be Nintendo at its most creative, it’s still a must-play multiplayer game for Nintendo Switch owners, and Bowser’s Fury is much more than just the cherry on the cake.
  36. Feb 18, 2021
    90
    Whether you find yourself making a beeline for the nearest Cat Shine or simply hanging out with the family of cats who live on an impossible ledge, the island paradise of Bowser’s Fury is a joyous invitation to wander.
  37. Feb 18, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a wholly satisfying gameplay experience that offers some of the series’s best multiplayer mayhem. The tweaks might seem minor, but they result in much better execution of an already amazing game. Also, the inclusion of Bowser’s Fury just makes this re-release that much sweeter. You can tell real effort went into this updated version, and it’s one adventure that I appreciated and enjoyed from beginning to end.
  38. Feb 17, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is one of the best Mario games to date. Brimming with creativity and style, it captures so much of what makes Mario fun without feeling as familiar as New Super Mario Bros. or Odyssey. It's a little less polished than Odyssey but makes up for that with a constant barrage of new and enjoyable levels. Bowser's Fury is a significantly better add-on than Pikmin 3's bonus levels, and while it can't carry the game on its own, it's a strong addition to the package. If you're a fan of Mario, then 3D World is the game for you. Be prepared for the multiplayer to be as good at killing friendships as Mario Party.
  39. 90
    By combining the completely new Bowser's Fury expansion with what was an already stellar Super Mario 3D World, there is no question that Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury will provide you with hours of pure joy in what is one of the best entries in the overall Mario series and yet another must own title in the Nintendo Switch library.
  40. Feb 17, 2021
    90
    There's no two ways about it- if you have a Switch, you absolutely should not miss out on Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury.
  41. Feb 16, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World was already a fantastic Mario title that alone made it worth owning a Wii U back in the day. The inclusion of Bowser’s Fury fixes the character speed and the addition of online have made this one of the greatest Mario experiences to date. It’s hard to put into words the pure joy and chaos this enhanced port has brought, but considering the main campaign was already fantastic alone, it’s only been improved tenfold by the ability to bring it online and make for some of the most enjoyable chaos to ever exist in the Mushroom Kingdom. Whether wanting to play alone or take it online with friends, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is absolutely worth picking up and one of the most ridiculously fun online experiences on the Switch.
  42. Feb 16, 2021
    90
    Bowser's Fury is great while it lasts, but it is admittedly short, and so Super Mario 3D World's high price tag on Switch may be hard to swallow for those that have already played through the game on Wii U. Double-dipping makes more sense for someone who is wanting to take advantage of Super Mario 3D World's online co-op functionality, but other returning players may want to wait for a sale. However, anyone that hasn't played Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U should go out and buy Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury on Switch immediately, as it is a fantastic Super Mario 3D platforming experience with enough content to keep fans busy for weeks.
  43. Feb 16, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is positively brimming with joy. From its bright colors to its adorable cats, it’s the perfect game to close out Mario’s big 35th-anniversary bash.
  44. Feb 14, 2021
    90
    Greatness in simplicity has been the best way to describe Nintendo for decades and there are few better examples than Super Mario 3D World. Bowser's Fury is the angry icing on the cake.
  45. Feb 12, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a brilliant collection, that can offer hours upon hours of fun, laughter and exploration, both solo and with friends – in other words, the best way to celebrate the past achievements and what the future can offer.
  46. Feb 12, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser Fury is pure pleasure, old with new for a recipe that works wonderfully well: the gameplay is still as efficient, ingenious and the small novelties make the experience much more enjoyable and current. Full carton for this fanfare return.
  47. Feb 11, 2021
    90
    Overall, this is a fantastic collection of Super Mario games. From the focused and demanding Super Mario 3D World to the more experimental, though still very well executed, open world take for Bowser’s Fury. Both games have a lot to offer and will keep you very busy unlocking their innermost secrets.
  48. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    By adapting Super Mario 3D World on Nintendo Switch and adding an unprecedented adventure to it, Nintendo is playing finely and scores points. Indeed, fans who have already played the original game on Wii U and those who missed it at the time have a good reason to get Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. This iteration perfectly complements Super Mario 3D World, don't miss it.
  49. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Two great 3D Mario experiences in one package – an underappreciated classic and a fresh take on the series – makes this a must-own for anyone with a Switch. Whether you played and loved 3D World or never got the chance, there's never been a better time to fire it up.
  50. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Nintendo has nailed it this time, with an excellent remaster for 3D World and a great add one called Bowser's Fury that teases us about the future of Mario games... We even wish it were longer.
  51. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    An overclocked, moustached package of nostalgic goodies and refreshing, innovative greatness. While 3D World aged amazingly, and with a bit of polish shines strong again, Bowser's Fury could be the greatest Super Mario game of all time... When a miserable number of technical imperfections and shorter length of a game are its only flaws, be sure that we are talking about an absolutely mind-blowing title that should be a direction the series takes from now on. An Odyssey we were promised long ago, has finally reached us.
  52. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    The online multiplayer still leaves us with some doubts, but at its best moments (and they are frequent) 3D World offers an experience difficult to replicate on other platformers, and both the base game and Bowser's Fury make sure all fans find something tailored for them.
  53. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    The best part of Super Mario 3D World and Bowser's Fury is the gameplay. It is an incredibly satisfying feeling to move with Mario through the different levels. The game also offers excellent level design for both experiences, scenarios full of creativity and mechanics worth discovering.
  54. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Multiplayer gripes aside, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury easily earns its place on Nintendo Switch. As a port of an already exceptional game, it elevates itself to new heights with the inclusion of online multiplayer and a whole new add-on. While it may not be perfect, it's undoubtedly one of the best Super Mario games in franchise history, worth replaying time and time again.
  55. 90
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is a fantastic package that showcases what makes Nintendo games so special. Super Mario 3D World is just as good as when it released, and Bower's Fury is a surprisingly good standalone adventure that paves the way for the future of Mario.
  56. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is both a welcome return for a platforming classic and a novel expansion of what made the game so special back on the Wii U. There’s a solid chance that millions of players missed out on its excellence back in 2013, so now is the perfect time to take it for a spin.
  57. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Aside from some repetition between the two titles, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a joy from start to finish. Super Mario 3D World is the perfect balance between Old Mario and New Mario, and its huge variety of levels ensures it’s nothing but entertaining from start to finish. Bowser’s Fury, on the other hand, leans more into modern, open world design, but the thrill of fighting against a giant version of Bowser is unrivalled. If you’re a Mario fan – hell, if you’re just a fan of having fun – Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is an absolute no-brainer.
  58. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    If all Wii U ports are not equal and many do not necessarily justify a new investment at a high price, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is one of the best games of the machine to date, and will convince the nostalgic as to seduce novices.
  59. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Almost too easy! With this second release of the WiiU success, Nintendo will once again take over the free time of millions of players thanks to Mario. This episode is well worth the trip: game life, fun to play, crazy level design and multiplayer (local or online)... It has absolutely all the ingredients of a pure platform game, user-friendly and devilishly fun. Already a must-have, Super Mario 3D World added a 6-hour extension with a new world to explore in the company of Bowser Jr. with an original structure and full of new concepts.
  60. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Thanks to its many clever tweaks, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury give the player many reasons to enjoy a great 3D platformer, now a little bit faster, and with friends around the globe online. Let's not forget Bowser's Fury, a tiny open world adventure which rightfully mixes gameplays from the Wii U and Switch episodes, and delivers a strong experience with a twist.
  61. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a Double Cherry of entertainment that rejuvenates a Wii U classic while also satiating the appetite of fans looking for a completely new adventure. We’ll never tire of Mario, will we?
  62. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury for Nintendo Switch effectively handles two important tasks: introducing new players to the classic game that came from the Wii U, as well as pleasing hungry fans with new great content. Definitely a must-play for all Super Mario fans.
  63. 90
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury might be one of the strongest Mario games available on Switch. The base game is fun and varied, while Bowser’s Fury offers a distinctive, inventive, and superb open-world 3D Mario experience.
  64. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World is still a fantastic game that, thanks to a number of tweaks in the controls, graphics and an added online multiplayer, plays just a little better on the Switch. The included Bowser’s Fury is also a highly innovative standalone adventure that gives a fresh twist to the three-dimensional Mario formula.
  65. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World is an incredible and underplayed Wii U adventure that's now available on Switch. But Bowser’s Fury steals the show with its exciting and fresh take on a 3D Mario game.
  66. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Ultimately, Super Mario 3D World, in this package, is the best that game has ever been, with the increased speed and ease of multiplayer access making it far more enticing than ever before. Bowser’s Fury, meanwhile, is essentially the Super Mario Odyssey DLC that never was. It feels like Odyssey’s level and game design sensibilities, but placed in the Super Mario 3D World game engine, with all of the power-ups and quirks that game has to make something truly unique. Putting both of these games in one package is the best decision that Nintendo has made in a long while, as Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is one of the best Mario offerings available on Nintendo Switch, which is lofty praise given the existence of Super Mario Maker 2.
  67. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Near-perfect platforming, gorgeous visuals and a joy-filled soundtrack make Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury one of the best Mario titles of all time, and an essential purchase for all Switch owners.
  68. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    I can't really recommend Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury enough. Whether you've played the original game before or not, the addition of online multiplayer is a big win, while Bowser's Fury is a testament to just how pure a Mario game can be while still feeling fresh and exciting. Put simply; this is an essential game for Mario fans.
  69. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Put together, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is a spectacular package. Super Mario 3D World is an absolute joy of classic platforming excellence, and this is the best version of it thanks to some well-calibrated improvements. Bowser's Fury is peculiar and less polished, but it dares to poke fun at its own oddities and it has a wild creative streak. The two share thematic similarities, but more importantly, they work hand-in-hand to show the full extent of versatility in what a Mario game can be.
  70. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    To this day, Super Mario 3D World remains one of the best 3D Mario games that utilises the classic 2D platform style. Sure, it’s not on the grandiose scale of Super Mario Odyssey, but it never intended to be. Designed for couch co-op and online multiplayer, it certainly deserves its time in the Switch port limelight. And while Bowser’s Fury isn’t quite up to scratch, it offers those who owned the original pause for thought. After all, the euphoria from catnip only lasts so long.
  71. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World is in a better shape than ever. A joyful game that only suffers when put face to face with the best 3D Mario platformers. Bowser's Fury is an intriguing experiment, a surprising little adventure that shows some unexpected technical issues.
  72. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    One of the best modern Super Mario titles is made that little bit better and accompanied by a brand-new game that bends the formula in new and exciting ways.
  73. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    The couch co-op glamor of 3D World pairs well with the more single-player-driven setting of Bowser's Fury, creating an experience that marries the best of both worlds for fans of the various Super Mario titles and platforming in general.
  74. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a delightful double act. Super Mario 3D World holds up well and offers a unique multiplayer experience that works particularly well on Switch.
  75. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury offers two adventures' worth of 3D Mario platforming action in one convenient package. Though Super Mario 3D World is a little limited in its QOL improvements, the game still offers over 80 charming levels of platforming action.
  76. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D is a great game to play solo or with friends and shows off some of Nintendo’s best level design yet, while Bowser’s Fury is an inventive take on the Mario formula that’s more generous with its content than it ought to be. Both games make for a fantastic bundle and should be checked out by fans and non-fans alike.
  77. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    The original Wii U game was nearly perfect. With the addition of Bowser's Fury, online coop and other little touches, Super Mario 3D World now reach the platforming heaven.
  78. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Super Mario 3D World is still a fun package with no signs of age, which is even more attractive with Bowser's Fury.
  79. Feb 10, 2021
    90
    Quirky, creative, and constant good fun, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury blends Mario gameplay old and new with great success, creating a title that feels worthy of his 35th birthday celebrations.
  80. Feb 10, 2021
    88
    Super Mario 3D World has aged quite well. It is still a very enjoyable adventure, updated in its rhythm and different enough from Super Mario Odyssey for those who came to Switch without going through Wii U to discover it. The big surprise is Bowser's Fury, which transcends the concept of simple DLC and adds mechanics and novelties of epic dimensions.
  81. Feb 10, 2021
    88
    While the difference in tone and gameplay between the two games is quite apt, on the other hand, the global superiority of Super Mario 3D World compared to the new adventure is also evident, which ends up turning out to be an appendix or a little more. The effect is that of a very solid pairing, which once again celebrates the undisputed supremacy of the Big N in the platforming world.
  82. It would not be wrong to say its the best game released in 2021.
  83. Feb 10, 2021
    86
    As irresisitable as a cat video: Even though you encounter some minor issues (which is absolutely untypical for Nintendo) this is a package you need to get. The well designed, extremely motivating and already content-rich 2.5D-platforming meets a full-fledged Bowser-expansion with a touch of open world.
  84. Feb 10, 2021
    86
    Bowser's Fury has the effect of pushing the pretty good time that is Super Mario 3D World into the background - it's that good. So much so that a better title for this release would have been Bowser’s Fury + Super Mario 3D World.
  85. Mar 1, 2021
    85
    Whilst this isn’t a game that represents great value, it’s still excellent fun. Bowser’s Fury is a nice, if a little short, addition to a game which didn’t get the attention it deserved due to the failure of the Wii U.
  86. Feb 17, 2021
    85
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury contains two excellent Mario games, but is unfortunately held back by frustrating controls, especially in multiplayer, and a lot of waiting in Bowser’s Fury when going for 100%. If you can get past that though, you’re in for some of the best 3D platforming Mario has to offer.
  87. Feb 13, 2021
    85
    The controls aren’t the best as the characters accelerate really bizarrely but the worlds are inventive, the ideas are unique and ever-changing, and the multiplayer is an absolute blast. The addition of the challenging single-player-centric Bowser’s Fury is such a powerful bonus. With the wide variety of ways to play this game, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is easily a must-have for Nintendo Switch owners.
  88. Feb 10, 2021
    85
    It's wonderful, more people are now able to enjoy Cat Mario's linear jumps. And it's amazing Nintendo added such a substantial, delightfully cool open world game to the game. This is the type of entertainment that humanity can really use at this time.
  89. Feb 26, 2021
    80
    There are only a few titles that can give four players in the same room the same rush that Super Mario 3D World does. The improvements in the Switch version are few, but appreciated. In addition, these change the game so much that even veterans should take a look at it. The extra game Bowser's Fury is the icing on the cake and gives you a playful open world sandbox where proven elements meet new features. The result is simply a complete package of sheer platform entertainment.
  90. Feb 22, 2021
    80
    The world’s most famous Italian plumber has a problem. Ever since Super Mario Odyssey the bar has been raised to astronomic heights. Can a rerelease from 2013 tip that bar? Of course not. Can Bowser’s fury raise that bar even further? Not quite yet, but it’s close.
  91. Feb 18, 2021
    80
    Super Mario 3D World is one of the greatest (if not the best one) Wii U games that finally hits the Switch. However, the Bowser's Fury DLC feels like a shallow content included only to justify the full price being charged for a past released game remaster. For those who has already enjoyed everything that 3D World offers, there's no much reason to get this re-release, except the addition of the online multiplayer.
  92. Feb 17, 2021
    80
    While some may have passed on this game whether for console or preconceived reasons, this re-release package deal provides a great opportunity to jump back in. All the variety and creativity of 3D World returns on a portable console, featuring an Odyssey-like bonus mode that takes all the fun from the base game and experiments even more. It's not the definitive Mario experience that other consoles have featured, but there's no denying the amount of flexibility this game provides with its seemingly endless design spectacle, now complete with a chance to live out everyone's fantasy of Nintendo-esque Kaiju battles.
  93. Feb 16, 2021
    80
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury provides a compelling, if inconsistent, blend of the past and a potential vision of the portly plumber's future.
  94. Feb 16, 2021
    80
    The boss fights are often pretty straightforward and arguably a bit too easy generally. But they make for a visual spectacle and help to break up the platforming gameplay. And Bowser’s Fury is an odd but interesting side-addition where your Mario moves are curtailed and the big baddie pops up randomly every few minutes to shoot fire at you. It shines bright but is over quickly.
  95. Feb 16, 2021
    80
    3D World remains as charming and fun as ever, with Bowser's Fury serving as an appetizing and unique, but also surprisingly cumbersome side dish.
  96. Feb 16, 2021
    80
    Super Mario 3D World holds up well after all these years with solid platforming, dazzling power-ups, and a fantastic soundtrack, but the camera work holds the experience back. The various quality of life improvements are a nice touch, as is the ability to play with friends, even if the online functionality doesn’t rise above the low expectations typical of Nintendo’s offerings. The addition of Bowser’s Fury is a wonderful treat that teases a potential new direction for 3D Mario with a truly open-world platformer that allows a degree of exploration that surpasses even the impressive worlds of Super Mario Odyssey. By pairing these two very different, yet captivating styles of platformers in one package, Nintendo delivers the best of both worlds.
  97. Feb 15, 2021
    80
    One could say that Nintendo is rehashing golden oldies for the Switch. But you have to admit that Wii U wasn't very popular, and it would be a shame to lose many great games due to the platform's popularity. That's why this new version of Super Mario 3D World, accompanied by a really interesting Bowser's Fury stand-alone title, looks so interesting.
  98. Feb 10, 2021
    80
    3D World is one of the brightest and cutest Mario games, a real riot of fun and colour to brighten up a particularly depressing February. Bowser’s Fury, meanwhile, is itself a super little Mario experiment, a novel adventure that might have felt thin as an individual release but which works perfectly as a side dish. It’s impossible not to recommend.
  99. Feb 10, 2021
    80
    It is, if there was any doubt, a thoroughly barmy escapade. There is the sense of the game’s designers being told to go nuts in a relatively constricted space and see what sticks. Mario has always been a conduit for madcap invention but it has rarely been this scattergun. Not the plumber at his most focussed, perhaps, but arguably at his most fun. It is a welcome and fitting part of a marvelously manic package.
  100. Feb 10, 2021
    80
    Super Mario 3D World may not have had much added to it aside from an online function that is limited to only saving progress for the host, but it didn't necessarily need much else. Nintendo successfully found a way to evolve the 2D classics without going open world, and the result is one of the most consistently fresh and enjoyable games around, which, despite lacking the challenge of the NES games, has something for just about everyone. The bonus Bowser's Fury solo adventure is an absolute delight with a brilliant core idea that adds a crazy tension to Mario platforming, but it is hard to present a case for purchasing this pack just to play it. Whilst full of great content, it is too short-lived to feel worth the asking price, and really needs a standalone purchase option.
  101. Feb 10, 2021
    80
    These two titles offer distinct, yet familiar, Mario experiences. Especially if you're new to 3D World, this double feature is an absolute steal of a deal. A massive stage-based 3D platformer AND a blissful Odyssey-style toybox? Say no more! On the other hand, anyone who played this back in 2013 has a more nuanced decision to make. While 3D World is still amazing, it's exactly what you remember from the Wii U days. Whether or not Bowser's Fury is enough of a draw to pull you back in depends on what sort of Mario game you're hungry for. If it's more 3D World, you might be left wanting. Alternately, if you're open to something slightly unlike anything that's come before, maybe Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury will be a perfect fit.
  102. Feb 10, 2021
    80
    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is the Wii U port that Switch owners have been waiting for. Besides the inclusion of online multiplayer, 3D World is the same good game that players already experienced on the Wii U, and fans of the series who missed it the first time around will enjoy its hybridization of 2D and 3D Mario gameplay. But the highlight of the package is Bowser’s Fury, a scaled-down but surprisingly robust mini 3D Mario game that actually takes some chances.
  103. Feb 13, 2021
    78
    If you never played the original then picking this up is a no-brainer. 3D World is a fantastic Mario adventure, and you shouldn’t miss it. However, if you already played the original on the Wii U, Bowser’s Fury and the added online play don’t quite make it worth the full $60. That being said, it’s absolutely worth it if the price drops even a little, or if you just really want to play 3D World without having to hook up the Wii U. It’s a great game, but it still feels like Nintendo should have done more with it.
  104. Even with the Bowser’s Fury miss, the content is worth it. If you want one of the best and most versatile multiplayer experiences to date for the Nintendo Switch, online or offline, go with Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. [3D World = 90; Bowser’s Fury = 60]
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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 »