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  • Summary: The cat's out of the bag, Super Mario 3D World is on to the Nintendo Switch system. Pounce and climb through dozens of colorful stages! Mario (and his friends) can use power-ups like the Super Bell, which grants catlike abilities, like climbing and scratching. Work together locally or onlineThe cat's out of the bag, Super Mario 3D World is on to the Nintendo Switch system. Pounce and climb through dozens of colorful stages! Mario (and his friends) can use power-ups like the Super Bell, which grants catlike abilities, like climbing and scratching. Work together locally or online with up to three other players to reach the goaland to see who can get a high score. The Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury game features the same great co-op gameplay, creative levels and power-ups as the original game, but also so much more. Expand
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  1. Negative: 0 out of 122
  1. Nintendo Force Magazine
    May 17, 2021
    100
    This combo package is unskippable. All Switch owners: Own this! [Issue #51 – March/April 2021, p. 69]
  2. Feb 10, 2021
    100
    To be clear, I’d still wholly recommend this version of 3D World even without Bowser’s Fury.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. Negative: 15 out of 240
  1. Feb 13, 2021
    10
    Nada más que decir el mejor juego de Mario en 3d que hay y mi hablar de la belleza del bowsers fury
  2. Mar 3, 2021
    10
    The base game 3D World is fantastic. Top notch mario in my opinion. And Bowser’s Fury BLEW ME AWAY! It exploded my expectations, it wasThe base game 3D World is fantastic. Top notch mario in my opinion. And Bowser’s Fury BLEW ME AWAY! It exploded my expectations, it was something different, new, and kept me on my toes.. Hopefully it’s a hint at what’s to come next for 3D Mario.. because if they take Bowser’s fury which is Mario 3D world move set and power ups, placed in an open area.. and combine that with Odyssey’s worlds... I think that would be EPIC! I loved Odyssey but wished there was a 3D mario without the gimmicks.. Combine bowsers fury’s controls with odyssey worlds NINTENDO Expand
  3. Sep 25, 2021
    9
    3D世界还是传统的马力欧箱庭式过关并且收集星星与图章,不过从2D到了3D。亮点是可以最多四人一起玩(全程一个人)以及变身猫咪和狸猫,关卡难度有难有简单,通关前的关卡还是比较简单的,3星不难。通关后的银河关卡明显难了一个档次,甚至都很难走到终点。3D世界还是传统的马力欧箱庭式过关并且收集星星与图章,不过从2D到了3D。亮点是可以最多四人一起玩(全程一个人)以及变身猫咪和狸猫,关卡难度有难有简单,通关前的关卡还是比较简单的,3星不难。通关后的银河关卡明显难了一个档次,甚至都很难走到终点。
    狂怒世界个人感觉更好玩,开放世界到处都是关卡和游戏,能看到游戏是在为奥德赛做准备。还能和库巴王Jr.一起冒险,通关后就可以传送了,而且可以看到哪些地方还有没有收集到的星星,比较人性。
    总体来说这个游戏还是传统的马力欧游戏,20+小时,收集数量和质量也很合理。但价格较高,建议打折时入手。
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  4. Mar 26, 2021
    9
    Like Videogamedunkey said, it is so much easier to appreciate 3D World now that Odyssey is out. What made this game disappointing back in 2013Like Videogamedunkey said, it is so much easier to appreciate 3D World now that Odyssey is out. What made this game disappointing back in 2013 is what makes it stand out from the rest of the series today. 3D World is simply put the purest 3D Mario game ever created (along with 3D Land). Mario is originally about going from point A to B, and that is exactly what 3D World provides, but in a 3D environment.

    I used to be very annoyed at the way that 3D World almost completely neglects the story/atmosphere/immersion factors from games like the Galaxies and Sunshine. But like I said previously, that simplicity and the focus on action is what makes 3D World distinct from every other 3D Mario. This is a game that goes straight to the beef: no cutscenes, no hub world, no level recycling, only jumping from new stage to new stage until the end. I love Mario games with atmosphere (like Galaxy) and exploration (like Odyssey), but sometimes you're just in the mood for something simple and straightforward like 3D World.

    Having single, linear levels instead of ones that you re-visit allows for a very focused and refined level design. Stages in 3D World are elegant and simple, and they all follow the same formula: Introduce an idea, expand it, and finally twist it around. There's a good video by Game Maker's Toolkit that explains it properly. The difficulty is mostly low, but the game is very fun regardless. The final level probably is one of the hardest things to come out of a Nintendo game in my opinion.

    Getting used to the controls can be a little tricky, and even after 50 hours between both versions, I'm still often miscalculating jumps and falling of cliffs because of depth-perception issues due to the fixed camera angles. One fantastic, game-changer tweak to this Switch port is the notable increase in the characters' movement speed, which almost makes this feel like a completely new experience (and a much more fun one). That was definitely a genius move by Nintendo.

    Even though 3D World leans heavily on more generic themes and abstract, 'landmass floating in the middle of nothing' levels, that doesn't mean that effort and care wasn't put into the art direction of this game. It's certainly much better than the uninspired 3D Land in that regard. And the soundtrack takes a delightful jazzy turn, with plenty of bangers to enjoy.

    And finally, there's Bowser's Fury. I could write an entire review for this mode, but I'll keep it short here. This mode is almost worth admission price by itself. It is so creative and exciting that it feels like a completely new Mario game, and not just an addition to 3D World. Bowser's Fury is probably the best marriage of open-ended exploration and tight, focused platforming that Mario has ever offered, and is certainly an amazing tease for what's to come for the series. Needless to say, it is a blast from start to finish, it is full of surprises, and it is honestly one of my favorite experiences I had with my Switch so far.

    Score: 9.2
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  5. Feb 16, 2021
    8
    While the Wii U was certainly some dark times for Nintendo, there’s no denying that the first party offerings were just as stellar as ever.While the Wii U was certainly some dark times for Nintendo, there’s no denying that the first party offerings were just as stellar as ever. You know that with how much of the system’s library has released on the Switch over the past 4 years with the latest being Mario's main 3D adventure on the system.

    I remember covering the game back in 2013 and was generally impressed with what was on offer but ultimately the game felt like a step back from the series previous offering with Galaxy, but at that point Wii U owners were so starved for new titles we were more than happy to play it. The game centred around Bowser being a general nuisance and kidnapping the sprixies from the Sprixie Kingdom and it is up to Mario and friends to save the day, the game was the follow up to 3D Land on the 3DS, with many of the same features including a large number of powerups from the Tanooki suit to the brand new Cat Suit

    Booting it up on Switch in 2021 does bring a sense of hindsight though, after playing through the HD ports of Sunshine, the original Galaxy and of course Odyssey these past few years, going back to 3D World feels almost archaic. Firstly, Mario's Moveset in this game is incredibly restrictive, as I was playing I was frequently wondering why Mario wasn't throwing his hat or even just twirling while he jumped, in fact Mario's jumps in this game feel incredibly floaty and inaccurate compared to other titles, it isn’t helped with the camera angles not giving me proper depth perception.

    In terms of performance, it’s identical to the original version in regards to framerate, presentation-wise, It's pretty much a straight port of the Wii U version with the only motion controls being used to replicate the Gamepad touch moments, holding the shoulder button brings up a pointer that you use to interact with the built-in gyros. This is one time I would rather undock the game and just use the touch controls on the Switch’s gamepad.

    While 3D World isn’t the most robust Mario title, it's far from being inferior introducing aspects like the Cat Suit, the adorable Captain Toad and of course 4 player multiplayer. The Switch version does expand on that with Online Co-op but we were unable to try that out at the time of this review

    But the reason why we are all here is for the brand new expansion in "Bowser's Fury". While 3D World's camera controls and levels were fairly restrictive, Bowser's Fury is a full open world level similar to Odyssey, essentially forming a bridge between the two titles with it having the features of the newer iteration like just losing coins at death. Which begs the question why they even decided to keep the lives in the main game, one turtle exploit and several minutes of your time and you’ll have more lives than you know what to do with.

    Falling down a black portal Mario finds himself in a brand new world with an angry giant Bowser and a worried Junior who needs your help calming his father down with the help of Cat Shines. While you can play as Bowser Jr in co-op, there is no way to play as him in single-player mode, he instead offers help in combat as well as holding onto multiple power-ups.

    As Mario is completing numerous missions to collect cat shines like races or reuniting a poor crying cat with her kittens, Bowser will sometimes poke his head up, turn the sky all gloomy and rain destruction on you for like a minute. Honestly, this is more a hindrance than anything else before you unlock the new giant kitty bell and are just looking to collect the shinies.

    While Bowser's Fury is an impressive addition to 3D World, it will barely clock in any more than 6 hours of playthrough which in this reviewers opinion, really doesn't justify double-dipping. I wouldn't say 3D World is an inferior Mario title but it is absolutely standing in the shadows of its bigger bros. But if you were one of the many who never purchased the Wii U version, 3D World with Bowser’s Fury does offer that classic Mario platforming fun, but I wouldn’t blame you if you pop in Odyssey right afterwards....
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  6. May 31, 2021
    0
    Worst game ever! I don't understand you all saying this game is super easy, except for the last level. Luckilly, there is Bowser's Fury, butWorst game ever! I don't understand you all saying this game is super easy, except for the last level. Luckilly, there is Bowser's Fury, but it is still not enough to compense for f****** SM3DW. A pure scam! Expand

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