Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World Features for Wii U

On: Wii U
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9Out of 10
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Given all the noise around the Wii U, Super Mario 3D World was always going to be an interesting addition to the series. What should come as no surprise, though, is just how good it was.

Although it stuck to a previously introduced template rather than shake the very foundations of the gaming world - ala Mario Galaxy - 3D World was a genuine joy to play through. Ensuring that variety and sheer surprise were tantamount from start to finish, Mario continued to throw new ideas at you to the point of lunacy. No matter what you expected it had up its sleeve, there was always something else waiting just around the corner.

Easily one of the best offerings on the Wii U - and a reason to buy a console if you're yet to invest - it was a game that kept on giving, too. For those who wanted to plunder its hidden depths, there were secrets and Easter eggs lurking, and the sheer amount of levels it packed in was nothing short of excellent.

It opened up the experience to three other friends as well, yet another, if not expected, wonderful addition. Sure it often added up to nothing more than people jumping on each other's heads like idiots, but it did change the game's dynamic. Super Mario 3D World was simultaneously a fantastic single and multiplayer offering.

Regardless how the Wii U continues from this point on, it will always be responsible for one of the best games in the Mario franchise, and that statement alone is worth a pretty penny.

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essex1212's Avatar


This really is a fantastic game, really impressed by it.
Posted 21:49 on 30 December 2013
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The Legend of Zelda and Pokemon X & Y are my next predictions :P
Posted 01:08 on 30 December 2013
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Metricos@ Endless

I'm guessing ALBW will be in there, potentially Fire Emblem.
Posted 14:35 on 29 December 2013
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A better query might be what on earth do they consider to be better thatn both 3d World AND GTAV? lol
Posted 09:41 on 29 December 2013
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Arkz@ MJTH

It wasn't an insult. It was a faux question. I wasn't genuinely asking if they are insane. Merely putting forth that I think it's insane that one would think SM3DW is better than GTAV. To each their own and all, Saying are you insane doesn't mean they, under my opinion, are. I don't like broccoli. Doesn't mean broccoli is bad, just means I don't like it...
Posted 07:12 on 29 December 2013
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MJTH@ Arkz

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I don't think anyone here has a problem with you feeling that GTA was better then SM3DW this year. Both games are awesome in their own rights. However, the fact that you questioned the sanity of the VG crew, and Simon Miller the writer of this article, just because they felt that 3D world should be higher on this end of year list then GTA5 came off as... quite hostile.

It's very hard to have a reasonable debate over subjective matters, especially on the internet, when the opening line in a discussion is an insult. If you had posted the comment I am replying to now originally then I feel everyone would of been more co-operative in this discussion so far.
Posted 21:50 on 28 December 2013
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Arkz@ NylePudding

Correct. but in my OPINION it's not better. And I find it surprising that the team chose to put it above GTA. As I found it good but not fantastic like Galaxy1/2. And thought GTA was truly awesome.
Posted 19:56 on 28 December 2013
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Arkz@ Tankypoo

Are you familiar with the passage of time? Obviously not otherwise you'd realise he made that comment AFTER mine. And mine is obviously about the article its self putting SM3D above GTA5
Posted 19:54 on 28 December 2013
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It does look like a lovely installment to the franchise, and I'm still partially tempted to pick up a WiiU to play this and a handful of other titles. We'll see how things go!
Posted 19:43 on 28 December 2013
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NylePudding@ Arkz

People play games for different reasons, this top ten isn't a list of your best games. It's a list that the VG team agreed on, the fact it doesn't agree with your opinions doesn't mean it's wrong.
Posted 10:00 on 28 December 2013
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@ Arkz - CharleSketch didn't say it was better you tard he said and i quote "'I've had much more fun in 6 hours with SM3DW than I had in 40 hours with GTA V". And i agree SM3DW is a brilliant game - if fact i would go as far to say the Wii U had my attention over the holiday period more than my PS4 and Xbone.
Posted 08:38 on 28 December 2013
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I've had much more fun in 6 hours with SM3DW than I had in 40 hours with GTA V. Very different experiences, of course, but Nintendo nailed it this time. Nailed it hard. Gameplay, music, art direction, graphics, replay value, multiplayer... everything is top notch. Everyone, gamer or not, should play this game.

Great list so far. I'm taking a bet on ALBW and TLoU being the Top 2 GOTY contenders.
Posted 02:38 on 28 December 2013
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Are you insane? Mario 3D World better than GTA5? It was pretty good but nothing compared to GTA
Posted 16:03 on 27 December 2013

Game Stats

Release Date: 29/11/2013
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Platformer
No. Players: 1-4
Rating: TBC
Site Rank: 1,314 165
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