Super Mario 3D World + Bowser Fury Review

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Levi Morgan, Contributor

Super Mario 3D World came out on November 21, 2013, on the Wii U so it’s an 8-year-old game. It sold well; what brought the sales down on the game was the fact that it was on the Wii U. Super Mario 3D World is the sequel to the gem of a 3D game called Super Mario 3D Land which is inspired by the beloved 3D Mario Games and the Classic 2D Mario Games.

Even though 3D World was praised, it had its problems such as being on such a small handheld console. 3D World aimed to fix that by making a sequel that goes on the big screen and adds features such as multiplayer with up to 4 players with Mario Luigi Peach and Toad with a secret unlockable character much like The American Mario 2. 3D world added a couple of new power-ups that in my opinion go quite underlooked and underused in the game, such as the cat bell, which is a great power-up that allows Mario to climb up walls and the cherry which will double your character with the more cherries you pick up, the more Mario’s you control. There is only one level that really utilizes the cherry, and it’s one of the greatest levels. Sadly, after that it isn’t really utilized. These new power-ups are a great addition to the game that brings a new twist to the game. There are eight ‘worlds’ plus four special worlds; in my opinion, the final few tend to drag out the game. There are three green stars in each level and a stamp that was once used for Miiverse, which has been shut down for good. Overall, this is one of the better Mario games and there is quite a lot of content so if you are looking to 100 percent this game, it will be some work.  

Yet again, another game is being ported from the failure that was the Wii U onto the Switch; in this case, it is 3D World, which was previously mentioned. There aren’t going to be a lot of bells and whistles added to the 3D World but there are some notable expectations such as a photo mode which can be used for the stamps since Miiverse is no longer with us. The big notable add-in for 3D World would be the local wireless mode which lets you play the game with other friends and family who have the Nintendo Switch. However, to play with someone on the other side of your neighborhood or world, you will need the switch online network which has been rumored to get a major overhaul soon.

However, if you owned the original 3D World on the Wii U as I did, you may be wondering why you should spend $60 on a game you already own. Well, Nintendo added a new shorter game into the mix called Bowser’s Fury, which is an open-world, free-to-roam game where something bad has happened to Bowser to make him go on a rampage on Lake Lap Cat. In Lake Lap Cat, everything is cat-themed from the birds to enemies. However, you aren’t alone on this lake with the aid of Bowser, Jr. because he needs help stopping his father’s fury. 

*Spoilers Below* 

Now that I personally have played Bowser’s Fury, I am very torn on this game. It is a very fun experience, and I don’t regret playing it. There are 20 towers, and each tower has five cat shines; one of the reoccurring shines is collecting five cat shards which is a lot like red coins. All the power-ups from 3D World have come over onto Bowser’s Fury and you can carry five of each power-up at the same time. When I first saw that, I believed that it made the game way too easy, but then Bowser woke up. Bowser honestly is kind of underwhelming; he doesn’t really do a whole lot at first. Cat shrines will make him run away from you which sucks because shrines are easy to get. But toward the latter half of the game, he won’t fall asleep, and it’s scary because you will be trying to get the last few shrines to reach 50. He will chase you around until you get enough cat shrines to initiate the final boss fight. Now after you get a certain number of shrines you will unlock the Giga Bell. The Giga Bell will make you the size of Bowser and the boss fights with him are awesome. Instead of the boss fight being an environmental fight like most bowser fights, it is one-on-one against Bowser and after you fight him, it unlocks more of the open world. You fight him a total of times to totally beat the game. There are 100 shrines in the game, and they hand you the last five shrines to be able to fight him. The final boss is fun, and he gains a lot of health over the course of the game.

Now my problem with the game is the fact that it’s pretty much five hours long; I had a lot of fun with the game, but I wish it was longer. This game was kind of a test to see if people like this type of Mario game, so it makes sense that it’s shorter, but it was fun, and I wish it was a full game. Now the most frustrating part about Bowser’s Fury is the fact that it’s not very story-heavy. It doesn’t explain what really happened to Bowser that caused him to become big.  

As a packaged game, I believe that it was worth the $6o, but I personally feel a bit ripped off just because I already owned Mario 3D World, and Bowser’s Fury wasn’t really a full game. Overall, I wish you to get this set of games; don’t let my gripes ruin your opinion on this game. It is very much worth your time, but honestly if you already owned 3D World, then I don’t know if it’s worth $60.