Super Mario 3D World | WiiU
Super Mario 3D World release date for WiiU:
22 November 2013 | Worldwide
Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: split screen, players: 1-4
0 Game score 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 792 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 10 / 10 calculated out of 2 players' votes.
Super Mario 3D World is the fifteenth title in the arcade game series Super Mario, created by Nintendo, and the first one designed for Wii U. The game consecutively develops the solutions used by its predecessors, especially Super Mario 3D Land released on 3DS in 2011.
Just as the aforementioned title, this one too is a light-hearted 3D platformer, sometimes resembling a classic side-scrolling arcade game. You run through colorful, linear locations filled with obstacles, opponents, and simple logic puzzles. At the beginning of each level you get to pick one of four characters; the remaining three are controlled by AI. You can choose from Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad. Each of them possesses unique skills, e.g. Luigi can jump higher than the others and Toad is a fast runner. Apart from the aforementioned environmental obstacles, the locations contain lots of collectibles, such as coins and power-ups. As for the latter, there is a brand new power-up - a bell that changes your character into a cat. This form allows you to move faster, be a more effective fighter, and climb to reach otherwise unavailable areas.
Super Mario 3D World on Nintendo Wii U features a visual style similar to what we know from the recent games in the series. However, thanks to the potential of the new platform, the game's graphic is more detailed and features more visual effects. Speaking about technology, it should be mentioned that Super Mario 3D World uses the Wii U controller’s touchscreen for such actions as revealing the invisible blocks hiding extra coins, or even weakening your opponents. Additionally, the game also supports Off-TV Play, letting you play using only the console's touchscreen.
As mentioned before, other characters in your party are usually controlled by the AI, but you are free to invite up to three friends to play with you. Together you can race through the levels and help each other out. It is also possible to test your skills in the PvP mode.