Super Mario 3D World is a game for the Wii U. It is is a direct evolution of Super Mario 3D Land on the Nintendo 3DS. Released on November 21, 2013 in North America, the game offers four-player co-op in addition to new suits and powers.
The player can play as the full roster of characters from Super Mario Bros. 2, including Mario, Luigi, Toad and Princess Peach, each with all their unique quirks intact. The player can additionally unlock Rosalina for play at a point later in the game.
- Mario: The most balanced of the characters.
- Luigi: Has the highest jump.
- Toad: The fastest runner.
- Peach: Can hover jump.
- Rosalina: Has a unique spin attack.
All can be used at any time in single-player mode or together as a team in co-op multiplayer. Some objects in select stages such as buttons can only be activated by a specific character.
The GamePad is also used to investigate the environment for invisible blocks and coins by touching the screen on suspicious places in the game world. Super Mario 3D World also features direct camera control via the GamePad's gyro sensor. The game is fully playable either on the TV or the GamePad through Off-TV Play.
Super Mario 3D World features a variety of power ups ranging from permanent ones like suits and temporary ones like blocks that get stuck on the characters head for a short amount of time.
The Cat Suit is this game's main new power up. It gets activated by collecting a super bell in the level which causes the character to go from walking upright to crawling on all fours. This suit greatly enhances the move set by allowing players to climb up obstacles, do a pounce attack and various other little things that greatly influence the way in which they can approach a level.
The Bullet Block is hidden inside a regular block that gets stuck on the player character's head after which they can then shoot bullets in the direction they're looking.
The Double Cherry is yet another homage to Super Mario Bros. 2 as the cherries were a collectible item in that game. However, in Super Mario 3D World, the Double Cherry lets the players clone themselves. Stages that feature them contain enough that in multiplayer, every character will be able to have at least one clone. The clones mirror the player movements and abilities 1:1 so that when they pick up a power up, all clones of that character will also receive that power up.
Stages that feature Double Cherries also typically contain at least one trigger platform to access a special path only available if the player stands on that panel with the number of clones indicated on it.
This is an enhanced version of the Super Bell found after the main story that gives the cat suit a red collar and bell. This version, in a similar vein to the Super Mario Bros. 3 version of the Tanooki Suit, allows the player to transform into a statue for a few seconds that is invincible. This version changes the character into a maneki-neko, and will gain coins based on how far from the ground the player transforms.
A disguise that resembles a goomba. When worn by a player character, goombas will avoid attacking the player.
Potted Piranha Plant
A piranha plant found in a pot that can be picked up and carried around. The plant will eat enemies in the player's path as long as the player is carrying it.
Inspired by the Kuribo's Shoe item in Super Mario Bros. 3. In select stages, the player will come across goombas scating around on ice in giant ice skates. The player can defeat a goomba and take the ice skate, making traversal around the ice much easier.
Returning Power Ups
Super Mario 3D World features a fully explorable world map that is based on those world maps found in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and 2 but let's players roam the entire space of the map without being bound by paths. The map even hides secret areas that have to be uncovered by exploring it like a regular Mario-level. Toad Houses found on the world map will restock power-ups in the event that the player runs out of lives and gets a Game Over.
File Size: 1.6GB
As of March 31, 2014 Super Mario 3D World has sold 2.17 million copies worldwide.