Super Mario 3D World is widely acclaimed as one of the best Mario games ever. Patrick gave it a 5/5 for Giant Bomb and it got a Metacritic of 93 on the original release, putting it right behind Super Mario World on the list of Mario titles. The rerelease is currently sitting at a 90 including the Bowser's Fury expansion, and there have been some perfect scores and other people calling it their favorite Mario game at places like Destructoid and Polygon.
With the very large caveat that I only played an hour or so and haven't touched Bowser's Fury...I'm not really feeling it. It's fun, definitely not a bad game, and it's definitely got more going for it than New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (still one of the worst names in gaming) but Mario feels a little slippery and the tilted overhead angle can make some jumps a bit hard to judge and mess with the controls a little. I think Cat Mario is very cute but mechanically boring, and having played Super Mario 3D Land I feel like the levels are less creative (at least in the first world or so) and the aesthetics are a lot less impressive blown up into HD all these years later.
Some of the music is excellent.
I don't know, these are early impressions but I feel like after Super Mario Odyssey it's kind of hard to go back to this more limited vision of a 3D Mario game, and the game seems just...pretty good...to me so far. Not a bad game at all but not the masterpiece I've heard about for the last 8 or so years.
How are others feeling about this rerelease? Did you play it back on the Wii U (I did not) or is this your first experience with the game? Are you feeling good about the re-release or a little tepid?