If you have been playing Super Mario games in your younger years, new versions and updates are always something to look forward to. And just this year, Super Mario 3D + Bowser’s Fury was just released on Nintendo Switch.
This newly released Mario game seems to be a second opportunity for the franchise. That’s because back in 2013, Super Mario 3D World was released in Nintendo Wii U but it was not a success. The console did not click with many players and did not make a lot of sales at the time.
Super Mario 3D + Bowser’s Fury on Switch
On February 12, 2021, Super Mario 3D made waves on Nintendo Switch together with Bowser’s Fury. It’s a 2 in 1 game, but each one is not a prerequisite to play the other. You can actually play Bowser’s Fury right on the main menu and let someone or AI control Bowser Jr. to help you. This was deemed as a great move for Switch as it compelled more and more people to play the game.
The first half of this 2 in 1 game is Super Mario 3D World. This one has the same concept as the previous Super Mario Bros games. This version, however, is more challenging and entails strategy to be able to progress to the next level. The world map also contains hidden levels and mini-games to try out. Another new thing is that all four players—Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess Peach, have special moves.
In addition, Super Mario 3D World has an online multiplayer mode where friends can lend a helping hand to each other. This added a social component to the Mario franchise which was never realized before.
The second half, Bowser’s Fury, will see Mario transforming into a giant cat. It’s up to the players to be able to deal with this transformation. But how else can you defeat a mega-sized Bowser other than being a scratchy feline?
Why The Switch Release is a Big Deal
The Switch version only enhanced Super Mario adventure games ever since the Odyssey version. The all-new Bowser’s Fury part of the game gives the franchise an open-world treatment, which is a refreshing feature from its traditional linear gameplay.
Bowser’s Fury features a big archipelago map that Mario can visit freely in no particular order. There are lots of challenges to complete and get Cat Shrine collectibles. The graphics, music, and overall Bowser’s rage as he blasts Mario across the map, is pure perfection.
Compared to the Wii U version, the game on Switch offers smoother gameplay. Movements are finer and faster. If Super Mario 3D World is a feel-good and happy game, wait until you have tried Bowser’s Fury.