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Super Mario 3D World (JP) (often abbreviated as SM3DW) is a 3D platformer action game for the Wii U, released in November 2013. It is a sequel to the 2011 Nintendo 3DS game Super Mario 3D Land, the fifteenth title in the Super Mario series, the seventh 3D Mario title overall, and the fifth 3D Mario title on a home console after Super Mario Galaxy 2. It was announced during E3 2013 and is the first 3D Mario game to have full multiplayer. The game builds upon the previous installment, following a similar 3D level-design convention inspired from the 2D platformer titles where players must navigate through a linear-designed level within a time limit to reach a level's Goal Pole. The game's plot centers around Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad having to rescue the rulers of the Sprixie Kingdom, the Sprixie Princesses from Bowser.

One key aspect introduced in this title is the simultaneous multiplayer, the first 3D title in the Mario series to incorporate up to four players cooperating with each other to reach the goal, although not the first game in the Super Mario series in general to do that. Additionally, players can select their character from a pool of playable characters prior to starting the game, and each of these characters have their own unique playstyle that gives them advantages and disadvantages over other characters. The game makes use of several Wii U exclusive features, such as tapping blocks with the touchscreen in the GamePad and blowing on the mic to reveal hidden items and blow away enemies. It included Miiverse integration, through collectible stamps that could be used in Miiverse posts and the Ghost Mii functionality that emulates players replaying levels for other players to view; however, the service was terminated on November 7, 2017, meaning that stamps can be collected but not used. Also, the Miiverse posts that appeared on the course select screen and when selecting courses disappeared. Various new power-ups are introduced in this title, with the trademark suit being the Cat power-up, which enables characters to perform a melee attack, climb up walls, and leap while midair, as well as the game generally having a cat-based theme.

The game introduces a smaller type of levels called Captain Toad's Adventures, which were later reused and expanded into its own standalone title and prequel, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

This marks the first time that Peach and Toad two have been playable in a mainstream Mario game since Super Mario Bros. 2 in 1988, which was 25 years earlier and the first time that Rosalina has been playable in a mainstream Mario game.

Plot

The story starts with Mario and crew taking an evening stroll when they discover a clear pipe. After the Mario Bros. fix it, a green fairy-like creature called a Sprixie pops out and says that her Sprixie friends have been captured.

Out of nowhere, Bowser comes out of the pipe and grabs the fairy in a bottle. The four of them chase after him into the pipe leading them to Sprixie Kingdom where they must stop Bowser and rescue the 7 Sprixies from his clutches.

Gameplay

The game plays identically to Super Mario 3D Land. You move with the left analog stick or directional pad and there is a dedicated run button. However, now the running has 2 phases, a faster run which leads into a sprint with smoke behind the player before going even faster. It's a bit hard to control at this phase.

The run button also serves as the pickup objects button so to pick up an object like a baseball, you cannot be running. The game is playable up to 4 players and each player is a different character that plays differently.

Like the New Super Mario Bros. series, players can interact with each other like picking each other up or bouncing off each other. Also from New Super Mario Bros., is the return of bubbling where off-screen players are put in a bubble to catch up with the rest of the players.

This can also be triggered within the range of the other players by using the shoulder buttons.  The invincibility from a Star is passed through just touching each other this time. The entire team shares lives in this game.

There are several new power-ups in this game. There is the Super Bell that has the power for the player to turn into a cat and with this form, you can crawl up things like the flagpole at the end to get a high score. Other power-ups like the Goomba Mask can turn you into one of the enemies to deceive them. Also, this game includes a magic cherry that is the Double Cherry power-up. Simply put, it will double the player. With each one you find, you will receive another clone of the player.

Plessie

Some of the levels have this new dinosaur named Plessie. These levels or even portions of levels play drastically different from the rest of the game. The players are riding down a river, directing Plessie's movement with the stick. Each of the players influence its movement so, cooperation is necessary to get through them and get the collectibles.

Gamepad Functionality

The game is almost completely beatable without the use of the Wii U gamepad. The first function of the gamepad is that it can move the camera around a bit. It is helpful in looking for Green Stars.

The second functionality is using the touchscreen similar to co-star mode from Super Mario Galaxy 2 in that it stops enemies. It can also be used to defeat certain enemies if the timing is right. It can also hold switching platforms in place and activate switches. It is also used to send out certain platforms. 

The third functionality is blowing. The blowing can activate certain moving platforms, push away smaller enemies and reveal hidden blocks which can be made visible with rubbing.

Playable Characters

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Princess Peach
  • Toad (character)|Toad
  • Rosalina
  • Captain Toad

List of Power-ups

Support items

Online Functions

Miiverse

After each level, Miiverse posts about the level just completed show up on screen. Miiverse posts also appear randomly on the world map from a player at those points. 
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There is also a collection of stamps players can get. Stamps can be used from within the game's miiverse community with the game on. In total, there are 85. 80 of those can be obtained from a normal play-through mostly within each level and in the Sprixie houses.  

They don't appear in World Mushroom and World Flower. 5 of them, however, only appear, if the player has completed every course and touched the flagpole with each character, with the stamp being of the respective character who completed every course.  

Ghost Miis

When replaying a level, Miis from Miiverse with similar times to the last playthrough show up and follow the path the player took. These can help indicate secrets players might have missed the first time through. They can be disabled if the player wants to explore on their own.

Levels

Main

Level Name
World 1
1-1 Super Bell Hill
1-2 Koopa Troopa Cave
1-A Chargin' Chuck Blockade
1-3 Mount Beanpole
1-4 Plessie's Plunging Falls
1-5 Switch Scramble Circus
1-Toad Captain Toad Goes Forth
1-Castle Bowser's Highway Showdown
World 2
2-1 Conkdor Canyon
2-2 Puffprod Peaks
2-3 Shadow-Play Alley
2-A Big Galoomba Blockade
2-4 Really Rolling Hills
2-5 Double Cherry Pass
2-Mystery House Mystery House Melee
2-Castle Bowser's Bullet Bill Brigade
World 3
3-1 Snowball Park
3-2 Chain-Link Charge
3-3 Shifty Boo Mansion
3-4 Pretty Plaza Panic
3-A Magikoopa Blockade
3-5 Pipeline Lagoon
3-6 Mount Must Dash
3-7 Switchboard Falls
3-Toad Captain Toad Makes a Splash
3-Castle The Bullet Bill Express
3-B A Banquet with Hisstocrat
World 4
4-1 Ant Trooper Hill
4-2 Piranha Creeper Creek
4-A Brolder Blockade
4-3 Beep Block Skyway
4-4 Big Bounce Byway
4-5 Spike's Lost City
4-B Fire Bros. Hideout #1
4-Mystery House Mystery House Mad Dash
4-Castle Lava Rock Lair
World 5
5-1 Sunshine Seaside
5-2 Tricky Trapeze Theater
5-3 Backstreet Bustle
5-A Chargin' Chuck Blockade is Back
5-4 Sprawling Savanna
5-5 Bob-ombs Below
5-6 Cakewalk Flip
5-7 Searchlight Sneak
5-B Fire Bros. Hideout #2
5-Toad Captain Toad Plays Peek-a-Boo
5-Castle King Ka-thunk's Castle
5-Train (No official name)
World 6
6-B Fire Bros. Hideout #3
6-1 Clear Pipe Cruise
6-2 Spooky Seasick Wreck
6-3 Hands-on Hall
6-4 Deep Jungle Drift
6-5 Ty-Foo Flurries
6-A Prince Bully Blockade
6-6 Bullet Bill Base
6-7 Fuzzy Time Mine
6-Mystery House Mystery House Throwdown
6-Castle Bowser's Bob-omb Brigade
6-C Motley Bossblob's Big Battle
World Castle
Castle-1 Fort Fire Bros.
Castle-2 Switchblack Ruins
Castle-3 Red-Hot Run
Castle-4 Boiling Blue Bully Belt
Castle-A Brolder Blockade is Back
Castle-B Prince Bully Blockade is Back
Castle-C Fire Bros. Hideout #4
Castle-5 Trick Trap Tower
Castle-6 Rammerhead Reef
Castle-7 Simmering Lava Lake
Castle-Toad Captain Toad Gets Thwomped
Castle-Castle Bowser's Lava Lake Keep
World Bowser
Bowser-1 Spiky Spike Bridge
Bowser-2 Plessie's Dune Downhill
Bowser-3 Cookie Cogworks
Bowser-Train The Bowser Express
Bowser-4 Footlight Lane
Bowser-5 Deepwater Dungeon
Bowser-6 A Beam in the Dark
Bowser-7 Grumblump Inferno
Bowser-Mystery House Mystery House Claw Climb
Bowser-A Motley Bossblob's Encore
Bowser-B Hisstocrat Returns
Bowser-Castle The Great Tower of Bowser Land

Bonus

Level Name
World Star
Star-1 Rainbow Run
Star-2 Super Galaxy
Star-3 Rolling Ride Run
Star-4 The Great Goal Pole
Star-5 Super Block Land
Star-6 Honeycomb Starway
Star-7 Gargantuan Grotto
Star-8 Peepa's Fog Bog
Star-9 Cosmic Cannon Cluster
Star-Toad Captain Toad Takes a Spin
World Mushroom
Mushroom-1 Night Falls on Really Rolling Hills
Mushroom-2 Spiky Mount Beanpole
Mushroom-3 Deep-Black Jungle Drift
Mushroom-4 Trouble in Shadow-Play Alley
Mushroom-5 Back to Hands-on Hall
Mushroom-6 Gigantic Seasick Wreck
Mushroom-7 Broken Blue Bully Belt
Mushroom-Mystery House Mystery House Brawl
World Flower
Flower-1 Switch Shock Circus
Flower-2 Floating Fuzzy Time Mine
Flower-3 Piranha Creeper Creek After Dark
Flower-4 Faster Fort Fire Bros.
Flower-5 Sprawling Savanna Rabbit Run
Flower-6 Shiftier Boo Mansion
Flower-7 Pipeline Boom Lagoon
Flower-8 Blast Block Skyway
Flower-9 Towering Sunshine Seaside
Flower-10 Honeycomb Skyway
Flower-11 Spiky Spike Bridge Sneak
Flower-12 Boss Blitz
World Crown
Crown-Crown Champion's Road
Crown-Toad Captain Toad's Fiery Finale
Crown-Mystery House Mystery House Marathon

Development

According to Koichi Hayashida, early in development Peach was planned to reprise her role as damsel-in-distress. However, Yoshiaki Koizumi suggested to the development team that she should instead be a playable character, akin to Super Mario Bros. 2.[1] Super Mario 3D World ended up being the first, and so far, the only 3D Mario platformer in which Princess Peach is playable and not kidnapped.

Reception

Critical reception

Super Mario 3D World received widespread critical acclaim and has been praised for its gameplay, visuals, music, level design, the Cat form's usefulness, and its improved 4-player co-op compared to New Super Mario Bros. Wii. However, it has been criticized for camera issues and co-op control issues.[2] The game currently has a score of 93 on Metacritic based on 83 reviews[3] and a score of 92.56% on GameRankings based on 54 reviews.[4]

Mark Walton, reviewing for GameSpot, called the game an "exceptional craft" with "painstaking focus on the minute details that are integral to making it feel special."[5] He also added that "[every one of the game's levels] is a golden nugget of heavenly platforming joy, where ideas are rarely repeated--and if they are, they're given such a twist as to make them feel new again." Jose Otero of IGN gave the game a 9.6 out of 10, commenting that, "After 28 years of making marvelous Mario platform games, you'd think Nintendo would run out of ideas. But Super Mario 3D World defies such logic and creativity sets itself apart-in good ways-from its outstanding recent predecessors."[6] Chris Carter, reviewing for Destructoid, called it one of the greatest Mario games ever made and gave it a 10 out of 10, stating, "Why is 3D World so good? Because it's essentially a complete refinement of everything that was great about 3D Land, a game that I happen to think is criminally underrated. 3D World is pretty much a joy ride from start to finish--and that "start" is as quick as ever."[7] Adam Cook from God is a Geek scored the game as a 100, saying, "Unimpeded creativity drips from every moment, forcing an awed expression from the most cynical of mouths. Decades old ideas are renewed with such ease and simplicity that it’s almost unnerving. I’ve fought Bowser more times than I can even remember, yet the first encounter somehow feels fresh. There’s always a princess, there’s always another castle, Bowser is still involved (this time he’s stolen Sprixies and locked them in jars) – it’s the design and execution of it all that makes it so special."[8]

Sales

As of March 31, 2018, Super Mario 3D World is the second-best selling game for the Wii U,[9] selling 5.78 million units worldwide.

Pre-release and unused content

Early concept artwork reveals that Cat characters were going to have five fingers, and that Princess Peach's Cat Suit was going to incorporate her brooch. The levels shown off in the E3 demo also have different world and number placements than the final game. Additionally, several sound clips were changed to brand new ones when they were reused ones from previous games in the demo, and several pieces of music were changed to being orchestrated in the final product.

References to other games

  • Mario Bros. - There is a bonus game starring Luigi available on the title screen, called Luigi Bros. It is played similarly to this game, except both playable characters are Luigi.[10] Also, the big POW Block on the very top of The Great Tower of Bowser Land must be hit multiple times, getting flatter every time it's hit, just like it does in Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. - Some levels have tiles that resemble the ground tiles from this game. The main theme from Super Mario Bros. is covered for bonus areas and Coin Heavens (whose theme comes from Super Mario 3D Land). An 8-bit Luigi sprite from this game can be seen swimming in the background in Bowser's Highway Showdown.[11] Additionally, Beep Block Skyway has an 8-bit Luigi, Coin and Super Mushroom sprites moving along the walls of the stage. Likewise, all of the Luigi sightings are based on his sprite from this game. In addition, the bonus area in Bob-ombs Below resembles Mario's 8-bit sprite from the game. After Bowser gets defeated in his regular boss battles, the bridge beneath him collapses, much like the castle bosses from this game.
  • The Legend of Zelda - Link's 8-bit sprite from the game can be found in the secret area of Rainbow Run.
  • Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic - The player is required to beat all levels with all of the characters (Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Rosalina, the last one being a secret character) in order to unlock all the stamps and all five profile stars, mirroring how it was required that all characters in the game beat all the levels to unlock the true ending.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 - Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad are playable characters. The Mario Bros. and the Princess's abilities are based off of theirs from this game, as well as Toad's speed advantage. In addition, Toad having blue spots is possibly a reference to Toad in the original NES version of this game, in which his sprite appears blue. Doors have the same design and color. A cover of the character select music from this game plays in the casino slot minigame [12], as well as in the Coin Bonus areas of the game.[13] Rocket Ships make an appearance. The two game's stories are also similar, with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad going to another land and saving it from an evil villain in both games.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 - Like its predecessor, Super Mario 3D World shares some similarities to this game. The death jingle is a cover of that from this game.[14] Tank levels return from this game. In American and some European versions of the game, when first visiting a Toad House, the Toad will instruct the player to "Pick a box. Its contents will help you on your way.", which is a direct quoting from this game's Toad Houses.
  • Super Mario World - Chargin' Chucks and Galoombas return, and in the case of the former enemy, use the same sound effects for running and being defeated as in this game. Trampolines also use the same sound effect as in this game. The Beach Koopa artwork is also reused as a Stamp. Hitting the Koopa Chase Lv2 at the beginning of The Great Tower of Bowser Land occasionally causes Super Mario World sound effects to play.
  • Super Mario Kart - The level Mount Must Dash contains Dash Panels, asphalt, and blocks that reference the Mario Circuit courses from this game. Also, the music is a cover of that heard in the Mario Circuit courses from that game as well.[15]
  • Mario Paint - The Cat Goombas make a similar meow to the cat notes from this game.[16]
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins - Bowser uses a Super Bell and Double Cherries in the same way Wario used a Carrot and a Fire Flower in his battle with Mario.
  • Super Mario 64/Super Mario 64 DS - In levels when players are riding Plessie, the music that plays is a cover of the one that plays in Rainbow Ride, Tick Tock Clock, and The Princess's Secret Slide from this game.[14] In Shifty Boo Mansion, the first Green Star is found by jumping into a painting, similar to how Mario enters paintings in this game and its remake. When the player catches a rabbit, the rabbit will give an item to the player, similar to how the rabbit gives Mario an item right after getting grabbed.
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee/Super Smash Bros. Brawl - There are two Mystery Houses named Mystery House Melee in World 2 and the one in the later World Mushroom named Mystery House Brawl. Their objectives are to defeat all enemies to advance and go forth. This is a reference to both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Super Mario Sunshine - Characters can do a spin jump similar to the one in this game.
  • New Super Mario Bros. - The player can jump on Koopa Troopas to steal their shells and ride in them, similar to the Blue Shell power-up.
  • Super Princess Peach - The theme for Super Bell Hill has similarities to this game's Ladida Plains music.
  • Super Mario Galaxy/Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Green Stars make an appearance, replacing Star Medals from Super Mario 3D Land. Captain Toad returns and the levels where Captain Toad is playable contains the Toad Brigade theme from the Super Mario Galaxy games. There are secret underground rooms where the player can collect sequences of Coins for a limited time and receive a prize if all Coins are collected. Rosalina's special ability is the Star Spin attack. Rosalina's emblem is a Grand Star. Super Galaxy, a stage based off of the Super Mario Galaxy games appears, and so do Octoombas, Fizzlits, and the Comet Observatory. The Comet Observatory theme (3rd version) plays in the World Crown map area, while a cover of Gusty Garden Galaxy's theme can be heard in Honeycomb Starway, Honeycomb Skyway, and Champion's Road.[17] The final boss themes (and the Meowser defeated fanfare) have portions of the themes for the Battlerock Galaxy, Bowser's Galaxy Reactor, and Bowser's Galaxy Generator. The overworld map of World Star has Star Bits in the background. Also, Grumblumps have a similar appearance to Rhomps. The Beat Block mechanic returns under the name "Beep Block", and the Beep Block stages return to the "beep-beep-beep-switch" rhythm as in Super Mario Galaxy 2 with the same tempo as the Beat Block Galaxy theme as well. There is additionally a level called Boss Blitz; this is in reference to the Boss Blitz Galaxy.
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii/New Super Mario Bros. U - The abilities to do a simultaneous Ground Pound with multiple players, pick up other players, and place their character in a bubble make a return. Assist Play is similar to Boost Mode from the latter game in that the player can stop/hinder enemies with the GamePad, as well as pause stage obstacles like the rolling hills. In Snowball Park, the night-time setting with the background aurora mirrors Spinning-Star Sky. Fire Toad's colors are exactly the same as Fire Yellow Toad's colors from these games.
  • Super Mario 3D Land - Super Mario 3D World is the sequel to this game, and thus has some similarities to said game. Many of this game's music is reused or remixed, and a cover of the jazz variation of the main theme plays in Super Block Land. The snow theme and castle theme return in this game, but they are now orchestrated. The base beat and some tunes of the music in Simmering Lava Lake is similar to the music that plays in World 8-5 and World 8-Bowser: Part 2 in this game. Warp Boxes, Mystery Boxes, Peepas, Coin Coffers, Goomba Towers, Stingbies, Biddybuds, and Para-Biddybuds all return. The levels in World Mushroom and World Flower are similar to the levels from this game.
  • Mario Kart 7 - Princess Peach's portrait from this game, located in Sherbet Rink, is reused.
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 - Golden Koopa Troopas and wearable ? Blocks return in Golden Warp Pipes.

References in later games

  • Mario Kart 8 - The Piranha Plant returns as an item. Stamp images are reused in N64 Rainbow Road's fireworks. The Double Cherry appears as an ad in Toad Harbor. There is a DLC cup named the Bell Cup, which has a course called Super Bell Subway. Cat Peach also appears as a playable character.
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - The crown mechanic in Battle Mode is similar to the mechanic in multi-player of Super Mario 3D World, where the player with the highest score from one stage will be wearing a crown in the next stage.
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - The game is a spin-off title based around the Captain Toad's Adventures levels which originated from Super Mario 3D World. Several elements also return, including music. Super Bell Hill, Shadow-Play Alley, Clear Pipe Cruise, and Conkdor Canyon return as stages in the Wii U version. The ending cutscene of the Wii U version also reveals that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a prequel.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U: Peach and Rosalina's red costumes are based on their Fire forms in Super Mario 3D World.
    • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - Three pieces of music from Super Mario 3D World (Super Bell Hill, The Great Tower Showdown 2, and Champion Road) can be selected, and the Toad trophy refers to Captain Toad's inability to jump.
  • Super Mario Maker - Rosalina's Mystery Mushroom costume reuses several voice clips from Super Mario 3D World. Cat Mario and Cat Peach appear as Mystery Mushroom costumes, with their voice clips from Super Mario 3D World playing when jumping, and the "course clear" and "lose a life" jingles are reused.
  • Super Mario Odyssey - Several sound effects and voice clips from Super Mario 3D World are reused. When RoboBrood is defeated, the Broodals appear as fireworks in the sky similar to when Bowser is defeated in The Great Tower of Bowser Land. Ty-Foos and Parabones reappear as enemies, as do Chargin' Chucks with their design from Super Mario 3D World. Captain Toad's design is reused. The sprites of Cat Mario and Cat Peach from Super Mario Maker appear in various Kingdoms.
  • Super Mario Maker 2 - A theme based on Super Mario 3D World can be used. Enemies such as Ant Troopers and Piranha Creepers also appear. Levels from Super Mario 3D World such as Super Bell Hill, Conkdor Canyon, and Gargantuan Grotto appears in the background of certain themes in the game.

Music

Unlike the music of its predecessor, which is digitally created, Super Mario 3D World uses live recorded music, and much of the music is focused on band-style music, including jazz, rock, and orchestra.

Trivia

  • This is the first game to be composed by Yasuaki Iwata since joining Nintendo in 2013. He would later work on Mario Kart 8 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • This is the first 3D Mario game to feature 4-player multiplayer.
  • This is Kenta Motokura's first game as a director after working as the level design director in previous Mario games. Motokura would later direct Super Mario Odyssey alone.
  • This is the last 3D game to use a "linear"-style gameplay before the return of the "exploration"-focused gameplay as featured in Odyssey.
  • If one counts the support items, Super Mario 3D World has the most traditional power-ups in any Mario platformer thus far, with eighteen power-ups (compared to Super Mario Bros. 3, which has nine).
  • The character icons from this game (with the exception of Rosalina and Captain Toad's icons) are used in Club Nintendo prizes.
  • If one looks closely, the plants dance to the background music, changing animations

References

  1. http://mynintendonews.com/2013/06/12/peach-wasnt-originally-planned-as-a-playable-character-in-super-mario-3d-world/
  2. Gallaway, Brad (February 19, 2014). Super Mario 3D World Review GameCritics. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  3. Metacritic score of Super Mario 3D World. Metacritic. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  4. GameRankings score of Super Mario 3D World GameRankings. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  5. Walton, Mark (November 19, 2013). GameSpot GameSpot. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  6. Otero, Jose (November 19, 2013). IGN IGN. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  7. Carter, Chris (November 19, 2013). [1] Destructoid. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  8. Cook, Adam (November 19, 2013).[2] God is a Geek. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
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