04 Feb 2021 12:43 PM +00:00

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury review: Good News Switch Fans, Wii U Re-Release Is Another Hit

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is due to release February 12, 2021. With not long left, is it worth it?

Power up, team up, and one up in order to save the Sprixie Kingdom in Super Mario 3D World.

Early reviews have come from the revered Japanese magazine Famitsu and paint an interesting picture of this Wii U Original.

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Review Scores

Famitsu Reviewers gave Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury the following scores: 9/9/8/10

This means as a total, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury got a pretty comfortable 36/40.

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What's interesting is that this is a bit less than the original Wii U release, which scored a near-perfect 38/40.

Famitsu also gave Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch a lower score than its' original Wii U release. So, does Famitsu just really like the Wii U?

One Of The Lowest Rated Super Mario Games

Shockingly, even with a 36/40, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is one of the lowest-rated Mario games on the Nintendo Switch at the moment.

In the past, Famitsu gave the following Nintendo Switch Mario games the following:

  • Super Mario Odyssey: 39/40
  • Super Mario Galaxy: 38/40
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2: 37/40
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe: 32/40
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THE BEST - Odyssey is the highest-rated Super Mario from Famitsu, but is it the best?

Despite this lower review score, Famitsu praised the added online play and found that they were impressed by the replayability of the challenging new Bowser's Fury mode.

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Bowser's Fury

You might be wondering... What is Bowser's Fury?

Bowser's Fury is a "short but action-packed" free-roam adventure that has players teaming up with Bowser Jr.?!

You read that right. Mario has to travel to the cat-themed Lake Lapcat and help save the world from Bowser's fury.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Angry Bowser
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FURY - Bowser is angry and it's up to Mario and Bowser Jr. to stop him!

In this mode, Bowser Jr. can be controlled via a second player in co-op. The two must traverse the world collecting Cat Shines in order to drive back the darkness threatening the terrain.

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Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is the same, incredible co-op game that boasts an improved take on all the same levels and power-ups.

In the Super Mario 3D World part of the game, characters move faster and the dash powers up more quickly. Both adventures support the newly added Snapshot Mode—pause the action to get the perfect shot, apply filters, and decorate with stamps!

Super Mario 3D World isn't your ordinary Super Mario game, though! Players can choose from Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Co-Op Mario Luigi Peach Toad
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TOGETHER! - Super Mario games are always best when played with friends

Not only this, but each character plays differently too! For example, Luigi can jump higher than the others and Peach can float.

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Nintendo has also confirmed that Rosalina is available as a playable character later in the game. Sadly, though, it seems Toadette has been left out.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is due to release February 12, 2021, on Nintendo Switch. It comes as part of the Super Mario 35th Anniversary celebrations.