New Super Mario 3D World – London Post-E3 Hands-On Impressions

You’ve likely already seen our glimpses at Yoshi’s New Island, The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Kart 8, but the fun certainly didn’t stop there when PopBucket attended Nintendo’s exclusive post-E3 event in London this Tuesday.

New Super Mario 3D World was in attendance, and we joined up with a motley duo of miscreants from a fellow gaming website for some multiplayer fun in World 2 -1 — a traditional romp through the kind of grassy knolls and general pleasantry pocked with everything trying to kill you that you’d expect of a Super Mario game.

Out of curiosity, we opted for the traditional Wiimote-held-sideways control system as we sallied forth with jump-high-tacular Luigi. The D-Pad takes a few seconds of adjusting to when controlling in the 3D space, but New Super Mario 3D Land on the 3DS ensured that we were familiar with the hold-a-button-to-run mechanic also evident in this Wii U fun-fest.

New Super Mario 3D World Desert

Toad effortlessly wins the Fart Your Way Down The Desert Dunes Competition, infuriating a local bee.

As expected, the game’s a visual treat, and plenty of fun besides. It’s actually surprising how well the four player mayhem of the New Super Mario Bros. series translates into a 3D environment, and having playable Peach after so many years is certainly a treat. The characters behave as they did in Super Mario Bros. 2, which is a great touch, and the Cat Suit is far more fun than it should be, seeing you scuttle up walls in ways that’d make Sega’s favourite echidna green with envy — although unlike him, Mario and his pals will fall off the wall if left hanging too long. The powers of kittens are formidable indeed (just ask the internet), but they’re not indefinitely available.

Nevertheless, your casual disregard for gravity, general cuteness and ability to scratch the frell out of friend and foe alike make for some entertaining scrapes — literally. The bubble system from the 2D games is certainly in effect, and the level design is as hysterically inventive as you’d expect.

It looks, sounds and feels like Super Mario alright, but the multiplayer shenanigans add an extra dimension that some fans have been crying out for since gaming began. Having a full quartet of capering loons helping and hindering one another in equal measure is great fun indeed, and it’s impossible to proceed through the game without a big grin on your face.

And hey. For once, Peach hasn’t been kidnapped. It’s a whole new world, baby!

Author: Tony White

Narcissistic manchild Tony is known for his penchant for red and black, and was the accidental but grateful namesake of a sandwich in a Norwich coffee shop. He appreciates any media that doesn’t take itself too seriously. He doodles, does a weird webcomic and self-publishes comedy novels despite popular demand.

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