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[Preview] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

In early September last year, it was announced that Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is coming to Nintendo Switch. When this news came out, I was immediately very enthusiastic. This is because I never got to play Super Mario 3D World. In addition, the Switch version also has a brand new adventure and a few extra features. Nintendo gave us the opportunity to get started with Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury at an early stage. What is my first impression of both Super Mario 3D World and Bowser’s Fury? You read it in this preview. 

Super Mario 3D World

It has been a while since Super Mario 3D World first appeared on Wii U in 2013. Despite the fact that the Wii U was released a long time ago, the game still looks amazingly good on the Switch. The game looks very sharp and the colors jump off the screen. Moreover, the controls are very simple for someone who has played 3D Mario games before, making Super Mario 3D World very accessible for many gamers. 

Immediately when you jump into the first level you get a choice of four characters. Of course Mario will be there, but you can also play as Luigi, Toad or princess Peach. Each character has his or her own skills: Luigi can jump a little higher, Toad run a little faster and Peach runs a bit slower, but can then float in the air for a little longer. Mario has no special abilities, but is therefore an excellent option to play with if you have little experience.

If you finally managed to get hold of five cat suns, you can wake up the so-called gigabel. You can then touch this gigabel so that something very special happens. Mario then changes into Giga-Cat-Mario, where you go into battle with Fury-Bowser himself! Unfortunately, it will be quite a difficult task to collect cat suns, because every now and then Furie-Bowser will show up. Fortunately, you will receive some kind of warning for this. At one point it starts to rain stormy and the music becomes a lot less cheerful. When that happens, you know that Furie-Bowser is about to attack you. By the way, you can also take a good look at the Fury-Bowser shield. This will gradually come to the surface so that you can estimate a bit when the danger is lurking. 

And then the peace was over

Fury-Bowser will of course not hide forever and will come right in front of you at a moment so that you know that the sensation has started. Meteors are all falling from the sky and many fireballs and fire rays come from Fury-Bowser’s mouth. To scare Fury-Bowser away, the moment you see him, you can touch a cat sun so that the light from the lighthouse shines in his face. If there is no cat sun nearby, stay calm and find a place to hide if necessary. Fortunately, Furie-Bowser will leave you alone after some time, which is a nice thought if you can’t find cat sun for a while. 

Temporary conclusion

As you can read in this preview, I am already very excited about Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. As far as I can tell now, even after many years later, Super Mario 3D is still a good and very entertaining game. It’s also nice that Nintendo has added a brand new adventure in the form of Bowser’s Fury. It remains to be seen whether this adventure is big and special enough for people who have played Super Mario 3D World before. 

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