Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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 Popular with kids
Kid-friendly classic gets fun add-ons for a new generation.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 19 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Bright, cheerful visuals create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Local multiplayer encourages friendly, cooperative social gaming experiences, and puzzles promote creative thinking. Messages of friendship, helping others, exploration, and curiosity.

Positive Role Models

Mario and his pals just want to do right by their friends -- and, in the case of Bowser's Fury, even some of their enemies. They participate in a bit of cartoonish combat, but most of the journey is joyful exploration and discovery mixed with lots of little brainteasers -- the sorts of activities that inspire curiosity.

Ease of Play

Simple instructions appear as needed within the game, and guides can be accessed at any time in the menu. Younger players can play with more experienced players for a little help, and Bowser Jr. can be controlled by the computer to provide a customizable level of assistance.

Violence & Scariness

Mario and friends hop on, swipe at, shoot fireballs at, and throw boomerangs at fantasy cartoon creatures, who simply fall over and disappear when defeated.

Language
Consumerism

Part of the sprawling Mario series, which has generated plenty of games, merchandise, and related items such as amiibo -- used to unlock bonuses within the game -- that many fans are eager to purchase. Super Mario 3D World was previously released for the Nintendo Wii in 2013.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is an action/adventure game for the Nintendo Switch. This is a re-release of a Wii U game from 2013 with lots of added content. As in the original game, players spend their time running around brightly colored environments dressed in various power-bestowing outfits (such as a cat suit), making their way to each level's end while solving puzzles and occasionally hopping on or shooting a fireball toward the cartoonish enemies that try to block their progress. The violence is pretty tame, with fantasy creatures like goombas and koopa troopas simply disappearing once defeated. Cooperative local multiplayer makes for a rich and rewarding social gaming experience for up to four friends, and the upbeat vibe and push to explore the world and help other characters foster a sense of curiosity and discovery. Keep in mind, though, that Mario is a juggernaut game property, and once players get a taste for him in this game, they're bound to want some of his other games and related fan merchandise. This includes amiibo, which are used to unlock special bonus items during play. New amiibo specifically themed to this game will be available for purchase during its release.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byImAKid325 April 14, 2021

This is one of the best games in the world

I think it has perfect graphics perfect games bundle Perfect bosses (Even If one Of these games are ports) and 3D!
Adult Written bysomeonesus April 6, 2021

The amazing bundle.

As a Mario collector, the announcement of this game 100% thrilled gamers.With the Wii U classic Super Mario 3D World and the new and improved Bowsers Fury, whic... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byicecreamdoggie March 7, 2021

Great game but some problems

Its a cool game. Its just that there's only 2 girls to play as. And you have to unlock one of them! I dont mind playing as the boys but there moves are not... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 11, 2021

AWESOME!

WOW! THIS GAME IS AWESOME! JUST THINK ABOUT IT! TWO ADVENTURES ALL IN ONE! THAT IS REALLY COOL. But 6 year olds can't play cause bowser is creepy in bowser... Continue reading

What's it about?

SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD + BOWSER'S FURY is a remastered and lightly reworked version of a classic platformer first released for Wii U. In bringing it to a fresh audience, Nintendo has kept the core game -- in which Mario and his friends adventure to save the Sprixie kingdom -- intact. Players explore imaginative three-dimensional stages alone or with the help of up to three additional friends, by running, jumping, climbing, and dodging. Each character -- Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Rosalina -- has his or her own special ability, such as being able to jump a bit higher. The developers have taken advantage of the Switch's more powerful hardware to spruce up the graphics a bit, and they've also tweaked some of the play systems, giving players improved control by making the heroes move a little quicker and adding a picture-taking mode to make it easy to share images of the game with friends. The main draw for returning players will likely be an entirely new set of stages to explore in Bowser's Fury, where Mario teams up with Bowser Jr. to figure out what has driven his dad into a fit of rage. It employs the same game mechanics but places the action in a bigger, free-to-roam open world with cat-themed objects. Bowser Jr. tags along with Mario, controlled either by another player or the game's artificial intelligence, acting as a helper who runs around grabbing coins and power-ups to save you time.

Is it any good?

It's no secret that the Wii U never really caught on with gamers like other Nintendo consoles, despite being home to a number of great games like this one. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury -- an exemplary entry in the Mario catalog -- on Switch is a welcome treat. Its 3D worlds are inspired, loaded with seemingly endless secrets and items to collect, from stamps to power-ups that you can store for later use if your hero already has one. And the cat suit makes for wonderfully memorable play scenarios as players try to make Mario scramble up walls to reveal hidden areas and attack enemies head-on. It looks and plays a little better, thanks to some of the tweaks Nintendo made for this port, but the reason it remains such a great game eight years after it originally launched is because of its timeless controls and classic design, which in many ways hearken back to previous Mario platformers and seem almost never to age. The ability to play with others -- locally or online -- and choose from a variety of characters just adds to the fun.

The original game alone should be enough to convince plenty of families to pick this one up, but the addition of what essentially feels like a second game in Bowser's Fury -- which you can choose to start playing right out of the box from the main menu -- is a terrific bonus. It's smaller than the adventure it's been bundled with but provides players with an open world to explore, which isn't something Mario fans have had before. The free-to-roam design means this game doesn't feel as tightly choreographed as other Mario adventures, and the constant threat of a raging Bowser showing up to make chaos rain from the skies for several minutes can be a little intimidating (though you'll have opportunity to make Mario grow to enormous size to combat him). But Bowser's Fury provides plenty of opportunity to further hone your Mario platforming skills. And the lovely feline-themed world in which it's set, where everything from the trees and shrubs Mario passes to the badges he collects are bestowed with cat-like cuteness, will be a treat for cat lovers. It's an excellent finish for what's already a terrific game, and just the sort of incentive that should prove alluring to anyone who loved the original but is sitting on the fence for this remaster. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury should find a warm welcome from players of all ages on Nintendo Switch.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Mario's character strengths. Mario started out as a standard hero saving stereotypical damsels in distress, but how has his character -- as well as those of his allies and enemies -- changed over time?

  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is designed to be played both alone and with others. Do you prefer playing by yourself, or with others? If you like playing with others, is it because it makes the game easier or because you enjoy the social aspect?

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