Trust me, I was a little skeptical prior to the game's release. I even didn't bother about it. But when Mario Kart 8 was coming out, I BEGGED my dad to get a Wii U for Mario Kart 8. A few months later, he said that he was going to get the Super Mario 3D World Bundle with Mario Kart 8. Glad I said, it's one of the best main Mario titles in my opinion.
Now we will talk about the game the common sense way (not included in score).
Positive Messages: (** out of 5) Honestly, there's no dialogue in this game. But it teaches kids to roam around and collect everything and of course, take back the Kingdom.
Positive Role Models: (***** out of 5) Finally, Peach can show that she isn't a wimp!
Ease of play: (***** out of 5) Top notch controls, easy to jump in and out in multiplayer.
Violence and scariness: (* out of 5) The most it will come to being violent is during boss battles and Bowser. Otherwise, it's just a Kid-Friendly Game.
Consumerism: (*** out of 5) There's Mario toys available.
Safety and Privacy concerns: (**** out of 5) Please be aware that Miiverse posts are being posed worldwide. But to be honest, the posts are rarely inappropriate.
Engaging: (***** out of 5) The amount to do here is groundbreaking and diverse form cats to multiplayer.
Learning Curve: (** out of 5) Collaboration and teamwork are key in this multiplayer game.
Support: (** out of 5) There's a manual, a white tanooki if you get stuck, and MiiVerse Posts for tips.
Now for the real review:
Design: (10 out of 10) Super Mario 3D World is a master class at creating amazing, imaginative levels like Hands on Hall, The Great Goal Pole, and more. It just feels like Mario Heaven. The Artwork also puts on the shine of the game too.
Controls: (9 out of 10) Fluid, smooth, and precise controls never disappoint. Mario is an all-rounder, Luigi jumps higher but he's a little skittish, Peach floats, and Toad Sprints. They all control very easily and while there could be some very odd camera angles, it does it just fine.
Multiplayer: (10 out of 10) Easy to jump in, easy to jump out. No bumping to each other. It feels improved this time around.
Presentation: (9.5 out of 10) Really nice graphics, jazzy music feels like this game is made real.
Replayablility: (9 out of 10) There's a lot to collect and you could do time trials with Mii Ghosts. It's just that it feels empty at the very very end.
Overall, Super Mario 3D World is a must own for Wii U owners and it turns out o be one of the best local co-op games of all time. I'm going to give it a 9.5 out of 10.
Developer: Nintendo EAD
System: Wii U
ESRB rating: Rated E
Metacritic: 4.5/5 or 93 (highest rated for the console)