SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD
RRP: $ 79 ( REVIEWED ON NINTENDO WII U)
FOR Mario’s latest outing, Nintendo has combined some of its best ideas, both old and new and injected new life into them, including fun new power ups, clever level design and a charming soundtrack.
The game’s over- world map is one of the many striking new changes to the Super Mario formula. You’re no longer locked to a set path as in games past, instead you can roam around the world map freely, smashing blocks and discovering a secret or two.
As in previous games, there are eight main worlds to explore. Each has its own themed environment fi lled with challenges, puzzles and boss battles.
A new addition that springs up everywhere are transparent pipes to travel through. This new game mechanic lets you navigate your character effortlessly between areas, but these can also be used by Mario’s enemies. This leads to a number of creative scenarios.
While you can play the game alone, switching between four different characters from the Nintendo stable, the gameplay is ideally suited to co- operative play.
You and up to three friends can work as a team to complete tasks, utilising the different strengths and abilities of each character.
As well as completing the puzzles and challenges in each world, there plenty of collectables to seek out too. Precious green stars must be collected to progress through the game, plus there is a special stamp hidden in each world.
My only real gripe with Super Mario 3D World is that Nintendo has not offered a proper online multiplayer option, so be prepared to fi ll your couch with friends to get the most out of this game as it only supports local co- operative gameplay.