Next Mario Platformer Announced!
All seemed quiet on the Mario front, but today, on my FB wall, a trailer video on Super Mario 3D World; the newest 3D platformer for the Wii U, announced last week and planned for release in December. (I was still waiting for a proposed “downloadable content” (DLC) addon to SM3DLand!)
The big new powerup now is CAT Mario! (And the game’s logo shows a cat tail sticking out, replacing the raccoon tail!). It’s gained from a bell mushroom knocked out of blocks.
Cat Mario can climb walls, and climb to the top of the flagpole if he jumped onto it further down.
It will now be the first four player (like SMBW and SMBWU) 3D game, and it goes back to the old SMB2 lineup of Mario, Luigi, the Princess and Toad (but a blue-spotted one instead of red).
Some people are happy to see it’s not the same “the princess is kidnapped” theme. But like SMB3 (where she was free and sent messages throughout the game), she can still be kidnapped in the last world.
•A purple boss who’s some sort of king (wearing a crown), leading some to wonder if Bowser is the boss. (Probably just a new underboss. The game still has Bowser flags at the checkpoints).
•Clear pipes (some of them having coins running through them)
•Some sort of clear blocks that are invisible until you point to them with the remote
•A little orange dinosaur you ride through water surface on
•Some sort of little ice buggy rides with goombas (don’t know if this might be a separate mini game or something)
•And all the typical “NSMB age” and 3D Mario features, plus all-new characters.
Will this be what finally leads me to get the Wii U? (Then, I would want to catch up with last winter’s NSMBWU, as well. Or maybe not, as it is so much like NSMBW, though I did want a chance to see if I could beat the final castle, which doesn’t look that hard). Oh well, trying it out it at Nintendo World will make for a nice addition to my Christmas season visits to the Rockefeller Center area!