Back in September, Nintendo announced previous Wii U exclusive Super Mario 3D World would be coming to Switch, and it would also feature an add-on of some kind called Bowser’s Fury. Well today, the company released a new trailer showcasing what exactly this pack-in is, and there’s a whole lot to unpack here.
First, it looks like there’s a kind of open world structure here. Not something on the scale of Cyberpunk 2077, but Mario is definitely running around a more open space than in the base Super Mario 3D World, which had a lot of crafted levels made for cooperative play. The multiplayer element appears to be MIA in Bowser’s Fury, but cooperation still seems to be a pillar, as Bowser Jr. is accompanying Mario throughout and can do things our hero can’t. So it seems like there’s some unresolved family issues happening here if Mario and Bowser Jr. are teaming up to fight the little koopa kid’s dad.
Even if the level design is a little different, much of Super Mario 3D World’s mechanics are still around, like the inclusion of the Super Bell item that allows Mario use a cat suit that lets him climb up the side of walls and pounce like the apex predator he is. However, it looks like the Super Bell is getting an upgrade in Bowser’s Fury and Mario’s cat form along with it. At the end of the trailer we see Bowser has achieved some new, giant form that Mario and Bowser Jr. can’t fight at their normal height, but they can use a giant Super Bell that lets Mario grow to a size comparable to his opponent, while also getting spikey golden Super Saiyan hair from the Dragon Ball series. The trailer doesn’t show how Mario’s abilities are different when he’s Super Saiyan Giant Feline Plumber Man Saiyan, but maybe we’ll get a better sense of how these kaiju fights will work when we get closer to Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury launches on Switch on February 12.
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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury was one of many announcements and projects Nintendo announced as part of Super Mario’s 35th anniversary. However, some of them are only being made available for a limited time, including Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a compilation of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy for the Switch, that will be pulled from the Nintendo eShop and store shelves in March. This seems to be a new, weird practice from Nintendo, as it’s doing the same thing with its re-release of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, which it plans to remove from the eShop at some point. Which is a huge shame, as the game had never been released in English before this re-launch, and once it’s gone there won’t be a way for anyone to get this version of the game again.