The lights are on
Mario and friends have a few new tricks up their sleeves, and they're going to need them. Nintendo revealed new information about Super Mario 3D World, including a new cherry powerup, and loads more.
We spied a ton of new gimmicks, enemies, and other tidbits during a gameplay video shown during Nintendo's latest Nintendo Direct.
Piranha plants popped up several times during the clip. In one underground section, players have to slink past the plant's spiny vines without getting poked. Another has players popping a dozing plant in the face to knock it backward, which grants them the space to move past. One of the coolest moments involving the snappy-faced creatures involved a tiny potted version, which could be picked up and held, and then used as an offensive item against anyone foolish enough not to get the heck out of the way.
Sporting equipment is another repeated theme, with shots of baseballs and soccer balls being tossed and kicked at enemies. Considering it's a Super Mario World game, that shouldn't be too surprising. You all remember Chargin' Chuck, right?
Some of the other items on display included a cherry, which splits Mario (or his friends) into smaller duplicates. Players them control them simultaneously. Even better, it builds off existing powerups, so if you picked up a fire flower before grabbing a cherry, both of your characters will be able to sling fireballs. We also spotted a canoe-like vehicle skidding on the snow, a red-ball-firing skull block, and a coin block that leaves trails of cash. Characters activate the latter two items by wearing them over their bodies, and you can see their little feet working beneath. Mario also appears to have picked up some stealth tricks from Solid Snake, hiding under the coin box amid a group of unsuspecting goombas.
The game looks great, and Nintendo is jazzing up the presentation in some surprising ways. One level is shot in silhouette, and the effect is striking.
For more information on Super Mario 3D World, check out our earlier preview on the game. Look for Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U on November 22.
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This looks fantastic. While I was like a lot of people and a bit disappointed that it wasn't Galaxy 3 at first, this has completely gotten me over that.
That...actually impressed me.
Having seen this, I might be a little more excited for this than DCK:TF (an amendment to a comment I made on the DK article earlier). If all those items are available to each player in multiplayer mode, I can see my living room turning into a beautiful madhouse in short order.
This game looks really good. But I can't buy a Wii U now. :(
Why can't it be November 22nd already!? This game looks so good! I really want Super Mario 3D World! I absolutely loved Super Mario 3D Land (I think that it is better than the Galaxy series.) and have been waiting for a sequel to 3D Land since I finished the game in January 2012!
Pretty awesome looking hub world.
Wow. I was already interested in this game, it being a 3D Land sequel and all, but now I'm really impressed. This looks to return to Mario's more creative 2D roots in the best ways possible.
I am very impressed bu this! It looks like it's going to be great. I sure wish I had a Wii U!
Looks really cool. Cant wait for November 22.
Game looks amazing, will be buying this during the Holiday rush.
I hope that music will not play during the game. If it does then i may have to mute the music and keep SFX on. Another must buy for the Wii U.
Nintendo seriously knows how to make their franchises fun. That looks like a blast!