hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World is so catty

11:07 PM on 06.11.2013 // Tony Ponce
  @megaStryke

Cats rule, dogs drool

No, it's not Galaxy 3 -- and I would have been upset if it was. Rather, Super Mario 3D World is taking the 2D-3D hybrid platforming of Super Mario 3D Land on 3DS, incorporating the multiplayer chaos of New Super Mario Bros. Wii and U, and slipping the cast into kitty pajamas.

Mario has worn some cute outfits in his day, but you are seriously not prepared for the cat suit. Squirrel Mario? It's a smelly, flying rodent compared to Cat Mario.

If you've played Super Mario 3D Land, you know what's up. Instead of the sprawling open worlds of past 3D Marios, you've got enclosed spaces with a flag planted at the end. The difference this time is that four players get to muscle one another on their trek towards the finish.

Making her grand return as a playable character is Princess Peach, taking the place of Yellow Toad, a.k.a. Ala-Gold. Yep! No more waiting around in castles for her! And similar to Super Mario Bros. 2, each character has a unique attribute -- Mario is the all-around dude, Luigi can jump super high, Peach can hover short distances, and Toad is the fastest runner.

Playing with a full party can be as frustrating as in NSMB Wii and U, so you can tap a button to go into a protective bubble at any time. But unlike NSMB, you can pop yourself out of the bubble -- no need to wait for one of your selfish "friends" to bust you out.

A single player can of course rock the GamePad (with gyro-enabled free look) while other players use sideways Wii Remotes. But have no fear! You can opt to use the Pro Controller instead!

The biggest draw is of course the cat suit, which is granted once you find the bell power-up. As Kitty Softpaws, you can perform a cat scratch, scramble up walls, and perform a claw dive that wouldn't look out of place in Divekick. And you look sooo adorable with your fluffy fur and ears!

Oh, and are you sick of trying to jump to the top of the flagpole and missing? As a cat, you can just run up the pole! The cat suit is a game changer, guys!

3D World director Koichi Hayashida and producer Yoshiaki Koizumi explained to me that the idea to use a cat to represent theses new mechanics derived from one of the other members of the dev team, who has a habit of drawing tons and tons and tons of cat pictures. Hayashida and Koizumi liked the pics so much and realized that a cat would be perfect for what they're trying to implement.

This may not be what we were expecting out of a next-gen Mario, but friggin' cats, man! And you'll get to play with the kitties this December.

Photo Gallery: (9 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys



Tony Ponce, Contributor
 Follow Blog + disclosure megaStryke Tips
(Decommissioned) Super Fighting Robot more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Add your impressions

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Mike Wallace avatarMike Wallace
Could you stop calling Metal Gear Solid V Kojima's "swan song?" He's not retired, for crying out loud.
extatix avatarextatix
Seems rather excessive for a 3ds game. (3ds xl for scale) [img]http://i.imgur.com/DwOtP0s.jpg?1[/img]
Cosmonstropolis avatarCosmonstropolis
Tried the stealth approach for awhile, time to switch things up. *plants C4 everywhere* I'll probably toss one on the poor schmuck that delivers my copy of MGS V. For taking so long.
WryGuy avatarWryGuy
Just a quick update for folks. Phil/Mike Martin is off the streets and safe for the next month. Thanks to everyone who helped out. You can keep up to on the forums: http://www.outerheavenforums.com/showthread.php?41974-The-Save-a-Phil-Foundation
Script avatarScript
Watching Twin Peaks for the first time. Just yooou... aaaand IIII...
Perro avatarPerro
So the 3DS Dragon Quest VII remake is coming to mobile in Japan, so there's a chance that version will get ported over here. Not ideal but if we get it at all I'll be happy!
The Travisionist avatarThe Travisionist
I'm just waiting for "Mad Max: U Mad, Bro?"
gajknight avatargajknight
Put down the deposit for my new car, will probably be able to pick it up on the weekend. Insurance is pretty good too, sub £1000 which is excellent. Kinda. My mum tried to reverse in 5th gear. She drives an automatic. What a noob. :P
Bardley avatarBardley
We are Diamond Dogs.
IDrawOnTape avatarIDrawOnTape
I get to work to stock and STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STREET DATE SEPT 4 OMG STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STREET DATE SEPT 4 STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS WHY ISN'T IT SEPT 4?
Cosmonstropolis avatarCosmonstropolis
Still waiting by the mailbox. Tranq'd a jogger and stuffed them into a locker just for fun. I keep throwing rocks to get the attention of the neighbors and then hiding in tall grass. They look noticeably upset. Probably because I kept them up all night.
ChillyBilly avatarChillyBilly
Metal Gear or Mad Max? The choice is obvious. [IMG]http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b321/Felth/obvious%20choice.jpg~original[/IMG]
Jiraya avatarJiraya
Quickpostmortem My wife´s dog died yesterday . Rest in peace Diamond Dog . [img]http://i.imgur.com/uVT3HlF.jpg[/img] Here's to you, Malu Rest forever here in our hearts The last and final moment is yours That agony is your triumph
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
Xbone journey continues! I thought I would like Dead Rising 3 well enough as a huge fan of 1/2, but I must say I find it's emphasis on hard drama laughable and the game fundamentally disingenuine. Guess I'm moving on to Forza Horizon 2.
TheDefenestrator avatarTheDefenestrator
I dig the feature in Until Dawn where, if you have the Playstation camera, it will record you briefly during jump scares for you to watch later. It's a really neat use of an underused peripheral. Too bad I'm dead inside and never react to them.
Shinta avatarShinta
[img]http://i.imgur.com/oZ7CQJa.jpg[/img]
nanashi avatarnanashi
Fallout Shelter: Impossible to Learn, Easy to Master.
Mike Wallace avatarMike Wallace
Not saying this is the case, but Kojima has gone on record as being a huge Mad Max: Fury Road fan. Konami decided to release MGSV on the same day as Mad Max TVG. They're trying piss on Kojima's lawn, man.
ooktar avatarooktar
Downloading Phantom Pain. ETA, 16 hours. Just in time for lunch tomorrow.
Mr Knives avatarMr Knives
OH WOW. Talk about a complete about face. After slogging through the horrid beginning and slow ass swap sequence this game picked up exponentially. So far, I'm enjoying the hell out of it now. All if forgiven. Thank you based Kojima.
more quickposts


Contest!


destructoid's previous coverage:
Super Mario 3D World


  May 01

Super Mario 3D World was designed with the New SMB crowd in mind

'Theres still a lot more room for discovery and invention,' says producer


  Mar 15

What if VHS-style tip guides still existed?

I wonder how many of you just asked what a VHS is


  Jan 01

The Year of Luigi 2013: A Retrospective

This one's for little brothers everywhere


  Dec 04

Super Mario 3D World is a great speedrunning opportunity

Easily one of the best in terms of 3D Marios


  Dec 02

Very Quick Video Tips: Super Mario 3D World

Remember those Mario tips? Well they're back - in video form!


  Nov 27

Mario 3D World, Lightning Returns sell poorly in Japan

Nintendo and Square's flagship franchises top charts, but not predecessors


  Nov 24

Super Mario 3D World hip-hop remix by Dj Cutman

Because the main theme wasn't catchy enough as is


View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!



Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -