Super Mario 3D World - Post-E3 Preview

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Nintendo's 'Super Mario 3D World' for Wii U.

Releasing later this year for Wii U is a new core Mario experience, and it's one that takes its cues from a game 25 years its senior.

"I don't know if you're familiar with the Super Mario franchise where Super Mario Bros. 2 we have the same four characters [sic]," said Nintendo of America's Hector Solis.  "We have Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach is back, and Toad."

Super Mario 3D World's four playable characters return with the same abilities they had in Super Mario Bros. 2 (a.k.a. Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic).

"Peach can float, Mario's the all-around guy, Luigi can have the higher jump, and Toad's really fast," listed Solis.  "So that's a great rendition to Super Mario Bros. 2 from the past."

The game will also have a good amount of new features as well, the most noticeable of which is the game's shift away from its traditional 2D side scrolling style.

"It's a completely open world," Solis pointed out.  "You'll be able to do things, have new transformations."

The most noteworthy of the new transformations is the new Bell item that can be found in the series' iconic question mark blocks.  It turns Mario and his friends into felines who can better pounce enemies, climb walls to reach otherwise unreachable areas, and one other key ability that comes in handy at the end of levels.

"If you're, for instance, Cat Mario and you jump only halfway up the flag, the cat will run all the way up to the top and you still get that '1UP'," explained Solis.

Also new to Super Mario 3D World are its pipes - or, rather, how the pipes now work.

Many of the pipes are now not only transparent, but traversable.  The player will be able to change direction in the middle of a pipe, navigate into adjoining pipes, and even collect coins or encounter enemies within.

As for the story, Nintendo is remaining tight-lipped at the moment.  Due to the fact that players can play as Princess Peach, it's probably safe to assume that she hasn't been kidnapped by Bowser again (though Princess Daisy could be fair game).  Nintendo fans can probably expect to find out more in regards to the game's plot by the time the game launches this Holiday season.


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