It’s been a bit of a quiet year for the Switch, with mostly third-party titles and ports filling out Nintendo’s lineup for the console since 2020. The biggest game of the new year, so far, is Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, the upcoming enhanced port of the Wii U original.
And, while the Switch has seen a ton of Wii U ports, this one has been high on fan’s wanted list.
Super Mario 3D World was one of the Wii U’s best games, so it’s no surprise that it’s seeing a port. All seven people who owned a Wii U agreed that stable of first-party games that did come out for the system were all solid: Bayonetta 2, Pikmin 3, Splatoon, Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, and New Super Mario Bros U were all excellent entries for the system. But everyone takes notice when a new 3D Mario game drops.
In many ways, the Switch has felt like the “refined” version of the Wii U formula. Where the Wii U’s game pad had a short range and could only be used near the system, the Switch is portable and can go anywhere.
This perfected version of the Wii U’s chief gimmick afforded the Switch a much greater deal of success than its predecessor, leading Nintendo deciding to port pretty much every first-party title from the Wii U’s lineup over to the Switch.
With Super Mario 3D Land, the only remaining major title on the Wii U that has gotten neither a port nor an enhanced sequel on the Switch is Xenoblade Chronicle X.
This practice has left the seven former Wii U owners feeling a bit cold, since they were hoping for new titles for the Switch. For everyone else, these games are like new.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
Super Mario 3D World rocks. You can go back and read any reviews for that game and apply them to the Switch port. The real talking point of this new release is the brand-new content: Bowser’s Fury.
Unlike the base game, which has levels broken up into bite-sized chunks, the islands of Bowser’s Fury are not broken up by loading screens. It’s one big, seamless open-world level, more akin to Super Mario Odyssey than 3D World.
The biggest new addition here Fury Bowser, a massive, rain-soaked kaiju version of Mario’s perennial villain. He can randomly appear while you’re exploring the challenges of the new area, pelting you with fireballs and generally making life miserable.
This is far and away the most intense and frightening Bowser has been in some time, his massive frame dominating the horizon as he threatens to send you plunging off of the map.
Of course, Mario isn’t helpless: he can use a new power-up to become Giga Cat Mario (yes, that’s the actual name) and then slap Bowser back into the waves he rumbled out of.
If you’ve ever wanted a giant kaiju fight in your Mario game, then Bowser’s Fury is well worth the price of admission for the newest Switch title. Super Mario 3D Land + Bowser’s Fury lands on February 12.