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If You Liked the Latest Super Mario 3D World Trailer, You'll Love the New Screens

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Looks creative and fun enough to us

It's amazing how effective a well constructed trailer can be in either reversing opinion or, less drastically, just building additional hype for a major title. While the Super Mario 3D World E3 trailer was competent, fun and showed off the commercial sense driving Nintendo's Wii U development projects, we think its safe to say it didn't set too many hearts fluttering. Some certainly liked it, others may have thought it was a letdown, but we wouldn't say there was a prevalence of extreme excitement around the web — it was functional rather than fabulous.

After giving us very little to look at since, Nintendo issued the following new trailer last week, below.

The footage not only introduces new power-ups and abilities, but more importantly introduces a doze of anarchic creativity into the mix, with hints of platforming chaos that's become an important part of 3D Mario games, in particular. It's all relatively conventional platforming, still, but it's the little touches and hints of gorgeous level design that we're sure drastically increased the buzz around this title.

Nintendo has now served up a host of new screens, and as the vast majority show off these new ideas and more — as well as looking gorgeous — we thought we'd share them with you in a dedicated article. You'll be able to see them at any time on the game page, of course.


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MAB

#1

MAB said:

Looks like a fresh new Mario experience to me... Lots of different non recycled things going on that hasn't been done before ;)

SirMime

#3

SirMime said:

This game.... My goodness! Can't wait till the end of November! Those shadow level screens look amazing! Also the river dino level shots are bringing back good memories from Eurogamer... That stage is the most fun with four players steering together/screaming with excitement.

Kifa

#9

Kifa said:

Funny thing is - there are still people whining that this is not a "true" Mario game and that we need Galaxy 3 instead. I... uh... really don't understand where is that coming from.

Still this is a 100% day-one disc purchase for me. As much as I preferred to skip Old Reskinned Bros U, the thought of a brand new 3D Mario just gets me excited! :D

NbaJunkie

#10

NbaJunkie said:

Yes! Yes! Purchasing day one on eshop because this is one game I won't want to part with..

rjejr

#12

rjejr said:

They did themselves and this game an injustice w/ that E3 trailer. And it wasn't the graphics, it was the narrative focus on multiplayer which made this game look like just another NSMBU but in 3 dimensions.

If this was originally presented as a new open world Mario game from the makers of Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, but it could be played 4 different ways w/ Mario, high jumping Luigi, fast running Toad, or floating Princess Peach, people would have been so excited. And then at the end you announce - but wait, there's more - you can now play this game 4 different ways all at the same time w/ your friends, and then unveiled the 4 player multiplayer. People would have been deliriously excited.

It's all in the presentation.

This will be the best gift under the Christmas tree.

VoiceOfReason

#13

VoiceOfReason said:

Wow! I will buy this day one, as long as I can get to a store to buy a physical copy. The levels do look a bit gimmicky, but if they're fun, who cares!

jjmesa16

#14

jjmesa16 said:

Still disappointed that it is not Mario Galaxy 3 as that game would have looked extraordinary in HD but this game keeps looking better and better. I wasn't impressed with the trailer at E3 but the trailer last week has convinced me to buy this game. The new screens just make me want it more. Can't wait for the water level, it looks great.

Moshugan

#15

Moshugan said:

@LUIGITORNADO ''It still looks sterile to me.''
Yeah, I know what you mean. I'd prefer it too if they made things look more organic and natural, like how the structures and environments would be if they really were there and had a history, and the enemies/animals were if they really lived in such places etc.
But I think Nintendo goes for this non-realistic straigtforward style for a reason. This way they can make the courses any way they wish without concidering if it would be believable or anything like that.
One feature why I liked Super Mario Sunshine so much was that every level was tied to the island. It made it feel like a real place in a sense. I hope they'd do something like that in the future. :)

NintyMan

#16

NintyMan said:

I have a wonderful feeling this game is going to be bigger than any of us ever imagined. I'm surprised the huge artwork of Mario and a bunch of other characters wasn't posted on here. It shows a Bowser carnival up in the sky and the Comet Observatory from Super Mario Galaxy being faintly behind it, implying that Rosalina and the lumas will be in this game.

I wonder what it would've been like if Nintendo had used this latest trailer as the E3 trailer instead. There would've been much less criticism. I never was disappointed about this game and had faith that it would turn out well, but I'm just as blown away as many here about how much better it looks now. I guess there will always those who want to still hit on it, though, even to be nothing but to be different.

Super Mario 3D World looks incredibly imaginative and fun to me, and having experienced this game first-thing at Best Buy this summer, this is going to be great for multiplayer and the single-player experience will be still be great as well. This has possibly turned into a Day One physical purchase for me!

AlexSora89

#17

AlexSora89 said:

Good God, is the sunset in the fourth-to-last screenshot (the one with Peach) gorgeous. Sorry for the cross-platform reference, but it reminds me of the golden age Spyro games: the style of those games' backgrounds was different and way more abstract, but still, this sunset reminds me of Spyro for some reason. Add that to the nostalgia heap, and you get what will most likely get me to purchase 3D World as soon as I can get my hands on a WiiU (which might sadly not be as soon as next Christmas).

ThomasBW84Admin

#19

ThomasBW84 said:

@MadAussieBloke I'm sure Galaxy 3 would be completely devoid of reused assets too ;)

I honestly don't know why it's a crime to re-use good ideas and assets. If every game was wildly different and brand new, there'd be about ten new titles on all platforms per year, if we were lucky. As consumers, sometimes we just have to get over ourselves and be willing to be entertained.

Moshugan

#20

Moshugan said:

Speaking of the graphics...
Why hasn't Cell Shading been married to Mario yet?
Since after Wind Waker on Gamecube (and later Skyward Sword reinforcing the feeling), I've been thinking that Cell Shading would be the perfect graphical style to bring Mario's adventures to High Definition, without falling into the pitfall of making everything look plastic which is such an easy sin to commit with careless use of shaders and too little detail.

SphericalCrusher

#23

SphericalCrusher said:

Cannot wait! That game looks and plays amazing. I had the opportunity to play it at the Best Buy Nintendo Event earlier in the year.

Rezalack

#25

Rezalack said:

Those pictures make this game look really good, better than the videos I've seen. The more I see of this game the more I'm interested. I have a Wii U.. so odds are I won't be passing it up. I wonder if there will be online co-op.

Nintenjoe64

#28

Nintenjoe64 said:

Still shocked at the number of people jumping on the bandwagon about how this isn't a worthy successor to Galaxy or it's a NSMBU style rehash. These are the same people who keep saying they want Galaxy 3 or Sunshine 2 as if that wouldn't just be a rehash. This looks better than every Mario game released before it, without question.

Goginho

#30

Goginho said:

@Moshugan You know, you got me thinking. The cel-shading idea might not be bad at all. We've seen 2D Mario games with different visual approaches (pixels, pastels, polygons, generic...), and I wouldn't mind seeing a fresh, new art style for a 3D Mario game. I actually had something similar in mind a long time ago, since Mario jumps into paintings for example, and enters new dimensions and levels through some kind of teleportation, they should do a game that's inspired by different artistic directions. For example, have one level be about yarn, as we have seen with Kirby and Yoshi, where you would solve puzzles accordingly. Have another level be in style of chalk or something, add some 2D elements, similar to what we've seen in Galaxy 2, with the "sidescroller" sections. Actually, a really great example, and one that I'm really glad to see, is the shadow-play level demostrated in this upcoming 3D World game. I think it's very creative, and I love the idea of having a whole 2D section dedicated with this silhouette style, plus that wooden Bowser at the end is really neat.

That being said, cel-shading might not be a bad idea. Since Mario is Mario, and needs to stay true to himself for his biggest adventures, then I would love to see at least some kind of creative variety in a future 3D title, levels/missions with different artstyles/visuals creatively integrated into the story and gameplay. I hope Nintendo read our ideas :P

Psychomalone

#31

Psychomalone said:

Can't wait, thought bros u was good, but it wasn't a classic, and thou I was hoping for super Mario universe, this still looks the business. Still think running up the flag pole with the cat suit is cheating thou lol

Not that I won't be doing it every opportunity I get off course :)

C-Olimar

#32

C-Olimar said:

Wasn't interested in this game after E3, but the latest trailer has made it my most anticipated Xmas game!

AdanVC

#35

AdanVC said:

It's amazing how with just a single (but awesome) 2+ minute trailer, this game is now the most anticipated holiday game from most people, even to those who are still skeptical about buying a Wii U or not! I never doubt of this game and the development dream team wich is EAD. I have a feeling that this game would have more freedom than Galaxy 1 & 2, starting byt the fact that here you can freely rotate the camera like in Mario 64 or Sunshine, and it would have even more secrets and levels to unlock than Galaxy, the power-ups, the top-notch level design, the music! (that jazz piece on the trailer is just BRILLIANT!) the graphics, seriously they look like if they were made by Pixar... and in HD! I can't imagine how beautiful it would look on screen. Less than 2 months, I can't waiit!

ScorpionMG

#36

ScorpionMG said:

This was my Christmas gift since they day they announced it :D Totally can't wait until i get my hands on this beauty! :3

Emblem

#37

Emblem said:

The new trailer and screens have turned this from a maybe to a day one purchase for me.

LeVideoGamer

#38

LeVideoGamer said:

Game looks amazing. I might actually preorder this.

And that music! I hope the soundtrack is mostly made up of jazz tracks.

sagen

#39

sagen said:

Wow, I haven't been this excited for a Mario game in a long time.

FritzFrapp

#40

FritzFrapp said:

Thought the game looked awesome on first reveal, and it gets even better with each new glimpse. I REALLY miss the hubworlds such as Delfino Plaza from Sunshine and Peach's Castle from Mario 64 though. Never been a fan of world maps in Mario games.

DarkAngel_17

#41

DarkAngel_17 said:

pre-ordered this game and Donkey Kong yesterday. Glad to see Nintendo are putting a lot of effort into this game. At the moment I'm so enjoying Zelda W.W. HD

Savino

#44

Savino said:

Meh! I guess I am tired of Mario Games! I dont see nothing that catchs my eyes!

Rafie

#45

Rafie said:

@Nintenjoe64 I actually agree. This is THEE best looking Mario game to date without question. I'm extremely impressed with the graphics here. Nintendo really worked hard on this and you can tell. I was already excited during E3 and I'm even more excited now.

LDXD

#46

LDXD said:

I'm so hyped for this game, haven't been this hyped for a Mario game in a loooong time

Dogpigfish

#47

Dogpigfish said:

Played this with my kids at Best Buy's E3 event and this was nothing short of revolutionary. It has some old and some new tricks, but overall is refreshing new experience like Sunshine and Galaxy. The one thing that makes this game incredible are the hd graphics, which are much more fluid than anything you'd see on an Xbox 360. Finally the leading technology meets the experts at creating fun experiences; it's a shame we had to wait so long.

Mommar

#48

Mommar said:

When I first heard of and saw 3D World I was disappointed, not because it wasn't Galaxy 3 (which I never expected to see) but because it was based off of the gameplay from 3D Land, which I honestly felt was a very weak Mario title. The latest trailer has but a lot more interest/faith in me however.

scrubbyscum999

#49

scrubbyscum999 said:

I was skeptical about this being like 3d world, but they are starting to really impress me at this point. I am getting hyped. I mean, look at Bowsers swag car.

Spanjard

#52

Spanjard said:

I need this game like now! :)

Lol look at that goomba chilling in the water and taking a sun bath xD

Giygas_95

#53

Giygas_95 said:

I'd make it a day one purchase, but it's gonna be close to Christmas, and I need to save money for that and for gas!

idork99

#54

idork99 said:

Honestly, when this game was announced at E3 along with the trailer, I was underwhelmed like many. This latest trailer captured my interests a bit. But after looking at these still pics of the game, all I can say is "Wow!"

Personally, it's funny to me that trailers don't get me excited as much as pictures do. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I'm older and grew up looking at video game magazines before streaming video became the norm. Nonetheless, I am officially excited for this game :)

DanMan82

#55

DanMan82 said:

@everybody who wasn't impressed with the game before the new trailer.

Exactly why I don't listen to people who are currently saying the same thing about Smash Bros. Wii U & 3DS.

P.S. I'm psyched for this & Smash!

rjejr

#56

rjejr said:

@InternetFurret - "SM3DW is being developed by the same team that worked in the super mario galaxy series."

I know, that's what I said. At least I think that's what I said. If they mentioned it at the beginning of the E3 video I must have missed it. Considering how good and well liked those 2 games were I would start every SM3DW video w/ "Created by the team who made SMG 1 + 2".

ACK

#57

ACK said:

If you have imagination, the initial trailer (and dev video) was a clear precursor to a refreshing, polished, groundbreaking Mario experience.

I feel as though despite our progressive society we judge things increasingly on their cover or most recent media coverage. How many times have you seen a cool preview of a movie or show you know is going to be terrible only to hear every rave about their anticipation? It's just a commercial made by people trying to market an extremely expensive production that has likely made zero profit by that point!

Trailers are such a poor expression of key aspects such as game and level design that they should be nearly ignored for their relevance to the final product. If you can't read between the lines to intuit those key aspects, then there's little point in forming any opinion whatsoever based upon such a fleeting glimpse...

ACK

#58

ACK said:

@rjejr The E3 direct dev video made all that clear as day. It was obvious this was nothing like NSMB, had full camera control, large worlds/levels, and was a mix of Galaxy and 3D Land design made by the same team.

Sad how often the actual facts get lost or ignored or dismissed in the rush to form preemptive opinions to announce to strangers. No one forces any of us to care or even have an stated opinion on these unreleased games. It's on us to educate ourselves before we cluck about.

EDIT: I also want to point out, that is completely against NCL's apparent ethics. And sort of counter-intuitive to their content-oriented branding.

GearsOfWarU

#59

GearsOfWarU said:

Super Mario 3D World looks Absolutely Amazing.... This will Be the Best Mario Ever !!!! Super Stoked for this Instant Classic ;-D

ModernMARVEL

#60

ModernMARVEL said:

I was one of the only people who wanted it after only the E3 trailer. The new trailer reinsured me (not that I doubted it) and these screenshots exite me even more.

element187

#62

element187 said:

@Kifa the box art shows an observatory, so that hints there will be some anti gravity moments.... Like a Psuedo Mario Galaxy world. But hey why spoil the "I hate Nintendo" brigades's fun.

Let them be sour pusses, and I will enjoy the "culmination of all 3D Mario games" immensely. They will miss out.

Specters

#64

Specters said:

Seriously can't wait for this game. Played the demo at the Best Buy E3 event over here in America and absolutely loved it, even my girlfriend was having fun and doing surprising well. We'll definitely buying this on launch.

EDIT: Also wanted to say Nintendo has handled the switch over to HD extremely well and it's only going to get better over the years. Everything that comes out looks better than most other games.

OGGamer

#65

OGGamer said:

I remember reading a post of someone saying "this just looks like an up converted mario 3d land " after the e3 trailer . I am sure that that person is eating their words while they feast their eyes on these screen shots . What a fantastic looking game !
Nintendo life , after seeing the gameplay and the screens + trailer I will save you the trouble by giving you your future review score for this game 10/10 . You're welcome .

meltendo

#66

meltendo said:

Looks amazing but I'm sad it will probably be very linear like the 3DS version. I guess the only way we'll get a game again like Mario 64, Galaxy or Sunshine...is when Nintendo re-releases them in HD versions.

sinalefa

#67

sinalefa said:

Loving the SMW style Goombas and the soccer ball bombs. Each day this game looks better

Dr_Corndog

#69

Dr_Corndog said:

Me, post-E3 trailer: Looks all right. Kind of a stop-gap title, though.
Me, post-last week's trailer: Oh my goodness, that looks freaking amazing.

ledreppe

#70

ledreppe said:

I wish I had friends to play the multiplayer with. I missed out on that feature in the New Super Mario Bros. series. Still, I'm sufficiently hyped enough to know I'll enjpy the single player.

DarkLloyd

#71

DarkLloyd said:

its only one player ;) ? and i still hope its 50 dollars, still showing as 60 so far

deusy

#72

deusy said:

This games is going to be so good. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

boynerdrambling

#73

boynerdrambling said:

Are people really still beating the Galexy 3 drum? Anyway, game looks like its gonna be awesome. Watch all the people demand a sequal when Nintendo goes a different direction for the next mainline mario game and kick up a hissy fit "cause its not 3D world 2"

JaxonH

#74

JaxonH said:

@rjejr
I think Nintendo does that on purpose sometimes. Like, they'll just show you the mediocre parts of the game early on, so they can release better footage later on and make waves all over again. They COULD have shown this at E3, but then we wouldn't be talking about it now, a month before it's release...

SockoMario

#76

SockoMario said:

@meltendo The levels in this game have WAY MORE exploration than 3D Land did. If you look at the footage and screenshots, you can see branching pathways, and more land to roam around in.

rjejr

#77

rjejr said:

@JaxonH - oooooh, thats why the E3 trailer had the December release date, so they could make it better by moving it up to Nov. ;-)

Target had a 1/4 page ad for the 2DS yesterday, right under X + Y ad. The $129 price was very big. I mightve been wrong on that one.

Yoshis_VGM

#78

Yoshis_VGM said:

I'm quite convinced that this game is holding back a lot more than we originally thought...for example, what is the Comet Observatory doing in the official art for the game? What if Bowser secretly kidnapped Rosalina? I mean, there are only 7 confirmed Sprixies, and if this game will be anything like 3D Land, there will be 8 main worlds.

I also think the whole carnival theme of the game is very interesting...I really wonder how that will play out.

BlackStar9000

#81

BlackStar9000 said:

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BlackStar9000

#82

BlackStar9000 said:

besides a new IP, what else could nintendo do with mario that hasnt already been done? make a fighter..no...golf...no...tennis...no...space...no...rpg...no....I know!! Mario blast! a COD mario based game, yeah thats lame, but I bet a mario meets metroid prime could still be fun.....or maybe a mario GTA, it could work......lol

BlackStar9000

#84

BlackStar9000 said:

Hmm, looking at the car bowser is driving, how awesome would it be if he teamed up with Wario to take out mario and luigi? that metal/pimp ride is definitely an upgrade of warios caddy.

BlackStar9000

#85

BlackStar9000 said:

last thing....NINTENDO! START MARKETING LIKE CRAZY NOW!!! do a collage video with all of the games big now and coming later and a month before each game comes...ADVERTISE DAMMIT!!!!

nik1470

#86

nik1470 said:

I think the announcement video for this game wasn't a fair representation of the end game. Everything they they released since looks so much better than the "you can play peach, and a cat which means... Yep you guessed it you can play as a pink cat!" video

EpicJonah

#87

EpicJonah said:

So they say they 3D World looks like a 3D Land for Wii U. I say: Bowser's got a Cadillac.

EpicJonah

#88

EpicJonah said:

So they say they 3D World looks like a 3D Land for Wii U. I say: Bowser's got a Cadillac.

Randomname19

#89

Randomname19 said:

There are so many awesome games on Wii U that I don't have the money or the time to finish them all.It wiil take a while until I buy a new game.

MAB

#90

MAB said:

Actually I was being serious this time... I'm getting this and Sonic Lost World for sure ;)

Moshugan

#93

Moshugan said:

@Goginho #30 ''They should do a game that's inspired by different artistic directions''
I like your idea too! ;)
Haha, they could name it ''Mario Paint'', teehee!

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