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Cliff Bleszinski Thinks Super Mario 3D World Is "A System Selling Title"

Posted by Damien McFerran

Number of memorable moments is "staggering", says former Gears of Wars dev

Despite Cliff "Cliffy B" Bleszinski's opinions on the Wii and predictions of a future where Nintendo isn't making hardware, the former Epic Games director is a massive fan of the Japanese company, and has said so several times in the past.

If you needed any further confirmation of Bleszinski's adoration for Nintendo, you need only check out some of his recent tweets. Like so many Nintendo fans, he's been playing and enjoying Super Mario 3D World, and believes it could be the game to turn around the console's fortunes:

We can't help but agree with the former Gears of War developer's viewpoint — we gave the game a whopping 10/10 in our review. What about you? Do you think that Mario's latest outing could trigger a surge in Wii U sales? Post a comment to share your opinion.

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Hunter-D said:

Indeed I do. People have been waiting for a superb title, but one that can attract the attention of the masses. Mario can do just that.

I hope that this along with holiday bundles and some of great titles already available leads to an increase in sales and kicks off the Wii U's turnaround.



Ungravitify said:

I really hope this game does become a system seller and produces a huge boost in console sales. From what Ive seen so far this game deserves all the praise its getting.



Jamester0722 said:

The one thing Nintendo is missing (and I know it's been said many times before) is marketing. Part of the reason the Wii sold so well? The "Wii Would Like To Play" commercials I saw all the time on the TV and at the movie theater. How many commercials have I seen in total since the release of the Wii-U? 2. Yes, 2. That includes TV, Movie theater, and Online Pre-roll videos. That's not a good sign. How will anyone buy it if they have never heard of it?



FullbringIchigo said:

wow belive I'm saying this but I agree with cliff, Mario 3D World is a system seller, but Nintendo still need to improve their marketing with the Wii U

yeah the Wii U will never sell as much as the PS4 and XB1 will but it will still be a success and I don't think the big N should try and beat them they should do what they always do, their own thing



jjmesa16 said:

Definitely a system seller. This game is great, although I'm not sure if it's as innovative as Mario Galaxy was, and it deserves all of those 10 stars.



Damo said:

@Jamester0722 Actually, in the UK, Nintendo is going pretty big on commercials and promotion right now. Last night I spotted an advert for Mario 3D World and Zelda: Link Between Worlds, both on the same channel.



GraveLordXD said:

This is my favorite Mario ever
Not one dull moment so far and can't wait to do a few play throughs with every character
This is simply one of the best games ever made! Its damn near flawless and exceptionally fun



mostro328 said:

Cant wait to play agree with everuone its time for nintendo to flood the tv, cinemas, radio, web, with advertising



Savino said:

Wiiu laucned officially yesterday here on Brazil....

I already saw lots of Xbones comercials and none about wiiu...



Late said:

I saw a Disney Infinity commercial few days ago that showed only Wii U gameplay and features. I think I've seen a couple of TV commercials about Wii U before but not for a really long time. Might be because I barely ever watch TV.

Also saw Super Mario 3D World ad in today's Donald Duck magazine (really popular in Finland) along with PS3 ad on the other side of the page.

A couple of weeks ago I went shopping and there was some guy talking about Wii U and how it's different from Wii and all that stuff. Found Nintendo Land for 5€ from the same shop (bought it for my friend since I have it already).

I think they're actually doing something to get people interested. Well... at least here.



ricklongo said:

Can't wait to get my hands on it. It was released in Brazil just yesterday, alongside the Wii U itself (even though I've had mine imported from the US for a while now). Should get around to getting it by the end of the week. Until then, I got A Link Between Worlds to hold me over.



Gerbwmu said:

@Damo - TV commercials are starting to hit here in the US as well. I've probably seen 20 commercials in the last week on various channels......hope they didn't wait too long.



TreesenHauser said:

I'm starting to see more and more Wii U commercials, especially while watching stuff on Hulu Plus. I know that's not really TV per se, but it's a good start.

But anyways, yeah I feel that this game's a definite system seller.



readyletsgo said:

Haven't seen any Wii U ad's myself yet, but friend has seen one or two over the past week for 3D World.

Can. Not. WAIT! for 3D World on Friday, here in Dublin Smyths are charging €49,99 for it and Gamestop are charging €69.99, typical.

Pity I have to go to a gig after work on Friday so Mario will have to wait until Saturday for me. But whats one more day after waiting nearly a year right? lol



Daemonite said:

A surge in WiiU sale? I seriously doubt it. But, if anyone can do it, it's Nintendo.



ULTRA-64 said:

@Damo that is not going big on commercials!!! I'm in the UK and watch allot more tv than I want due to the missus (thankyou off screen play!) And I've seen a total of three ads in the last 6 weeks!! I see skylanders ads for ps3 every ad break with no mention of Wii u, same for a.c.4, cod ghosts and arkham origins, all have ads on regular but no wii u logo in sight. Embarrassing really to be so ignored so publicly. In total , since launch I've seen maybe 10-12 adverts on tv, mostly for zombie u early on!



URAmk2 said:

it'll spike briefly for the holidays and then sales will drop back down to their normal pitiful levels. it'll be outsold by ps4 & x1. actually with the crazy bundles it'll probably be outsold by the ps3 & 360 too.



Jellitoe said:

getting this Friday, but my wife will probably hold it till Christmas :/

This game does look great



Morph said:

Ive seen a good few adverts for wiiu and 3ds games in the uk this last 10 days or so, depends what channel you watch and what programme you are watching really.

As far as mario, if it doesnt help shift wii u's then i dont think any game will



Rafie said:

This game deserves every bit of praise it some. It's that awesome of a game. Definitely one of the best games I've played this year!



JuanitoShet said:

@Damo Yeah and over here in México, those commercials have been translated and aired in channels like Nickelodeon. So yes, I'd say Nintendo is stepping up their marketing efforts. :B



Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

I have to agree with Cliff, although I'm sure a lot of "dude-bros" don't and probably never will. I seriously love Super Mario 3D World. Just played through the game with Mario and plan on doing the same with each individual character. I know there's no difference as far as story is concerned but I want to see what each character brings to the game as far as gameplay.

I plan on doing a full game run through with Luigi on New Years night to end the Year of Luigi in style. Exciting, right? Yeah. Well, I can't party like most people as I have to work on Holidays So that will be my party!



rmeyer said:

Mario reinvents himself every new generation. Games like Gears of War have grown stale. I would like to have another gears game but it would have to be reinvigorated somehow.



Luna-Harmony said:

wow cliff owns a wiiU
i own all the gears of war games they are the only thing i want an xbox-360 for.
I remember when cliff loved bayonetta as well. He has great taste in games.



JudgeMethos said:

The first game where I actually communicate with other Wii U players because this game is SO awesome!!! Haven't had it a week and about to complete it with all golden flags, green stars, great ccompletion times, and stamps!



aaronsullivan said:

@unrandomsam I'd say 3D World is more of a reinvention than going from 64 to Sunshine. It's the first truly multiplayer 3D Mario game for starters. The other part where it mixes the classic stage style and the more fixed perspective of the 2D games with 3D game play was experimented with first in 3D Land, but if we are comparing console Mario generations we can include that as well. Sunshine felt like a big leap in graphics but it was essentially the same game as 64. FLUDD was like one new power up. It had a bit of story and there certainly was some new stuff, but no where near the change from Galaxy to 3D World in my estimation.

Of course, nothing reinvented Mario like Mario 64 but we aren't going to have a shift like that until we go VR or brain implant.



rmeyer said:

@unrandomsam as simple the change is 4 player coop through a 3d world has never really been done well until now. This game is a great party game when online multiplayer is overkill and people want to hang out and laugh. Nintendo reinvents social atmospheres in a world where people are getting more disconnected by electronics.



n057828 said:

Those of you who had the hack for the Wii ( We all know what that was) now support Nintendo in these silly times...
They next gen want to push hardware that sells software, thats BS!
Both of those systems have hardware issues from disc drives and streaming Nintendo well touch wood have not. we all know 2014 wii be nintendo its up to us to buy some games!
Im mean come on they are making a loss on the systems!

Im buying 3d world today, respect!



JebbyDeringer said:

There's still the problem that people KNOW the only reason to own a Nintendo system is for the Nintendo developed games which end up being few over the course of a consoles life. There are always other cool games but the system sellers are the Mario, Zelda, Mario Kart, possibly Metroid type games which don't add up to a lot and pretty much require any heavy gamers to own multiple systems. The portable market is different but the home console market has not been well enough backed by third parties since the SNES. The N64 would have been an immense flop (for me at least) without RARE.

I still think Nintendo needs to aquire more dev studios especially outside of Japan. Europe is a safe bet for great talent or look into emerging markets like India for talent. I'd love to see the incredible games India would come up with once they have some established development teams.



QuickSilver88 said:

Obviously Nintendo made some mistakes with the first 8 months of WiiU but in last 4 months things have tightened up considerably. Nintendo has not owned every generation in consoles. Nes, Snes, and Wii were incredible succeses but N64 and GC and now WiiU were only moderately sucessful. So what? Those older systems still has awesome games and WiiU will also. Meanwhile what has always buttered Nuntendos bread and kept them in the black is handhelds. Whifh they have entirely dominated every generation. Even with stiff competition from phones and tablets Nintendo is still on track to sell 75-80mil 3DS and is once again trashing the competition (vita). So they will be fine...just keep innovating, and making great games and they will keep rolling on.



ultrakatie64 said:

Saw a commercial in theaters for SM3DW last night before Frozen. Perfect place to advertise it and heard some voices saying that they already had it.

Game is amazing, btw.



luigifan2000 said:

this will be the third game that makes me play my wii u. others are nintendo land and wii fit u.



Ren said:

Finally a game to be excited about WiiU for! I believe it's a system seller but to "turn it around" this late there needs to be another following really soon after. It's not like Nintendo hasn't carried a system before with mostly it's own software but they need to keep it coming in the next few months or this boost will just be a blip.



GearsOfWarU said:

That's Awesome!!!!! I think Super Mario 3D World is the Game Of The Year ... Platforming Perfection!!!! I am A Huge Cliffy B Fan .... Gears Of War & Gears Of War 3 are 2 Of My All Time Favorite Games .... It's cool to see a Real Gamer from a different genre show respect a pure excitement for something outside there niche Horror/Action/Shooter... Anyways This is an Awesome Article From Someone I Totally Respect ... Hope he will make a game for Wii U someday



Mr_3DS said:

Like everyone is saying the game is Wii U game by far.



JaxonH said:

Don't be too certain of that. I'm not expecting a miraculous turnaround or anything, but Nintendo's been selling consoles for decades. This isn't the first time they've had to elevate a new console to success. And this isn't the first time everyone said Nintendo's console wouldn't catch on and would be outsold by everyone else. This happens every 6 years like clockwork.



JaxonH said:

What, no New Super Mario Bros U? No Pikmin 3? No Rayman Legends? No games like Wonderful 101, Zelda Windwaker HD, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, or Splinter Cell Blacklist? Oh dear...



JaxonH said:

It's enough, and it's as fun as one would expect for a Mario game. What else matters? Not sure when people decided that every game has to be "brand new innovation" to be credible. If a game is fun, if a game is solid- it doesn't need brand new innovation every title. Players just want a new arena to experience the challenge in. A new mechanic here and there to spruce things up, new levels, better graphics and added co-op all combine to make for a fine entry in the Mario franchise.

We buy Mario because we know what we want. If we want complete overhaul and new innovation, we'll probably buy a different game- that way we'll be getting a different experience. So while I agree it's not reinvention, at the same time, I don't want it to be. You don't reinvent a successful franchise unless your hand is forced by technology moving forward or stagnant sales of the franchise, and neither of those apply to Mario's 3D platformers.



element187 said:

@ULTRA-64 Nintendo isn't going to advertise on channels women watch... I have never seen a video game commercial of any kind on the Bravo network here in the states.

They will advertise where kids go to watch TV as that's the biggest pool to fish in. I can't imagine very many system purchases will happen by fishing in the Real Housewives of _______ shows



element187 said:

@Morph there won't be any single game that will sell consoles. It's going to be the library of exclusives that sell Wii U'a... Mario 3D World isn't going to make consoles fly off the shelf... What will sell consoles is all the exclusives Nintendo can round up over the course of the next 2 years.

People need to get this idea out of their heads that it needs to sell gangbusters right now to be successful.... It's going to be a long hard slog for Nintendo but they will sell 10's of millions of these things over the course of the next 4 or 5 years. Just don't expect it to happen over night.

Mass consumers don't Impulse buy a product that costs over $250. The console will start to sell at a faster pace once the price comes down into the $200 range or below. That will put it in the range for mass market consumption..... PS3 and x360 sold like crap until the last few years of the generation. They clocked in the majority if their sales once the price fell below $300. Only the die hard fans are purchasing consoles for more than $300.



doctor_doak said:

Well, I haven't played it, it hasn't even been released in Australia yet..
It'll probably trigger a 'spike' in console sales, but I can't see it causing the sort of phenomenon that Wii Sports did with the wii. It looks like enormous fun though. Lifetime sales will eventually be impressive. Though Nintendo needs the console to sell 'now'.

Nintendo don't even have a strategy here in Australia to sell the console. A lot of retailers have already abandoned it. I'm seeing a fair bit of XBox and Sony related advertising, but nothing at all RE: Nintendo.. It's North America/Western Europe or bust it seems..

Anyway, as good as the game is, it's hardly going to bring in 10s of millions by itself. It's a mario's superb, but it's also fairly safe...It's 'familiar'.

I don't know what individual thing would sell the system to the masses at this stage....i just hope for the diehard nintendo fans who've already bought it, that Nintendo supports the console for a good 5 years with quality 1st party software, whether it sells or not.



Shambo said:

At first I thought playing 3d Land was good enough, good game but just enough to please me. I hoped the new 3d mario would be more Galaxy-ish. After some time planning to skip this one, they started getting my attention. By now, the wait for tomorrow when it arrives seems endless...



luigifan2000 said:

@JaxonH i was just saying the games that have already made me play my wii u. here is my top ten in order of when I've gotten/will get them. 1 nintendo land 2 wii fit u 3 super mario 3d world 4 rayman legends 5 new super mario bros u + super luigi u 6 sonic and all stars racing transformed 7 pikmin 3 8 the wonderful 101 9 wii party u 10 mario and sonic at the sochi winter olympics.
ps wii fit u is the trial version that expires in 4 days and I'm not getting mario 3d world until christmas so i won't be using my wii u for anything but wii games. (nintendo land broke...)

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