How do they compare to the originals? Find out now
So, now that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker has delighted Nintendo fans around the globe, we thought it would be high time to take a closer look at some very special bonus levels. Those who have a Super Mario 3D World save file on their Wii U may have already noticed that this unlocks some bonus...
Shaping up for the holiday season
It may seem a little anticlimactic after today's big news, but for those happy to stick with trusty, old, familiar hardware, Nintendo have lined up a couple of decent bundles for this Fall. If you're in North America, you can expect some new Wii U and 2DS bundles to arrive on your shores just in time for the...
"They’re part of the criterion used for proposals from everyone"
Shigeru Miyamoto is arguably one of the most famous games designers in the world, and it goes without saying that he has influenced countless other developers over the past few decades. He's taken more of a backseat role at the Nintendo of late, but thanks to the efforts of Super...
Keeping things local
Remember the days before online gaming when you used to huddle around the NES, SNES or N64 with friends and relatives for a competitive multiplayer session? Being able to test your skills against people all over the world is all well and good, but you can't beat the experience of playing someone who is within punching distance...
Here we go again
While Wii U sales momentum continues in Japan, analyst reports in the west continue to paint a dire picture for the future of Nintendo’s latest home console. A market research report provided to IGN by research and consultancy firm DFC Intelligence unsurprisingly considers the Wii U as a video game s
Roughly 175,000 copies shipped at launch
Last week we reported that Super Mario 3D World had sold 99,588 copies in its first week in Japan, making it the lowest debut for a 3D Mario platformer, although this does not take into account eShop download sales. The game came in at number 2 in the Japanese charts behind Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy...
Black Friday is brighter than it sounds
Despite the fact that the launch of Super Mario 3D World in Japan posted sales figures not quite on par with expectations, it seems the console is gaining traction as a go-to gift this holiday season. In addition to opinions beginning to emerge that Wii U could be a big
Wide open space
So this is it — the last of our videos running up to the European release of Super Mario 3D World. For today's footage, we've picked one of our favourite levels here at Nintendo Life: World 5-4, otherwise known as Sprawling Savanna. Boasting amazing sunsets, massive open spaces and plenty of secrets to discover, this is one of the...
Watch the clock
If you're pushed for time, don't worry — today's Super Mario 3D World level is short and sweet, but just as exciting as any of the other stages we've covered so far. Pretty Plaza Panic gives you 100 seconds to make your way to the flagpole, but places plenty of distractions and challenges in your path. Super Mario 3D World...
We've already seen how Super Mario 3D World imitates Mario Kart in one of its levels, and it's only fitting that the game also tips its hat to another popular Nintendo franchise: The Legend of Zelda. World 7-2 — otherwise known as Switchback Ruins — adopts a top-down viewpoint and features loads of Zelda-style bonfires to...
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 tim
A level with a distinctly Japanese feel to it
The next in our gameplay videos from Super Mario 3D World has the taste of the Far East about it. World 6-3 — also known as Hands-On Hall — takes place in a Japanese castle, complete with sliding doors, deadly assassins and a moonlit, rooftop battle. Check out the footage below and let us know what...
North America got its hands on Mario's latest adventure last week, and Europe will be able to see what the fuss is about very soon indeed. As you'll know by now, we're running a video every day until the European release, and today it's World 6-2: a spooky trip across haunted seas in the Spooky Seasick Wreck. Those of you who want your...
Light the fuse
In the next of our Super Mario 3D World videos, we take at a look at World 5-5, which is packed with those adorable walking terror devices, Bob-ombs. Taking place in an underground section, Bob-ombs Below gives you ample opportunity to explore your destructive side, with a limitless supply of Bob-ombs and plenty of walls to...
Plenty of acrobatics to be found here
Many North American Wii U owners will no doubt have gotten their hands on Super Mario 3D World when it launched in that region yesterday, and to mark the release of this amazing title we'll be running a video every day right up to the European street date — which is next week. Today, it's the high-flying...
The only way is up
Many of you in North America will be playing Super Mario 3D World today, but for those in Europe — which isn't getting the game until next week — the torture continues. Allow us to add a little more to that pain by showing you World 4-4, a level focused on bouncing (and, in the case of Mario in this video, a lot of falling)...
Make sure you grab the cat suit
Super Mario 3D World is almost with us — it launches in North America tomorrow — and to mark the occasion we're running a different video every day until the European launch, which is next Friday. Today it's World 3-2, otherwise known as Chainlink Charge. Considering how early on in the game this level appears,...
The buzz and hype clearly help
Yesterday saw an influx of very positive assessments of Super Mario 3D World, including our very own 10/10 review. These reviews seem to of had an impact on the game’s sales on Amazon, where the title is the number one best seller in the video game category in North America, at the time of writing. Considering the...
Mount Must Dash, that's what
If you read our Super Mario 3D World review yesterday then you'll no doubt be very excited indeed about getting your hands on the game when it launches soon. With that in mind, we'll be running a video every day right up to release, each showing one of the game's amazingly inventive levels. First up is World 3-6,...
A purrfect blend
Super Mario 3D World is a brave release as it strives, without any hint of apology, to hit on a formula to satisfy the majority of 2D platforming fans and the smaller — but still sizeable — legion of 3D Mario devotees. Many enjoy both, of course, yet they’ve always been distinct experiences that often lead to a clear...
Family Gamer's Andy Robertson is feline groovy
It’s been a while since I first stepped into the world of 3D with Mario. Super Mario 64 seems like an age ago, and my whole family of five has been created in the meantime. However, like any worthwhile creation, a multiplayer version of this three dimensional play-space was important to get right...
Do not adjust your set
Much has been said about Nintendo’s marketing of the Wii U, or at least, lack of it. Our recent poll suggests that many of you don’t think Nintendo is doing enough to promote the Wii U. Nintendo UK, however, has announced plans to raise awareness for the upcoming Super Mario 3D World release. Speaking to MCV, Nintend
Title will be largely traditional
Nintendo has experimented with DLC on relatively few occasions, and it doesn’t look like its approach to modern-day gaming will be changing pace anytime soon. In mostly unsurprising news, Super Mario 3D World producer Yoshiaki Koizuma has revealed DLC for the upcoming Wii U title is unlikely to happen. Although...
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