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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury – Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury


  • Nintendo Switch (Feb 12, 2021)


Developer: Nintendo

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic – 89 average – 96% recommended – 31 reviews

Critic Reviews

DestructoidChris Carter – 10 / 10

To be clear, I'd still wholly recommend this version of 3D World even without Bowser's Fury. The tweaks are small overall, and Bowser's Fury isn't going to sate the most hardcore of Mario fans looking for a brand new game, but the package as a whole is magical. If you were one of the many who missed out on this Wii U classic, fix that.

Digitally DownloadedMatt Sainsbury5 / 5 stars

An exceptional first release for Nintendo in 2021

God is a GeekAdam Cook10 / 10

Despite multiplayer now being online, it still feels superfluous, but otherwise Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury might just be one of those fabled "perfect" games.

Nintendo LifeChris Scullion10 / 10

Super Mario 3D World remains one of the better linear Mario games, and anyone playing it for the first time is in for an absolute treat. Add to that the curious bonus adventure that is Bowser's Fury and you've got a package that provides great value for money. It isn't without its flaws, but most of these (online multiplayer, repetitive missions in Bowser's Fury) relate to the new additions; the main game itself remains as pure and perfect as it was seven years ago. Had it just been Super Mario 3D World on its own, we'd be thoroughly recommending it anyway; Bowser's Fury is just the cherry on top.

PowerUp!Leo Stevenson9.8 / 10

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is a showcase of the game design mastery which has made Nintendo the best in the business.

Nintendo BlastEduardo ComerlatoPortuguese9.5 / 10

Super Mario Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a package that offers two different ways to experience one of the best 3D Mario adventure, making it ideal for the franchise’s 35th anniversary celebration. There is no doubt that the game is a two-way diversion, able to preserve elements of the past and paint majestic novelties around it, as Bowser Jr. does with his paintbrush in the new and fascinating Bowser’s Fury.

Game InformerBrian Shea9.3 / 10

This package combines tried-and-true gameplay and level design with unique concepts (plus an all-new game) to earn its place among the elite games in the franchise

SpaziogamesValentino CinefraItalian9.3 / 10

If you love platforming (and cats) this is an absolute gem.

Video ChumsA.J. Maciejewski9.2 / 10

Super Mario 3D World is an excellent game so if you still haven't played it or simply want it on Switch, this will make a wonderful addition to your gaming library. Oh, and you also get a fantastic bonus game with Bowser's Fury so how could you go wrong?

WccftechRosh Kelly9.1 / 10

Super Mario 3D World shows why Mario is an ageless franchise, with the seven-year-old game providing fresh fun and a delightful experience. Bowser's Fury is the exact opposite, showing just how exciting and experimental the series can be.

GameMAGАлександр КопаневRussian9 / 10

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury for Nintendo Switch effectively handles two important tasks: introducing new players to the classic game that came from the Wii U, as well as pleasing hungry fans with new great content. Definitely a must-play for all Super Mario fans!

GameSpewKim Snaith9 / 10

Aside from some repetition between the two titles, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a joy from start to finish.

GameSpotSteve Watts9 / 10

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury packages one of the best recent Mario games with a delightfully odd new experience.

GameblogThomas PillonFrench9 / 10

Thans to its many clever tweaks, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury give the player many reasons to enjoy a great 3D platformer, now a little bit faster, and with friends around the globe online. Let's not forget Bowser's Fury, a tiny open world adventure which rightfully mixes gameplays from the Wii U and Switch episodes, and delivers a strong experience with a twist.

GamesRadar+Sam Loveridge4.5 / 5 stars

Quirky, creative, and constant good fun, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury blends Mario gameplay old and new with great success, creating a title that feels worthy of his 35th birthday celebrations.

Metro GameCentral9 / 10

One of the best modern Super Mario titles is made that little bit better and accompanied by a brand-new game that bends the formula in new and exciting ways.

NintendoWorldReportNeal Ronaghan9 / 10

If you've never played 3D World before or haven't touched it since the Wii U days, this is well worth the price of admission. Prospects get a little tougher if you're not interested in going through 3D World, because while Bowser's Fury is amazing, it's still approximately less than 10 hours of gameplay even if you do everything. But no matter what: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury might be one of the strongest Mario games available on Switch. The base game is fun and varied, while Bowser's Fury offers a distinctive, inventive, and superb open-world 3D Mario experience.

Press StartShannon Grixti9 / 10

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is a fantastic package that showcases what makes Nintendo games so special. Super Mario 3D World is just as good as when it released, and Bower's Fury is a surprisingly good standalone adventure that paves the way for the future of Mario.

The Digital FixStephen Hudson9 / 10

Near-perfect platforming, gorgeous visuals and a joy-filled soundtrack make Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury one of the best Mario titles of all time, and an essential purchase for all Switch owners.

AusGamersKosta Andreadis – 8.6 / 10

It's also as strange as Mario's team-up with a sentient hat that for some reason lets him Being John Malkovich a dinosaur.

COGconnectedJames Paley80 / 100

These two titles offer distinct, yet familiar, Mario experiences.

Cubed3Az Elias8 / 10

Super Mario 3D World may not have had much added to it aside from an online function that is limited to only saving progress for the host, but it didn't necessarily need much else. Nintendo successfully found a way to evolve the 2D classics without going open world, and the result is one of the most consistently fresh and enjoyable games around, which, despite lacking the challenge of the NES games, has something for just about everyone. The bonus Bowser's Fury solo adventure is an absolute delight with a brilliant core idea that adds a crazy tension to Mario platforming, but it is hard to present a case for purchasing this pack just to play it. Whilst full of great content, it is too short-lived to feel worth the asking price, and really needs a standalone purchase option. When taking both games into account for those that have not played the original Wii U title, though, this is a cracking bundle of Mario goodness that encapsulates what everyone knows and still loves about the moustachioed hero after an enduring thirty-five years.

Daily MirrorJames Ide4 / 5 stars

Bowser's Fury offers some great new ideas and is much more than a simple DLC. It's a great Mario game in its own right, with enough to entice those who played 3D World before with a wholly new and compelling experience, as well as offering one of the most epic showdowns in Nintendo history.

Bowser's Fury is a great take on 3D Mario and finally makes Bowser the menacing villain he deserves to be. The game's only flaw is that it left me wishing there was more of it.

EGMMichael Goroff8 / 10

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is the Wii U port that Switch owners have been waiting for. Besides the inclusion of online multiplayer, 3D World is the same good game that players already experienced on the Wii U, and fans of the series who missed it the first time around will enjoy its hybridization of 2D and 3D Mario gameplay. But the highlight of the package is Bowser's Fury, a scaled-down but surprisingly robust mini 3D Mario game that actually takes some chances.

Enternity.grLeonidas MastellosGreek8 / 10

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury achieves its goal as a package and not as individual experiences

TelegraphTom Hoggins4 / 5 stars

This Switch remaster of the Wii U outing for Nintendo's famous plumber comes with online co-op and the strangest Mario adventure yet

IGNCam Shea7 / 10

Two solid platformers in one; neither of which approaches the franchise's most dizzying heights.

Ars TechnicaKyle OrlandUnscored

Bowser’s Fury works just fine as an added bonus packaged with an under-appreciated platforming gem from the Wii U era. If you’ve never played 3D World before, this is a great chance to catch up on a fresh take on 3D Mario design. If you’re mainly interested in Bowser’s Fury, though, maybe wait until the strong ideas get expanded into a full, standalone game.

EurogamerMartin RobinsonRecommended

3D World's feast of all things Mario is joined by a fittingly experimental, hugely enjoyable – if slightly scrappy – expansion.

KotakuIan WalkerUnscored

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is essentially the same game on Switch that some of you may have experienced on Wii U. While there’s no denying that the new hardware can’t keep up with the game’s ambitions at times, this bundle is at its core another fantastic Mario experience.

PolygonChris PlanteUnscored

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a fantastic double feature


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