Today’s Nintendo Direct opened with perhaps the most extensive look at Super Mario 3D World to date. It showed off equal amounts of the game’s character and gameplay, with a jazzy tune playing throughout and a look at power-ups galore. To name a few, the game will feature the cat suit we’ve already seen, the return of Super Mario 3D Land’s boomerang suit, a cherry that splits Mario into multiple Marios, numerous held items like a baseball and a piranha plant pot, and other items either ridden by Mario or worn on his head. It’s going to be quite the compilation of power-ups and items.
Thankfully, many moments in the trailer indicate that Super Mario 3D World isn’t just going to be a generic sequel to Super Mario 3D Land. The music playing in the background of the trailer and moments like Bowser driving up in a purple car adorned with spikes demonstrate the theme the game is clearly going for.
But don’t take my word for it. Watch this excellent trailer and let us know what you’re the most excited for in the comments below!
Nintendo Entertainment System was the first video game system I played. Back then, my playtime was mostly a save-the-princess affair. Playing Nintendo games granted me a way to do something larger than myself. It allowed me to do good deeds. As I’ve grown older and technology has advanced, mainstays like The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Brothers, and Pokémon counterbalance the more mature titles I play. You know the Mortal Kombats and No More Heroes of the world. While many people decry the company’s family friendly approach to game development, Nintendo’s fans appreciate it for that very reason. Family friendliness balances the industry’s action game-orientation while delivering simplicity and moderating the industry’s excesses (think: the glut of T- and M-rated titles).
First up is my simplicity argument. Life today is more complex than ever. It is more hectic, with more errands, more errands, more school, more everything. Nintendo does a marvelous job at making our hobby uncomplicated. Instead of pursuing a glut of features and beefier hardware with each generation like its competitors, Nintendo strives for matters most: the gaming experience. And that may be why Nintendo is still relevant after 124 years. Competitors just don’t match Nintendo in that arena.
Second, Nintendo brings moderation to the industry. Competitors market themselves as a destination for the ‘core’ gaming demographic. Of course, that is where the money is. But it is hard to find true success in an already overcrowded field. So Nintendo found its niche. The market it carved out helps consumers and promotes a healthy industry. Consumers get to choose from a wider range of video game genres, each with high-quality titles. The industry benefits via market expansion; which means bringing in people who would never touch a Call of Duty game. Thus, developers must diversify their offerings to reflect the greater range of tastes which benefits everyone.
Many people around the world credit Nintendo with saving the industry after the video game crash in 1983. But few discuss Nintendo’s contemporary role as a balancer. It is about time we did. Let’s have that discussion in the comments below.
Nintendo has now confirmed that it is working on a 2D Super Mario Bros. game for the Wii U based around the “Mario Experience” demo presented at E3 last year. At the same time, speculation is running wild that this game may be related to the supermario4.com domain recently registered by Nintendo. If the game is already well underway, could Nintendo be returning to those magical days when a new system meant a Mario game on day one?
If so, I’m afraid I will find myself in another lineup outside an EB Games this fall.