Review Roundup: Super Mario 3D World

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Wii U exclusive Super Mario 3D World has blown the critics' socks off, with a brace of perfect scores ensuring it'll be placed high in those end of the year lists

Release Date: 20/11/2013

Are we looking at another potential Game of the Year contender? Has Nintendo done it again? Judging from the ecstatic response from reviewers to the latest Mario game, it seems like a safe bet. Wii U exclusive Super Mario 3D World has blown the critics' socks off, with a brace of perfect scores ensuring it'll be placed high in those end of the year lists.

Leading the charge is Eurogamer with a glowing 10/10 review. "Compact by the standards of the Galaxy adventures but still loaded with bountiful secrets, beneath the warm familiarity of 3D World lies one of the strangest Mario games in years - or at least one of the most random in its influences and its moment-to-moment indulgences," reads the review. "And that's a very, very good thing."

"A terrifically enjoyable, tight and impeccably structured experience," is the verdict from Nintendo Life, which also slaps a big fat 10 on the scoreboard. "This is a definitive 3D Mario experience, successfully finding a middle-ground between the iconic Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy," it says. "It's unmissable."

The reviews all pick out some inventive new power-ups, wonderful multiplayer and the game's constant stream of new gameplay ideas as highlights. "Of all the games released in the next couple of months, it might deserve the biggest fanfare of them all," declares CVG, adding another 10/10 to the pile.

"There was a moment where I was taking in the beautiful soundtrack, hovering over a tricky jump as cat Peach, and watching the glistening water below where the game really came together," says Destructoid in a review that scores it, yes, 10/10. "It was then that I realized that Super Mario 3D World had achieved a level of platforming design that's close to perfection, and there was almost never a moment where I didn't have a smile on my face."

In fact, there doesn't seem to be a review lower than a 9. With unanimous praise like that, it's not too late to add a Wii U to your Christmas list, you know.

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