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The best Super Mario games of the past decade
Nintendo are well-known for their fun, vibrant, and family-friendly games that bring joy to people of all ages. One of their most popular game series is the Super Mario line of games, which follows the adventures of a charismatic Italian plumber across a variety of unique worlds. Ranging from 2D platformers to 3D open-world RPGs, the games in the series offer a lot of diversity so there’s sure to be a game in there that everyone likes. Let’s take a look at some fan favorites from recent years.
Super Mario 3D World
One of the best games to grace the Wii U is Super Mario 3D World, a game that combines the charm of the classic Mario platformers with the freedom of movement that comes with 3-dimensional gameplay. Up to 4 players can enjoy the game together on one screen which makes it perfect for family gatherings and hangout sessions with friends.
6 amazing worlds feature in the game, each boasting between 8 to 12 unique levels. With creative level designs, adorable catsuits, and a wonderful overall atmosphere, the game is sure to bring you hours of fun.
Exciting to note too is that Super Mario 3D World is being ported to the Nintendo Switch console, with the remake introducing new levels and features. Bringing this fantastic Mario game to Switch is a great decision by Nintendo as a lot of people will have missed out on this gem during the Wii U era. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is due to release in February 2021 and we’d highly recommend you pick up a copy to try it out for yourself.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Hailing from the era of the Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2 was way ahead of its time and is widely regarded as one of the best games of its generation. It’s a fantastic 3D platformer building upon the successes of its predecessor.
The unusual sci-fi setting sees Mario traveling through space in search of Power Stars which he eventually uses to cross the universe in pursuit of Bowser following the kidnapping of Princess Peach. The levels are incredibly wacky in the best of ways. You’re sure to have a blast as you glide between planets, stomp on enemies, and explore the new mechanics associated with spherical platforming.
Super Mario Odyssey
Perhaps one of the best games of the past decade, Super Mario Odyssey is the most recent 3D installment in the Super Mario series. 3D Mario games love introducing new and exciting game mechanics, and Odyssey is no different. The game incorporates the "hat capture" which allows Mario to transform into whatever living or non-living thing he throws his cap onto. Capturable entities include everything from frogs and goombas to dinosaurs and tanks.
Mario Odyssey features 14 huge worlds, known as kingdoms, each possessing their own unique theme. There’s even one based on New York City with life-sized humans that look incredibly strange standing next to Mario!
The way you progress through the kingdoms is by collecting Power Moons. These brightly-colored collectibles are scattered around the world and often require you to complete fun little challenges to acquire them. At the end of every kingdom is a boss fight, with the final one being against Bowser himself as you work to defeat him and save Princess Peach – a recurring theme in these games.
Another familiar trademark of Mario games making an unsurprising return is the green plumbing pipe which Mario uses to travel between places. The beasties that you will find in those pipes are much worse than those www.fixitrightplumbing.com.au/ would find in your home plumbing. Some of the pipes dotted around the worlds take the 3-dimensional Mario into 2D platforming areas which is a fantastic way to pay homage to the early games in the series and bring a bit of nostalgia to Odyssey.
New Super Mario Bros. U
New Super Mario Bros. U combines all the best features of the early Mario games into one complete package and is by far one of the best 2D platformers around. You'd think that after all this time Nintendo would finally run out of ideas for ways to make their games unique and engaging, but alas, they continue to surprise. The levels are dynamic, creative, and you can enjoy them all with up to 4 players in co-op mode.
NSMBU was released on Wii U which wasn’t Nintendo’s best-selling console at all. Many perhaps overlooked this game due to the console's failure, which is a real shame given how much the game has to offer. Fortunately, a deluxe remake of the game was released for Switch packaged with all the features of the original game plus extra levels featuring the lesser-known brother of the plumber duo – Luigi.
by Stephanie Scott on 2020-12-27 06:21:04