Super Mario 3D All-Stars Video Review
Three of the most beloved Super Mario games have been bundled up into one special collection for this year’s 35th anniversary of gaming’s most prominent, princess-saving plumber. Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy are now available on the Nintendo Switch, and we can’t wait to share all of our thoughts on this iconic collection with you. To watch our full video review of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, just click play on the video below!
Super Mario 64 was Mario’s first foray into 3D platforming, originally released as a launch title for the Nintendo 64. Super Mario 64 would transport gamers into a brand new way of gaming, introducing gamers to all sorts of new gaming conventions, such as a thumbstick to move Mario around a 3D plane and camera angles to get a better view of the action. For this Switch release, not a lot has changed from the original. The good news is that visuals do appear to be a more crisp, making use of the Switch’s ability to display higher resolutions. Unfortunately, the aspect ratio is still 4:3, like the original. The in-game camera has also remained untouched, creating some awkward moments where you’ll be fighting the controls to find the right camera angle for what you’re trying to do. One thing worth mentioning is just how amazing Super Mario 64 feels with the Switch Pro controller – it’s buttery smooth and you’ll never want to go back to your old N64 controller again.
Super Mario Sunshine was Mario’s debut on the Nintendo GameCube. Visually, the game is a massive step up from Super Mario 64 that still largely holds up today. For this release, in addition to crisper visuals, Nintendo has taken a huge extra step to include a brand new 16:9 widescreen ratio. Super Mario Sunshine begins with Princess Peach, Super Mario, and Toadsworth flying to the beautiful Isle Delfino for a much needed vacation. When they arrive, they discover a Mario imposter has been running around causing havoc and ruining the town with oily graffiti. The local police recognize Mario as the culprit and sentence him to clean up the mess he allegedly made. Despite some wonky controls, Super Mario Sunshine is loads of fun and well worth a playthrough.
Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy are three near-perfect platforming adventures. These games have never looked better, and we think it’s well worth your time to try them out on the Switch if you never have before.
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