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Every now and then, something comes along that fulfills all your hopes and wishes, exceeds expectations, and simply impresses the heck out of you. Who am I kidding, by saying every now and then? The chances of something doing all those things is the equivalent of winning the Mega Millions. But Nintendo managed to do all that for me with the Wii U’s Super Mario 3D World. If happiness and enjoyment were wealth, I’d be living in a mansion on the beach of some place in the southern hemisphere. I would have preferred winning the Mega Millions, but you can’t win em’ all!
Super Mario World for the SNES is the first game I have sufficient memory of ever playing, and also happened to be my favorite Mario game for my entire life. I had given up hope that a Mario game would ever surpass it in my eyes. but there must be something about the word “World,” for at long last, after more than 20 years, I found a game that could topple SMW’s long standing dynasty.
SM3DW had me hooked from the first level, all the way to the last. The diverse and creative level design, the new and old power-ups, the bright, colorful graphics, everything about it is an addictive treat. But what I loved most was being able to play as multiple characters, all with unique characteristics. Not only that, but I hate choosing characters, so they were kind enough to put a random selector, so that each character would be a surprise for each level.
Among the huge world are plenty of secrets, which open up new worlds and items and the like, which makes every single second absolutely wonderful. The game even keeps track of what characters beat each level, which adds to the replay value immensely.
Playing through it just once though was enough to let me know I had come across solid gold. Suddenly, I was a four-year-old kid again, playing for the first time the SNES my grandmother bought me and my brothers for Christmas. And anything that can make me feel that young again has no choice but to be cherished.
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