Super Mario 3D World
Top Critic Average
Super Mario 3D World is marvelous and its fantastic co-op and variety will keep you entertained for hours.
Beneath the warm familiarity of 3D World lies one of the strangest Mario games in years - and that's wonderful news.
3D World sees the plumber at the top of his game, and it's finally as fun to play with friends as it is solo. It doesn't redefine the franchise like previous entries have, but when the total package is as fun as 3D World, that's hardly a complaint.
Easily the best game on the Wii U and one that can proudly stand alongside Nintendo's greatest, even if it doesn't quite top the Super Mario Galaxy games.
Nintendo does it again, blending novelty with nostalgia to offer some of the best couch co-op out there
It gets the balance right between nostalgic touches and clever new twists, and never once let me down with a boring boss or too-familiar retread. In all my years of playing with the Mario gang, I've never been quite so happy to hurl myself into the unknown, and 3D World delivers challenge, surprise and joy in almost every moment.
Super Mario 3D World is a sublime platformer that's full of wonderful ideas and fabulous level design.
Nintendo has knocked it out of the park once again, making its latest platformer a must play.
Combines the best of "old" Mario games with some neat new tricks
A spot-on exploration of what Nintendo really does best: Create varied and surprising twists on concepts and ingredients you thought you knew inside-out. The fact that 3D World remains lively and interesting despite calling back to so many well-loved classics serves as a succinct reminder as to why Mario remains successful after so many years and so many games: At its heart, the series is ultimately just about having simple, unpretentious fun.