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    dkirschner's Super Mario 3D World (WiiU)

    [March 12, 2020 10:58:33 PM]
    Simple co-op Mario game. It's Super Mario Galaxy Lite. As a single-player experience, it becomes repetitive and grindy. At various points, you need more stars to progress, which is typical of these games. Usually, though, you have them through the regular course of play. This time, I was locked out from the next-to-last stage and had to grind 10 or so stars. I got what I thought was a lot from the last world and was locked out again. I needed 14 more (each stage has 3, so 14 is a lot, assuming that i got 1-2 on average per stage already). Don't tell anyone, but I just watched the last boss on YouTube. Grinding out another 14 stars would have taken a whole evening to do, and I was over this already, actually thought I would beat it last night. Then there was another world; tonight there was anotherrrr secret world. It dragged. Hard.

    The game is charming and cute. The four characters each have different running speeds and jumping patterns. The gimmick is that they turn into cats. Like I said, cute. Some of the stages' mechanics were especially fun or clever, like the stage where you equip a flashlight and burn ghosts, the one where you ride blocks around (was a bit challenging too), the ones where you equip a cannon ball gun...basically most of the one-off mechanics were the best. There were some special stages to obtain extra stars, items, or collectible stickers, and the Toad stages stuck out as a lot of fun. You guide Toad through a 3D puzzle level to collect 5 stars. Think Fez. You can rotate the world around to see, and all Toad can do is walk. No running or jumping. So you rotate the camera around trying to figure out the way through the level, collecting all the stars.

    That's it. I wouldn't recommend this over Super Mario Galaxy games. Those are way better. Though co-op probably adds to the appeal of World.
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    dkirschner's Super Mario 3D World (WiiU)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Monday 9 March, 2020

    GameLog closed on: Thursday 12 March, 2020

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Fun, if simple and less creative than Mario Galaxy, Mario game. ---------------- Gets repetitive and oddly grindy for a Mario game

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstar

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