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The Escapist Staff | 11 Jun 2013 17:00
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Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad return in Super Mario 3D World, the latest 3D platformer from Nintendo. With plenty of throwbacks to classic titles in the Mario franchise, Super Mario 3D World features co-operative gameplay, a new "Cat Suit" power-up and more.

Sarah Lebeouf's hands on demo of Super Mario 3D World can be viewed here:

For those who have played 3D Land, 3D World feels very familiar. It looks great on the Wii U-sharp, crisp primary colors, detailed levels-but it's not helping the "more of the same" feeling that's been plaguing the Mario games since before the Wii U's launch. That's not to say it wasn't fun to play, especially once the cat suits came out. In their feline digs, characters can pounce and climb walls, and even skitter up flagpoles at the end of levels. Exploring the level, climbing walls, finding hidden items, and fighting over power-ups made my play session totally enjoyable. Playing cooperatively can be chaotic, like in the New Super Mario Bros. games, and it's easy to get shoved offscreen if your partner goes too far ahead, but if you manage to work together, the co-op is very harmonious.

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