What better way to celebrate the 35th anniversary of a 2D platformer than with a collection of 3D games from the same series? Before I get to that, though, I do have a few honourable mentions.First up, the honourable mentions are:
– Jump Force Deluxe Edition – a crossover fighting game featuring characters from Shonen Jump manga (such as Bleach, One Piece and My Hero Academia).
– Nexomon Extinction – a monster catching RPG that has a fun sense of humour.
– RPG Maker MV – create your own RPG, though you’ll need patience to do so. I’m steadily putting something together, which maybe I’ll post about in the future.
Now for the main event.In celebration of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Nintendo are doing a few different things. One of those is the release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, which collects together three of the 3D Super Mario titles.
Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy are all present. Just don’t ask me why we’re not getting Super Mario Galaxy 2 or what the deal with the limited availability is.
On the plus side, though, the three games are some of the finest you’ll ever find in the 3D platformer genre. There’s a reason each title is loved so much, and this is a great opportunity for newcomers to discover just why that is the case. It’s probably worth bearing in mind that some might have aged a little better than others, though.
Of course the games have updated graphics and enhanced controls for the Nintendo Switch. On top of the games, you can also listen to the soundtracks from each of the games. Super Mario music is easily some of the best video game music out there, so this is certainly a treat.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a game that I strongly recommend picking up, especially for anyone who enjoys 3D platformers.