Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
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North American box art
For alternate box art, see the game's gallery.
Developer Nintendo EPD Tokyo
Nintendo Software Technology Corporation
1-UP Studio
Publisher Nintendo
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Release date Japan February 12, 2021[1]
USA February 12, 2021[2]
Europe February 12, 2021[3]
Australia February 12, 2021[4]
HK February 12, 2021[5]
South Korea February 12, 2021[6]
ROC February 12, 2021[7]
Genre Platformer, action
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 7.svg - Seven years and older
CERO:CERO A.svg - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
USK:USK 6.svg - Six years and older
DEJUS:DEJUS L.png - General audience
RARS:RARS 6+.svg - Six years and older
GRAC:GRAC All.svg - All ages
GSRR:GSRR P.svg - Six years and older
FPB:FPB 10-12.png - Ten to twelve years
GCAM:GCAM 7.png - Seven years and older
NMC:NMC 7.svg - Seven years and older
Media
Nintendo Switch:
Media NS icon.png Game Card
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Input
Nintendo Switch:

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is an expanded port of Super Mario 3D World for the Nintendo Switch, released on February 12, 2021 as part of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. It features a standalone campaign known as Bowser's Fury, which takes place in an open-world area called Lake Lapcat and involves Mario and Bowser Jr. cooperating to bring Fury Bowser back to an uncorrupted state. The Super Mario 3D World campaign also supports local wireless and online play with up to four players, both of which were absent from the original version.

This game was involved in two My Nintendo missions related to the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary, both of which were necessary to complete to enter the My Nintendo Super Mario Bros. Sweepstakes: Wave 2. The first involved purchasing the game itself (physically or digitally), and the second involved finding five hidden stickers on the official website for the game. Four of these stickers were the main playable characters in Cat Suits, and the fifth was a Super Bell.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

New playable characters[edit]

Characters Description
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Toad Brigade
When playing Captain Toad's Adventures levels in multiplayer, any additional players will play as members of the Toad Brigade, who all share the same attributes as Captain Toad. Before a stage starts, all players can select either Captain Toad, Hint Toad, Banktoad, or Yellow Toad.

New power-up[edit]

Image Transformation Description
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Invincibility Bell
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White Cat Mario
If a Cat Mario amiibo is scanned, an Invincibility Bell appears in front of the character, giving them a white Cat Suit when collected. Similarly to White Tanooki Mario, characters in this form are invincible and can use the abilities of Cat Mario.

List of changes[edit]

Gameplay[edit]

  • Functionality for amiibo has been added.
  • Multiplayer mode now supports both local wireless and Nintendo Switch Online connections. Up to two players can play on a single system in local wireless mode.
  • Captain Toad's Adventures can now be played with up to four players, unlike the original game where it was single-player only. For these levels, additional players play as the Toad Brigade members, with all players being able to select one to play as before a level begins.
    • Similarly to normal levels, the game ranks each player's points in multiplayer in the Captain Toad levels as well, though the winning player does not get a crown.
  • The characters' movement speed has been increased. All characters except Captain Toad are approximately 40% faster than in the original game.
    • Certain levels such as Conkdor Canyon have had some changes to their level objects to accommodate for this change.
    • On the World Map, the player's walk speed is also increased.
  • Rosalina's jump is slightly less floaty and lands slightly faster.
  • The game now has four save files, rather than three. Bowser's Fury also has four separate save files.
  • The yellow path that connects levels is created more quickly when a new level is unlocked.
  • After exiting a level, the player regains control quicker, as the game now saves in the background.
  • Cutscenes can now be skipped.
  • Switching between the map, course list, and Stamp chart is now done by pressing the L Button and R Button buttons, rather than buttons on the screen.
  • If the player dies after collecting a Green Star or a Stamp, they will keep it instead of having to collect it again. This does not apply to Captain Toad's levels.
  • Luigi Bros. can only be unlocked by defeating Meowser in The Great Tower of Bowser Land of World Bowser; having New Super Luigi U save data on the system through ownership of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe no longer unlocks it from the beginning.
    • There is also an option to quickly exit to the title screen from Luigi Bros., as opposed to being forced to exit to the Home Menu.
  • In some areas, such as the beginning of Piranha Creeper Creek, the camera will no longer zoom if the player remains idle.
    • The idle zoom also does not reset if the player presses Y Button like in the original version.
  • Due to the discontinuation of Miiverse, the Stamps are now used as decorations in a new Snapshot Mode, which is similar to the one seen in Super Mario Odyssey.
    • Also due to Miiverse's discontinuation, Miis no longer appear on the overworld or when revisiting a cleared stage.
  • As in the Nintendo Switch version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker:
    • Due to the lack of a microphone on the Nintendo Switch console, Propeller Platforms have been replaced in every level where they appeared; they are replaced by Lifts in Captain Toad Goes Forth and Puffprod Peaks, invisible clouds in Blast Block Skyway, and Touchstones in Captain Toad's Fiery Finale.
    • In TV mode, gyroscopic pointer controls replace the touchscreen controls of the Wii U version, which are activated by pressing R Button. An emblem of the character controlling the pointer is present. Touchscreen controls are still used in handheld mode.
    • The pause menu now features the ability to retry a course, rather than having to return to the world map to do so.
    • Captain Toad's headlamp can now defeat Boos and Peepas, similarly to the Light Box.
  • As in Super Mario Odyssey:
    • Save files are saved, loaded, and copied in the same manner.
    • Characters can now roll in midair, similar to the dive.
    • Characters can perform a roll or Ground Pound Jump immediately after landing from a Ground Pound.
    • Characters now fall through upright Warp Pipes when performing a Ground Pound through the center from above. Similarly, characters now enter sideways Warp Pipes immediately when rolling through the center without their momentum being interrupted. The sped-up variant of the Warp Pipe sound effect from Odyssey is reused upon entering Warp Pipes these ways.
  • Bouncing off of an enemy while Long Jumping will result in the character doing another long jump, rather than a standard jump.
  • Side Somersaults can now be performed while walking.
  • In order to hold onto other characters or grabbed objects, the player no longer has to hold Y Button; pressing the button again is required to throw the object or player.
    • Because of this, Rosalina can no longer spin while holding an object or player.
  • The range for throwing objects has increased.
  • Performing handstands atop trees now has varying distances with directional inputs.
  • When handstanding, characters turn clockwise if the player holds right, and counterclockwise if they hold left. In the original version, this was reversed.
  • When crouched on a slope, characters will remain crouched for about one second before beginning to slide down it, rather than sliding the moment they touch the slope.
    • When jumping while crouched and sliding down a slope, characters will Long Jump instead of jump.
  • When jumping while facing a wall with no directional input, characters will now slide against the wall, enabling them to Wall Jump.
  • In multiplayer, entering a bubble must be performed by pressing L Button and R Button together instead of either one alone.
  • Green Shells can no longer be occupied idly; the shell always slides in the direction the user is facing when entered. They also move faster than in the original game.
  • Fireballs move faster and cover a longer distance. They also have a slightly different angle when thrown.
  • Characters can climb higher when in their Cat forms.
  • The claw dive now continuously dives until the player touches the ground, similarly to Super Mario Maker 2, though it will still stop at extremely long distances.
  • When crouched in a Tanooki Suit, the window to perform a charge jump during a tail spin is much smaller. Most attempts will be cancelled out by a normal charged jump instead.
    • It is also more difficult to perform a Long Jump while using a tail spin, as it will usually be cancelled out with a normal Long Jump.
  • Rows of Coins appear slightly more quickly than the original game.
  • It is no longer possible to jump over the Goal Pole, as the character will snap to the top if they attempt to go past it.

Aesthetic[edit]

The updated graphics
  • The game's graphics have been slightly updated.
  • The typeface used for menus and general text has been changed from Seurat to Rodin NTLG, which belongs to the same font family as the typeface used in Super Mario Odyssey and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Super Mario 3D World's Switch port switches out the font it uses in its UI, this time using Rodin NTLG Pro DB instead of Seurat Pro B. Bowser's Fury also uses Rodin NTLG Pro DB. Both fonts were produced by Fontworks.
  • On the world map, the Sprixie Princess' "Help!" text before a world's castle is completed has been changed to "HELP!".
  • Button prompts are red with white characters, instead of white with red characters and outlines.
  • Touch input prompts now show only a hand, instead of a hand with the Wii U GamePad.
  • The pause menus have been given a different appearance.
  • The UI has received minor changes:
    • The Item Storage has been revamped with a dark translucent circle and new button icons.
    • The UI for lives and coins lacks the "×" icon between the images and numbers.
    • The interior shadows have been removed.
    • The UI is smaller than in the original game.
  • Stamps' pictures are now colored instead of black and white, and are more spread out on the stamps page.
  • For the English version only, the game will always show the American spellings and namings for all subjects, rather than having different spellings and namings for certain subjects depending on the game's or console's region.
  • When entering a Captain Toad's Adventures course, the loading screen is red with dark red spots instead of white with red spots.
  • If the final Green Star in a Captain Toad's Adventures course is collected as a small Toad, they will do the victory pose with their mouth opened instead of closed.
  • In some shallow pools of water, such as the beginning area of Pipeline Lagoon, characters will walk on the seafloor instead of floating on the surface of the water. While doing so, the camera stops following their movement.
  • All characters have a brief start-up animation when beginning to walk.
  • The cat scratch attack has a new animation when used underwater.
  • A light source on top of the broken Koopa Chase in The Great Tower of Bowser Land does not appear.
    • In the same level, the rain particle effect is slightly more visible.
  • The Clear Pipe at the end of the swimming section in Champion's Road becomes invisible when within the moving body of water.
  • In the original version, jingles in the following pitches play after collecting each Red Coin in a group of eight: C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G. This has been changed to a more natural progression: C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G.

Bowser's Fury[edit]

As a bonus addition to the port, Bowser's Fury was added as a side mode to the game, starring as its own standalone adventure.

Story[edit]

Mario finds a trail of black paint just outside the castle.

This story begins with Mario strolling down a path in front of Peach's Castle during a bright day, near the same spot where the characters find the broken Clear Pipe at the beginning of the main story. Mario notices small puddles of black goop and darts after them, eventually stopping at a mass of black graffiti in the form of Shadow Mario's logo. The graffiti expands, creating a portal Mario falls into, taking him to a new and unfamiliar place - Lake Lapcat.

Shortly after Mario lands, he encounters Bowser, who has become much larger and more powerful, known for a majority of the game as Fury Bowser. He finds a Cat Shine in the surrounding area, which clears the goop off a nearby lighthouse. Fury Bowser is damaged, if only very slightly, by the beam of light that shines from the lighthouse. He curls into his shell and retreats to the middle of the lake. Immediately afterward, several of the first islands to be explored in the game rise out of the water.

Shortly thereafter, Mario finds a panicking Bowser Jr., who informs him more or less of what has happened. He shows Mario a picture he painted of his father and paints it black with his Magic Paintbrush, suggesting that this began with him painting his father and the black paint corrupting Bowser, similarly to the events of Paper Mario: Color Splash. Bowser Jr. explains that both he and his father are in trouble, reluctantly asking Mario to help him but clarifying this would not happen under normal circumstances. Mario agrees to do so, with Bowser Jr. nearby at all times for the rest of his adventure.

For much of the remainder of the game, Mario must simply recover Cat Shines from available islands. After several minutes of gameplay, Fury Bowser rises completely out of the lake and goes on a rampage for some time before returning to his passive state. Mario may stop his rampage by collecting a Cat Shine and lighting the corresponding lighthouse. After collecting certain amounts of Cat Shines, Mario unlocks Giga Bells, allowing him to transform into Giga Cat Mario during Fury Bowser's next rampage. During this time, a massive amount of Fury Bowser's health can be drained, with Mario being required to do this at least once throughout his entire adventure. Every time Fury Bowser's health is completely drained, he sinks into the lake, causing several more islands to rise out of the water before this process repeats. A minimum of fifty Cat Shines are required to defeat Fury Bowser and finish the game.

The final time he is defeated, Fury Bowser expels all of the black paint inside of him before slightly shrinking and getting blown out of the water. Drained of black paint, he then turns into Giant Bowser, serving as the true final boss of the game. Summoning the three Giga Bells, he fuses them together into a crystal ball. With the help of Plessie, Mario must launch the crystal ball into Bowser multiple times before he is finally defeated.

Mario and the kittens strike a victory pose in synchronization.

Finally back to normal, Bowser falls from the sky and lands near Bowser Jr. and a few colorful kittens. The former two both become excited; however, after Bowser notices Mario, now in his Cat Mario form, he becomes angered and attempts to attack him as Bowser Jr. holds him back. Once he is dragged away, Bowser Jr. pauses and threatens Mario himself before leaving. Mario shrugs before being nuzzled by the kittens. They jump and freeze in the air, as it is revealed the ground on which the scene took place was actually the back of Giga Cat Plessie, the form Plessie took after collecting all three Giga Bells simultaneously. The credits then roll, featuring various paintings by Bowser Jr. that depict the story from his perspective.

The first time the player resumes the game after this, Bowser Jr. tells Mario that he was relaxing with Bowser on the lake until the latter turned back into Fury Bowser, requesting that Mario collect more Cat Shines to help restore peace again. Bowser Jr. then grants Mario the ability to warp to islands he has already visited to thank him for his help, and marks the locations of new Cat Shines on the map. From this point on, Plessie permanently remains as Cat Plessie, and gains the ability to carry kittens on its back.

If all one hundred Cat Shines are collected and Giant Bowser is then defeated again, an additional painting by Bowser Jr. is shown after the credits; following this, Mario's Cat form changes to look like Giga Cat Mario (albeit much smaller), and Bowser Jr. becomes a cat variant of himself. Fury Bowser's appearance is also different, as the orange sections of his spikes, belly and eyebrows all turn white. However, all of these changes are purely visual.

Gameplay[edit]

The game revolves around freeing every island from the black goop that Fury Bowser is covered in by recovering Cat Shines from corrupted lighthouses. At random time intervals, Fury Bowser emerges nearby from the Fury Sun. When this happens, the weather becomes stormy, and he terrorizes the surroundings of the island with large beams of fire and meteors falling from the sky. Additionally, he drops many spikes from the sky around the islands, which can be used as platforms. All kittens and calico cat parents on Lake Lapcat also become corrupted and start attacking Mario. Bowser will fall back into slumber either after a brief period of time or if a Cat Shine is collected.

Giga Bells are situated in three different areas of Lake Lapcat, also sleeping due to the black goop, and can only be activated by collecting a certain amount of Cat Shines. When this happens, Mario can touch the bell while Fury Bowser is rampaging to become Giga Cat Mario, who is then able to fight Fury Bowser and force him into slumber, allowing Mario access to more islands. Lake Lapcat is a vast open-world setting that is gradually unlocked as more locations are freed from black goop, extending the sandbox concept of Super Mario Odyssey. Mario can run around the island, climb up lighthouses, and go between islands quickly by riding Plessie, who teleports around the water in order to stay close to Mario. Every island makes usage of Mario's different power-ups and abilities. Throughout all islands, there are a variety of gameplay concepts, objects, and enemies from the main Super Mario 3D World game.

Playable characters[edit]

Character Description
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Mario
The main playable character in Bowser's Fury, and the only one to return from the playable characters in Super Mario 3D World. He controls identically to how he does in the main campaign, and can utilize power-ups to traverse Lake Lapcat and collect Cat Shines.
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Bowser Jr.
Bowser Jr. reluctantly helps Mario collect Cat Shines in an attempt to save his father from corruption. In single-player, he is an AI-controlled helper; the player can choose to have him help a little, a lot, or not at all. Alternatively, he can be controlled by a second player in two-player mode.

Bowser Jr. cannot use power-ups, but instead can fly freely in his Junior Clown Car, and use his Magic Paintbrush to attack enemies or reveal items from special graffiti on walls. Additionally, he can use a Ground Pound attack to defeat enemies from above, and he produces items the player selects from the Item Storage.

In single-player, the player can use the cursor (with touch or gyro controls) to send Bowser Jr. to any location on the screen by selecting it. He will then swing his paintbrush once he reaches his destination. By doing this, the player can have Bowser Jr. collect items such as Cat Shine Shards and coins for them, as he will collect these items on contact. The only item Bowser Jr. cannot interact with that Mario can are Cat Shines, which must be contacted by Mario to register as collected. If Bowser Jr. moves too far away from Mario in single-player, he will automatically teleport back to Mario; in multiplayer, the second player can do this manually.

After all 100 Cat Shines are collected and the final boss is then beaten again, Bowser Jr. transforms into a cat variation of himself, with his Junior Clown Car also gaining whiskers, though these are merely aesthetic changes.

Supporting cast[edit]

Character Description
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Kittens
The residents of Lake Lapcat. If Mario approaches them while not in his Cat form, then they will flee; however, if he is in one of these forms, then they will be affectionate towards him and follow him. If Mario picks one up, then it will scratch in front of itself, which can be used to attack enemies. If Mario mounts Plessie while holding a kitten after defeating the final boss at least once, then it will ride alongside him. If a kitten comes into contact with water or lava, then it will instantly teleport back to its original location. When Fury Bowser is awake, kittens become corrupted and attack Mario.
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Calico cat parent
A larger cat who is a parent of calico kittens, which have gone missing. There are three of them, one for each Giga Bell. If Mario brings all of the kittens back to their parent, he will be rewarded with a Cat Shine. Like the kittens, the parents become corrupted when Fury Bowser attacks.
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Plessie / Cat Plessie
Plessie from the Super Mario 3D World adventure reappears in this mode, where it has the ability to dive, which allows it to avoid low-hanging obstacles, or perform a high jump if it jumps right after diving. After collecting the three Giga Bells at the end of the final boss battle, Plessie becomes Giga Cat Plessie, and permanently stays as Cat Plessie after the main story is completed.
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Toad Brigade
After completing the main story, Toadette appears next to a tent on Fur Step Island and asks Mario and Bowser Jr. to find Captain Toad, Hint Toad, Banktoad, and Yellow Toad around Lake Lapcat, who will each give a Cat Shine when found. Each Toad Brigade member will then celebrate at the camp with Toadette.

Enemies[edit]

New[edit]

Image Description
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Fury Cats
All kittens and calico cat parents become corrupted when Fury Bowser begins rampaging. They chase Mario upon sight and can damage him upon contact. They can be stunned if Mario or Bowser Jr. attack them, and revert to normal when Fury Bowser stops rampaging.
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Fury Shadows
Dark, goop-covered enemies resembling Luigi that Mario must chase to get a Cat Shine, much like Shadow Mario in Super Mario Sunshine. They must be hit three times to defeat them, and every time they are hit, they transform into a spiky black goop ball and dash away.

Cat variations[edit]

While Bowser's Fury does not introduce many new enemies, the enemies that come from Super Mario 3D World are seen with cat-like features, such as cat ears, fur, paws, and a tail, though unlike the Cat Goombas in Super Mario 3D World, these cat appearances are only aesthetic changes, without gaining any differing abilities (the only exceptions to this are Cat Bullet Bills, which still home in on the player like their Super Mario 3D World counterparts). As such, the Cat Goombas in Bowser's Fury behave like regular Goombas, and have their standard brown coloring.

Bosses[edit]

Fury Bowser Cat Boom Boom Cat Pom Pom Cat Prince Bully Giant Bowser
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Lake Lapcat
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Clawswipe Colosseum
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Clawswipe Colosseum
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Mount Magmeow
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Lake Lapcat

Locations[edit]

Lake Lapcat is split into three main areas, each represented by a Giga Bell. Each Giga Bell is surrounded by four different islands, with each island containing a lighthouse that is covered in goop. By collecting the first Cat Shine of the island, the goop is removed and the lighthouse's light gets rid of the goop nearby, though after Fury Bowser attacks, they become covered in goop again.

There are a total of 100 Cat Shines in the game, some of which can only be collected after beating the final boss. 60 of them come from the 12 main islands which each contain five Cat Shines, with three being standard missions, one being earned by finding the five Cat Shine Shards hidden around the island, and another earned by having Fury Bowser break some Fury Blocks to reveal it. When all five Cat Shines of an island are collected, a Cat Flinger appears atop that island's lighthouse, with a cat variation of Mario's Goal Pole flag attached to it. 35 of the Cat Shines come from Lake Lapcat itself, which contains a multitude of Cat Shines that are separately counted from each other. The last five come from a special golden island called the Lucky Isle, which appears post-game in one of five locations during a Fury Bowser rampage, but disappears when Fury Bowser goes to sleep.

Fury Bowser must be fought a total of five times to complete the story. To do so, Mario will need to use one of the three available Giga Bells, though after each fight with Fury Bowser, the number of Cat Shines needed to activate the Giga Bells increases, from 5 to 15 to 20 to 40 and finally to 50 Cat Shines. When the Giga Bell is used to defeat Fury Bowser, the next Giga Bell area will open up, revealing new islands.

On a side note, while Fur Step Island is the first location visited in the game, only the first Cat Shine can be obtained at first, while the other four can only be obtained once the main story is completed.

If Mario collects a Cat Shine on an island, leaves and returns at a later point, the layout will often be slightly changed to accommodate a newly available mission. This often involves new enemies, though the structure itself may change, as is the case for Clawswipe Colosseum.

Table of locations[edit]

* indicates that a Cat Shine is only available after seeing the credits once.

Giga Bell Locations Island Cat Shines Other Lake Lapcat Shines
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Lakeside Giga Bell
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Fur Step Island
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Scamper Shores
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Pounce Bounce Isle
  • Make the Lighthouse Shine
  • Hurry! Jump High, Jump Fast!
  • Key to the Cat Shine
  • Five Cat Shine Shards
  • Blast the Fury Blocks
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Fort Flaptrap
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Ruins Giga Bell
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Slipskate Slope
  • Make the Lighthouse Shine
  • Blue Coin Bustle
  • Key to the Cat Shine
  • Five Cat Shine Shards
  • Blast the Fury Blocks
  • Ruins Rabbit Plays Tag
  • Go with the Floe
  • Hurry! Slide through the Sky!
  • Dash and Smash in the Clouds
  • Slippery Skirmish
  • Gazing Down at the Islands
  • Hurry! Swim and Slide!
  • Cold Cove Combat
  • Lost Kittens near the Ruins
  • Lake Rabbit Plays Tag*
  • Toad Brigade: Stuck under the Slope*
  • Toad Brigade: Cuddly Castaway*
  • Plessie Medal Mania*
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Clawswipe Colosseum
  • Clash with Cat Boom Boom
  • Cat Pom Pom's Counterattack
  • Final Bout with Cat Boom Boom
  • Five Cat Shine Shards
  • Blast the Fury Blocks
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Trickity Tower
  • So Close Yet So Far
  • Blue Coin Bustle
  • Hurry! Watch Your Step!
  • Five Cat Shine Shards
  • Blast the Fury Blocks
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Crisp Climb Castle
  • Make the Lighthouse Shine
  • Hurry! Fly through the Frost!
  • Fury Shadow on Ice
  • Five Cat Shine Shards
  • Blast the Fury Blocks
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Wasteland Giga Bell
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Risky Whisker Island
  • Fury Shadow Hops to It
  • Feasting on Fuzzies
  • Hurry! Hop behind the Wall!
  • Five Cat Shine Shards
  • Blast the Fury Blocks
  • Footprint Free-for-all
  • Spin, Scramble, Shine
  • On the Floodgate's Edge
  • Hurry! Climb the Falls!
  • Gazing Over the Falls
  • Surprise Prizefight
  • Jump and Thump in the Clouds
  • Lost Kittens in the Wasteland
  • Shining on a Hidden Isle*
  • Hurry! Slip to the Shine!*
  • Gazing Down at Lava*
  • Toad Brigade: Hot Pursuit*
  • Plessie Medal Master*
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Pipe Path Tower
  • Make the Lighthouse Shine
  • Blue Coin Bustle
  • Key to the Cat Shine
  • Five Cat Shine Shards
  • Blast the Fury Blocks
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Roiling Roller Isle
  • Make the Lighthouse Shine
  • Hurry! Hot Cross Run!
  • Key to the Cat Shine
  • Five Cat Shine Shards
  • Blast the Fury Blocks
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Mount Magmeow
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Lucky Isle
  • First Lucky Shine*
  • Second Lucky Shine*
  • Third Lucky Shine*
  • Fourth Lucky Shine*
  • Fifth Lucky Shine*

Items[edit]

New power-up[edit]

Image Transformation Description
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Giga Bell
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Giga Cat Mario
Three Giga Bells (giant versions of Super Bells) are present in each region of Lake Lapcat. They are initially covered in goop, and require a certain amount of Cat Shines to uncorrupt them and use them. When used, Mario transforms into Giga Cat Mario, a giant version of Cat Mario that resembles a komainu. This giant form enables him to fight Fury Bowser directly.

When all 100 Cat Shines are collected and the final boss is then defeated again, the appearance of Cat Mario changes to resemble Giga Cat Mario, though this is merely aesthetic and does not change Cat Mario's abilities. This change does not appear in Super Mario 3D World.

Collectibles[edit]

Image Description
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Cat Shine
A sun-shaped object with a cat's face on it, similar to Power Stars, Shine Sprites, and Power Moons. They are used to uncorrupt the lighthouses and Giga Bells found across Lake Lapcat.
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Cat Shine Shard
A piece of a Cat Shine shaped like a cat's head. On each of the twelve major islands, five of them must be collected to make a Cat Shine appear.
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Plessie Medal
Medals with Plessie's face on them. They are found across the waters of Lake Lapcat, and start timed challenges when contacted that reward Mario with a Cat Shine if completed.

New objects[edit]

Image Description
Trigger objects
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Red Jump Panel
A giant, red version of the Jump Panel. They launch Mario much higher than their orange counterparts.
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Ground-Pound Switch
A switch that must be Ground Pounded by Mario to activate. When activated, the switch temporarily reveals a path leading to a Cat Shine, which must be collected before the time limit (usually 20 seconds) expires. It may also create a battle arena surrounding it, where Mario and Bowser Jr. must defeat every enemy for a Cat Shine.
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Key
Keys that have cat ears and can be carried by Mario and used to open the locks on caged Cat Shines.
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Plessie Ring
Large rings with Plessie's face on them that, when passed through while riding Plessie, start timed swimming challenges with a Cat Shine at the end of an obstacle course.
Blocks and platforms
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Fury Block
A block with Bowser's emblem on it. Found in groups on each island, they can only be broken by Fury Bowser's fury blasts. Once broken, they may reveal a Cat Shine or other object, and will not reappear.
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Fury Stake
Large platforms created by Fury Bowser during his rampages and plunged into either the ground or walls. Various objects such as Mushroom Trampolines may be on them, and they can sometimes help Mario traverse the area more quickly. They vanish when Fury Bowser stops rampaging. Giga Cat Mario can pick these up and use them to damage Fury Bowser, while Giant Bowser launches them as attacks. The golden variations, which resemble Moon Rocks, produce several coins when broken.
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Turning Floor
A rotating cylindrical floor that appears in the tunnels of Slipskate Slope, and rotates in different directions to attempt to make Mario fall off or run into a wall of spikes.
Other objects
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Cat Flinger
An item that Mario can climb and perform a handstand atop, similarly to Trees, before aiming and bouncing off a long distance. If he lands on ground after this bounce, then he will automatically begin dashing. After all five of the Cat Shines on an island are collected, one of these appears atop that island's lighthouse, with a golden flag resembling a Goal Pole flag with cat ears and Mario's emblem on it.
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Lighthouse
Tall towers found on each of the twelve major islands, typically at the end of an obstacle course. When a Cat Shine is collected on an island, it will activate or power the nearby lighthouse. The power of the light it emits can force Fury Bowser to retreat from a rampage.

Differences from Super Mario 3D World[edit]

  • Bowser's Fury runs at a variable resolution in TV mode, which can drop to as low as 1280x720.
    • In handheld mode, the game runs at 30 frames per second.
  • There are no lives in this mode. Instead, a random power-up is given for every 100 coins collected. The player loses 50 coins upon dying, similarly to Super Mario Odyssey.
  • The HUD for the coin count is placed in the bottom-left corner of the screen rather than the top-left.
  • Instead of the Item Storage holding one item, Mario can store a maximum of five Super Mushrooms, five Super Bells, five Fire Flowers, five Super Leaves, five Boomerang Flowers, and five Lucky Bells. The Lucky Bell icon does not appear in the Item Storage until the player has stored at least one.
  • The game's camera is fully controllable by the player.
  • The game only supports 1-2 players instead of 1-4 players, and does not support online or local wireless play.
  • Mario is the only playable character in single-player. In multiplayer, the first player must play as Mario and the second must play as Bowser Jr., who appears exclusively in the Bowser's Fury campaign.
  • Mario has full 360-degree movement, instead of being restricted to eight directions.
  • Plessie can turn around or stop moving, and can be dismounted at any time.
  • Plessie has the ability to dive underwater before jumping. There are also new visual effects for its high jump, which can be performed in single-player instead of requiring multiple players to jump simultaneously.

amiibo[edit]

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury features amiibo support for all amiibo figures, with Cat Mario and Cat Peach amiibo figures launching alongside the game. Notably, it is the first Mario game that originated on the Wii U to have amiibo support exclusively for a Nintendo Switch port.

The player is granted an item depending on which amiibo is scanned:

Promotion[edit]

Various pre-order bonuses, promotional merchandise, and special events became available with the game's worldwide release. More images of them can be viewed in the game's gallery.

The reusable water bottle promotion at Target
Both promotional GameStop posters
  • In anticipation of the game's release, the NintendoUK Twitter account changed their display name to "Nintendo UK + Bowser's Fury".[8]
  • Nintendo UK offered a collectible SteelBook and a Sticker Sheet as a pre-order bonus, and those who pre-ordered the game were also entered into a prize draw to win a Lucky Cat Mario figurine from First 4 Figures.[9]
  • Nintendo Hong Kong offered a small magnet with the four main playable characters as a pre-order bonus.[10]
  • American retailer Target Corporation launched a promotion where customers who purchase the game at their retail stores received a free, limited-edition reusable water bottle featuring the game's playable characters in their Cat forms.[11]
  • GameStop offered two posters for purchasing the game in their stores; one is of Plessie with the main playable characters, and the other is the key artwork for Bowser's Fury.[12]
  • South Korean retailer Shinsegae offered SteelBooks as a pre-order bonus, with a different design than those from Nintendo UK.[13]
  • Best Buy sold a bundle package of the game with a Phone & Tech Badge accessory of Cat Mario.[14]
  • EB Games included a double-sided themed coin with pre-orders of the game from its stores.[15]
  • Starting March 7, 2021 to coincide with Mar10 Day, Walmart sold an exclusive bundle package of the game with two pairs of Mario-themed socks.[16]
  • The German website for online retailer Amazon sold a similar bundle of the game and a shirt depicting Fury Bowser.[17]
  • Jakks Pacific created 4-inch figurines of Cat Mario, Cat Luigi, and Cat Peach, along with a small Super Bell accessory.[18]
  • The American My Nintendo website offered a Cat Mario keychain using his stamp art.[19] The European website offered a set of five lenticular magnets, and the Japanese website offered several items, including two clear file folders and a reflector key holder.
  • The Play Nintendo website features a personality quiz centered on the game's power-up items.
  • The official website for the game added a page called the Cat Transformation Center, where users can take or upload images and decorate them with art and borders based on the game.[20]
  • In Tetris 99, the 20th MAXIMUS CUP event, which ran from March 4, 2021 to March 8, 2021, featured an in-game theme based on Bowser's Fury.[21]
  • In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a spirit event featuring spirits of kittens, Fury Bowser, and Giga Cat Mario began on April 9, 2021 and lasted five days.[22]

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

Initial box art[edit]

The pre-release version of the North American boxart

Because Bowser Jr. and Fury Bowser had not yet been confirmed to appear in Bowser's Fury, the Bowser's Fury section of the box art initially only contained the logo, while the section also took up a smaller portion of the box. Because of that, Cat Luigi appears on the pre-release box, but not on the final box.

Giga Mushroom[edit]

The Giga Mushroom's model.

An unused power-up can be found in the game's data, named KinokoGiga, which translates to Giga Mushroom. It is an angry and larger variation of the Mega Mushroom, with a color-inverted cap. As no major changes or new power-ups were added to Super Mario 3D World alone, the Giga Mushroom was most likely intended for Bowser's Fury.[23]

Though its specific purpose is not clear, it transforms Mario into a gigantic version of Super Mario, an identical state to when Giga Cat Mario takes damage. However, the Giga Mushroom's effect is under a time limit. While it may appear to be a more extreme version of the Mega Mushroom, one key difference is that Mario can still use other power-ups while in this form.[24]

Update history[edit]

Version 1.1.0[edit]

Release date: February 11, 2021

  • Fixed various issues to improve the overall gameplay experience.
Specific/unlisted changes

Glitches[edit]

Main article: List of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury glitches
  • In Bowser's Fury, some Cat Flingers allow Mario to handstand on them from far below their actual model.

Staff[edit]

Main article: List of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury staff

Although the credits list the staff in alphabetical order without specifying their roles, as in Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World, the list includes several staff members from Nintendo Software Technology Corporation, the developer of the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Critical reception of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury was mostly positive, with praise for the gameplay and creativity of both the original campaign and Bowser's Fury, but criticism towards the stability of online multiplayer, the repetition of Fury Bowser's appearances and battles, and the performance of Bowser's Fury in handheld mode.

Cam Shea of IGN rated the game 7/10, noting that Super Mario 3D World retained "the entertainment value from the fact that each level is typically built around a unique gameplay twist", but said that "the gameplay actually feels like a bit of an awkward fit for the presentation". They also called multiplayer "chaotic and fun, but also haphazard", and said that "3D World’s levels feel much more appropriate for one – or possibly two – players". When discussing Bowser's Fury, they stated it was "quite cool seeing how the world is reinvented whenever Bowser blows his top", but they "did get a little tired of the constant interruptions", saying that "it quickly becomes apparent that fighting Bowser is an extremely repetitive way to restore the world".

Chris Scullion of Nintendo Life gave it a 10/10, saying the main campaign was "absolutely packed with ideas", but had issues with online multiplayer, explaining that "at the best of times there was some subtle lag (nothing major but enough to mess up the timing of some jumps) and at the worst of times there was more stuttering". They described Bowser's Fury as "sort of like what you’d get if you took a Super Mario 64 or Odyssey, shrunk its worlds down to tiny islands and put them all in a single large area, with no loading times or ‘hub world’ to separate them". They called the addition a "fun little side adventure", but noted that "there isn’t enough variety in the Shine missions" and that "the performance... also leaves a bit to be desired".

Steve Watts of GameSpot rated the game 9/10, calling both campaigns "a candy confection of fine-tuned platforming that marries some of the best elements of 2D and 3D Mario in two very different ways". They stated that online multiplayer was "a nice but not strictly necessary addition to the core game" that had "only the occasional moment of stutter". They called Bowser's Fury "the [Mario] series at its most experimental", but questioned "if this is the kind of experiment that would work outside the narrow parameters of Bowser's Fury and live on in other Mario games". Despite "occasional frustrations", they concluded that it was "a short-but-sweet and extremely zany curiosity".

Reviews
Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Nintendo Switch Cam Shea, IGN 7/10 "Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury packs a tonne of engaging gameplay, but neither component comes together as elegantly as it might have done. This is a solid option if you’re craving more Super Mario for your Switch, but it’s not the moustachioed must-play I was hoping for."
Nintendo Switch Chris Scullion, Nintendo Life 10/10 "Super Mario 3D World remains one of the better linear Mario games, and anyone playing it for the first time is in for an absolute treat. Add to that the curious bonus adventure that is Bowser's Fury and you've got a package that provides great value for money. It isn't without its flaws, but most of these (online multiplayer, repetitive missions in Bowser's Fury) relate to the new additions; the main game itself remains as pure and perfect as it was seven years ago. Had it just been Super Mario 3D World on its own, we'd be thoroughly recommending it anyway; Bowser's Fury is just the cherry on top."
Nintendo Switch Steve Watts, GameSpot 9/10 "Put together, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is a spectacular package. Super Mario 3D World is an absolute joy of classic platforming excellence, and this is the best version of it thanks to some well-calibrated improvements. Bowser's Fury is peculiar and less polished, but it dares to poke fun at its own oddities and it has a wild creative streak. The two share thematic similarities, but more importantly, they work hand-in-hand to show the full extent of versatility in what a Mario game can be."
Aggregators
Compiler Score
Metacritic 89

Sales[edit]

In the United Kingdom, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury's launch sales were almost three times the size of the Wii U version's launch.[25]

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury.

References to other games[edit]

References in other games[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スーパーマリオ 3Dワールド + フューリーワールド
Sūpā Mario 3D Wārudo + Fyūrī Wārudo
Super Mario 3D World + Fury World
Korean 슈퍼 마리오 3D 월드 + 퓨리 월드
Syupeo Mario 3D Woldeu + Pyuri Woldeu
Super Mario 3D World + Fury World
Chinese (Simplified) 超级马力欧 3D世界 + 狂怒世界
Chāojí Mǎlì'ōu 3D Shìjiè + Kuángnù Shìjiè
Super Mario 3D World + Fury World
Chinese (Traditional) 超級瑪利歐 3D世界 + 狂怒世界
Chāojí Mǎlì'ōu 3D Shìjiè + Kuángnù Shìjiè
Super Mario 3D World + Fury World

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese Nintendo news article
  2. ^ Nintendo. (September 3, 2020). Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Direct. YouTube. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  3. ^ https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch/Super-Mario-3D-World-Bowser-s-Fury-1832228.html
  4. ^ Nintendo. (n.d.) Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. Nintendo Australia. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  5. ^ (September 4, 2020). 超級瑪利歐兄弟 35週年! Nintendo HK. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  6. ^ (September 4, 2020). 슈퍼 마리오브라더스 35주년! Nintendo Korea. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  7. ^ (September 4, 2020). 超級瑪利歐兄弟 35週年! Nintendo Taiwan. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  8. ^ Nintendo UK + Bowser's Fury (@NintendoUK). Twitter. February 14, 2021, 14:50:48 UTC snapshot via Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  9. ^ Be in with a chance of winning a First 4 Figures Cat Mario figurine with the Nintendo Official UK Store! Nintendo UK. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  10. ^ Nintendo Hong Kong website
  11. ^ Target (February 5, 2021). Enjoy two Mario adventures solo or with your friends and family! Purchase the Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury game for the Nintendo Switch system on 2/12 in stores and receive a free & exclusive Reusable Water Bottle, only at Target! Twitter. Retrieved February 14, 2021. (Archived February 14, 2021, 15:06:17 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  12. ^ Purchase Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury and get TWO posters for free! Twitter. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  13. ^ Yepan.net. Retrieved February 26, 2021. (Archived February 26, 2021 via Wayback Machine.)
  14. ^ Best Buy. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  15. ^ https://twitter.com/ebgamescanada/status/1349476398507954178
  16. ^ https://www.walmart.com/ip/seort/340018602
  17. ^ https://www.amazon.de/Super-Mario-Bowsers-Nintendo-Switch/dp/B08TBWCCDJ
  18. ^ https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/1370140006409469957
  19. ^ My Nintendo. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  20. ^ https://supermario3dworld.nintendo.com/cat-transformation-center/
  21. ^ Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury paw-ers up Tetris 99. Tetris.com. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  22. ^ Official page for the Bowser's Fury spirit event in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  23. ^ Kibi, @KibiDoesStuff. (2021, February 8). Retrieved from https://twitter.com/KibiDoesStuff/status/1358575232190193667.
  24. ^ Smashy. (2021, February 26). What if We Had a Giga Mushroom in Bowser's Fury? (Unused Powerup). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx4JlmF6O20.
  25. ^ Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury launch 190% bigger than Wii U original | UK Boxed Charts