Super Mario 3D World is a platform game in the Super Mario series developed by Nintendo EAD Tokyo for the Wii U video game console. It is the sequel to Super Mario 3D Land for the Nintendo 3DS, and was released in Japan on November 21, 2013, North America on November 22, 2013, and will be released in Europe on November 29, 2013, and Australia on November 30, 2013.
Whilst exploring the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad come across a strange clear pipe, which a curious green fairy-like creature, called a Sprixie, pops out of. Suddenly, Bowser appears and captures the fairy before escaping through the pipe. Thus, Mario and friends enter the pipe to pursue Bowser, and find themselves in the strange new Sprixie Kingdom as they search for the Sprixie, along with some of her other companions.
The game follows a similar play style to Super Mario 3D Land, which combines the free-roaming gameplay of 3D Mario titles with the mechanics of 2D side-scrolling platforming games in the series. Four different playable characters are initially available in Super Mario 3D World: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad. Additionally, Rosalina is an unlockable fifth playable character. Similar to their appearances in Super Mario Bros. 2, each of the four characters possesses unique abilities and controls differently: Mario has average running speed and jump height; Luigi jumps higher and falls slower; Peach can jump and float through the air for a short period of time but does not run as fast; Toad runs the fastest but cannot jump as high; and Rosalina can use the spin attack move as seen in the Super Mario Galaxy titles. The player can select any of the five characters to use before beginning a level, and up to four players may explore the same level simultaneously with each character, sharing from a pool of extra lives. Like New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U, players are able to pick up and carry each other to help them across certain areas.
Along with several returning items from previous games, such as the Tanooki Transformation, Mega Mushroom, Propeller Block and Boomerang Transformation, several new items are introduced. The Cat Transformation allows players to run faster, perform unique attacks and climb on walls and objects. Double Cherries make a duplicate of the player, allowing for more effective attacks, with more duplicates produced with each cherry collected. Players can also wear Cannon Blocks, which fire shots at enemies, Light Blocks, which can defeat ghosts, and Goomba masks, which let them blend in with enemy Goombas. Players are also able to pick up various objects, such as bombs, baseballs and Piranha Plants, which can be used to defeat enemies or solve puzzles.
The game also features functionality with the Wii U GamePad, allowing players to rub the touchscreen to reveal hidden blocks or items, as well as hinder enemies to assist the player. Players may also download Mii Ghosts for levels, and collect hidden stamps that can be used in Miiverse posts. The game also supports Off-TV Play. The game can also be played using the Wii Remote (Plus) alone, the Wii Remote with Nunchuk, the Classic Controller (Pro), and the Wii U Pro Controller. An unlockable Luigi-themed version of Mario Bros. titled Luigi Bros. is available, which is unlocked automatically if players have save data from New Super Luigi U.