Game Review - Super Mario 3D All-Stars on Nintendo Switch

Written by MrPapillon on December 21, 2020 @ 7:28 am

In short :

++ Being able to play 3D Mario games in a portable console
++ Revisiting/discovering those 3 incredible games that shaped the video game industry
+ The OST collection
-- Quasi-straight ports, missed potential on quality of life improvements.
? The limited-time availability ?

Super Mario 3D All Stars brings Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy back to the Nintendo Switch.

It's a real pleasure and a blast to be able to play once again these games on the Nintendo Switch, in the absence of a virtual console. You can now have your Isle Delfino in your bus, or listen to Jolly Roger Bay music while in the park.

This collection allows younger audience to finaly discover those classic games while giving back nostalgic experiences to old-time fans. Moreover, it's the first time Sunshine and Galaxy are brought over from their original consoles. In addition, you can also enjoy a nice OST collection for each of the three games.

The shameful part of this collection, however, is that it is a straight quasi-one-to-one port of each of the three games. Widescreen is added to Sunshine but that's mostly all that there is. There is a lot of missed potential on quality of life improvements.

This collection is only available until March 31, 2021. There still remains a lot of mystery around that information ; could it be that an actual virtual console will be back with all of those three games separately ? In that case, this collection is a great limited-time offer. Or will all of the three games absolutely disappear from the Nintendo Switch ? We need to wait for that fateful day to see whether that limited-time availibility was a blesing in disguise or a very bad marketing decision.

Gameplay Rating: 8
Story Rating: 8
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 7
Sound Rating: 10
Overall Rating: 8

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Game Information

Alternative Titles
Super Mario 3D Collection
Platform
Nintendo Switch
Developer(s)
Nintendo
Publisher(s)
Nintendo
Genre(s)
Action, Platformer
NA Release Date
September 18, 2020
JP Release Date
September 18, 2020
EUR Release Date
September 18, 2020
AUS Release Date
September 18, 2020
ESRB Rating
E
MVGL User Score
8.2
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