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Mario 3D World hits Wii U today

Today, Nintendo launched Super Mario 3D World for Wii U. The game is a 3D multiplayer platform adventure starring Mario, Luigi, Toad and Peach, brought to life with HD graphics and a great soundtrack.

Chris Suellentrop from the New York Times says, “It’s not just the best game for the Wii U, it’s the most entertaining game that has been released before for any system.””

Families and friends can all get together to save the little Sprixie Princesses who have been imprisoned by none other than Bowser, and utilise all manner of new power-ups and items. Use the Super Bell to transform into a cat, pounce on enemies and claw up walls, or don the Cannon Box to fire away at foes, across over 80 brand new courses bursting with creative challenges for seasoned Mario fans and newcomers alike. Use the Wii U GamePad controller’s touch screen and microphone to find hidden secrets, or collect the Stamps that are hidden in every course and can be used on Miiverse to decorate your messages for fellow players.

Global reviews have been pouring in for Mario’s latest, with critics unanimous in their praise for Super Mario 3D World:

EDGE, 9 out of 10 ‚””This is Mario like you’ve never seen him before, and unlike so many of his next-gen rivals, he nips along at an effortless 60fps. If the true measure of new hardware’s worth is how stark the difference is between it and what came before, then this is the most next-gen game that 2013 has yet produced.‚””

IGN, 9.6 out of 10 ‚””Super Mario 3D World is marvelous, and its constant variety and fantastic light-hearted co-op play proves that Nintendo still knows exactly how to tweak the Mario formula in fun ways.‚””

Eurogamer, 10 out of 10 ‚””3D World is an endless freewheeling treat of a game, and it starts with what feels like one of the greatest Mario power-ups of all time: Cat Mario‚””

CVG, 10 out of 10 ‚””Super Mario 3D World is brimming over with invention and generosity. Of all the games released in the next couple of months, it might deserve the biggest fanfare of them all.‚””

Nintendo Life, 10 out of 10 ‚””This is a definitive 3D Mario experience, successfully finding a middle-ground between the iconic Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy.‚””

Super Mario 3D World bolsters a strong software line-up for the Wii U console in the run-up to Christmas, which recently saw critically-acclaimed releases such as Pikmin 3 and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, as well as family favourites such as Wii Sports Club and Wii Party U. Nintendo’s latest home console offers unique gaming experiences and characters that bring everyone together for quality family fun. The official Wii U website offers even more reasons to play Wii U.

Super Mario 3D World which launches in South Africa today, is exclusive to Wii U, and is available from selected retailers at RRP R699. Also available as a digital download on Nintendo eShop.

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