Super Mario 3D World TV Ad Sugarcoats What Will Undoubtedly Be A Brutal Multiplayer Experience

    November 5, 2013
    Zach Walton
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Super Mario Bros. has always been a multiplayer game in the strictest sense of the word as players could always alternate between Mario and Luigi. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Nintendo introduced the concept of letting four players play together at once. Needless to say, it wasn’t pretty.

In its TV ad for Super Mario 3D World, Nintendo is once again selling the idea of a co-op Mario game. In it, we see a group of friends having a good time as the world around them transforms in time with what happens in the game.

What this TV ad hides from the viewer, however, is modern Mario’s darkest secret. This game, much like New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U before it, will make you hate your friends. You’ll grow to resent their very existence as they fail to keep up with you, or worse yet, they intentionally kill you for a cheap laugh.

Now some may argue that the move to a 3D plane will help divert some of the more troublesome problems that faced four player co-op in New Super Mario Bros. U. That may be true, but you’re still going to have that one friend who will do everything in his power to ensure that you die a lonely and painless death at the bottom of a ravine, or end up in the jaws of a piranha plant.

All of this isn’t to say that Super Mario 3D World won’t be a fun game. It looks like a blast, and Mario fans are going to eat it up. Just be forewarned if you decide to play with friends. They’re not going to suddenly be wearing a catsuit and you’re not going to be laughing. They’ll be wearing an evil grimace, and you will begin to suspect that your friend has been overtaken by an otherworldly presence.

Super Mario 3D World launches November 22 exclusively for the Wii U.

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    Nearly every article I have read about the WII U has forgotten one incredibly frustrating fact about the multiplayer experience on this system. The Wii U will not allow you to play multiplayer unless you’re using the Wii motes… In Super Mario Wii u you could not use the game pad as shown in this commercial to play an actual character. The game pad would allow you to change some environments in the game, but it would not allow you to control a character…

    The other problem with the Wii U multi player experience is for those of us that shelled out 49.00 on a pro controller we can’t use it in multiplayer mode either.. That is my biggest gripe with the Wii U I was going to buy Skylanders swap force for my kids on the Wii U, but when I looked on the box it only showed the Wii mote, and gamepad paired together. The Pro controller can only be used in single player mode.

    • Flaccid Snake

      You’re mistaken, and I fear you might misinform and discourage people interested in getting this game.

      Super Mario 3D World IS confirmed to support mutliple controller options. The GamePad, Pro Controller, Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Nunchuk, and Wii Classic Controller are all compatible with this game. Furthermore, you CAN control your chosen character with the GamePad during mutiplayer sessions while still having the option to interact with the game’s environment through the touchscreen. True story.

      If you were instead referring to New Super Mario Bros. U in your post, then I’d like to point out that Nintendo added Pro Controller support to that game as well with its latest update.