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.[Image: Nintendo/YouTube]