Maybe some of you have seen some of these picture challenges floating around the internet. I finally came across one I can stand behind. The 30 day video game challenge. Each day you do one of the tasks from the following list, I’m doing it personally on instagram, but I will be tweeting it (@iammrmobileg) and it will probably be shared through the play legit username too (@playlegit)
Do you agree with my picks? Or do you have some that you think are better?
While you might think this is just another Mario game, think twice. Once you experience the wonders of Super Mario 3D World, your eyes will be opened. Mario has befriended us for quite a while now but somehow Nintendo keeps reinventing him into something crafty and great. 3D World hits us deep at our fandom core and pulls out all the stops to deliver one of the greatest Mario titles yet. Below we take a look at not only what makes 3D World such a great title but a slight insight of what is to come on the next-gen consoles when it comes to Mario.
Every level of this platform title has been thought out to the greatest extent, whether you are going through clear tubes inside the walls, meeting new and amazing enemies, or turning into our most favorite item to date, feline mario, there is no end to the joy in store for the player at every turn. Shadows and silhouettes guide us to hidden spaces and items, one level has us surfing on the back of a loch ness monster, all while keeping a multi-character dynamic of using Mario, Peach, Luigi, or Toadstool as your playable character.
We can’t talk about this game without going into more detail on the cat suit. This amazing new items lets you fly into the air with a swift dash attack, swipe your enemies with a fierce cat claw, and climb walls to hidden and challenging destinations. Sometimes the cat suit is necessary to get to new locations and solve the puzzles to progress through the game. It answers a lot of the questions that we had before the release of the title on how they would reinvent Mario. By letting us branch out into the extremities of a level the player can find themselves deeply enveloped in completing a number of intricate tasks. While many of the levels have a focus on the cat suit we are fortunate that this isn’t the only lovely thing about the title.
The top-down world map also has a new feel. Instead of being on a linear path the entire time, the map is interactive and free roaming allowing the player to travel from level to level in any manner they choose. This gives Nintendo another chance for reinvention by allowing the player to find enticing secrets hidden directly on the map and not just unlockable from inside the levels themselves. Some of these puzzles remind me of the only thing I loved about Super Mario Sunshine, the hidden puzzle levels.
On top of all the amazing new design features this title is hands down beautiful. Even in the most novice beginner levels the visual aspects of the hypersensitive colorful Mario world is brought to life by the power of the Wii U. I was amazed first walking into a level that seems to be themed from a circus setting, the foreground and background was constantly in motion. Movement of the level and lighting doesn’t get any better than this. A level of gold catches the gleam of the lighting, rainbow LED swings, and of course Bowser with his usual visuals of lava and fire are top-notch in the title.
It’s only out of pure habit that I mention the controls at this point. The precision and effortlessness with which the title handles is incredible. Not a single moment did I feel that the controls glitched or didn’t work to the best of their ability. Nintendo has perfected 3D Mario controls to a fine art and should be commended for this. No other platformer has had quiet this ease of control.
Co-op becomes even more intriguing in this title than it has in the past due to the new line-up of playable character attributes that integrate slightly differently than before. Mario of course is the average running and jumping player, Luigi jumps higher and falls slower, Peach runs slower but can jump and float through the air for several seconds, Toad runs fastest and falls faster but is the slowest runner, and we won’t spoil it for you but there is an unlockable fifth playable character. Up to five players can co-op with one using the Wii U remote to manipulate the environment.
Mario has had the unfortunate negative of often being labeled as a “kids game” throughout the years. Somehow he has barged through as a character that can transcend gender, age, and maturity to bring us back to the wondrous years we remember from our past. Super Mario 3D World is the pinnacle of platforming titles and will not be easily outmatched. From the beginning to the end this title gives us new challenges, secrets, and a level of difficulty that is hard to match in this genre. Being able to play as an array of characters adds even more life to the title, and the visuals and sound are out of this world.
Luigi was confirmed yesterday in the Nintendo Direct broadcast, as a playable character in Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS. While it isn’t much of a surprise, the announcement mainly has us thinking big. What other fighters will make it in? We can confirm that not all the smash vets will return.
If you could bring back a character from the past who would it be? Tell us @PlayLegit
Over the course of gaming history, items have played a central role in a players enjoyment and involvement in completing a title. There are the obvious reasons for needing items such as: obtaining health, power, speed, or using items to solve a puzzle. Every once in a while, we come across an item that takes us beyond just the everyday norm, an item that can be so memorable it literally becomes a part of why we play the series. These defining items aren’t forthright in our minds but they deserve as much praise as the main hero for giving us even more to love about the experience. In this article we break the surface on some of these awesome items.
Kuribo’s Shoe – Super Mario Bros. 3
Kuribo’s shoe, sometimes known as Goomba’s shoe later in the series, is a green colored wind-up shoe that Mario sits inside. It is one of the rarest items in any Mario game but can be one of the most useful items when used correctly. While in the shoe Mario can stomp on any enemy including peaty piranha plants and the mini snapping plants lining entire floors of some of the SMB3 levels. The only other item cool enough to achieve this wouldn’t come until the end of the year 1991 when we were introduced to the most epic item of all, Yoshi, a character with permanent Goomba Shoes.
Pain Killers / Herbs – Max Payne / Resident Evil Series
One of the most important features in any game is regaining health. The Mario series has the most recognizable health rejuvenation in the history of video gaming, the red mushroom. Other games have their own unique twist on the concept however. Max Payne brought us pain killers, allowing the player to carry 8 pain killers at a time and going full on overdose with 600 mg of health in every bottle. Resident Evil allowed us to find red, green, or blue herbs, some of them not working by themselves but when mixed with each other in the right doses created a super powerful potion to revive health.
Empty Bottle – Zelda Series
The empty bottle in of itself isn’t anything spectacular, but without it, the adventures of Link throughout the Zelda universe would be all but impossible. Other essentials to the game like water, potions, poe spirits, chu jelly, milk, bugs, fish, and of course fairies are all impossible to carry without the aid of an empty bottle. empty bottles with fairies in them are especially useful once Link loses all his heart pieces and dies. The fairy automatically comes out of the bottle bringing link back to life and filling most of the lost heart pieces allowing Link to beat extremely challenging bosses.
Cardboard Box – Metal Gear Solid Series
The appreciation for the cardboard box in the metal gear series goes beyond just being useful. It is an iconic symbol of the series and is one of the most fun things to come across in-game. The box can be used to hide from enemies when nothing else is available and snake can carry it on his head tippy toeing across the landscape. In an otherwise serious and intense game the importance of the cardboard box has not been lost by Konami the creators of Metal Gear. The fact that they have involved the box in every Metal Gear game to date shows the humor and dedication they keep to their fan base.
Baseball Bat – Super Smash Bros. Series
The baseball bat can be a hit or miss item that falls from the skies during a battle in SSB. Sometimes players will end up dying in an effort just to grab this item, only to find that it’s a fake baseball bat and not a home run hitter. In the end of ends it may be worth the risk, because getting a real baseball bat means that one swing into your opponent sends them instantly flying off the screen. Rarely can this item be overtaken by a player about to be hit and seeing this item in the wake of battle can change the outcome of a fight.
Toxic Waste Canisters – Rampage World Tour
V.E.R.N. otherwise known as Violent Enraged Radioactive Nemesis, and otherwise known as that giant purple bat guy you can unlock was the result of picking up toxic waste canisters in Rampage World Tour. These canisters could be picked up in the scum lab facility and would release V.E.R.N. The benefit of playing this character is vast. Not only did he come with a 500 point bonus but he recovers health and is immune to radiation. Not bad considering the item recovery.