Having never played Super Mario 3D World, with it coming to the Nintendo Switch, I was eager to finally get my hands on it. Unfortunately, I still haven’t actually gotten around to playing it. Instead, I’ve been fixated on Bowser’s Fury, the special add-on that’s new to this version of the game. With a relatively open-ended approach, decent run time, and plenty to discover, this is the kind of Super Mario game I wish there were more of.
When you only have a few minutes free to play
When the Switch first launched, Super Mario Odyssey was the game I spent the most time on (even more than Breath of the Wild) but it’s been a few years since I played it. If my memory serves me right, while the game was fun, I remember it feeling a bit bloated because there were many different worlds to explore. While that definitely gives the game value, I always have more fun with Super Mario games when I can play them in bursts.
That’s why I love Bowser’s Fury. This is a single world/place with many distinct areas to explore and at your leisure. While this is not entirely open-world, as you unlock more content, you can approach each section when you want.
The key gameplay hook here is that you need to defeat a giant sludge-like Bowser who will make it rain and reign destruction to the world for brief moments of time. In order to combat him directly, you need to collect Cat Shines that are waiting for you throughout the world.
Cat Shines are everywhere!
In total, there are 100 Shines to collect but you only need 50 to see the game’s first ending. You do need to collect a certain amount of shines to unlock these giant Giga Bells that turns Mario into a super-human Cat and he can directly fight against Bowser.