I played Bowsers Fury this weekend. I was going to save it until I finished my first run through the Switch’s remake Super Mario 3D World, to have – like most people – never owned a Wii U. But boy did I quickly get tired of it. And it was Bowser who was just waiting for the launch screen and tempted me with his tarpaulin. Turns out, this is what I would like to see Nintendo do much more of.
There is obviously a lot that everyone wants Nintendo to do more of. Like MORE METROID PLEASE TO BOOT LOUD. But what this tiny 3D platformer shows is a whole other side of Nintendo they haven’t really revealed before: concise.
At first I was disappointed when I read it Rage should be significantly shorter than the kind of 3D words we are used to from Nintendo. Super Mario Odyssey is three and a half years! I’m very impatient! But when I started playing – disillusioned and disappointed with it 3D world a) is not a 3D world, and b) feels like a rehash of every other 2D Mario I’ve already played enough thanks – I figured, “Oh my God, this is manageable. ”
I have not completed as many Nintendo games. I know I know, I’m the bad person here. But the reality is that I have never seen the end of it Breath Of The Wild, will almost certainly never find time to complete the second run Odyssey, and goodness knows when I’ll ever polish 64, Sunshine and Galaxy, now I have bought them again. But I finished the first throughput Bowsers Fury over a busy weekend with kids climbing everywhere me all the way. I’m already a good way into the second part of Cat Shines! And that was crucial as good as you expect from Nintendo.
That’s it actually an astonishingly clever reinterpretation of the eight-year-old
32D world, embraces all his little cat idiosyncrasies and think of them as one proper 3D Mario games. And while Bowser’s moments of rage come too thick and too fast, to the point of irritation in the end, it does so many, many good things with all the expertise you hope for, only in a much shorter time.
Admittedly, my satisfaction levels are twisted somewhat by the price. $ 60 (or £ 50) is a lot of money. YI’m sure I have 2.5D world to trudge through eventually. But my expected price for decades old games is closer to the $ 10 range, and another 50 for Bonus Bowser definitely feels too much. This has the mood of DLC, though not content that fits to any previous game. It is Odyssey in spirit, 3D world in motifs, but does not really split nicely either.
I’m happy with the fun I’ve had though, and the fun I still have to have. And most of all, it has made me want a Nintendo that sees projects like this as something viable for the future. I can imagine games like Bowsers Fury is released as a download offer only, and does not carry the weight of the expectation of a box release of a brand new Mario excursion, but provides space for experimental, imaginative, equally wonderful games for some less money.
There must be so many Mario ideas stuck on blackboards around Nintendo’s offices, they seem either too weird or too temporary to get to the next big game. It would be the most amazing way to let them into the light, with lower pressures and stakes. And for me, there would be more games I know I will have time to complete! Which is not a small offer when they are games that are as fun as this.