Is it worth buying Super Mario 3D All-Stars?
One of the main reasons Super Mario 3D All-stars is getting the bright attention is not only because it’s another 3D Mario getting released but also the history brought with it. A lot of young folks grew up playing Super Mario 64, including me. So getting a release for the price of $59.99 USD that includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Mario Galaxy can be a tempting deal. But is it truly worth every penny?
Grab a chair, get a drink and let’s discuss!
It’s definitely a memory lane experience replaying these previous games, specially Super Mario 64.
The minute you laid your eyes on the new trailer you immediately shed a tear and grabbed your wallet to instantly pre-order the game before it gets sold out. Oh, was I the only one? I mean, my friend did that. But it caught your undivided attention nonetheless. You’re reminiscing all the glorious moments of your childhood as you indulged yourself throughout the infinite rooms of Super Mario 64’s castle, while the castle fought against us (everything in that nut case castle wanted us dead, am I right?). Then you see Super Mario Sunshine and you just go bananas! You tell your boss you’re going to need the release day of the game off because you’ll be babysitting your sister’s best friend’s mother’s neighbor’s cat that needs full human attention, otherwise it scratches itself to death. It’s also my favorite Mario game of all times, no joke. Then Mario Galaxy is included too!? insanity.
Overall most of the controls for the three games are working flawlessly, I can’t deny they did a great job putting all the commands for the Switch really well. Two thumbs up from me!
But a great factor that’s making a lot of gamers doubt it’s worth, it’s the overall delivery of the games. One of the main things promised for this was the overall remake with upgraded graphics, including Super Mario 64. But upon playing it for the first five minutes you do hit a wall that says you’ve been bamboozled. The graphics are literary the same copy and paste as the previous Super Mario 64 released back on the Nintendo 64.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing as we can in fact play this beauty (not literary, look at those pixels from the 90s) we all grew up with, but the slogan “upgraded graphics” just sounds a bit deceiving. These are the specs resolutions as described by wccftech: https://wccftech.com/super-mario-3d-all-stars/
“Super Mario 64
Docked mode: 960 × 720 pixels – Handheld mode: 960 × 720 pixels
Super Mario Sunshine
Docked mode: 1920 × 1080 pixels – Handheld mode: 1280 × 720 pixels
Super Mario Galaxy
Docked mode: Up to 1920 x 1080 pixels – Handheld mode: Up to 1280 x 720 pixels”
But I still love this game!
Gameplay wise? Oh boy. Let me tell you. I kid I kid, the games do play really nicely. Including Mario Galaxy’s sensor motion with the Switch. I never played Mario Galaxy on the Wii back then but what the Switch does is it mimics the motion sensor from the Wii’s controller and allows you to move your Switch controllers around instead. The reaction time is also pretty good. But the main con for me is the camera control (looking at you Mario 64, don’t hide your head). It’s just…as awful as it was back then. Remember smashing all those Nintendo 64 controllers just because the damn camera kept messing up your perfect game skills? Me neither, but uh… my friends did. They didn’t “upgrade” or “remastered” it, it just keeps getting stuck fighting back leaving you vulnerable to the danger around Mario.
Should you buy? Absolutely! Is it absolutely worth every single penny? Probably not. But it’s still a damn well deal if you ask me considering any options we have to have all three games into one, for this Nintendo console generation. It’s lovely to be able to play them equally well as we please without having to buy different consoles (Nintendo 64, Wii) to enjoy them. I am honestly having a blast with it and I can’t wait to beat them once again.
What do you think, grasshopper? Are you enjoying the game? If not, why? How’s your day going? Leave your comments below!