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One of the many stars in this morning’s jam-packed Super Mario 35th Anniversary Direct was that the Wii U hit Super Mario 3D World would be coming to the Nintendo Switch in February of next year. During the announcement, footage of the game running on Switch was shown off, and eagle-eyed viewers noticed that Mario and his pals seemed to be moving a little zippier than usual. The GameXplain crew noticed this too and put together a handy video with a side-by-side comparison of the Switch footage from today’s Direct alongside comparable footage from the Wii U version.



The result is pretty exciting, to say the least! The characters in the Super Mario 3D World Nintendo Switch footage are clearly moving at a faster pace than their Wii U predecessors in every respect. It’s also mentioned in the video that a few subtle additions can be spotted in the new gameplay trailer – such as a Super Mario Odyssey-style mid-air dive, as well as making note of new, more dynamic camera movement. Now, it’s explained that the camera movement may just be a development camera at work, but the other changes clearly aren’t manipulated the same way.

If you want to get a first-hand look at these changes yourself, make sure to pick up Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury when it launches for Nintendo Switch on February 12, 2021. Until then, Nintendo Wire will make sure to report any new updates about the game as it becomes available, so stay tuned!


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