Developed by the same team behind Super Mario 3D Land for 3DS and the Wii’s Super Mario Galaxy series, Super Mario 3D World reaches back to the Nintendo Entertainment System’s halcyon days, when we were smitten with a little something called Super Mario Bros. 2. The game supports up to four players at once, handing you control of Mario, Luigi, Toad and even the series’ perennial abductee, Princess Peach. The twist? Everything’s fully 3D, and you can play either cooperatively or competitively.
Like Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad each have unique abilities, so for instance Peach can hover in the air when jumping, and Toad can sprint faster than his companions. Oh, and there’s the cat suit, which — no, that’s not just a yellow tanooki suit — lets you scratch enemies, climb up walls and even scurry up those precious end-level flagpoles.