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The Cat's Meow: Super Mario 3D World

Updated on August 31, 2013

Animal Abilities Aid Mario Again in the Next Big 3D Mario Game

When Super Mario 3D World launches November 22nd of this year for the Wii U in North America and November 2013 in Australia and Europe, Mario and friends will find themselves powering up in a whole new way upon touching an item known as the golden Cat Bell. Animal transformations isn't a new concept for Mario and the others as they have taken the form of raccoons, penguins, squirrels and frogs before, but now on this new 3D adventure, they will be able to employ cat-like precision to overcome the many challenges that surely await them. The Cat Bell will transform the one touching it into the form of a cat, allowing new abilities to surface such as gaining the skill of running up walls and a lunging technique. Will Bowser's Koopa Troop stand a chance against the four heroes in their new forms? Yes, four heroes! For the first time in a 3D Mario game, Mario, Luigi, Toad and Princess Peach are all playable, all at the same time! Up to four people can enjoy the adventure together, just as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii/U series, only now the fun and mayhem takes place in 3D environments. Super Mario 3D World is looking to be the Wii U's biggest game this holiday season, so let's pounce on what information is out there so far and get ready for the next big 3D Mario game!

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Cat Mario and Four-Player Fun Catches Attention - See the New Cat Power-Up in Action and More in Super Mario 3D World

Are You Ready to Jump Into the World of Super Mario 3D World? - What's Your Take on Nintendo's Next Big Mario Game?

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Cat Mario is a Now a Part of the World of Mario - Kitty vs. Koopa!

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The Cat Power-Up: Meowww or Mamma-mia? - The Purrfect New Power-Up for Mario and Pals?

How Do You Feel About the Cat Power-Up?

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Four Player Fun is No Longer Limited to the New Super Mario Bros. Series! - Up to Four Players Can Explore the Colorful Mario World Together

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Multiplayer Mario - Are You Game?

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A Look Back at a Past Power-Up: Raccoon Mario Lets Mario Reach New Heights

Super Leaf Grants the Gift of Flight and a Toppling Tail Attack

Super Mario Bros. 3 was the first Mario game to present players with the ability to transform into an animal. Although the Super Leaf didn't completely change the forms of Mario and Luigi (whereas the Tanooki suit would), the two did develop a rather noticeable pair of raccoon ears and a stylish raccoon tail that was definitely a force to be reckoned with. The raccoon tail was not only handy for whacking nearby blocks and enemies across the face, but also allowed for brief periods of flight and made a slow, controlled descent possible. The Super Leaf raccoon transformation made it so Mario and Luigi could take down Bowser's army in an entirely new way while also allowing new heights to be reached.

After Super Mario Bros. 3, Raccoon Mario reappeared in Super Mario All-Stars (a SNES collection of NES Mario games with updated visuals and audio) and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (a Gameboy Advance port with some changes, updates and additions to the original Super Mario Bros. 3). Super Mario 3D Land (although Mario here appears in his Tanooki suit rather than simply growing ears and a tail) and New Super Mario Bros. 2 also allowed players to transform into Raccoon Mario and utilize the abilities granted by the form. In Mario Kart 7, the powerful raccoon tail exists as both an offensive and defensive weapon.

Either the raccoon or Tanooki transformation appears to be in Super Mario 3D World, as there is a screenshot of Mario in a Tanooki suit.

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Choose Your Character!

Pick From Mario, Luigi, Toad or Princess Peach!

Unlike in the New Super Mario Bros. series, but similar to Super Mario Bros. 2, all four playable characters in Super Mario 3D World will handle slightly differently. As expected, Mario is the balanced, all-around character, but then again, when isn't he? Also as expected, Luigi's jumping ability is second to none, so if hopping around is your thing, he's your guy. On the other hand, if speed is what you need, Blue Toad is going to be who you want to go for since it's been confirmed that this mushroom can move! If though speed isn't a priority, Princess Peach might be a good pick because she's able to float above the ground, thus potentially making levels easier. Also unlike the console New Super Mario Bros. series, any of the four characters can be picked regardless of how many players are participating (so, if you're playing by yourself, you're not forced to play as Mario) and any of the four characters can be used to beat the levels and ultimately the game, so if you want to spend the entire adventure as just Toad or Princess Peach, you can! This time around, Mario need not be the hero (unless you want him to be, of course!) that saves the day, the kingdom or the galaxy!

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Who Do You Want to Play as the Most? - Of the Four Playable Characters, You Choose...

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A Look Back at a Past Power-Up: Frog Mario

Swimming with the Fish as a Frog

Also introduced in Super Mario Bros. 3 was the frog suit. Upon putting on the suit, Mario or Luigi could assume the form of a frog. Frog Mario differed from Raccoon Mario in the sense that one was a suit while the other was an actual transformation, but nonetheless, the frog suit is another example of Mario taking on the form of an animal to overcome King Bowser Koopa's troops and traps. While primarily an asset while in the water, the frog suit still had a purpose on dry land too as it enhanced Mario and Luigi's already impressive jumping ability. The increase in jumping height came at a cost however as the Mario Bros. found running in the frog suit impossible, so their speed was curtailed and they could only hop around. Thus, the frog suit, as one would expect, saw more practical use while underwater. Frog Mario and Frog Luigi could swim faster, not be as affected by strong water currents, swim in any direction desired and also float directly in place if needed. The frog suit is a power-up that hasn't been revisited much by Nintendo, with it re-appearing the various ports of Super Mario Bros. 3 and a brief appearance as a sticker in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. Nintendo seems far more interested in bringing back the Super Leaf and the raccoon/tanooki transformation at the moment, but perhaps at some point in the future, Nintendo will show a similar interest in bringing the frog suit back into the spotlight.

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Unlike Anything Before It, Super Mario 3D World is a Whole New World - Transparent Pipe Travel, Sea Serpents, Ice Skating in Big Ice Skates and More!

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Pre-Order Super Mario 3D World Today! - Have You Already Decided on Being a Part of the New 3D Adventure?

Need Something to Pass the Time Until Super Mario 3D World Hits the Shelves? Check Out These Other Great Mario Titles! - For Wii U, 3DS and Wii

We're still more than a few months away from the release of Super Mario 3D World and there's likely to be a lot more information released between now and then. Talk about how you feel about the game so far and share your feelings with the world on how you think Super Mario 3D World is shaping up!

Super Mario 3D World and You - Share Your Thoughts, Hopes and Plans for the Upcoming 3D Mario Game!

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