gamers (83%) found this review helpful
An absolutely superb 3d platformer. With this game Nintendo have refined their craft to near perfection. Each level features new twists and challenges but the objectives and rules are always clear. Levels change from 3d exploration to 2d platforming to traversing tiny planetoids which function much like platforms from a 2d game. And of course this game has some of the tightest controls ever, which is par for the course for Mario.
Wonderful references to pretty much ever Mario game whether it is redone music from each game levels based on the Sunshine bonus levels or an iconic level from 64. The graphics are about as good as the Wii graphics have ever been and while the textures cannot compare to HD games Mario's animations would make Nathan Drake blush they are so fluid.
If you have any interest at all in playing a 3d platformer this is the one to play, nothing else in the genre comes close to the expansiveness nor the quality of this game. This and Mass Effect 2 are the 2 best games I've played so far this year.