I loved this game so much. Super Mario 3D World is massively unsung.
Super Mario World is my favourite 2D Mario game of all time, I had got it alongside a SNES on Christmas in 1993 when I was 4 (as Mario All-Stars) and then on Christmas in 2013 (exactly 20 years later), I got a Wii U (Wind Waker edition) with Super Mario 3D world.
All the way through playing Super Mario 3D World I always felt like it was a spiritual 3D successor to Super Mario World for a few reasons-
- The most noticeable similarity are that the names are similar - 'Super Mario World' and 'Super Mario 3D World'.
- You can run around a world map in Super Mario 3D World in a similar same way to moving the camera around the world map with the X button (SNES) in Super Mario World.
- Mario 3D World is 2.5D in certain parts of some levels. This clever level design could be a reference to Super Mario World on SNES.
- They brought back a flag (although Mario Bros uses a flags, whereas Mario World used a moving platform instead).
But it does feel like an extension of Super Mario Galaxy (like Super Mario Galaxy 3).
The game seams like a mixture of elements from Mario Bros, Mario World & Mario Galaxy, but it makes me think of Super Mario World the most.
I have (or have/had in the household): ZX-81, Commidore 64, Amega, Sega Master System, Super Nintendo, Sega Megadrive, Gameboy, Playstation, Nintendo 64, Windows 95, Gameboy Colour, Windows 98, Sega Dreamcast, Gameboy Advance, PS2, Gamecube, Xbox, Windows XP, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, Windows Vista, iPhone, Windows 7, 3DS, Wii U, PS4, Windows 10 & PSVR. Plus, I will be getting the New Nintendo Switch sometime in 2019 :D
and I Don't have: Magnovox Odyssey, Any Atari's, Any Macintosh computers, Nes, Sega Gamegear, Virtual Boy, Sega Saturn, N-gage, Xbox One, PSP, PSVita & Andoid Phone. Plus any non-main-stream consoles/platforms I haven't mentioned.