By using this site, you agree to our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. Close

Forums - Nintendo Discussion - Best 3D Mario subseries

 

I think the best is...

64/Sunshine/Odyssey 26 41.94%
 
Galaxy 1/2 29 46.77%
 
3D Land/World 7 11.29%
 
Total:62
JWeinCom said:
curl-6 said:

I don't strictly disagree, I guess I just feel like 3D Mario is best when it embraces more sophisticated level designs either through the gravity antics of the Galaxy series or the sandbox playgrounds of 64 and Odyssey. 

I do like Mario 64 and Galaxy 1/2 better. Odyssey is about equal in my book. Something about Odyssey just didn't quite click with me. I think they went a little overboard. It's a little hard to get excited about getting a moon when there are 800 of them. It feels a bit off when the reward for doing the hardest segments (like the Bullet bill bridge thingy) gets you the same reward as "throw your hat at that glowy thing". I think they need a better way to make harder achievements feel more rewarding. 

Galaxy's gravity mechanics let them get more creative, but it really wouldn't have worked for well for multiplayer. The generally shorter levels also make it a bit better as a pick up and play game. 

As someone who avoids the harder challenges and didn't go for 100% completion I didn't have that problem with Odyssey myself, just due to the kind of gamer I am. I liked being able to rack up 5-6 moons in a 30-40 minute session, made it feel like I was always making progress, but that's just me, I can kinda see how it might not be as satisfying for a completionist. 

And I don't do multiplayer, so I kinda felt like having to accommodate 4 players made 3D World's levels a little less engaging as solo experiences compared to other 3D Mario games.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

Around the Network

Outside Sunshine, I prefer the exploratory subseries because it distinguishes itself much more from the 2D games and it gives me a sense of adventure that I don't get from other Mario games + Mario's agility and move set in these games is top notch.



64/Sunshine/Odyssey - the exploration aspect is what makes a 3D Mario for me. The others are fun extensions of the 2D franchise in 3D.



Retro Tech Select - My Youtube channel. Covers throwback consumer electronics with a focus on "vid'ya games."

Latest Video: Top 12: Best Games on the N64 - Special Features, Episode 7

Even tho Sunshine is a pile of shit. 64/Odyssey are the best 3D games. Mario 64 is still great after 24 years. They encourage me to explore and that's what I love the most in a game is to explore.

Last edited by Leynos - on 28 November 2020

Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

You buys are too harsh on Sunshine.



My bet with The_Liquid_Laser: I think the Switch won't surpass the PS2 as the best selling system of all time. If it does, I'll play a game of a list that The_Liquid_Laser will provide, I will have to play it for 50 hours or complete it, whatever comes first. 

Around the Network

It's hard to pick. I love 64 and Odyssey, and the open world/semi open world nature of them. Yet I never really got into Sunshine. And even revisiting it on All-stars, it doesn't do much for me and is somewhat irritating actually. 

I like the trippy themes and more chill, laid back, and exhilarating nature of the Galaxy games. They're not particularly complex or tough but in a way that's kinda why I like them - when I'm more in the mood to just kick back with a game. 

3D World I enjoy for the multiplayer. 

I guess overall I'd say the more open-world/exploratory Mario titles are the most enjoyable to me as I tend to gravitate towards the more sandbox-type games. Appreciate the greater freedom of gameplay they offer. It's more in the spirit of the classic Mario games. 



 

"We hold these truths t-be self-ful evident. All men and women created by the.. Go-you know the.. you know the thing!" - Joe Biden

64/Sunshine/Odyssey.

But that’s really because of 64. Galaxy is better than Sunshine and Odyssey, easy, and Galaxy 2 is better than at least Sunshine as well.

EDIT: Obligatory ranking: 64 > Galaxy > Galaxy 2 = 3D Land = Odyssey > 3D World >> Sunshine

Last edited by S.Peelman - on 29 November 2020

Tough between 64 and Galaxy. Never played Sunshine/Odyssey so dunno about them. I'd probably give the edge to Galaxy, however only by a slim margin.

3D Land/World I really didn't like. They're trash tier.



Ka-pi96 said:

Tough between 64 and Galaxy. Never played Sunshine/Odyssey so dunno about them. I'd probably give the edge to Galaxy, however only by a slim margin.

3D Land/World I really didn't like. They're trash tier.

If you enjoyed 64 and Galaxy I would definitely recommend playing Odyssey. It combines the former's more open-ended structure with the latter's smoother and more agile mobility and 60fps.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

curl-6 said:
Ka-pi96 said:

Tough between 64 and Galaxy. Never played Sunshine/Odyssey so dunno about them. I'd probably give the edge to Galaxy, however only by a slim margin.

3D Land/World I really didn't like. They're trash tier.

If you enjoyed 64 and Galaxy I would definitely recommend playing Odyssey. It combines the former's more open-ended structure with the latter's smoother and more agile mobility and 60fps.

I'd like to play it, but I'm not going to buy a Switch in order to do so.