Super Mario 3D World, the newest game in the Super Mario franchise, was released today for the Wii U.

The game contains all of the recognizable landmarks of a Super Mario game: bright colors, satisfying puzzles, simple plot, and a slew of familiar characters and enemies. But Super Mario 3D World has managed to accomplish what no previous Super Mario game has before: smooth integration of multiplayer and single-player gameplay.

Throughout the game, the player has the option to play as Mario, Luigi, Peach, or Toad, and each one has his or her own special forté. Peach can hover, Toad is fast, Luigi has a good high jump, and Mario is (as usual) a well-rounded balance. The game can be completed as any character and with any number of players, which means you can go back and forth between playing alone and playing with a group with total ease. Plus, the new catsuit feature, which allows characters to climb walls, is being hailed as incredibly fun.

Critics are calling Super Mario 3D World a perfect blend of all of the best parts of the Mario universe, with inspired level design and cleverly satisfying puzzles left and right. Most negative remarks have been in regards to occasionally tricky camera angles, though IGN also notes that this game fails to take full advantage of the Wii U’s second-screen technology.

Either way, it looks like Nintendo, which desperately needed a big winner for the Wii U, has finally found one.

Read reviews:

Polygon – 9

 IGN – 9.6

Gamespot – 9

Joystiq – 5/5

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Courtney is Pixelkin's Associate Managing Editor. While working with the Girl Scouts of Northern California, she mentored young girls in teamwork, leadership, personal responsibility, and safety. Today, she spends her time studying adolescent development and using literary analysis techniques to examine video games.