November 22 is one hell of a challenging release date, even for a game as big as Super Mario 3D World. Yet with every new detail and every trailer released for the game, today's Nintendo Direct reveals especially, I'm beginning to think next-gen consoles should be looking at Mario as the major competition. Does Killzone have cat-suits? Does Ryse involve traveling through invisible pipes? No and no. Math.
I'll be completely honest, but at first I was skeptical about the structure of Super Mario 3D World. I'm not a huge fan of the 2D platforming New Super Mario titles due to their haphazard structures and level-design optimized for four players. From what they're showing of the Wii U game so far it seems much tighter, much more focused, but still based on that classic Mario ridiculousness that's only returned to the franchise with Mario Galaxy.
We've got four characters each with their own specializations, we've got a bunch of new power-ups including the Cat-Suit, a Boomerang Brother, the Doubling Cherries and I think I saw a Goomba-Suit too, as well as all new worlds, levels, enemies and did you see Bowser's sweet new low-rider? It's good to get back to that good old fashioned, "Has Mario been on the mushrooms again?" type of Mario Bros.
Super Mario 3D World is scheduled for release exclusively on the Wii U on November 22. Everyone knows this is that Wii U selling game that Nintendo's been planning, but the more we see of it the more it looks like the game will actually earn it.