• "Super Mario 3D World" is getting revived from the Wii U and gets updated for the Nintendo Switch in February
  • “Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury” will have new levels and potentially new power-ups to take advantage of the Switch
  • Four player local and online co-up will be supported by “Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury," but a Nintendo Switch Online subscription is required for online play

When the Nintendo Wii U was released in 2012, it sold a fraction of what predecessor the Wii did years before. As a result, some games on the console never got the attention they deserved. One of these was “Super Mario 3D World,” which many cite as the best example of that unfortunate trend.

Nintendo plans to correct that by bringing an updated version of the title to the Nintendo Switch on Feb. 12, 2021, Engadget reports. As part of the ongoing 35th anniversary celebration of “Super Mario Bros.,” “Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury” is now available for preorder for $60 in physical and digital formats.

It would seem that the “Bowser’s Fury” part will be a significant expansion to the base game, with new levels and potentially new power-ups. Although it is currently unclear, it is expected that new content will be part of “Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury” to take advantage of the power of the Switch.

“Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury” will support four player local and online co-op, though a Nintendo Switch Online subscription is required for online play. Two new Amiibo will release alongside the port: Cat Mario and Cat Peach, and they will likely interact with the game in some way.

As the sequel to the 2011 Nintendo 3DS game “Super Mario 3D Land,” “Super Mario 3D World” on the Wii U followed Mario and friends attempting to rescue fairy-like creatures called Sprixies from Bowser, who has invaded the Sprixie Kingdom.

It was the second best-selling game on the Wii U, and “Super Mario 3D World” sold over five million units worldwide. Like that original, the Nintendo Switch port will have a pronounced focus on playing with others. Nintendo says you can expect "co-op gameplay both online and through local multiplayer in a variety of creative levels."

The 35th anniversary of “Super Mario Bros.” saw a dedicated Nintendo Direct featuring several announced titles including “Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch,” “Super Mario 3D All-Stars,” and a battle royale game in the form of “Super Mario Bros. 35.”

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Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima says that "Super Mario Run" revenues didn't meet their expectations. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon