Super Mario Bros Wonder gets new gameplay details
New 2D side scrolling game takes players to a new land
Nintendo has announced new details about the upcoming title Super Mario Bros. Wonder, the first 2D side-scrolling Super Mario Bros. game in more than 10 years.
In the game, Prince Florian invites Mario and his friends to the Flower Kingdom – a not-so-distant land just beyond the Mushroom Kingdom. But Bowser, the King of the Koopas, has other plans. With just a single touch of the mysterious Wonder Flower, Bowser merges with Prince Florian’s castle. Thanks to his newfound power, chaos spreads across the land. Now it’s up to Mario and pals to stop Bowser and save the Flower Kingdom.
The Flower Kingdom is made up of six worlds that circle the Petal Isles, giving you a total of seven areas to explore. Wonder Flowers thrive off this world’s mysterious power and release it when in bloom. When you touch a Wonder Flower in a course, a Wonder effect will trigger, causing dramatic changes. Pipes might start moving, the terrain may tilt, your perspective can change or you might float through space.
Besides Mario, you can also play as Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Blue Toad or Yellow Toad, and even Toadette. They all play the same; Yoshis and Nabbit won’t take damage, for a more easygoing experience. Super Mario Bros. Wonder features the debut of new power-ups such as the Elephant Fruit, which allows Mario and some of his friends to transform into Elephant form. The Drill form makes dealing with spiky or hard-headed enemies a breeze. It also allows you to burrow and move through the ground.
Up to four people can play locally on the same Nintendo Switch system. If a player is defeated in local co-op, their character will float around the course as a ghost. If another player reaches them before time runs out, they’ll jump right back into action, and the group won’t lose any lives. While playing online, you have the option of creating a room to get together with friends. In a shared room, you can see which courses your friends are playing, play the same one together and even turn most courses into a friendly race.
Super Mario Bros. Wonder is set to release on October 20th, exclusively on Nintendo Switch.