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Thanks. I'm not eager to re-buy a game at full price when I already played through it and finished it years ago, but it occurred to me that I could buy a physical copy and sell it for at least half of what I paid. $30 for a 8-10 hour Mario game doesn't sound too unreasonable.

Yeah, definitely temper your expectations that you're getting a full-up Mario game though.

It's very much a Mario gamelette. Doesn't have anything like the number of novel ideas of a full-up game, particularly if you've wrung the juice out of 3D World - it's recycling those ideas into a new shape.

Look, I just want a good new 3D Mario game on the Switch, okay?!

Thanks for the heads up.

I think it took me somewhere around 8 hours to get everything the first time. And about half that the second time.

I agree with everything Jonman has said about the game. I think it took me slightly more than his estimate, but around 10 hours sounds right.

I will note that I did something similar to what you’re contemplating for 3D All Stars. I purchased a physical copy assuming that it could be sold back later for at least $30, given how things go with Nintendo.

I would definitely pay $30 for Bowser’s Fury personally. I much preferred it to 3D World and I can see myself playing it again someday. Especially since it’s shorter.

I will say that I do think Bowser’s Fury has one big new idea. The idea of a large-ish connected world. I think it works quite well and it’s a lot of fun.

How about a Mario-like game for a fraction of the cost?

Anybody tried Spaceland? Sounds like an XCOM like. On sale for $8, down from regular $20

garion333 wrote:

How about a Mario-like game for a fraction of the cost?

It's a neat concept, but I feel like the lack of vertical burrowing and being damaged by obstacles on the surface would cause me to rage quit pretty quick...

Well they got to me. I enjoyed Bowser's Fury so much that I was jonesing for more Mario. Previously, I'd looked at 3D All Stars and figured that I have Sunshine and Galaxy playable on my Wii, so not to bother, but I've realized that having them on the Wii means I'm just not going to play them, but having them available on switch is less enough friction that they get into the mix.

So I bit.

Having poked at Mario Sunshine a bit, I think I get now why it's so reviled. It totally changes up the verbs of a Mario game. Is SMB2 all over again.

That said, it's doesn't bother me that it's not "more of the same", and I think that's why I've never got the hate for it.

Jonman wrote:

That said, it's doesn't bother me that it's not "more of the same", and I think that's why I've never got the hate for it.

I enjoyed playing Sunshine on the 'Cube, but the controls feel super awkward now. Did they patch free camera movement into the Switch version after release? I think I remember reading that, but haven't gone back to try it. That might help it feel more modern.

Jonman wrote:

Having poked at Mario Sunshine a bit, I think I get now why it's so reviled. It totally changes up the verbs of a Mario game. Is SMB2 all over again.

That said, it's doesn't bother me that it's not "more of the same", and I think that's why I've never got the hate for it.

I love SMB2 and Zelda II. I'm fine with different. I don't hate Sunshine because it's different; I hate it because it sucks.

merphle wrote:
Jonman wrote:

That said, it's doesn't bother me that it's not "more of the same", and I think that's why I've never got the hate for it.

I enjoyed playing Sunshine on the 'Cube, but the controls feel super awkward now. Did they patch free camera movement into the Switch version after release? I think I remember reading that, but haven't gone back to try it. That might help it feel more modern.

Free-ish.

Jonman wrote:
merphle wrote:
Jonman wrote:

That said, it's doesn't bother me that it's not "more of the same", and I think that's why I've never got the hate for it.

I enjoyed playing Sunshine on the 'Cube, but the controls feel super awkward now. Did they patch free camera movement into the Switch version after release? I think I remember reading that, but haven't gone back to try it. That might help it feel more modern.

Free-ish.

Free-ish for sure, but importantly you have control over inverting it.

I had many frustrating moments with Sunshine, but after completing Sunshine, Galaxy and 3D World each for the first time ever and all in a 12 month span, I easily enjoyed Sunshine the most of all of those. It was just so unique.

Then I played Bowser's Fury and it may be my favorite 3D Mario outside of Odyssey.

Now the question for me is what's next? Do I replay Odyssey? Should I try to 100% any of those?

I've never quite understood the hate for Sunshine. I remember really loving it and finding it very satisfying. But I also don't want to go and replay it in case it hasn't held up.

Sunshine was rushed out the door and it was glaringly obvious from the repetitive missions. Collecting the blue coins were easily the worst part of the game and the most obvious indication of the game being rushed. Several of the mini-games were frustrating and janky as hell (sandbird, volcano raft, pinball level, etc.) that needed more polishing before release. Every single course was a tropical island, so there was little variety in the levels. Not to mention the overall boring level design. FLUDD was an interesting idea, but mostly it just amounted to stopping every 30 seconds to slowly clean up some goop which killed the pacing of the game. The final boss fight was pathetic -- you fight Bowser while he's in a hot tub and he doesn't even bother to stand up to fight you.

It's been a while since I've played it, but I had to force myself to beat the game. And I certainly didn't 100% it.

Yes all that.

Next y'all will be trying to tell me Metroid Other M was a good game too. Sheesh

One thing I like about the FLUDD was Nintendo was actively asking themselves "how can we use this boost in processing power to make new gameplay?" I think the answer they came up with in Luigi's Mansion was a lot better than the one they found in Sunshine, granted. And it probably laid the groundwork for Splatoon so it's got that going for it. Ultimately though it comes down to "is it fun?" and the answer unfortunately is just "... kinda."

Anybody tried Pac-Man 99 yet?

I might try it tonight.

After Tetris and Mario, I feel a bit flat about Pacman. I did love the others, though, so we'll see.