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|Super Mario: Return To Subcon|
|Developer(s)||Pixel Perfect Co.|
|Publisher(s)||Pixel Perfect Co.|
Super Mario: Return To Subcon will be the next installment to the Mario series. The game is set for September 2013, and is currently under developement by Pixel Perfect Co. The game will be released on the Nintendo Alpha. Super Mario: Return To Subcon will be like Super Mario 3D Land, only with features from Super Mario Bros. 2.
As previously mentioned, Super Mario: Return To Subcon will be a 3D platformer that plays similar to Super Mario 3D Land with features from Super Mario Bros. 2 (picking up enemies, turnips, etc). Like Super Mario Bros. 2, four players will be available - Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad. Once again, each player will have advantadges and disadvantadges (for instance, Toad is fast, but has medium strength and a weak jump). The game will consist of 8 worlds, each consisting of 5 levels each (except for Bowser Castle, which only has 2). Players will start out each level, like in Super Mario Bros. 2, with 2 hearts which act as health. When players have 1 heart, they will go into small form. Rare Life Mushrooms can be found in the level that add one heart to their maximum heart total. There are only 2 per level. The game will also feature two different multiplayer modes, a versus and a co-op.
- A: Jump
- B: Attack
- Y: Dash
- R: Crouch
- R (in air): Ground Pound
- R --> A: Backflip
Super Mario: Return To Subcon will feature a four-player local multiplayer. There is a versus and co-operative mode. Versus mode will have to different modes inside of it. There will be a battle mode, where players will enter a course, and the last man standing wins. There will also be a race mode, where players will race to finish the level first. The co-operative mode will really be nothing more than multiplayer in story mode. When players lose a life, they won't respawn until one of three things occur: 1, the midway point of the level is reached, or 2, the level ends.
It's the night of the Mushroom Festival at Peach's Castle. Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad are all celebrating until, who else, Bowser crashes the festival! This time, though, he has no interest in kidnapping Peach. He unloads a large cannon, which shoots some dark ball. Upon hitting the wall, a portal is formed, sucking the four inside of it! When they all wake up, they realize they are in a strange land. The place is no other than the land of dreams, Subcon.
The heroes travel through Subcon before coming to the final venue, a giant volcano. Inside the volcano is Wart's lair. The four battle Wart, and upon defeating him, reveal another portal. With no choice, Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad leap into the portal. This takes them back into the Mushroom Kingdom - more specifically, Bowser's Castle. As it turns out, Bowser has taken over the Mushroom Kingdom. First, the heroes must face Bowser's son, Bowser Jr. After trouncing Bowser Jr, the four get to fight the Koopa King himself. The fight is difficult, but Mario and co. eventually pull through.
|World 1: Green Grasslands||The first world of the game. This world is pretty easy and straightforward.||Mouser|
|World 2: Subcon Sands||Subcon Sands is littered with pyramids and quicksand. Just watch your footing!||Tryclyde|
|World 3: Shimmering Sea||The beach world. Watch out for flying fish!||Clawgrip|
|World 4: Snowy Mountain||An icy terrain makes for tough platforming.||Fryguy|
|World 5: Creepy Cave||The caves are full of bats and beetles. It's also a little tough to see where you're going.||Spear Guy|
|World 6: Dreamy Skies||Better not fall! It's a looooong way down!||Mouser|
|World 7: Flaming Volcano||Is it hot in here, or is it just you? This world is littered with lava!||Wart|
|World 8: Bowser Castle||The final venue, Bowser Castle! This is where it ends!||Bowser|
Super Mario: Return To Subcon got mostly positive reviews. IGN rated it a 9.2, saying that it was great to have old features put into a new format. GameSpot only gave it a 7.9, claiming that the SMB2 style did not fit too well into a 3D Mario game.
References to Other Games
- Donkey Kong: Mario first appeared in this game.
- Mario Bros.: Luigi first appeared in this game.
- Super Mario Bros.: Peach, Toad, Bowser, and some of the items debuted in this game.
- Super Mario Bros. 2: Multiple items, enemies, and gameplay elements originated in this game.
- Super Mario 3D Land: Some of the gameplay elements originate from this game.