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Super Mario 3D Challenge
Super Mario 3D Challenge is a game for Wii U and another sequel to Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World. The game is heavily based on Super Mario 3D series, but it is a Mario game in the vein of games like (New) Super Mario Bros. series, Super Mario World, Super Mario Land, Super Mario 64 (DS), Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2.
Mario and Luigi were peacefully walking and talking when suddenly, Toadsworth, Toadette and Toad appears and gives the Bros. a letter from Yoshi, inviting them to some vacations at Egg Island. The Bros., of course, accept and they go to the Airport, alongside some other friends, like Peach and Daisy. Wario and Waluigi are not invited, but they go secretly on a box to the plane. Mario and friends arrive at Egg Island and finds Yoshi and Birdo, alongside with some other visitors. They explore the island and go to the top of it, where they found the Giant Atomic Egg. Yoshi explains that the guardian of the island someday created the Egg to protect the island and give it energy. The Creator found radioactive elements at the top of the island and use them to make the powerful giant Egg. After it, while everybody have eating, some Airships, Tanks, Submarines and meteorites were attacking the island. Bowser appears and tells the gang about his plan. He wanted to use the Giant Atomic Egg's energy to make him more powerful to conquer the entire universe. The gang tried to stop him, but Kamek and Motley Bossblob arrives and both uses their magic to destroy the island. The Egg Island fragmented into 8 worlds transformed by Kamek and Motley. Mario and Luigi decide to stop Bowser, but Bowser build a castle in the first world and kidnapp Peach. Bowser Jr. get the others and kidnap them into the other 7 "Worlds".
After defeat some bosses and defeat Bowser in the world 8, he appears saying that his master plan is almost complete and goes to World Bowser, where the Giant Atomic Egg transforms into a dark Borser-like Atomic Egg. Kamek also creates 6 Fortresses connected to the Egg to protect it. After the heroes destroy all the fortresses, encounter Bowser again into Bowser's Giant Atomic Egg. Here, Bowser makes use of the Egg Power, turning into Atomic Bowser, and initiating the final battle and transforming the entrie level into a toxic radioactive place.
After defeat Atomic Bowser, the heroes use the power of the Ginat Atomic Egg to restore the entrie island. Bowser, back into normal, falls into a pool of acid (that transforms into Dry Bowser, battled on World ★-Castle: Special Bone Castle) and the other villains quickly escape from the island (leaving Dry Bowser) and go to the Rainbow Area out of the island. The heroes start comemorate the victory on the island with a party.
The gameplay is pretty similar to the other Mario 3D platformer games. The game has a main hub, called Egg Island. Levels are completed similar to how Super Mario 3D Land and 3D World's levels are completed. Also, like Super Mario 3D World, the player needs find 3 Green Stars in each stage and needs find one Stamp. Like in Super Mario 3D World, the Wii U Gamepad can be used at any point during gameplay to interact with the environment, allowing players to stun enemies, momentarily reveal hidden objects (both in levels and on the map), hit blocks, stop moving platforms, and various other functions that can help the player at some missions. The GamePad can also be used to control the camera during gameplay by pressing the button on the bottom corner of the GamePad screen and tilting the controller, in what is known as Free Camera Mode. It works in a similar fashion to the camera from Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. The GamePad can also be used for Off-TV Play at any point.
The Egg House, that it's on World 1, provides all the cutscenes that appeared on the game and every soundtrack of the game. There you can also see the collection of Stamps that the player collected, the stats of gameplay of each level (if every playable character played the level, if all the Green Power Stars and Stamps were collected and if the player reach the top of the Flagpole) and if every character were unlocked.
The Egg House also provides research information and an 3D model of each thing on the game. To acquire them, there are some instructions to follow. To acquire a 3D model with informations of:
An enemie: the player must defeat it at least once with any character (Ex: Goomba)
A boss: the player must defeat it with all the playable characters (Ex: Motley Bossblob)
A level: the player must complete the level (100%), getting all the Green Stars and Stamp on that level and also reaching the top of the Flagpole at least once (Ex: Yoshi Hill)
A world: the player must complete every level (100%) of the world and defeat every boss(es) of the world (Ex: Yoshi's Grassland)
A normal power-up: the player must use it at least once with one character (Ex: Goomba's Shoe)
Playable character using a normal power-up: the player must use the power-up with the specific character at least once (Ex: Double Toad)
A object: the player must grab/see it at least once (Ex: Green Star/Stamp/Clear Pipe)
A non-playable character/rideable character: the player needs talk with it at least once (Ex: Gearmo)
A playable chatacter: the player must need to unlock the character and play all the levels with it (Ex: Mario)
When you unlock a character, the game works like Super Mario 3D World, where you can choose the characters freely.
Playable from the start
Can jump higher.
Playable from the start
Can hover in midair for a short time.
Complete World 1-Castle
Can do a impulsive second jump.
Complete World 2-Castle
Can run faster.
Complete World 3-Castle
Can jump farther.
Complete World 4-Castle
He can pick up enemies and launch them.
He has the lowest jump.
Complete World 5-Castle
He has the longest long-jump
He has the worst traction.
Complete World 6-Castle
She has the Spin Attack.
She loses her spin attack when gains a power-up.
Complete World Star-Castle
These caracters can be used as Rideable characters for the Playable Characters.
Yoshi can flutter jump, can do ground pounds and has his usual tongue ability. He can easily eat a normal enemy such as a Goomba or Piranha Plant, creating an egg that can be used to attack other enemies or blocks. If Yoshi eats a shelled enemy, hammers, sledge hammers, spiked balls or boomerangs, he can't swallow it, and must spit it out eventually instead. If Yoshi eats an explosive enemie, such as a Bob-omb or a Bullet Bill, he creates an Explosive Egg that explodes in some seconds if not thrown back. Yoshi can also jump on spiked places and on certain enemies that players can't normally jump on, such as Spinies, though it won't affect the enemies in any way. Eating a Fire enemie or a fireball allows Yoshi to spit out a fireball. Also, eating an Ice enemie or an iceball allows Yoshi to spit out an iceball. Electrical attacks, electric barriers, lava or certain fire or ice attacks send Yoshi back to his egg.
Plessie rides though water, sand, snow, lava and even though poisoned water, oil and acid. It's only playable at some parts of a course, not at all of the course (like Yoshi). It can defeat all of enemeis during the course (except electric enemies and spiked enemies). When it played on multiplayer, only the first player controls Plessie.
Birdo appear as a helper of the game, giving advices to the players and also she appears at the Egg House, providing research information on all the enemies and bosses the player has defeated.
Toadsworth appears before the first level of each world, explaning the basic controls of the game (World 1). He also talks sometimes about each world's characteristics.
Bowser, knowing the existence of the Giant Atomic Egg on Egg Island, pretend to absorve its power to conquer the entrie universe. He send his troops to attack the island and capture Mario's friends, trapping them into different worlds, staying in World 1 with Princess Peach. After being defeated in World 1 and loses Peach, he escapes to World 8, saying to Kamek and Motley to use thei magic to improve some members of the Koopa Clan, while Bowser Jr. helps with the prision of the other Mario's friends and Army with the Koopa's Masterful Airship Brigade. After being defeated again in World 8, he tells the heroes that his plan is almost completed, going to the Egg and creating a World of himself. When the heroes reach the Egg, Bowser is surprised with the persistence of the group, but absorves the power of "his" Giant Atomic Egg, transforming into Atomic Bowser. After being defeated, he falls into some acid, transforming into Dry Bowser and escapes to World ★.
Bowser Jr. appear helping his father in his plan, capturing all the players (except Mario and Luigi, who escapes from him), trapping Yoshi and Plessie into Eggs and helping to build the castles of all the Worlds. He also helps his father to protect his transformed Giant Atomic Egg, guarding the last Fortress that have the most of energy to protect the Atomic Egg.
Kamek, alongside with Motley, have a big importance to Bowser's plan: They destroy the island and transform it in 8 worlds commanded by the Koopa Troop. Kamek, after the defeat of Bowser in Wolrd 1, uses his magic with the power of Giant Atomic Egg to improve the best members of the Koopa Troop (Boom Boom, Pom Pom, Motley and Army Hammer Bro.). After Bowser is defeated in world 8, Kamek appears again, creating 6 Fortresses to protect the Egg, transformed into Bowser's Giant Atomic Egg.
Motley, alongside with Kamek, have a big importance to Bowser's plan: They destroy the island and transform it in 8 worlds commanded by the Koopa Troop. Motley, after the defeat of Bowser in Wolrd 1, uses his magic to transform some minions of the Koopa Troop into some powerful leaders, creating Leader Conkdocrat, Waddleking, Archduke Bulber, Emperor Mosikice, Baron Rexock, King Fizzliater and Czar Ty-Foon. He also appear to guard a Circus in World 5 to try to disturb the players.
Army Hammer Bro.
Army Hammer Bro. is consider now one of Bowser Jr.'s best allies and one of the High Ranking Members of Koopa Troop. His loyalty to Bowser and the Koopa Troop is very signifiant, making him direct the Koopa's Masterful Airship Brigade. Before his battle against the players, Kamek appear and use his magic combined with the power of the Giant Atomic Egg, making him vey powerful.
Boom Boom & Pom Pom
Boom Boom and Pom Pom are allies of Bowser that are transformed by the magic of Kamek and Motley Bossblob combined with the power of the Giant Atomic Egg. They have their appearence and abailities improved in their battles.
Rabbits appear in the game at some levels, where they can again be chased and caught. Larger variations also appear. When they are caught they give prizes like Power-Ups, Coins, Green Stars, Stamps or even a Mega Mushroom.
Yohis appear as hostages at all the worlds and they give some advices at some levels. They also serve as hostages when there is more than one player riding an Yoshi.
Toads appear as hostages of world 1 and they give some advices of that world.
Birdos appear as hostages of world 2 and they give some advices of that world.
Piantas appear as hostages of world 3 and they give some advices of that world.
Penguins appear as hostages of world 4 and they give some advices of that world.
Whittles appear as hostages of world 5 and they give some advices of that world.
Gearmos appear as hostages of world 6 and they give some advices of that world.
Bob-omb Buddies appear as hostages of worlds 7 and 8 and they give at levels of these worlds.
Sprixies appear as hostages of worlds ★ and Crown and they give some advices of these worlds.
Lumas appear as hostages of worlds ★ and Crown and they give some advices of these worlds.