As you may’ve expected, Bowser’s Fury involves cats. Lots of them.
When the latest Wii U-to-Switch port was announced in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury was announced last fall, all eyes were on the new expansion accompanying the 2013 Mario game. With nothing but a brief teaser showcasing an open rainy coast, many pondered if we witnessed a new post-game or a simple level expansion of sorts. (After all, a game titled “Bowser’s Fury” doesn’t sound like it’s playing around.) Today, we get both answers and questions in an explosive trailer — check it out below!
Featuring a tropical setting chock-full of kitties — seriously, you got everything from cat trees to cat bees to cat medals to cat Piranha Plants to…well, you get the picture — Mario and Bowser Jr. team up as they put a stop to Bowser’s heavy metal-fueled rampage. The reasons for said rampage, let alone why his son teamed up with Mario remains a mystery — Super Mario 3D World wasn’t celebrated for its context, and Nintendo’s trailer was light on the details. Regardless, Bowser’s Fury certainly seems to differentiate itself from 3D World in some key areas; for one thing, its obstacle courses sprawl across one massive playground rather than individual bite-sized levels — a move many fans draw parallels to 2017’s Super Mario Odyssey. The exact relationship between daytime escapades and Bowser’s nightly destruction remains to be seen, but check out Mario’s latest transformation is…well, I won’t spoil it for you, but let’s just say I’m not the only one reminded of a certain anime phenomenon…
As we’ve yet to learn of any quality-of-life improvements for 3D World that aren’t online play, we’ll certainly get more details as Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury nears its February 12th release date. Personally, I’m wondering where Mario’s other buddies are — perhaps those familiar color-coded kitties grooming Cat Mario in the trailer are a clue? Share your theories in the comments below!