Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is finally here, and we’re enjoying it a lot. The Bowser’s Fury mode is easily the most exciting part about this package, providing a whole new adventure to embark on. While playing, I’ve discovered a few things that I believe to be quite useful. Therefore, I’m going to share some tips and tricks to help you out in Bowser’s Fury.
Climb up the lighthouses
One of the primary Cat Shine missions will see you reaching one of the island’s many lighthouses. After Mario and Bowser Jr. celebrate their achievement, the duo are able to head up to the top using a warp pipe. Each lighthouse has a glowing yellow spot that you can ground pound on (Press B and then ZR). Doing so will reward you with a power-up, so you can either horde it or use your newly acquired upgrade.
However, the main purpose of the lighthouses is to repel Fury Bowser for a brief period of time. They also track your Cat Shines, which is extremely helpful if you’re struggling to find your next objective. Bowser’s Fury is kind enough to present you with some extra tips when climbing to the top as well!
Exit and return to an area to discover more Cat Shines
Finished an objective? Great, now there’s more to discover! If you exit an island using one of the many cat-shaped gates and return to it, you’ll find even more objectives to complete. Like I mentioned before, you can track your Cat Shines through the lighthouses, and each island usually has five to discover. There are also separate Cat Shines that are isolated from the rest, so be sure to go out of your way to explore the environment.
Experiment with Mario’s controls
As this is an open-world Mario adventure, the moustachioed plumber controls in a similar way to his past games. There’s the staple long jump, dive, roll, and much more. Likewise, Mario can of course collect a variety of power-ups such as 3D World‘s iconic Cat Suit. This introduces you with new ways to control the plumber, such as climbing walls and scratching enemies with your claws. It is definitely worth experimenting with, and there’s an in-depth guide in the pause menu if you want a more visual example.
Destroy Fury Blocks to discover more secrets
When the rain starts to fall, Fury Bowser is on his way to cause a ruckus. The music changes to a more intense composition, and Mario must evade his attacks. However, Mario is able to manipulate the rampaging Bowser to direct his attacks towards Fury Blocks. Each island has a set of “Fury Blocks” that can be destroyed by Bowser’s fireballs. Usually, these blocks are hiding a Cat Shine, which will of course send Bowser away once collected.
Use amiibo to summon Fury Bowser
Found some Fury Blocks but can’t be bothered to wait around for Fury Bowser? If you happen to own a Bowser amiibo, you’re in luck. It can summon Fury Bowser, while other amiibo have different functions. Bowser amiibo instantaneously summons the goop-covered villain, allowing you to destroy objects blocking your path — or maybe you just wanted to say hi.
We will have our review of the game up in the next few days. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is available now for the Nintendo Switch, and we hope that you’re enjoying the gaming as much as we are. Hopefully these tips will help you out throughout Bowser’s Fury. Are you playing the game?