The website also confirms the adventure is free-roaming. You’ll be travelling around Lake Lapcat in search of Cat Shines – which will let you unlock the new Giga Bell Power-Up – and reignite lighthouses to clear darkened areas. That sounds a little closer in approach to Super Mario Odyssey than 3D World’s more curated courses.
On Twitter, Nintendo added that Bowser’s Fury can be selected from the Super Mario 3D World title screen – it’s not an endgame level, or unlocked by playing the Wii U re-release.
The new website also confirms how amiibo will work in the expansion. Using a Bowser amiibo will cause the new Fury Bowser to appear in game, and a Bowser Jr. amiibo will unleash “a powerful shockwave to knockout nearby enemies and blocks”. Other amiibo will also cause effects – one of which will seemingly be to turn into a gold Cat Mario statue, as seen in yesterday’s Overview Trailer (above).
We’ve learned a fair bit about Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury in the last few days, including the addition of a photo mode, and how Fury Bowser will be a timed world event in the new adventure. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury will arrive for Switch on February 12, and you can preorder it right now.
We awarded the Wii U version of Super Mario 3D World a 9.6/10 in our review, saying it’s “marvelous, and its constant variety and fantastic light-hearted co-op play proves that Nintendo still knows exactly how to tweak the Mario formula in fun ways.”