Super Mario 3D All-Stars Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Super Mario 3D All-Stars RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Essential Nintendo Switch Games for the 2020 Holiday Season https://www.gameskinny.com/c9ayx/essential-nintendo-switch-games-for-the-2020-holiday-season https://www.gameskinny.com/c9ayx/essential-nintendo-switch-games-for-the-2020-holiday-season Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:55:55 -0500 Ashley Shankle

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Sonic Mania Plus

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ESRB: E
Price: $19.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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A return to Sonic and friends' '90s form, Sonic Mania Plus goes above and beyond to recapture the wonder of the series' classic 2D roots. Sonic Mania, and by extension its further enhanced Plus version, is the best Sonic title to come out in decades and should be on any "best of" list. 

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The game features both new stages and remixed stages from the classics, with the Plus version offering brand new characters and a further remixed Encore mode. Read more about it in our review, in which it got a perfect store. 

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Katamari Damacy REROLL

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $19.99 - $29.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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This one, and the next slide, are bonuses that really should be in any library because they're that good. (We didn't include well-regarded staples in these bonus slides like Breath of the Wild because, well, we all know they're fantastic.)

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Released in 2018, Katamari Damacy REROLL is a remaster of one of gaming's strangest legacies. It's notoriously bizarre and relaxing in equal measure, and it just so happens to make good use of the Switch's Joy-Cons. It's hard to even think of anything bad to say about this game.

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Roll your way to victory, and into the King of All Cosmos' palm, to some seriously infectious music. 

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FUSER

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ESRB: T
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Nintendo eShop

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If neither Melody of Memory nor NSR suit your fancy, perhaps a more "traditional" rhythm party game will. Enter FUSER from music-game legends Harmonix. 

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Play as a DJ either playing popular songs or remixing them into your own special brew. The catalog includes 100 songs at launch from artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Billie Eilish, The Weeknd, Panic! At The Disco, Childish Gambino, and many more. 

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Check out our review of FUSER to find out more, and why we said it's a "necessary" game in 2020 because of its unique multiplayer, co op play. 

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No Straight Roads

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $39.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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An action game with music in its veins, No Straight Roads sets you on a journey to topple EDM from the top of the charts and bring rock roaring back. Though that's not such an easy task with the denizens of Vinyl City after you.

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Our review notes that No Straight Roads is endearing and rhythmically satisfying, with the game's stages built to fit its soundtrack. If Melody of Memory isn't quite your cup of tea, No Straight Roads is well worth checking out. 

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Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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The Kingdom Hearts series has plenty of fantastic music, so why not make make a rhythm game out of it?

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With that question in mind, that's exactly what Square Enix did with Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, an absolute treat for fans of the Disney-Final Fantasy hybrid. Featuring 143 songs, "almost every entry in the franchise" is covered here. 

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We gave Melody of Memory a solid 8 for its "celebration of the wider series, solid rhythm mechanics, and excellent soundtrack." All said, Melody of Memory is well worth the price of admission, especially for fans of both the series and the genre.

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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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Soccer doesn't always have to be realistic, as proven in the Captain Tsubasa manga and games series. It just so happens that Rise of New Champions has two in-depth story modes and affords players the ability to create their own characters. It's more arcade-style than, say, FIFA 20, and a whole lot flashier.

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Learn more about Rise of New Champions in our review, where we said it "is legitimately the best arcade sports title to come out since Rocket League."

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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

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ESRB: T
Price: $59.99
Buy it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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Sometimes a little hack n' slack musou action goes a long way, and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has plenty of it. A prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, this game explores Hyrule 100 years before that game. 

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Featuring 18 playable characters and plenty of main and side-mission content, Age of Calamity makes the most of its world, setting, and combat systems. 

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We praised the game in our review, saying it is an "expansive take on Breath of the Wild's Hyrule and its people," and that is has "engaging combat [with] lots of character and playstyle variety." It's worth checking out. 

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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

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ESRB Rating: T
Price: $39.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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An action-platformer, farming hybrid, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is surprisingly robust for something that appears so simple. Despite that, Sakuna is a deceptively deep game with realistic farming mechanics, so much so that a guide to growing real rice on the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery website is applicable to the game!

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You can read more about Sakuna and its intricacies in our review, in which it netted a perfect 10 for a "solid plot, with touching character stories, unexpected twists, and a fun riff on mythology," as well as an "incredibly detailed and rewarding farm system."

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Paper Mario: The Origami King

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ESRB: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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Paper Mario: The Origami King is the latest entry in the popular Paper Mario series, and it may be one of the best. Featuring a fantastic world and fun mechanics, this is a game that Switch owners can't afford to miss out on, even if it's a bit light on more traditional RPG systems. 

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In our review, we said that "despite a combat system that gets old quickly, Paper Mario: The Origami King's writing, puzzles, and worldbuilding make it the best entry since The Thousand-Year Door.

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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Three of Mario's most iconic 3D adventures are bundled in this one release. Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64), Super Mario Sunshine (Gamecube), and Super Mario Galaxy (Wii). With their powers combined, they are one of the best buys on the Nintendo Switch.

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But it's only available until March 31, 2021! Nintendo will be pulling the limited-time release from shelves and storefronts then.

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None of these games have changed much from their original versions in this release; some of the more persnickety issues exist, but they also come alongside the same charm that's made these games timeless. Read more about them in our review

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Hades

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ESRB Rating: T
Price: $24.99
Get it on: Nintendo eShop

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One of the biggest action roguelikes to hit PC in years, Hades offers fans of the genre an endlessly perilous journey, as well as a wealth of modifiers and game modes for dedicated players to tinker and struggle with. Now, it's on the Nintendo Switch.

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If you or someone you know enjoys the roguelike genre, Hades is essentially a must-play. It didn't win Indie Game of the Year at this year's Golden Joystick Awards for nothing. 

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Read more about this visually stunning and engrossing roguelite in our review, which granted Hades a perfect 10 for "top-quality story, gameplay, music, and art direction; hours and hours of excitement and adrenaline; and plenty of humor and snark to keep you laughing."

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Ys Origin

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ESRB Rating: T
Price: $19.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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A story-driven action RPG, Ys Origin offers a narrative split between three characters and a whole lot of adventure. Fighting your way through the Darm Tower, and solving puzzles along the way, makes for one of the best experiences on the Nintendo Switch to date, even if it is a re-release of a 2006 title that's found its way to the PC, PS4, Vita, and Xbox One over the years.

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You can read more about this fluid action RPG in our review.

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Disgaea 4 Complete+

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ESRB: T
Price: $49.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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One of the most robust entries in the long-running strategy game series yet, Disgaea 4 Complete+ adds additional scenarios, higher-level spells, new features taken from Disgaea 5, and even a map editor to Disgaea 4. Of course, this all comes on top of hundreds of hours of gameplay if you get into the sweet grinding groove.

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You can read more about this strategy gaming feast in our review, where we said "Disgaea 4 Complete+ is the definitive version of the game, with upgrades galore, tons of content to get lost in, and one of the strongest casts in the series."

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Pikmin 3 Deluxe

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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As part of one of the cutest real-time strategy series around, Pikmin 3 Deluxe has players grow, assemble, and order hordes of cute little Pikmin across a strange world, all in an effort to get back to your ship and make your way home. It takes some creative thinking to push your little Pikmin to victory, but it's immensely rewarding when you do so.

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Pikmin 3 Deluxe offers both single-player and multiplayer co-op for its campaign and other modes, making it the perfect addition to your library if you're looking for something cute, fun, quirky, and playable with friends. 

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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ESRB: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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No list of essential Nintendo Switch games would be complete without one of 2020's most-defining and culturally-important games. Of course, we're talking about Animal Crossing: New Horizons. When friends and family couldn't meet in person because of a global pandemic, AC:NH was there to bring us all together.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons has an addicting, seemingly endless to-do list that keeps players coming back day after day, month after month. Exploration, crafting, decorating your little island house — there's so much to do. The game has even steadily added unique content and events since its release in March. 

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Read our review for more on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, where we said "New Horizons is bursting with personality and charm, with opportunities to create something new and completely you."

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The Nintendo Switch library just keeps growing and giving, with each year bringing more stellar games to the handheld-console hybrid. Years past have given fans the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Maker 2Pokemon Sword and Shield, and other fantastic third-party titles such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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2020 has kept up that trend. 

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Some of the best games on the console yet have released this year, from platformers and action titles to JRPGs and roguelites. In this list, we've included some of the most essential games and best buys in the 2020 Nintendo switch library, all in the spirit of keeping you warm and toasty this holiday season. 

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Thank the Star Spirits: Super Mario 3D All-Stars Gets Inverted Camera Controls https://www.gameskinny.com/vphd8/thank-the-star-spirits-super-mario-3d-all-stars-gets-inverted-camera-controls https://www.gameskinny.com/vphd8/thank-the-star-spirits-super-mario-3d-all-stars-gets-inverted-camera-controls Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:53:55 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is getting inverted controls after all, Nintendo of America said. A new, free patch launching on November 16 will implement inverted camera controls for all three games and inverted FLUDD controls for Super Mario Sunshine.

The inverted control scheme will work for third-person and first-person modes, with options of "normal" and "inverted" for the horizontal and vertical cameras separately.

Inverted controls were high on many people's wishlists when Mario 3D All-Stars first launched on September 18, not least because the original releases of each game had inverted controls.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is available on Nintendo Switch until March 31, 2020. If you're still on the fence about it, check out why we said even the old-fashioned designs "don't diminish their original magic."

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How to Get the Metal Cap in Super Mario 64 https://www.gameskinny.com/cmvyn/how-to-get-the-metal-cap-in-super-mario-64 https://www.gameskinny.com/cmvyn/how-to-get-the-metal-cap-in-super-mario-64 Mon, 28 Sep 2020 10:57:07 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Mario literally wears many caps in Super Mario 64, including the Metal Cap. Like the Wing Cap, it can be a little tricky to find, but it's key to nabbing certain Stars. As with the original 1996 version of 64, having the Metal Cap makes navigating certain hazards a whole lot easier in the 3D All-Stars version of the game.

Here's how to quickly get the Metal Cap in Super Mario 64 and where you need it to get some extra Stars.

Get the Metal Cap in Hazy Maze Cave

You'll have to progress a bit in Mario 64 before you can get the Metal Cap. It can be found in a sub-stage in Hazy Maze Cave, the game's sixth level, but you can't get there until you face off against Bowser for the first time in "Bowser in the Dark World."

How to get to "Bowser in the Dark World"

To do that, gather at least eight Stars, head to the big Star door in the Castle Mezzanine area, and drop down the trap door in the hallway with the Peach/Bowser painting.

Deal with Bowser, and then make your way to the Castle basement. The pool of liquid metal there is your portal to Hazy Maze Cave.

Navigating Hazy Maze Cave to get the Metal Cap

Once you arrive, head left. Long jump (run+crouch+jump) over the gap, and follow the path down to the underground lake.

Swim over to Dorrie, and ignore the Star on the island for now. Jump on Dorrie and face toward the ledge with a door. A friendly beastie will ferry you over.

Go in, deal with the obstacles, and drop down into another metal pool. This takes you to the Cavern of the Metal Cap.

Work your way to the end of the cave, and activate the green ! switch. If you get caught in the current, it shoots you back out front of Peach's Castle, so don't do that.

Now, go back to where the transparent green block was when you first landed in the Cavern of the Metal Cap. Hit it to grab the Metal Cap, then gather up the eight Red Coins for a Star.

Like the Wing Cap, the Metal Cap only lasts for 60 seconds, but you can refresh it or get a new one by hitting another green block.

Metal Cap Stars in Mario 64

After the Cavern of the Metal Cap, there's only one spot where you absolutely need the Metal Cap to acquire a Star, though there are a couple where having it makes life easier.

Dire, Dire Docks "Through the Jet Stream" Star

The only necessary one is Dire, Dire Docks for the "Through The Jet Stream" Star. Once you swim through the rings and activate the Star, you need to turn metal to withstand the jet and acquire the Star.

Hazy Maze Cave "Navigating the Toxic Maze" Star

The Metal Cap makes dealing with the miasma easier in Hazy Maze Cave's "Navigating The Toxic Maze" since you don't take damage from the poison while metal.

Wet-Dry World Stars 

Going metal is also helpful in dealing with the underwater portions of Wet-Dry World where you're raising and lowering water levels, though you don't need it for any specific Star.

That's all you need to know about how to get the Metal Cap in Super Mario 64. If you're looking for more help with 3D All-Stars, be sure to check out our other 3D All-Stars guides, including how to get Yoshi and complete Blooper Surfing in Super Mario Sunshine. If you're trying to blast away the wall in 64, we've got you covered there, too

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Super Mario Sunshine Blooper Surfing Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/oqv9e/super-mario-sunshine-blooper-surfing-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/oqv9e/super-mario-sunshine-blooper-surfing-guide Mon, 28 Sep 2020 10:31:25 -0400 Dylan Webb

Included as part of the Nintendo Switch’s Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection, Super Mario Sunshine brings a classic adventure to modern audiences but with it come some old frustrations. That’s particularly evident in Sunshine’s second stage, Ricco Harbor. Unique to this location is Blooper Surfing, something that can really be a pain.

In this guide, we’ll give you tips on how to best tackle this challenge, as well as which Bloopers are the best and how to change Bloopers. 

How to start "Blooper Surfing Safari"

“Blooper Surfing Safari” appears in Episode Two. The game immediately points out a cave that has its entrance covered in Gooper oil, a result of your previous boss fight with Gooper Blooper. 

As you begin, a wooden pier appears to your right. On it are three different colored Blooper Racers: Green, Yellow, and Pink. It’s important to choose your Blooper carefully as each has different attributes.

Which Blooper is the best Blooper? 
  • The Green Blooper has the best handling but the lowest default speed
  • The Pink Blooper has the worst handling but the highest speed
  • The Yellow Blooper offers an easy middle ground

All three Bloopers can reach the same top speed, which you can adjust by simply pushing the joystick forward.

Navigating the race course

The racecourse itself contains numerous obstacles including spikes, spinning walls, stationary blocks, moving blocks, and more, so be careful.

Colliding with any objects will cause Mario to lose a life and corners are rather tight. As such, we recommend the Green Blooper here but keeping that top speed high where possible.

Get a Shine for completing the race (and a secret one later)

Completing the course in under 45 seconds will reward you with a Shine Sprite. If you beat it but take longer, the Pianta won’t be impressed and throws you out of Ricco Harbor instead.

After completing Episode Two, a secret Shine Sprite can be obtained by replaying "Blooper Surfing Safari" and beating it in under 40 seconds.

For better odds of success, make use of shortcuts by jumping over the two walls near the end, rather than cornering them.

Blooper Surfing in Episode 6

Blooper Surfing reappears in Episode 6, “Red Coins In The Water." As you may have guessed, this involves collecting eight red coins in a race across Ricco Harbor.

To start this race, ground pound the big red switch. You'll only have two minutes to collect them all, so be quick!

Like before, there are numerous obstacles to avoid but your best course of action is to follow the trail of yellow coins, as these lead to each red coin. Here are the exact locations of each of the red coins: 

  • Three are located between the floating buoys.
  • One is spotted by the platforms near the helipad
  • One next to the submarine, you’ll have to jump to obtain it.
  • One is wedged between two boats
  • One is found underneath the helipad.
  • One is located under a platform.

After collecting all of the red coins, return to the pier to collect the Shrine Sprite. Be careful, though: you can crash if you're not careful. 

How to get off a Blooper

To avoid crashing into the pier or the ring-wearing Pinata when going for the Sprite, it's best to get off your Blooper. To do so, jump into the red Rocket Nozzle box, located in the southeastern section of the map. You'll see a red steel platform within the major construction zone, and the Nozzle box is on top of it.

You’ll need to go out of your way to do either of these, but the alternative is just riding into the Shine Sprite, which risks running yourself into the pier and undoing all your hard work.

That's all you need to know about the Blooper Surfing Safari and how to get off a Blooper. For more on Super Mario Sunshine and the other games in the 3D All-Stars collection, be sure to check out our other 3D All-Stars tips articles, including how to get Yoshi in Sunshine and how to get the wing cap in Mario 64

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Super Mario Sunshine Yoshi Guide: How to Get Your Dinosaur Pal https://www.gameskinny.com/ojdia/super-mario-sunshine-yoshi-guide-how-to-get-your-dinosaur-pal https://www.gameskinny.com/ojdia/super-mario-sunshine-yoshi-guide-how-to-get-your-dinosaur-pal Sat, 26 Sep 2020 11:41:40 -0400 Dylan Webb

Super Mario Sunshine is finally back, coming as part of Nintendo Switch’s Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection. Like in many Mario adventures, Yoshi joins you along the way, but if you aren’t careful, you can make significant progress before he even shows up. As such, you might be wondering how to unlock Yoshi as they're needed to eventually reach the final level.

By following the steps in this guide, you’ll soon be reunited with our trusted Dinosaur companion. Luckily, Yoshi can be found quite early on in Super Mario Sunshine.

How to Get Yoshi in Super Mario Sunshine

Unlock Pinna Park and defeat Snooza Koopas

Your first step is unlocking Pinna Park, which is available after collecting 10 Shines and witnessing Princess Peach getting kidnapped yet again. You need to complete Episode 4 of this stage, “The Wilted Sunflowers," which involves getting rid of some Snooza Koopas across the Park’s beach area.

That doesn’t involve any special requirements, so just wait until they get flipped over and jump on them to defeat these enemies.

Beat Shadow Mario

After finishing the stage, Shadow Mario appears in Delfino Plaza, and he has a stolen Yoshi Egg. It’s a standard chase sequence for Sunshine and like always, you need to keep hosing him down with F.L.U.D.D until he falls.

Once Shadow Mario is defeated, you can begin the process of hatching the Yoshi Egg. 

Yoshi Egg Location

After the Shadow Mario encounter, the egg appears in a different location. It can be found to the left of your starting point upon loading up Sunshine, on a nearby roof. 

How to hatch the Yoshi Egg

It’s not as simple as getting Yoshi to come out of the egg, though. Yoshi Eggs signal a fruit they want, which must be brought to them before they emerge.

Fruits can be found at the fruit market near the Lighthouse, and different fruits change Yoshi’s color. The iconic Green Yoshi isn’t among them, sadly, but there are three other options:

  • Orange Yoshi – Papaya or Pineapple
  • Pink Yoshi – Bananas or Coconut
  • Purple Yoshi – Durian or Pepper

The colors signal more than just a visual change, though. Yoshi can spray enemies with a unique juice attack that turns them into specific platforms.

  • Orange Yoshi turns them into stationary platforms
  • Pink Yoshi turns them into ascending platforms
  • Purple Yoshi turns them into forward-moving platforms

Juice also dissolves the orange goop barriers you find across Delfino Plaza, which cannot be breached by F.L.U.D.D's standard water spray.

Note: You may have noticed the red pipe across Delfino Plaza's rooftops with a pineapple stuck in it. Get Yoshi to eat this to unlock Sunshine’s 5th stage, Sirena Beach.

Does Yoshi appear in other locations? 

Outside of the Plaza, Yoshi only appears in a few different chapters across each area that usually make use of the juice attack to reach different areas.

How to keep Yoshi alive

Yoshi also has a juice meter, which they slowly go through as you play. If the juice meter runs out, they’ll disappear. To keep Yoshi alive, you must feed them more fruit via their tongue grab.

Make sure Yoshi doesn't touch deep water either; any contact will make them immediately disappear.

That's all you need to know about finding Yoshi in Super Mario Sunshine. If you're looking for more help with 3D All-Stars, be sure to check out our other 3D All-Stars guides, including how to find the wing cap and blast the wall away in Mario 64

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How to Blast Away the Wall in Super Mario 64 https://www.gameskinny.com/geydx/how-to-blast-away-the-wall-in-super-mario-64 https://www.gameskinny.com/geydx/how-to-blast-away-the-wall-in-super-mario-64 Fri, 25 Sep 2020 11:50:53 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Whomp's Fortress puts Mario through the paces with its vertical shenanigans, but one star is trickier to get than the others: Star six, Blast Away The Wall. The wall near the cannon is a big one, and there's little in-game indication where you should aim to blast through it.

But we're here to take the confusion way. The method is the same regardless of which Super Mario 64 version you're playing — vanilla or in 3D All-Stars.

How to Blast Away the Wall in Super Mario 64

Blast Away The Wall is the sixth star in Whomp's Fortress, but you can get it at any point.

Climb up the fortress until you find the pink Bob-omb. You can do this the easy way by flipping back up onto the left wall near the dirt ramp right at the level's start.

Speak to them, and they'll open the cannon hatch right next to you.

Hop in the cannon, and look to the right. There are two walls you can break, but you want the one under the Red Coin (pictured above).

You'll want to shatter the corner of the wall. However, you should take into account the blast's arc and aim just a bit higher so you don't smack into the wrong spot lower down.

After that, let fly, and you'll know right away if your aim was accurate. If so, the wall's corner will break off, revealing the Star. Whether you hit the right spot or not, Mario loses a wedge of his power meter, so don't try this if your health is low.

Go back to the cannon, and aim roughly above the Star. The game's a bit forgiving here and lets you grab it even if your aim is slightly off.

And that's all you need to know about how to blast away the wall in Super Mario 64. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Super Mario 3D All-Stars guides in the coming days.

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars Review: Star-Studded Selections https://www.gameskinny.com/jpbuc/super-mario-3d-all-stars-review-star-studded-selections https://www.gameskinny.com/jpbuc/super-mario-3d-all-stars-review-star-studded-selections Thu, 24 Sep 2020 15:33:00 -0400 Ethan Anderson

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a nostalgic trip down memory lane for many. It's also a convenient way to experience three Nintendo classics for the very first time, which, for me, is the case when it comes to the first two games in the collection. I never owned a Nintendo 64, and Super Mario Sunshine never made its way onto my GameCube.

With that said, the 3D All-Stars collection is certainly a time machine in more ways than one. It's easy to see why so many players fell in love with these games years ago, even when experiencing them as a first-time player in 2020.

The collection's games do end up feeling dated in some areas thanks to the lack of major modern updates, but those flaws don't do much to diminish their original magic.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars Review: Star-Studded Selections

[If] you're experiencing this for the first time, playing through this old-school Super Mario classic will still fill you with nostalgia.

Super Mario 64 launched in 1996. As someone who was too young to even hold a controller back then, I expected SM64 to be a somewhat trying experience to start. Thankfully, that wasn't the case here — at least not for the majority of the game. If your situation is similar to mine, and you're experiencing this for the first time, playing through this old-school Super Mario classic will still fill you with nostalgia.

The main goal in Super Mario 64 is to, unsurprisingly, save Princess Peach from Bowser after he's taken control of Peach's castle. In other words, it's as standard as a Super Mario plot gets.

Ignoring the near nonexistent story, Mario's 3D debut still holds up as a platformer. It's full of memorable levels, creative puzzles, and secrets that are a joy to find.

Most of the game's levels take full advantage of the 3D space with some truly timeless platforming. Bob-omb Battlefield, Hazy Maze Cave, and Big Boo's Haunt are some of the standouts in that regard, with Big Boo's being fun from the start, since you actually find the level first.

Super Mario 64 really shows its age, though, specifically in its visuals and archaic camera controls. The graphics are about as updated as they can be without going into full remake territory, so while the jagged edges and blurry textures aren't exactly major issues, they are noticeable.

The camera controls, however, are rough. It always manages to get snagged on an invisible wall when you're trying to rotate it around, making certain segments of the game feel impossible to get through.

It doesn't help that it's inverted in some situations, while it's not in others. And there's no setting to change camera preferences at all, making an update or addition here a welcome one.  

While Super Mario 64 may feel a bit outdated as a result, its shortcomings are nowhere near as bothersome as those found in Super Mario Sunshine.

Somehow, Sunshine feels like it has more downsides than Super Mario 64, despite launching six years after that game in 2002. And you can thank FLUDD for most of it.

Here, Mario is framed for drawing graffiti all over Isle Delfino, and now he has to clean it up. It immediately feels like a plot point from Sonic Adventure 2 involving Sonic and Shadow.

This time around, you'll have to use the water-filled backpack, FLUDD, for pretty much everything, from attacking to platforming. It's a machine that blasts water to spray enemies, clean the environment, and improve Mario's mobility.

It's a creative idea that starts out interestingly enough. It has four different nozzles that shake up the gameplay in four very different ways. The Hover Nozzle is easily the most useful of the choices, as it allows players to find their own unique ways through many of the game's levels with some outside-the-box thinking.

Sadly, FLUDD overstays its welcome due to its occasionally clunky controls. The few levels without FLUDD are tougher, but they make Sunshine feel like a greatly enhanced version of the platforming you're used to from Super Mario 64

3D All-Stars does its best to fix FLUDD's mechanical awkwardness by providing a more simplified control scheme and adjusting the button layout. The "R" button allows for more precise, stationary aiming, and "ZR" allows Mario to spray water while on the move.

This all sounds great in concept, but in practice, FLUDD's novelty wears off around halfway through the game; the exact moment that it lost me was during the Eely-Mouth boss fight in Noki Bay. FLUDD's accuracy and controls are put to the test in a tricky underwater situation, and they fail miserably.

If you end up feeling like this about any of Sunshine's other stages, it might upset you to know that, unlike in Super Mario 64, you can't just skip the ones you're having trouble with. They must be done in order.

On the upside, 3D All-Stars upscales Sunshine's visuals by a noticeable amount. Isle Delfino's sunny locales all look colorful and vibrant on the Switch, though they don't look better than the numerous planets found in Super Mario Galaxy.

Galaxy checks every Super Mario box there is, from tight platforming to creative mechanics and a catchy soundtrack.

Super Mario Galaxy is still a great game, and without a doubt, the best one in this collection.

It really ups Bowser's ambition and execution from a plot perspective. He still performs the regular old Princess Peach abduction, but this time, he brings her all the way to outer-space. You'll be chasing after her with the help of Rosalina and the star-like Lumas.

Like Super Mario 64, this game does so many innovative things in all the right ways. Galaxy plays with gravity and perspective wonderfully, while adhering to the Super Mario school of top-notch platforming and puzzle-solving.

With that said, the camera can also be a nuisance here, working against you when smaller planets force annoying angle changes. But once again, it's forgivable because it rarely has a prolonged negative impact on the gameplay mechanics.

Speaking of the mechanics, they're solid for each of the control schemes, although the Joy-Cons do the best job of replicating that original feel of the Wii. It plays the same but doesn't look the same thanks to some slight visual upgrades.

Galaxy checks every Super Mario box there is, from tight platforming to creative mechanics and a catchy soundtrack. Above all, it introduced some sort of an actual checkpoint system. Mario is no longer ejected from a level after every lost life. Thank goodness.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars Review — The Bottom Line

Pros
  • Best way to play three classic Super Mario games
  • Visual upgrades for the whole collection
  • Galaxy is a standout, with the Joy-Cons replicating the Wiimote perfectly
Cons
  • The modern updates are basically all visual, with very few quality-of-life changes
  • Super Mario 64 is in need of a camera control upgrade
  • Sunshine's FLUDD controls occasionally lack precision and accuracy, even with the changes

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a satisfying gift for the series' 35th anniversary. The collection provides a worthwhile journey through Mario's 3D beginnings, even for newcomers like myself.

Much more effort could've been put into modernizing the camera controls in Super Mario 64 and FLUDD's spray mechanics in Super Mario Sunshine, but 3D All-Stars is still an overall enjoyable platformer package nonetheless.

[Note: Nintendo provided the copy of Super Mario 3D All-Stars used for this review.]

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars Brings 3 Classic Mario Games to Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/7vdce/super-mario-3d-all-stars-brings-3-classic-mario-games-to-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/7vdce/super-mario-3d-all-stars-brings-3-classic-mario-games-to-nintendo-switch Thu, 03 Sep 2020 14:02:26 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy are headed to Nintendo Switch in the Super Mario 3D All-Stars Collection, which releases September 18 for $59.99. The 3D All-Stars Collection is a limited physical and digital release that Nintendo says will only be available until March 31, 2021.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars Collection is part of Nintendo’s celebration of Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary, though it doesn’t come as a total surprise. We reported on Video Game Chronicles' initial rumor of the collection earlier in the year.

The 3D All-Stars Collection bundles all three games into one package, with a handful of improvements for each. 

Super Mario 64 gets improved visuals. Super Mario Sunshine on Switch has 16:9 ratio support, improved resolution, and HD Rumble (not on Switch Lite though). And Super Mario Galaxy has improved resolutions and motion control for the Joy-Con to replicate the original’s Wii-mote motion controls.

The collection also has a Music Player, packing in 175 songs in total from across the three included games. And it's usable even with the screen off.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars releases September 18 for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite. Pre-orders for the physical edition are open now, but it's worth repeating that both the physical and digital versions are only available until March 31, 2021. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Super Mario 3D All-Stars news as it develops.

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