Feature: Celebrate MAR10 Day

By Neil Flynn 10.03.2023

Feature: Celebrate MAR10 Day on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion
March 10th is known worldwide as Mario Day! (MAR10). The Cubed3 team have reviewed many Nintendo Switch games over the last 6 years and this Mario Day the team thought it would be great to highlight the plumbers top 5 greatest adventures released to date!
The team are truly aware of how many great games have missed out on this list, but if there is a title that you think should have made the top 5 then be sure to let us know in the comments below.

5. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is an exemplary compilation. Both games have received some quality-of-life enhancements, and playing as Toadette is pretty entertaining. More importantly, this is simply some of the best content in the Super Mario saga. It's amazing how every element comes together for a thoroughly refined platforming experience. The level design is nothing short of genius, and the flawless controls make every leap more joyous than the last. Everyone who hasn't already played through the Wii U version should pick this up immediately.
Read Gabriel Jones' review to find out more


4. Super Mario Maker 2

To date, and according to the internet, Mario has starred in over 200 games, with a few dozen of those being mainline platformer entries. One might ask: Do we really need yet another Mario game? Super Mario Maker 2 answers that question with a resounding "yes". Not only is it more 2D Mario, it is also limitless Mario... in theory. With its inventive creation suite and user made levels the possibilities are seemingly infinite. For anyone who doesn't want to make their own levels a robust single-player mode exists but that'd only be scratching the surface of what's possible. The main draw here being how the base tried and tested Mario Bros formula can be stretched and remixed into something completely fresh. Already some Keanu-breathtaking masterpieces have been shared and enjoyed. Maybe this is just nostalgia speaking but 2D Mario has never felt more relevant for both old-timers and new-comers alike. The smart community features as well as some already significant updates will no doubt keep fans coming back for more.

Read Jorge Ba-oh's review to find out more


3. Super Mario 3D World + Bowsers Fury

Super Mario 3D World may not have had much added to it aside from an online function that is limited to only saving progress for the host, but it didn't necessarily need much else. Nintendo successfully found a way to evolve the 2D classics without going open world, and the result is one of the most consistently fresh and enjoyable games around, which, despite lacking the challenge of the NES games, has something for just about everyone. The bonus Bowser's Fury solo adventure is an absolute delight with a brilliant core idea that adds a crazy tension to Mario platforming. When taking both games into account for those that have not played the original Wii U title, this is a cracking bundle of Mario goodness that encapsulates what everyone knows and still loves about the moustachioed hero after an enduring thirty-five years.

Read Azuardo's full review to find out more


2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

It is timeless, the Mario Kart series is probably the most appealing and accessible video game known on this planet. It is colourful, charming and most importantly fun. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe specifically wins the crown as it ticks all of these attributes and more. The Booster Course Pass DLC is also a notable inclusion which has given extra legs to this smash hit title. So far only 4 of the 6 waves have released, which means there is even more great content on the way. No Nintendo Switch collection is complete unless they own a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and it fully deserves the eclectic praise it has received over the years.

Read Adam Riley's review to find out more
Read Neil Flynn's reviews on the Booster Course Pass DLC - Wave 1, Wave 2, Wave 3 and Wave 4


1. Super Mario Odyssey

For me Super Mario Odyssey is the 3D Super Mario game I had been waiting for ever since I first completed Super Mario Sunshine. I believe I already mentioned this in previous Cubed3 features but as much as I do find Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 great, as well as 3D Land and 3D World, I still tend to prefer the free-roaming 3D Mario games of the collectathon style. And until Odyssey, well... we only ever really got 2 games designed in that style. It took so long to finally happen but when it did at last... Super Mario Odyssey is the de facto and obvious choice for best 3D platformer on the system for me. Odyssey is designed for the Switch and exclusive to it and is just filled to the brim with great designs, great gameplay, awesome visuals and excellent audio. It's another masterpiece and despite being released in the system's first year, it still hasn't been topped in my opinion.

Read Adam Riley's review to find out more



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