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Super Mario Bros Wonder (2023) is a running and jumping game that evolves the classic 2D Mario genre in weird and dream-like directions. You play with up to four friends, each picking from Mario, Luigi, Toad, Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Yoshi and other Nintendo characters. It stands out from other 2D Mario games surprisingly well, drawing on the bizarre feel of the Rayman games to create a psychedelic multi-verse where anything is possible.

While the gameplay looks familiar with pipes, enemies and boxes to bash, there's more here than meets the eye. Many of the new mechanics stem from the new Wonder Flowers you collect to unlock pseudo-multi-verse versions of the game world. From transforming into different objects like a bowling ball to lengthening Mario's neck or even the pipes turning into caterpillar-like creatures, this is a deep dive into a psychedelic range of realities - complete with talking flowers that narrate and cheer on the action.

As you progress you get access to more of these wonderful worlds and of course the essential Mario power-ups. Along with the usual Super Mushroom and Fire Flowers, you can transform into an elephant.

The result is a game that offers a fresh way to play 2D Mario. It takes elements from the classic Nintendo games but brings a new more playful and irreverent feel to proceedings.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Super Mario Bros Wonder 13 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Adventure and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. You can play online together with 4 players if you each have the game. You can use a password to control who joins if you want, you can also opt to make a course a race if you all hit the Race Block before you start.

You can play together in the same room in a number of ways:
  • Shared Screen: You can play together in the same room with 4 players on the same screen. The downside of this is frustration for young or slower players being left behind.
  • Separate Screens, Each Person Owns Game: You can play on separate screens in the same room if you have multiple Switches and copies of the game.

Playing online with friends or strangers, you see the other players as a shadow that can revive you and share items. You can also leave a Standee in a level so that when others touch it they can revive themselves. Seeing other people playing can be a handy way to discover secrets on a level.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 9 hours and 12 hours to complete. To see everything can take over 20 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3 for occasional very mild violence in a comical or abstract context. Suitable for all ages. This game features very mild violence in a comical setting. Enemies are defeated by jumping on top of them or by using special powers such as fireballs. Enemies flash when hit and fall off screen when defeated, as do the protagonists.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

The game includes moments when Mario is chased by monsters.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although you are not on a timer for each level, you need to be able to cope with being under pressure and making accurate jumps. There's a lot to process on the screen. Like previous modern Mario games, if you die, the other players can bring you back to the action (although here you only get 5 seconds). Because the Yoshi character can't get hurt by enemies and can be ridden, it's a good way to help a new player get to the end of a level. It's worth noting that the player who gets the highest on the level-end flagpole becomes the leader for the next level. This player controls the game camera and needs to take care not to leave the other players behind.

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Super Mario Bros Wonder

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/10/2023

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Platform (Adventure and Traversal)

Accessibility: 14 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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