Super Mario 3D All-Stars Patch Will Add Inverted Camera Control To All Games
A free update to the collection of Mario classics will add support for inverted camera controls to all games, per player request.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars might feature two beloved classics featuring everyone's favorite Italian plumber--as well as Super Mario Sunshine--but the collection has attracted controversy since its announcement. Now, Nintendo has announced that players will have the option of inverting camera controls in all three of the collection's games, Super Mario 64, Galaxy, and Sunshine starting on November 16.
Inverted camera controls weren't included in any of the original versions of the games, but have become a standard option in many 3D games since their release. Since Super Mario 3D All-Stars was ostensibly intended as an updated collection of these games, the lack of customizable camera controls was noticeable. Many players have complained about grappling with the primitive camera controls of Super Mario 64 in particular, which were designed prior to the advent of stick-based camera control. Poor Lakitu.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars also garnered criticism for Nintendo's decision to make the game only available for digital purchase through March 31, 2021, as well as the lack of extra features compared to simply playing the games in a high-end PC emulator. The lack of Super Mario Galaxy 2 was also noted. While most agree that these are great games that stand the test of time, compared to flashier remakes like the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, it becomes apparent that Nintendo isn't necessarily interested in updating the look of these games to take advantage of newer hardware.
In GameSpot's Super Mario 3D All-Stars review, critic Kevin Knezevic called the game a fitting tribute to Mario's durable legacy.
"Taken all together, Mario 3D All-Stars is a worthwhile collection, featuring the best versions of Mario 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy to appear on a Nintendo system," he wrote. "Although the individual games have been sparingly touched up and there's little in the way of ancillary material to pore over, the titles themselves hold up well and are a delight to revisit. Despite their age, the games are still rife with inventive ideas and surprises, which more than makes up for the collection's presentational shortcomings."
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