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Mario 35th anniversary is upon us. To celebrate, Nintendo is releasing Mario 3D All-Stars, a collection of three classic Mario 3D platforms on the switch. But while Mario is often considered the king of platforms, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any competitors. We’ve seen a small resurgence of 3D platforms over the past few years, so let’s review the games that have made this possible.
Charm Missions: A Hat In Time (PC / Switch / Xbox One / PS4)
Let’s start with a game that is pretty clearly inspired by Super Mario Sunshine. In A hat in time, You play as Hat Kid and travel through different worlds collecting Time Pieces. It’s a simple premise that was never really developed, but the real story of A Hat in Time is what happens in the worlds you explore.
From helping rival movie studios to solving a murder mystery on a train, Hat in Time does not hold up when it comes to immersing you in new storylines. There is even a horror style level in case you feel too safe in this charming platform adventure.
But platforming fans shouldn’t worry – while a lot of time is spent in these more story-driven missions, there are also a lot of pure platforming challenges to overcome. Each level also has several collectibles that are used for cosmetic customization and crafting “badges” (items that grant various benefits).
A Fun Romp: New Super Lucky’s Tale (PC / Switch / Xbox One / PS4)
New Super Lucky Tale is kind of a remake of 2017 Super Lucky Tale. While it seems odd to remake a game just three years later, New Super Lucky’s Tale fixes many of the original game’s issues, resulting in a more polished experience.
Much like Mario, Lucky is fun to control and the levels are built like huge playgrounds to explore. The game is aimed at young players and as such is never too difficult, but even for older fans of the genre it should be a good time.
Locked and Loaded: Ratchet and Clank (PS4)
The classic Ratchet and Clank The games are beloved 3D platformers, and now you can experience their iconic Jump N ‘Gun gameplay through a modern lens in Ratchet and Clank 2016. This is a remake of the first game in the series, with changes to the story and tone. And while not everyone was happy with these changes, the core gameplay is still great, and playing with the game’s creative weapons is still a blast.
Ratchet and Clank is also getting a sequel on PS5: Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart (no release date yet).
Spin to Win: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PC / Switch / Xbox One / PS4)
This is another remake, but the N. Sane Trilogy is much more one to one than something like Ratchet and Clank. This is the classic PS1 trilogy of Crash Bandicoot games with modern graphics and slight gameplay changes.
Either way, the games remade here are still great, and the new coat of paint is a great way for new players to experience these titles for the first time. Crash levels are linear obstacle courses that change into difficulty quite quickly – this one can result in a broken controller or two.
There will also be a brand new Crash game which will be released later this year on October 2: Crash Bandicoot 4: it’s time– keep an eye out for that one.
Fire Up !: Spyro Reignited Trilogy (PC / Switch / Xbox One / PS4)
After the N’Sane trilogy, a Spyro remake seemed inevitable and it was finally delivered at the end of 2018. The Revived Trilogy is a great visual update to classic PS1 games, and there’s not much to add to it. Spyro focuses less on tight platforming sequences and more on having tons of collectibles to find and, well, collect. With the brilliant new visuals, you are sure to have a great time exploring the world of Spyro.
A Believable World: The Jak and Daxter Trilogy (PS4)
We have another classic Playstation trilogy to cover, except this time it’s just a simple port instead of a remake. The Jak and Daxter Trilogy were groundbreaking games in the PS2 era for their cohesive, believable worlds and impressive graphics. But that’s not just a pretty face, all three games in the series feature satisfying movement and platforming challenges scattered across the globe. The last two entries also put more emphasis on combat and are generally darker.
You can purchase all three games of the trilogy, combined with the Jak X: Combat Racing kart-racer, on the PS4 in the Jak and Daxter Pack. All games are available for buy separately also, but the package is ultimately cheaper.
Competitive Jump: Fall Guys (PC / PS4)
You might have heard of Fall guys since it just came out on August 4 of this year; it exploded in popularity fairly quickly and unexpectedly. But it’s easy to see why – Fall Guys is essentially a competitive 3D platformer.
In Fall Guys you play a bunch of randomly selected mini-games that mostly have to do with the platform (although there are a few more general mini-games, like the soccer game). Your objective is to reach the last round without being eliminated and ultimately to beat the other 59 players in the match with you. It’s filled with bright colors, fun gameplay and, if you’re at a party with friends, real betrayal – it’s a great time.
What Nintendon doesn’t: Spark the Electric Jester 2 (PC / Xbox One)
For the final entry on this list, we’re going to step away from Mario-inspired games and talk about one that was inspired by his classic rival Sonic the Hedgehog. Spark the Electric Jester 2 takes a lot of clues from Sonic Adventure 1 and 2 until edgy vocal themes.
You will go through stages full of twists and turns at high speed while using various bonuses that change the way you move and fight. It’s surprisingly neat, and if you’re craving a new 3D Sonic game (which is really good), Spark is a great alternative.
This is a sequel from 2017 Spark the Electric Jester which was a 2D platformer inspired by Sonic. The series receives a new 3D entry as recently announced by the developer: Spark the Electric Jester 3– according to the developer however, there are still a few years left.