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Bowser Fury is a short, action-packed, free-roaming Mario adventure

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Nintendo explained that Bowser’s Fury – the new standalone adventure coming with the Switch release of Super Mario 3D World – will be a free roaming experience that’s “short but full of action”. Bowser’s Fury website describes the story of the expansion: “Mario is sent to Lapcat Lake, where it’s all about cats – and Bowser has gone mad! Team up with Bowser Jr. to help his dad unwind in this short stand-alone adventure but full of action. “

The website also confirms that the adventure is free roaming. You will travel around Lapcat Lake in search of Cat Shines – which will allow you to unlock the new Power-Up Giga Bell – and turn on the headlights again to clear dark areas. It feels a bit closer to Super Mario Odyssey than more organized 3D World classes.

Sure Twitter, Nintendo added that Bowser Fury can be selected from the Super Mario 3D World title screen – it’s not an endgame level, or unlocked by playing the Wii U reissue.

The new website also confirms how amiibo works in the expansion. Using a Bowser amiibo will cause the new Fury Bowser to appear in the game, and a Bowser Jr. amiibo will trigger “a powerful shock wave to knock out enemies and nearby blocks.” Other amiibo will have effects as well – one of which will apparently be to transform into a golden statue of Cat Mario, as seen in yesterday’s trailer (above).

We learned a lot about Super Mario 3D World + Bowser Fury over the past few days, including the added a photo mode and how Fury Bowser will be a timed world event in the new adventure. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser Fury will arrive for Switch on February 12, and you can pre-order it now.

We have awarded the Wii U version of Super Mario 3D World scored 9.6 / 10 in our review, saying it’s “wonderful, and its consistent variety and fantastic light co-op play proves that Nintendo still knows exactly how to tweak the Mario formula in a fun way.”

Joe Skrebels is IGN’s News Editor. Follow him on Twitter. Any advice to give us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to


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