Mario games, full of cartoonish worlds and occasionally jetpacks that spit water, are not stressful affairs. Friends, Super Mario Bros. 35 is the opposite. The battle royale-inspired take from Nintendo, released last week on Switch, has 35 players trying to survive as long as possible, while bopping through familiar levels that have taken a twisted turn, because you very well might be fighting a half dozen Bowsers that are jumping and tossing fireballs at you. It's the kind of good chaos we all could use a little more of in a terrible year like 2020.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ep4y8n/nintendos-latest-experiment-mashes-up-super-mario-bros-and-battle-royale