Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief
This is an action platformer in which players assume the role of Mario as he embarks on a quest to rescue a princess from the villain Bowser. As players run and jump through themed 3D environments, they can hop on enemies' heads and/or use a cap to defeat them. Most characters react to damage with blinking effects, comical yelps, cowering gestures, or by turning into coins. During one boss encounter, players can capture a “cartoony” tank and fire cannonballs at a mechanical boss; large explosions are depicted as the boss is defeated. In another sequence, Mario lands several punches against a boss character; action is highlighted by impact sounds and screen-shaking effects. In a lunch-themed level, a giant bird-like creature spits out a trail of pink soup (and other food items) towards the player.