Super Mario Bros. Wonder – Wonder World Vol. 5: Badges + Web Commercial

In the wake of the Super Mario Bros. Wonder Direct, Nintendo started sharing some more details about the game via a series of “Topics” posts called Wonder World. Most of it is a recap of information shown during the Nintendo Direct, but it does feature some additional details and screenshots.

Vol. 1: click here!
Vol. 2 (Characters): click here!
Vol. 3 (Power-Ups): click here!
Vol. 4 (Wonder Effects): click here!
Vol. 5 (Badges): you’re reading it!

In Wonder World Vol. 5, the focus is on Badges.

In Super Mario Bros. Wonder, Badges expand the variety of actions at your disposal. You obtain them as you progress through the game. They grant various effects, allowing Mario and co. to perform certain actions or enjoy special bonuses.

The game features over 20 different Badges, split into three categories:

  • Action Badges: allow you to perform new actions
  • Power-Up Badges: grant various effects that will help you in your adventure
  • Expert Badges: for players looking for a challenge.

And in Wonder World Vol. 5, Nintendo chose to introduce 12 of the Badges you will be able to equip in the game:

Action Badges

  • Parachute Cap: allows your character to glide using their cap. Particularly useful in areas without platforms for you to step on, allowing you to slowly fall down to the ground. And don’t worry: even characters that normally don’t wear a cap can use this Badge!
  • Wall-Climb Jump: jump against a wall and then jump straight up once. That way, you can perform a wall kick, allowing you to reach high platforms.
  • Dolphin Kick: allows you to swim much faster when underwater. You can also break blocks on your way, making it even easier to make your way through underwater sections!
  • Floating High Jump: allows you to jump even higher than normal and float in the air. Particularly useful when you just want to jump over tricky areas with enemies and/or traps!
  • Crouching High Jump: you can crouch to charge power, and then release it all to jump higher than normal. Combined with Yoshi’s Flutter Jump, this Badge allows you to reach some pretty high places!
  • Grappling Vine: allows you to shoot a vine that will stick to walls and ledges. The vine is pretty long, and allows you to quickly move towards a wall/ledge.

Power-Up Badges

  • Auto Super Mushroom: automatically grants the Super Mushroom Power-Up when you start a course. If you ever make a mistake, equipping this Badge before retrying allows you to start as Super Mario instead of Small Mario!
  • Safety Bounce: when you fall down a hole or into lava, your character automatically jumps back up. If you’re playing as Yoshi or Nabbit (who don’t take damage from enemies or spikes), equipping this Badge will make you pretty much invicible: the perfect combination for first-time players who want to take it easy!
  • Sensor: this handy Badge warns you when there’s a collectible nearby. If you ever have trouble finding a Wonder Flower or a 10-Flower Coin, try equipping this Badge!
  • Coin Magnet: attracts nearby Coins and Flower Coins. Pretty handy if you want to get your hands on Coins in hard-to-reach places!

Expert Badges

  • Invisibility: this Badges turns you invisible. Enemies can’t see Mario and co… but neither can you!
  • Jet Run: allows you to dash non-stop. It’s recommended for courses where you need to go as fast as possible, such as Wiggler races. When you equip this Badge, your character gains a lot of momentum, allowing you to run in the air for a few moments.

An important thing to keep in mind: you can only equip one Badge at a time, so think carefully when choosing which one to equip.

And speaking of Badges, it seems that they gain special effects when equipped by Prince Florian, who travels by your side in order to protect his Kingdom from Bowser. If you stand still for a few moments, Prince Florian will appear on your character’s head. It looks like he’s more than happy to give Mario and co. a hand!

By now, you’re probably wondering how you can get your hands on those precious Badges. And the answer is: through special courses known as Badge Challenges. Those courses also serve as tutorials, teaching you how to use the Badge you’re about to unlock. Make sure to check out all the Badge Challenges you come across on the World Map!

Also, there are special courses where you need to make use of special Badges. Just like Badge Challenges, you can try those as many times as you want, without any sort of penalty.

Alternatively, you can get some of the Badges from Poplin Shops on the World Map, with each region offering a different selection of Badges.

There are many ways you can use Badges to customise your gameplay experience to your liking:

  • you can use them to lower the difficulty of some particularly difficult courses. Do you keep falling down holes? Then you might want to try the Parachute Cap Badge to slow down your fall and safely land on a platform instead of down a hole;
  • you can use them to increase the difficulty if you’re looking for a challenge. For example, the Jet Run Badge can make some levels with small platforms particularly difficult, as the additional momentum will make it much harder for you to stop. As for the Invisibility Badge, not being able to see where your character is will not make it any easier for you to avoid holes!
  • you can use them to expand your gameplay options and play around with the many possibilities those Badges can offer!

And finally, here’s a web commercial from Europe:

Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Switch) comes out on October 20th worldwide.

Source: Nintendo


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