How the 2D Platformer Surpassed the 3D Platformer

Hardcore Gamer: 3D shook the video game market. When Super Mario 64 dropped and gamers could finally control the famed plumber in a fully 3D environment, things simply were not the same. The standard had been set and the future had been seen; 3D was in, and 2D? That was just old news. The success of Super Mario 64 led to a golden age of 3D platformers, pioneered by second-party developer Rareware, who left the SNES with sparkles in their eyes. The Banjo-Kazooie series, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, and the nuanced Donkey Kong 64 expanded upon Nintendo’s vision of breaking free of physical, axis-based confinements. Doors were opened and gamers felt freer than ever before. It was a moment that didn’t appear to be ending, but soon, the 3D platformer fell into obscurity. By the time the 360, PS3 and Wii appeared, it was niche and neglected. So where did it go, and even more curious, why are there more 2D platformers these days? Why is the genre that the 3D platformer was destined to surpass now more common and appealing than ever?

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ChaosKnight1825d ago

Ugh, I miss the days of 3D platformers now.

Pac Man & the Ghostly Adventures was like the closet thing we got this year.

gamer421825d ago (Edited 1825d ago )

Sonic Lost World
Super Mario 3D World
Jett Rocket 2
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus

those are the only ones i can name from this year

ChaosKnight1825d ago

Yeah but Super Mario 3D World is more akin to the 2D marios if anything.

R00bot1825d ago

Except, you know, it's in 3D.

dafegamer1825d ago

Play tearaway and smile

king_george1825d ago

Im so happy that 2d platformers are starting to make a comeback. I really missed them. Looking forward to donkey kong country tropical freeze :)

3D hasnt really gone anywhere but the quality has dipped. Ratchet and Clank along with mario have kept the genre alive but we need more and i hope that the new consoles bring them back a bit more. Still miss Jak and Daxter :'(

Jaqen_Hghar1825d ago

wtf? A man has been starved of 3D platformers this whole gen. Mario, Ratchet, and just this year Sly finally joined. Other than that it seems like 2D indie platformers just have taken over and it's frustrating.

king_george1824d ago

Theres been 3d platformers. U just gotta look for them in the right places. Not a whole bunch tho which is what i meant

3-4-51825d ago

Mario 64 STILL hasn't been beaten yet. Games have been close, mostly the Galaxy games, but it's a genre that has a huge market, but Dev's don't have the nuggets to make the games.

ape0071825d ago (Edited 1825d ago )

Donkey Kong Country Returns is one of the best 2D platform games ever made, despite getting great scores, i find it a bit underrated

Retro studios has really done it

cannot wait for Tropical freeze :)

ChickeyCantor1825d ago (Edited 1825d ago )

It's time Nintendo let's Retro cook up something new. Hell I want a new Metroid game from Retro. But That's exactly why I want Retro to do some in house magic which is their own. Because I know they will do an amazing job.

ape0071825d ago

well i remember retro saying that they are now big enough to handle multiple projects

and what about those phantom disagrees, it's not me lol

R00bot1825d ago

Nintendo let Retro choose themselves what they were going to do next.
They chose Donkey Kong.
If they had wanted to do another Metroid, they would have.

ChickeyCantor1825d ago


From what I understand Nintendo convinced them due.

dafegamer1825d ago

Tearaway is one the best non Nintendo platformer of This generation

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