How to use Super Mario 3D World + Bowser Fury’s awesome photo mode

If you’ve read our evaluation, you understand Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is among the very best video games on the Nintendo Change, a double function that combines an underappreciated Wii U gem and a speculative open-world spinoff. However what you may have missed out on (unless you appreciated my screenshots) is the power of the video game’s picture mode. The photography suite isn’t the most powerful option in modern video games, but it provides more than enough ways to warp the Mario-verse as you see fit.

In both Super Mario 3D World and Bowser’s Fury, the picture mode can be triggered by pressing down on the directional pad. Photo mode freezes the action and allows the player to move, rotate, tilt, and zoom the camera, along with the choice to add filters, logos, and stamps. In Super Mario 3D World, certain areas restrict the photo mode camera, however Bowser’s Fury, with its larger open world, allows you to spin the camera wherever you please, whenever you please.

What can you do in the picture mode?

You can develop pop art.

Four Princess Peach clones jump towards enemies on a series of hills in Super Mario 3D World.

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Four Princess Peach clones jump towards enemies on a series of hills in Super Mario 3D World — but now it looks like a mosaic of pixels.

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Four Princess Peach clones jump towards enemies on a series of hills in Super Mario 3D World — but now it’s black and white.

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You can be a nature professional photographer.

A lonely cat cries on a beautiful island in Bowser’s Fury.

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You can shoot Mario like a swimwear design.

Mario sits pretty in a cat costume in Bowser’s Fury.

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You can catch the dying breath of a plumbing professional uninformed of his delicate death.

Mario is about to be murdered by a giant Bowser in Bowser’s Fury.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.