Summary: Always bet on Mario. It's a given that Nintendo rarely fails when dealing with its mustachioed mascot, and there's no denying that when a Nintendo system is in trouble, everybody's favorite plumber can bail it out. The 3DS is in need of some competitive games with Christmas around the corner, and once again Nintendo has gone to its pipe-delving hero, cap in hand, looking for help.
Conclusion: Super Mario 3D Land is a successful title on several planes. It's fun to play, it works as a straightforward Mario game, and it shows off what the Nintendo 3DS is capable of, graphics-wise. It would have been nice to see more exploration and less linearity, but what's really important is that Mario 3D Land will show you and your Nintendo 3DS a good time. Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy .
Excerpt: As I look at the upcoming Christmas 2011, I see two pieces of hardware being huge. One of them is the Nintendo 3DS. It has quickly come into its own thanks to so many wonderful titles being released. Super Mario 3D Land is one of those hand held games that will sell systems. Nintendo told us they built Super Mario 3D Land from the ground up. It took playing this title to completely comprehend what they meant.
Excerpt: Super Mario 3D Land is een spelletje dat je sowieso moet kopen voor je Nintendo 3DS, dat is immers zo bij élke Mario platformer. Maar zoals zo vaak is ook deze telg in de klassieke reeks meer dan de moeite waard, onder meer omdat de makers zich niet hebben laten verlijden tot het maken van een handheld doorslagje van Super Mario Galaxy, noch tot het misbruiken van de 3D-mogelijkheden van de 3DS.
Excerpt: The Super Mario series spent the 80s and early 90s as the pinnacle of 2D platforming, where each core Mario title was another high watermark for the genre. Then the franchise took a turn with Super Mario 64, as it basically invented the 3D platformer and set the standard for each that followed it. As the philosophy of 3D Marios continued to mature and grow, eventually 2D Marios came back into popularity in a big way with New Super Mario Bros.
Pros: Takes advantage of 3D visuals, Plays like a classic Mario, A surprising wealth of content
Cons: That freaking run button, Too easy in the beginning, When you finally run out of new stages to play
Newest Mario game continues the platforming magic.
Common Sense Media
28 January 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Super Mario 3D Land is a platform puzzle game featuring the iconic Mario. In order to save the princess from the evil Bowser, players guide Mario through a series of colorful and unique "worlds," filled with obstacles that range from jumping across platforms to dodging fireballs and cartoon bullet creatures.
Conclusion: There is also the propeller suit from New Super Mario Brothers on wii where you can fly, as well as a propeller box as well. Of recent Mario games that I have played in past, I prefer the power ups and suits found in this game of any game since Super Mario 3. The pace of the game starts of easy for the first few levels, but ramps up a quite a nice pace. As mentioned there is 8 worlds with 55 regular stages, 10 bonus levels and 96 star coins to find.