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.
Excerpt: After not having played a Mario game since the days of the SNES due to not having owned a Nintendo product since that era, I figured that after buying a 3DS late last year, it was high time I jumped back on that horse with Super Mario 3D Land . In a lot of ways, this was the perfect title to get back into the swing of things, as despite new-fangled things such as its use of the handheld system's 3D technology, it definitely was designed as a throwback to the classic...
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.
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: 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
Summary: If you own a Nintendo 3DS, there is no reason to skip this one – it is the definitive game on the handheld. If you do not own a Nintendo 3DS, and need a reason to consider the investment, this is the first place to look.
Excerpt: Note - Due to vision issues, I won’t be able to review the 3D capabilities of 3DS games. Super Mario 3D Land marks Mario’s debut on the 3DS and is also the first Mario Land game since the original Game Boy days. It combines things that make every kind of Mario platformer great and delivers enough gameplay variety to please fans of any incarnation of the franchise.
Excerpt: When the 3DS first launched, there wasn’t a clear system seller game among the debut titles. Sure, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition and Nintendogs + Cats were nice, but they didn’t have universal drawing power. It wasn’t until 2011 was ending that the major 3DS players showed up and Super Mario 3D Land was among them.
Pros: Eight different worlds, plus eight secret worlds. You can eventually play as Luigi. There are mushroom, fire flower, Tanooki suit, boomerang, propeller boxes and statue Tanooki suits. If you die five times in a level, you get an Invincibility Leaf to make it easier. If you die 10 times in a level, you get a P-Wing to bypass the level. Levels get progressively harder. 3D effects look great and actually make the game easier to play.
Cons: Quite short, compared to other Mario games. Have to find lots of coins to unlock certain levels and Secret World levels.