Excerpt: For all the controversial moves made by Nintendo over the past decade, one thing has never been more apparent: the Big N maintains a commitment to fun. While many developers are focused on implementing the most impressive visuals into their games (and there’s nothing inherently wrong with that),...
Pros: Great level design, Perfect use of 3D tech, Unique and original gameplay
Cons: Uninspired soundtrack, Too easy for too long
Summary: Despite sporting one of the most ungainly titles for a game in recent years, Super Mario 3D Land may just be the first title for Nintendo’s somewhat flagging 3DS that makes the system worth buying.
Excerpt: Super Mario Bros . isn’t about a pudgy Italian and his never-ending quest to foil a dragon’s attempt to abduct blonde royalty. The games aren’t about turtles, fanciful worlds, or unusually catchy tunes. Those things are the icing on a delicious foundational cake of physics.
Excerpt: Super Mario 3D Land was released on November 3rd, 2011, for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console. It’s Mario’s opening debut into the glasses-free 3D offered by Nintendo’s latest handheld, and is the only Super Mario title which Shigeru Miyamoto has described as a “3D Mario that plays as a 2D Mario...
Pros: A stellar introduction to the glasses-free 3D experience., A well-organized, rewarding platformer.
Cons: Tracking everything down gets very repetitive.
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.
Conclusion: But then eight new worlds unlock once the credits have rolled, offering remixed and redesigned takes on the original levels, along with new power-ups and challenges. Although they still start off a little on the easy side (my life count continued to increase exponentially for the first few worlds),...