Monday, 21 November 2011

Super Mario 3D Land - Nintendo 3DS Review (with Trailer)


The last time I played a game with our favourite plumber it was on the Nintendo Wii, and it ended up being one of the most enjoyable games I have ever played.

Super Mario Galaxy, (and the subsequent sequel - Super Mario Galaxy 2) were fantastic examples of how Nintendo can completely re-imagine and successfully deliver a franchise that has lasted for several years without ever waning in popularity.

Extremely well received by fans and reviewers alike, both these games got very high review scores and were a massive success. Many websites even gave the game a score of 10 / 10. (marking the first time many of these sites had given such a high score to any game.)

Easily one of the most memorable characters in gaming, I personally think that Mario will always be around to keep us entertained in some way or another.

Super Mario 3D Land is no exception, with many of the successful elements from the Super Mario Galaxy series making a comeback on the Nintendo 3DS.

The game plays in much the same way, with its precise control system and likeable characters, but with smaller levels and less emphasis on gravity, unlike the Galaxy series.

There’s no travelling between different planets this time around, and the level progression menu has been stripped down to place more focus on the actual gameplay, much like the menus of Super Mario 3.

As usual, the vibrant use of colours in the game makes for a refreshing change from other games on the market.

The Tanooki suit (Raccoon suit) from Super Mario 3 also makes a return in this instalment, as well as the Flagpole’s from the original game to mark the end of each level. Also, if you get hit.....you change into a smaller Mario.....sound familiar?

All the original power-ups are present in the game (Mushrooms, Stars and Fire flowers), as well as the usual green "1up" mushrooms.

It’s clear that Nintendo is paying homage to days gone by and although it may go unnoticed by many, it serves as a welcome trip down memory lane.

The use of 3D is well-placed in a platformer of this quality, as it gives you a great deal of judgement and depth perception when it comes to jumping on the heads of any nasties that get in your way.

The levels are interesting and innovative, but not too long, making it perfect for short bursts of enjoyment on the fly – ideal for a mobile platform.

There isn’t much to say for story in this game, but when has Mario ever been about anything else but pure innocent fun.

This is definitely a defining moment for the Nintendo 3DS, and hopefully more games like this become available over time to fill out the current selection.

A fantastic game for all ages, I encourage everyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS to buy it.


9.5 / 10


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