Super Mario 3D Land: Nintendo 3DS Game Review
Super Mario 3D Land brings together 2D and 3D gaming to the Nintendo 3DS. Has 3D gaming finally been fully realized? Read our game review to find out!
If you have been waiting on the perfect game before getting a Nintendo 3DS and have passed on the remakes of Star Fox and The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario 3D Land might just be what you were looking for!
A Mix of 2D and 3D
Super Mario 3D Land is the first Nintendo 3DS title that actually uses the 3D graphics features as a major part of the game. The ability to see where a platform is in 3D space helps with your jumping so much. These sections of the game are indicated by a small symbol for 3D on the top screen. There are also sections of the game that is more traditional, similar to New Super Mario Bros. Wii. However, even for the levels that are mostly "2D", you will find it helpful to have the 3D graphics enabled.
A Mix of New and Old
You will find a lot of familiar characters and mechanics in Super Mario 3D Land. There are the Music Blocks and the Tanooki suit from Super Mario Bros. 3 and the flip switches and disappearing platforms from Super Mario Galaxy. There are also new power-ups such as the Boomerang Flower, which lets you throw boomerangs. You can play as Luigi, who moves and jumps a bit differently than Mario. The game also makes modest use of the 3DS motion controls, as you can go into binocular mode to help find stranded Toads.
Overall, Super Mario 3D Land is a fun platformer and an excellent buy. The majority of the game isn't too hard. You will get plenty of 1-Up mushrooms to help you get through the harder parts of the game and, if you are struggling a lot, the game will even offer to let you skip a section or level.
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ESRB Rating: E for Everyone