Super Mario 3D Land Review
Nintendo does it again with another incarnation of the legendary Super Mario this time in 3D land. It seems the Japanese game publisher has been at it every 2-3 years and succeeds to bring new life to the 20-year old gaming franchise very time. Super Mario 3D Land is said to be the best game produced in 3DS and is the best Mario game in recent years. Not only is it a fantastic game, Super Mario 3D is among the first to make the console’s 3D visuals an integrated part of the gameplay. It is more than mere aesthetics to get the player immerse in the game, 3D is vital to progressing in the game.
The Good News about Super Mario 3D Land
The 3D visuals are harnessed as an organic part of the overall gaming experience, so much so that players will find advancing in the game a daunting task that can become frustrating if not played in 3D. The
appeal is further enhanced with the quality of design. It is most impressive in the way its harnesses Nintendo 3DS’s console capabilities without feeling that any of its aspects is contrived, shoehorned or artificial.
There are several elements in 2D that is well-transitioned into 3D such as the favorite tanooki suit and the familiar boomerang is everywhere in the game, along with propeller box. The P-wing and the Invincibility leaf are great assistance items while the mushroom power ups, flagpoles, coins, music blocks and ghost houses that have been taken from previous 2D games, now come alive bursting with novel ideas. The game is constructed with a level of familiarity that is easy to flow with in every stage, allowing you to beat the
game while doing something, meaning, it needs no full focus, making it a perfect companion while on the road.
I find the power-ups a blend of the old and new with an incredible balance throughout. Instead of giving me the usual list of options that I’ve come to expect, the new game limits the power ups but makes them significantly more sought after when aiming to progress in the game. Mario aficionados will have no problem breezing through the difficulty levels in each of the first six worlds. Another eight worlds await them after the first eight but which are essentially the same eight worlds though ramped up in difficulty. Each level poses a challenge that had me on a nail-biting gaming moment that is the hallmark I remember Super Mario is right when I was a kid
The Not So Good News about Super Mario 3D Land
Super Mario in 3D Land does create occasions where creativity gets sacrificed for familiarity. But why reinvent anything when nearly every element has a history of success in the gaming world? In fact, what some people may consider its weakness is what I would consider its main advantage that has defined what Super Mario is to several generations of 3DS lovers.
The Bottom Line
Everywhere you are in the game, it never fails to excite. Super Mario 3D Land treats you with what could well be the most engaging creative design for the plumber over the years with tight superbly responsive controls and levels of gameplay challenge that will delight all ages, especially those with a real fetish on 3DS games. All the elements in the game are visualized through the familiar signature Mario charm and wit to make the games at once familiar yet new. This is without doubt among the best Mario games in recent memory and the finest new game on the 3DS platform. You have another hit in the handheld gaming markets that is not only engrossing on its own, but is the perfect game to while away the hours while on the go.