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5.0 out of 5 stars Mario Mania, November 13, 2011
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This review is from: Super Mario 3D Land (Video Game)
There is no question about Mario. He has not only been the most influential video game character of all time, but has had honestly the most definitive impact on how we play great platform games that have never lost their luster. Over 25 years after Super Mario Brothers debuted, people still love to go for the flag, and try to knock Bowser off his perch all to save Princess Toadstool from the claws of the king. The game franchise has never honestly gotten old, and has stayed just as strong today for every Nintendo era. The last Mario platformer for the go handheld was New Super Mario Brothers for the Nintendo DS. It really was fun and entertaining for the DS, and Mario's Wii games like Super Mario Galaxy have changed the way we play with Mario in zero gravity. But now with the Nintendo 3DS which came out just last Spring, they haven't yet had a definitive Mario platformer. Well, they are about to have one now, and a little treat for the fans young and old of the past 25 years too.

Super Mario 3D Land, is a new and exciting Mario game that still shows how amazing the Mario games have never gotten old. The game brings in a new twist on the classic 2D platformers by bringing back some of the amazement from the classic Super Mario Brothers 3. Just like what New Super Mario Bros. Wii did by bringing back the forgotten Koopa kids and giving them a hard-hitting challenge against Mario. This time it is the beloved tanooki racoon suit returning to the mix from Mario 3 returns, as shown in the story of the game, as well as the classic foe Boom-Boom. As Bowser not only captures Peach, but steals a bunch of tanooki leaves giving Bowser, and his cohorts tanooki powers to try and stop Mario from his wrath on the Mushroom Kingdom. It is challenging as characters like the classic goomba and Boo now can go against Mario with tanooki racoon tails to try and swat you. But that isn't just it alone, Mario also has new elements of power at his side too: including the tanooki leaf, the classic mushroom, as well as the new Boomerang power-up, which Mario can throw boomerangs at his foes and they will come back to him at his side, just like the classic Boomerang Brothers from Super Mario 3.

The gameplay takes all the elements from the classic Mario games in both 2D and 3D like Super Mario 64, and giving them a 3D twist by having you race against the clock trying to make it to the goal before time runs out. There are also classic items to be found including the bonus coins, and warp pipes, as well as a few new treats as well. The gameplay is very addictive from start to finish, and has shown that they haven't gotten old. The controls are also very simple and easy to master on each level, as you leap from block to block, and hopping in pipe to pipe, all trying to make your way to the goal. The sound is also classic Mario as well, by not getting old, and remaining distinctive as before. It takes timing and a lot of guts to master this new adventure, but honestly die hard Mario fans will definitive love this new challenge, as well as new ones too.

All in all, Super Mario 3D Land is a definite must buy game for the Nintendo 3DS. It truly has shown that no matter what the gaming universe has to come around, Mario has still been a great constant in the gaming universe that continues to evolve and be just as fun today as it did back then. I definitely love the challenge this game has, and I know this will be a great game for you to play on the Nintendo 3DS (and only available on the Nintendo 3DS.) There haven't been a lot of definitive games for the Nintendo 3DS since last Spring, but this is definitely one of them that I absolutely recommend.

Graphics: A-

Sound: A-

Control: A

Fun & Enjoyment: A

Overall: A-
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Initial post: Nov 13, 2011 9:09:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2011 9:10:21 PM PST
Mino Guy says:
nice review, but graphics an A-? the visuals look near mario galaxy! that's a wii game! on a handheld? that's pretty great!
oh, and mario is the greatest character, but not the most influential...leave that one up to legend of zelda, which was pretty much the birth of most modern day roleplaying games

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011 3:39:36 AM PST
Thank you for your comment, but face it. The graphics are good, but honestly the graphics are still great that stand alone, but the graphics in the game were good, but no one will ever make them definitive like the consoles at home we play.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011 7:27:20 PM PST
Mino Guy says:
very true. but for a handheld, they are beautiful. of course, we're gonna need more games that utilize the 3DS's special capabilities, but the optical illusions in the game do that for me well enough, along with the goofy classic mario art style

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 1:55:18 PM PST
Oh absolutely, there just haven't been many yet. But with Mario Kart 7 and other along the way coming up, they will definitely bring gamers to the Nintendo 3DS.

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 1:23:09 PM PDT
Bernardo says:
Amazing product!, I also loved Mario Party Island Tour Unlockables
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