- Nov 10, 2011100Is it more imaginative than Super Mario Galaxy? No. Will it revolutionize gaming like Super Mario 64. Hardly. Do either of these questions matter? Absolutely not, and don't let anyone prove otherwise. Super Mario 3D Land is the epitome of fun. Most importantly, it's a shining example of everything that's good and wholesome about video games.
- Nov 9, 201195With an expertly balanced difficulty progression, dazzling level design and masterful Power-Ups, this is the ideal 3DS experience...As a whole, 3D Land is brilliant and addictive, and should do for 3D-enhanced platforming what the original Super Mario Bros. did for 2D platforming. If you own a 3DS system, you have no choice - you simply must own this game.
- Nov 9, 201195Super Mario 3D Land isn't perfect, but the few complaints I have (like the lack of variety in boss fights and some re-hashed levels) can't bring down this entertaining mix of nostalgia and innovation. It lives up to the level of quality set by previous entries and is easily the best reason to own a 3DS.
- Nov 10, 201194Super Mario 3D Land proves that there is still an innovative direction that platforming can take even after the constant innovation seen throughout the history of Mario. This game may not be as creative as Galaxy (really what is?) but the different camera perspectives and depth based gameplay, along with all sorts of platforming styles meshed into one game make for a worthy Mario title for the 3DS.
- Nov 10, 201190You could wish for 3D Land to be a little more challenging in places, then, but you couldn't wish for it to be any denser, any more imaginative, or any more daring. Most importantly, you couldn't wish for it to be any more playful.
- Nov 9, 201190Though it falls slightly short compared to other Mario titles (aka some of the greatest games ever made), it's certainly a release worthy of the character's legacy. It expertly builds on franchise history, has tons of clever ideas, and even with the rare control hang-ups, it stands tall in the realm of 3D platformers, especially compared to the paltry library of games the 3DS currently has.
- Nov 9, 2011903D Land is a grabby borrower of a game - enemies from Mario 3, music from 2006's New Super Mario Bros., gameplay from Galaxy. Eventually it starts borrowing from itself. It's an excellent game because all of these things work so well together; the only thing keeping it from perfection is that it cries out for more innovations to call its own.
- Nov 9, 201190And while it takes a while to build up, and lacks the rich variety of secrets you know from games like Mario 3 and Super Mario World, Super Mario 3D Land eventually becomes a demandingly hardcore, addictive platformer. It's also easily the most beautiful game on the 3DS, and one of the best-looking Mario games.
- Nov 9, 201190It's impossible not to be impressed by the vast number of classic Super Mario elements that have been squeezed into the package, especially given how fresh they all look and feel in their new 3D presentation. If you've been looking for a reason to pick up a 3DS, you've just found it.
- Nov 2, 201185The excellent platforming and the 3D images ensure a creative mixture between the old and new Mario. Maybe a less agile Mario than we're used to, but that has it's charm in some ways. Thanks to the extremely varied environments and the succesful usage of 3D, Super Mario 3D Land is by far the best Mario game for the 3DS.
- Nov 9, 201183Super Mario 3D Land's playful reverence for (and references to) the 8-bit days reminds us that Super Mario Bros. 3 truly was an amazing game, but it does so at the expense of its own identity. I have a hard time imagining that, 20 years from now, Nintendo's designers will be looking back at 3D Land as a template for a new game the way 3D Land builds on Mario 3's iconography. Ultimately, that's the difference between a good Mario game and a great one.
- Nov 10, 201180What Super Mario 3D Land does get right is what every Mario game gets right: a high benchmark for quality that virtually no other platform game series seems capable of matching. There's a level of humour, invention and a sheer sense of joy that you only find in a Mario game.
Super Mario 3D Land Review Thread
@Contro: Yeah, that was something I also reacted to. I played a couple of levels on a demo-station and the 3D really added to stuff that I played at least. I haven't played the game yet, but when other reviews say the opposite and when I personally felt the same way by just playing the game for like 10 minutes, something seems a bit off.
Great, another Mario game.
Great, another guy thinking he's clever by posting his indifference in a thread dedicated to the game in a forum dedicated to the game.
Fair enough. Although I would say the term "disapointment" is more accurate than "indifference".
This game is fucking awesome. It plays nothing like NSMB. It feels completely different from other Mario games... I'm almost finished with this game (on world 8) and although it's fairly short, every level feels unique and I'll also go on to say that this game features some of the best level design yet. The 3D is also used perfectly. It enhances the game and doesn't feel tacked on (as it was in OoT).
I've heard there's a secret after you complete the main game which adds much more content... if true, that's great. But I already feel like I got my money's worth.
@TehFlan said:@supermonkey122 said:Well played, sir. Looking forward to playing this. I'll probably pick it up when I buy Skyward Sword next week.
Another great Mario game.
Cheer up. It was a nice attempt.
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