Super Mario 3D Land Reviews

Super Mario 3D Land is a game for the Nintendo 3DS. You can read Super Mario 3D Land reviews in here! The Super Mario 3D Land reviews are written by real users. Super Mario 3D Land is closely based on side-scrolling Mario games, but it is a 3D platformer in the vein of games like Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy.

Past Mario games have let the blue-suspendered hero roam around fully rendered 3D landscapes. Now, for the first time, players can see true depth of their environment without the need for special glasses. Super Mario is a 3D evolution of classic Mario platforming featuring new level designs and challenges. You can read Super Mario 3D Land reviews below:

Super Mario 3D Land Reviews

Super Mario 3D Land Reviews

Reviewed by Theodore Oing


It seems like Princess Peach has been kidnapped... again. The overlying premise? It seems as if Bowser got a bit too Tanooki tail-happy, attaching them to everything from himself to Goombas, Boos, and Bullet Bills (really, Bowser, really?). As the usual Mario World fare, you'll fight through 8 worlds of high flying, fire flowering action, but this time, you'll get the aid of some pretty cool power-ups, ranging from the Tanooki Suit to the new Boomerang Suit! Also, if anyone remembers the good ol' Goomba shoe in Super Mario World 3, you'll get a similar power-up: the Propeller Block, which will allow you to soar even higher in to the air!

Gameplay: 9.5/10

Gameplay is fairly easy here: the levels aren't too hard, and you'll find yourself with an abundance of lives once you defeat Bowser in World 8. Each level is quite interesting, and none of them are quite a bore. Unfortunately, some levels require specific power-ups in order to unlock some cool things: the Tanooki Suit provides the ability to crank up blocks, the Fire Flower gives the ability to light some torches, and the Propeller Block can help you reach relatively unobtainable places. This gives it a pretty good challenge, as you'll need to map out and plan your abilities, but it can be frustrating at times when you reach a level and you don't have the necessary power-ups. Fortunately, obtaining power-ups are as easy as getting coins in the game-they're everywhere.

Also, as a little help to people who keep dying, you'll receive a special Invincible Tanooki Suit after dying a few times, which will grant you a sparkling white version of the Tanooki Suit that grants you infinite invincibility for the duration of the level. If that doesn't help you, after dying a few more times, you can also get the famed P Wing, which will fly you straight to the end of the level. This may be great for some, but where's the fun in that?

Finally, the Star Coins return as the level collectibles a la New Super Mario Bros. DS: there are 3 of these coins in each level, and they're used to unlock specific levels across the world map. These coins are fairly easy to get, though some are quite well hidden, providing an incentive to keep playing to 100% the game.

Replayability: 8/10

What happens after you beat World 8? Well, it seems like good ol' bro Luigi got himself in a bind, so you can now access a new Special World, which will stand as some much harder levels for Mario to plow through (all of this trouble just for Luigi? Sheesh!). Mini-games that used to be found in Super Mario 64 DS and New Super Mario Bros. DS are non-existent this time around, which is a shame, but the ability to gain items via StreetPass is a good addition, and you'll even receive items from people who don't even have the game! Another incentive is simply a time attack mode in which you can attempt to beat a person's fastest level time. Through it all, once everything is completed, there may be little reason to play through it again, but some levels stand to be just as fun after multiple runs through it.

Graphics: 9.5/10

If you're looking for some of the best quality graphics on the 3DS, Super Mario 3D Land has you covered. The visuals are quite astounding and the fluidity of the movements are just as incredible. As for the 3D effects? Astounding. If you've read other reviews, you'll find that most will recommend you playing in 3D at all times: I believe that playing in 2D can be achieved with a relatively same level of ease. You can easily turn on or off the 3D effects by simply pressing up or down on the D-pad, while also slightly tilting the camera left or right by pressing the corresponding directions on said D-pad.

Control: 9/10

Control is rather simplistic and follows the same line as most adventure/platform games. You'll move using the circle pad, crouch/butt smash with L or R, run/attack with Y or X, and jump using A or B. There's also some various combinations you can do with the above control scheme, which gives you more options especially when fighting in tight spaces. My only gripe here, though, is that since running and attacking or done using the same button, you may find yourself using attacks without meaning too, which can leave yourself open to enemy attacks, especially if you're using the Boomerang Suit. Nevertheless, the control scheme is solid despite the minor gripes.

Overall: 9/10

Super Mario 3D Land is Mario's first outing on Nintendo's newest portable platform. This game has been in the making for quite some time, but is fun nonetheless. Though the main quest can be beaten in a little under 6 hours, the game provides some nostalgia as a form of fan service to long time Mario fans. From the 8-bit Mario on the bottom screen's map layout, to the 8-pixel level with all things Mario (and Zelda), and even a level that is reminiscent of a classic Legend of Zelda dungeon, this game brings together generations of Mario games in to one great adventure.

Reviewed by Pika-Zap

Super Mario 3D Land feels like a mixture between Super Mario Galaxy, New Super Mario Bros., and Super Mario Bros. 3. As a fan of the mentioned games, I greatly enjoyed Super Mario 3D Land, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and easy game to play. I was slightly disappointed by the level of difficulty of the game (it was definitely on the easy side), but the game was intended to be this way. If you are having trouble with a stage, after losing five lives, you have the option of using a White Tanooki power-up, which makes you invincible to damage for the rest of that stage.

After beating the game, harder levels open up to give you more to do. Each stage also contains three special hidden coins, so you can also attempt to find every coin hidden in the game. I enjoyed the soundtrack to the game - many of the songs were remakes from Super Mario Bros. 3. The recurring themes from Super Mario Bros. 3 were nostalgic and enjoyable for me. Overall, this game is a must-have for any 3DS owner. If you don't have a 3DS yet but later get one, I suggest getting this as your first 3DS game.

Gameplay: 9/10
Graphics: 10/10
Sound: 9/10
Lasting Appeal: 8/10

Reviewed by bratzlady

I have this game for my 3DS, and I love it as I have always been a fan of Mario. This one is a bit challenging, but fun. The 3D in the game is amazing, and they did a fantastic job with the look of the game. Never seen it like this before. (Never played Mario Galaxy or something like that.)

Anyway, the gameplay is pretty good, although tricky at times. I am in World 5 right now, and I can't get into the castle at the end because I don't have enough Star Coins. Guess I'll have to backtrack unless someone knows a shortcut.

I do enjoy this game though. I've always loved Mario, and this is a good addition to the game collection, and a great reason to get a 3DS if you're considering it, especially if you love Mario. I'd recommend this to Mario fans, and good luck with the game! :)

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