What It Is
Mario is back in an all new Super Mario game, Super Mario 3D Land. 3D Land marks Mario’s first 3DS game and is probably the most effective 3D game yet to arrive for the 3DS.
Once again, Mario has to get through a series of worlds with wacky enemies, over-the-top obstacles and Power Up suits that give Mario an arsenal of effective and funny abilities.
Why It’s Fun
Super Mario 3D Land is organized like all Super Mario Brothers’ games with multiple worlds containing multiple levels. Each level has a start point, and the player must get Mario through the side-scrolling level to the flag at the end. Unlike many of the games currently available for the 3DS, 3D Land is designed to be played in 3D and the 3D is a core element of the game itself. Other 3DS games take levels that could be played in 2D and transform them into 3D. 3D Land, on the other hand, uses the 3D to allow you to move into and out of the side-scrolling levels unlike any platformer game before it.
Who It’s For
My seven-year-old nephew, Conner, is obsessed with Mario and the Nintendo characters. He loves all things Mario, from figures to LEGOs, and especially the video games. Super Mario 3D Land is the game that will probably and finally earn Conner a 3DS, although he better ask Santa for one because Uncle Jeffy is finished with his Christmas shopping. Like my nephew, I’m a huge fan of the Mario games and eagerly look forward to every new one, especially the Mario Party games, which are long overdue in releasing a new one. Long story short, Super Mario 3D Land is going to appeal to a wide age-range of Mario and Nintendo fans.
What To Be Aware Of
Super Mario 3D Land is a 3DS exclusive game and will not work on a non-3D DS game systems.
There is a time limit to complete each level so you have to move fairly quickly from the start point to the finish. This leaves a lot of unexplored and hidden areas that you will want to return to. Once a level has been completed, you can return and check out the areas and objects that were missed the first time around.