Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo 3DS Game
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Super Duper 3D Land
Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
Member Name: Anewfoundglory82
Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
Advantages: Great level design, Some great 3D, Super fun and entertaining, Challenging without being frustrating
Disadvantages: 3D sometimes annoying, Some fans may feel it's not different enough to other games in the series
I'm a huge fan of Mario, always eager to play the next instalment in the franchise, and this one was definitely eagerly awaited, when I received it for Christmas.
As it happens, this is actually my favourite handheld Mario title to date. The game feels packed with innovation and excitement, brilliantly-designed levels, new challenges and power-ups.
3D Land (most of the time):
The 3D in Super Mario 3D Land works very well. I love the extra dimension it gives the game, but conversely it can also have a negative affect on the gameplay, because of the narrow 'sweet spot' in which the 3D effect is at its best and truly engrossing. When the console is moved around/tilted to one side etc. the 3D effect is lost or distorted, and it can be very annoying, especially when you're in the midst of a boss fight or a tricky part of a challenging level! This leaves me with a dilemma: switch the 3D off (at least for that part of the game), or put up with the annoying distorted visuals and semi-3D-weirdness as I struggle to achieve whatever it is I am trying to do at that moment in time. Usually I end up doing the former, but only very reluctantly, as it makes me feel cheated because I am missing out on the main 'feature' of the latest Nintendo console. And this then leads me to think "I wish these 3DS games would also be released in 2D on the regular DS system, because then I wouldn't need a 3DS to play them!" Anyway, I am digressing and this is not a problem that is only unique to this particular game..
The level design in SM3DL is brilliant. I have enjoyed every single level, playing through them multiple times to find the star coins and any other hidden secrets I can find. I get bored with games fairly quickly, so it's testament to the game that I actually bothered to replay all of the levels and spend so much time trying to discover everything the game has to offer.
There is some very clever level design, that makes great use of the 3D visuals, and most of the time (when you're not wiggling the console around, trying to do something tricky) is looks fantastic. The graphics are really rich, sharp and colourful with plenty of detail where it needs to be. It's a welcome change to the more 'serious' games that I own, and still feels fresh this time around, even this far into the series of Mario platformers.
The music is top quality as always, really fun and funky, with some classic old themes remixed, which I love. No complaints here. It also sounds great when turned up loud on the 3DS, as the console's speakers are really quite good. Sound effects are great too, with the usual Mario sounds and short phrases adding to the overall gaming experience.
I think SM3DL is a reasonably-sized game. There are plenty of levels to explore, and replay value is high, as it's fun and challenging to find all of the hidden star coins etc. This has been in my collection for a few months and even after completing it I still go back and replay some of my favourite levels, as the game is great fun and the 3D really enhances the game, for the most part.
As you'd expect, this is an easy game to control and is perfectly suited to the 3DS system. The controls work perfectly and feel comfortable. As usual (for me at least, as I have quite large hands) it can become uncomfortable during long play sessions, but a quick break is all that's needed, or you can just save the game quickly and easily, and resume at a later time.
Super Mario 3D Land is a very well-produced game. It feels like a polished, complete and attractive package, with great graphics, innovative and interesting level design, lively and entertaining gameplay, a superb soundtrack and great use of the 3D feature. I find the game great fun to play, rewarding, challenging but not too frustrating, and very high quality overall.
Summary: Top quality fun, very entertaining and high quality package overall. Play it!
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