Thursday, February 2, 2012
Super Mario 3D Land - Review
To be honest, 3D is a pretty cheap gimmick. Nobody bought the 3DS because they wanted to play a bunch of 3D card minigames; those games have lasting power of less than a few minutes. The very few people that bought the 3DS bought it because there are or will be some good games coming out, with Super Mario 3D Land really being the only brand new stellar title so far. I mean sure, Starfox 64 3D and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D are guaranteed to be great, but those aren't new games. So how does this measure up to other Mario platformers? Well the best way I can describe it is, take the gameplay of Mario 64 and sprinkle in some Super Mario Bros. 3 and there you have it. If you like either of those Mario titles, I'm pretty confident in saying that you'll like this one as well.
The controls are great, the worlds are inventive yet familiar, and the music fits right in. The only downside is that the game is a bit short. There are 8 Worlds, but the worlds are pretty short; you could finish this in a day if you put your mind to it. The good news is that after the main quest, there are 8 Special Worlds to trek through as well, so you more than get your money's worth. But hey, you already know if you'll like this game or not, so why not just go out and buy it already?