Super Mario 3D Land sees the return of Nintendo’s iconic mascot for the company’s latest platform the Nintendo 3DS, but is it as good as others would have you believe? Read on to find out.
How does Super Mario 3D Land look?
The first thing that strikes you when you embark on Mario’s latest adventure is just how crisp, colourful and downright gorgeous the game looks. Whilst Super Mario Galaxy 2 looked beautiful on the Wii you couldn’t help but notice that the visuals weren’t as sharp as you would have liked due to the standard definition display on Wii. With Super Mario 3D Land on Nintendo 3DS everything is razor-sharp due to the small LCD screen which leads you to believe that Super Mario 3D Land is the more visually impressive game out of the two. The game looks stunning.
As it’s a handheld game will I be able to explore?
The first question I had when I first played Super Mario 3D Land is will I be able to explore the levels, or will they be too small and compact? With Mario games I love to explore the open worlds, climb the trees and take in the scenery from all different angles and I was able to do this with Super Mario 3D Land. Yes, the stages are smaller than Super Mario Galaxy but they’re packed full of little touches and star coins that entice you to explore every nook and cranny the game has to offer.
So, how are the 3D effects?
As some of you may know I don’t generally play Nintendo 3DS games in 3D but with Super Mario 3D Land I felt compelled to. It really does make a difference to the gameplay. With the 3D on you’re able to navigate any tricky jumps better and of course Nintendo has included set pieces which take full advantage of the 3D effects such as Bowsers notorious fireballs amongst others. This is the first Nintendo 3DS game I’ve played with the 3D on the whole way through the game and not once did anything make me want to turn it off.
Super Mario 3D Land combines the best of Super Mario Galaxy and New Super Mario Bros Wii to create the perfect Mario game for a handheld. There’s been so much love, dedication and experience put into Super Mario 3D Land that you really couldn’t ask for more from a handheld Mario title. Highly recommended.