Fans of 3D adventures set in the Mushroom Kingdom are in for a treat, with Nintendo today announcing details of its new Super Mario 3D Land Welcome Promotion for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL.
To participate in this promotion, Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL owners need to register their console and just one of 15 selected games with Club Nintendo between 27th November 2013 (15:01 GMT) and 13th January 2014 (22:59 GMT) to be eligible to request a free download code for Super Mario 3D Land by 13th February 2014 (22:59 GMT). Participants can then redeem their code and download the game from Nintendo eShop to any Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS system before 13th March 2014 (22:59 GMT).
The 15 selected games included in this promotion are:
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros.
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
- Fire Emblem: Awakening
- Luigi’s Mansion 2
- LEGO CITY Undercover: The Chase Begins
- Sonic Lost World (Nintendo 3DS version)
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Nintendo 3DS version)
- Pokémon X
- Pokémon Y
- Bravely Default (including Bravely Default: Deluxe Collector’s Edition)
- New Super Mario Bros. 2
- Mario Kart 7
- Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
Applicable hardware and software which has been purchased before 27th November but hasn’t been registered with Club Nintendo is also eligible for the Super Mario 3D Land Welcome Promotion, therefore for all Zelda fans looking to pick up the The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Limited Edition Nintendo 3DS XL console when it launches on 22nd November, they too can participate in this promotion when it kicks off the following week. To find out more about how to take part in this promotion as well as more information on how to claim your download from Nintendo eShop, check out: www.nintendo.co.uk/SM3DLwelcomepromotion
Video game memorabilia makers First 4 Figures have created a special new Tanooki Suit Mario statue that is the first in a new series of Mario figurines. The statue is a recreation of the way Mario looks when, fittingly, he obtains the silver statue version of the Tanooki leaf in Super Mario 3D Land. The statue is incredibly detailed and stands 15 inches tall, with an asking price of $239.99. There is also a standard Tanooki version, without the red scarf, for $199.99. The statue follows this soft plush toy as the latest unbearably cute piece of Tanooki merchandise. Here is a description of the item, from First 4 Figures:
“Tanooki Mario is made from high quality polystone resin, complete with hand finished detailing and paint work. He measures 15 inches from the base to the tip of his ears. The exclusive version features an additional red scarf and Tanooki Leaf on its own Question Mark Box Base!”
There’s a new screenshot in town for the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and Wii U, and it showcases a familiar stage. The screenshot – which you can see in all its glory above – details Kirby and Pikachu mid-fight and running through the Super Mario 3D Land arena, where there’s no end to the fun with the orange fall-away platforms and yellow question mark blocks. But this particular stage is yet another exclusive to the 3DS version, and joins the Nintendogs, Arena Ferox, Spirit Tracks and Gerudo Valley battle stages already confirmed for the 3DS. For the Super Smash Bros. fan, it’s just another reason to pick up both the Wii U and 3DS versions. Let us know what you think to the new stage in the comments below.
According to sales figures provided in Nintendo’s latest earnings report, Super Mario 3D Land outsold Super Mario Galaxy in its first 13 months of being on the market. Super Mario 3D Land, for Nintendo 3DS, sold eight million copies since it was released in November 2011. For comparison’s sake, Wii title Super Mario Galaxy, which launched in November 2007, sold 7.66 million copies after 13 months of being available for purchase from retailers. Both are excellent games, but which of the two 3D platformers do you enjoy playing more?
Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D and Mario Kart 7 are now available for purchase from the Nintendo eShop at a price of $39.99 each. Select Nintendo 3DS software that is currently available at retail stores will become available in the Nintendo eShop in the future. Nintendo UK announced earlier today that Mario Tennis Open is available on the European Nintendo 3DS eShop.
Older retail Nintendo 3DS games are coming to the Japanese Nintendo eShop next month. On November 1st, consumers can download several retail games for 4,800 yen each from the online store, including Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Star Fox 64 3D, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Mario Tennis Open, and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The 3D Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna will also be available as a download, but will cost 3,800 yen.
Those of wanting your fix of Mario on an iOS can now download this shameful clone of Super Mario 3D Land on the App Store. The game is titled 3D Cartoon Land: Safari and the resemblance to the Nintendo 3DS hit Super Mario 3D Land is readily apparent. The developer Jjang Zhi is charging a dollar for the game.