The lights are on
With the arrival of the first Super Mario Game to the New Nintendo's 3D Handheld, now there are no excuses to go and buy one. Super Mario 3D land is a game wich mix elements from previus 2D and 3D Mario games into a new real 3d with out glasses adventure.
The story elements are the same as usual, "Bowser Kidnaps Princess Peach and Mario has to save her". The game features 8 worlds for the main story with 5 levels inside each world, with a Boss level in each one can be either a Bowser Castle or a flying Ship.
The powerups you can find are the same old ones with the return of the tanooki suits wich alows you to slow down your falling giving you more controll over your character for better platforming, it doesn't allow you to fly but you can still use your tail to kill enemies, wich by the way also have tanooki tails this time, later in the game you can have an upgraded version of the suit wich allows you to turn into a statue for a brief period of time. There is a new power up, The Boomerang Flower wich allows you to turn in to a boomerang Brother and allows you to throw boomerangs at your enemies.
The 3D effect is mandatory to be turned on because improves the gameplay alot. I am so used to the 3d platforming that i can not play this game with the 3D off with out diying in the most easiest levels.
Dificulty is at first very low, and the game is very generous giving you extra lives. It's so generous that after finishing the game for the first time i had 140 lives. But then there is a second quest with new 8 complete worlds (another game practicaly) with levels that most of them are tweeks forms of the previous one that you beat. Those levels are very chalenging and by the end it i only had 4 lives left from my 140+ lives i earned in the main game. Some of those levels even made me want to throw my 3DS to the floor, but all those deads were my fault.
Other things that have this Mario Gamehave are the street pass feature, wich allows you share mini levels to beat and earn star coins that are used to unlock levels. Those star coins are also found in all the levels in the game (3 for each level) and are located in secret locations or in visible location but you have to do difficult platforming to grab them
Inside this games Zelda fans can enjoy some reference like levels with up down perspectives, torch puzzles, cucos and a sound effect, wich is make a nice nod from Mario to Zelda
In summary this is a good entry to the handheld and a good excuse to buy it. Highly recomended
"now there are no excuses to go and buy one." Kinda made me think this was a hater review til I read more lol