Posts Tagged ‘Mario’

Super Mario 3D Land Preview

July 28, 2011

At the end of my Comic-Con adventure, I walked over to the Nintendo gaming lounge at the Marriott to play Nintendo’s newest games before they hit stores. I played quite a few games at the con, but nothing compared to the happiness I got from playing Super Mario 3D Land.

Before I go into details on the game, I need to give some backstory. I am colorblind, wear glasses, and have a stigmatism. I have been unable to see the 3DS’s 3D effects on demo systems at Target and Best Buy or playing on my friend’s. I have been thinking it was something to do with my eyes. I was wrong. In the dim lighting of the gaming lounge I could see the 3D perfectly. I’m assuming that it has something to do with the lighting, but I don’t know for sure. If you have a 3DS, can you let me know if there is a difference between playing in dark areas and light areas? Maybe it’s just the quality of the game. I don’t know. Anyway, the four 3DS games I played at the Nintendo lounge (Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Starfox 64 3D, and Kid Icarus briefly) all had 3D effects that worked flawlessly for me.

Now on to my impressions of Super Mario 3D Land.

There are 2 things you first notice after picking it up, how good the mushroom kingdom looks with all that depth and how slow Mario moves. First let me talk about Mario. As a design choice in this game, Mario moves much slower, strangely that’s ok. You can hold down a button to make him run faster (I ended up holding it down a lot), but you really don’t need to. It works surprisingly well.

Now, for the 3D effect. The world looks clear, crisp, and full of life. The 3D depth and effect looks amazing. I was truly mind blown just how everything looked from the depth into the world to the fireballs and ink that would fly at the screen. Once I even ducked to try to avoid ink hitting me in the face! One of the coolest experiences playing the game is when Mario goes down a warp pipe and you appear in a zoomed out room with a overhead-ish view. You are standing on a platform and there is a block with a large coin on it floating above you and in front of you. Now because you are viewing it from a top down view, that normal block floats a good inch and a half out of the screen in clear, crisp 3D. I was ecstatic. Then when Mario jumps on it! Just amazing.

I played all four levels available (cause that’s just how I am) and every level worked very well. I played through an outdoor grassy level, an underground dungeon-ish sort of level, a level based off of moving platforms, and what looked to be a mid-world airship boss with a mid-world boss character from Super Mario Bros. 3.

There were two items available in the demo: the Tanooki Suit and the Fire FlowerIn all 4 levels you have the option to use your Tanooki once a level. For reasons I can’t figure, the Tanooki suit doesn’t let you fly or turn into a statue like it did in Super Mario Bros. 3. It only let’s you flutter around and swing your tail. Now Nintendo has said that that it would be difficult to be able to fly in a 3D Mario game on a handheld. What no one is pointing out is what nonsense that is. Mario flew in Mario 64 DS just fine, and that was 5 handhelds ago! It makes no sense to me. Then why can’t you turn into a statue! There is no limitations with that! This whole Tanooki suit thing just makes me think that Nintendo is lazy. However, the game plays just fine without either of those abilities. The Tanooki suit is very fun to use and really helps complete levels in Super Mario 3D Land, it just makes me more annoyed than anything that I can’t fly.

Gameplay itself is fantastic. Mario has a full arsenal of moves including a new summersault roll move that came in handy a lot during my demo. The levels I played were well thought out, fun to play, and showcased the 3D effects well. So many great little moments. One of my favorites is when Mario is going to walk through these giant swinging spiked balls that are moving toward and away from you. Just brilliant.

The game is filled with shout outs to past Mario games, from the airship with the mid-world boss from Super Mario Bros. 3, to the way every level ends. Every level that I played ended in Mario jumping on a flagpole for the first time in a 3D mario platformer. I didn’t think this would work well, but surprisingly it worked great. They did it perfectly.

It’s hard to explain just how good Super Mario 3D Land is, and I could go on and on trying to. This game justifies spending the $170 on a 3DS (maybe not $250, but for $170 I see it being worth it). It is the perfect example of a Mario game. A great mix of quality, fun, and a great new gimic. I personally can’t wait to play more when the game comes out this November.


Nintendo Coming to Comic Con with Massive Line-Up Including Super Mario 3DS and Mario Kart 3DS

July 18, 2011


In a recent announcement, Nintendo has said that they will be coming to Comic Con with a huge line-up of games for the 3DS, Wii, and DS. They will only have a small booth on the show floor, but they have a gaming lounge set up at the Marriott Marquis & Marina at 333 W. Harbor Drive, adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center. Here is the full list of playable games.

Nintendo 3DS:

Super Mario

Mario Kart

Kid Icarus: Uprising

Star Fox 64™ 3D

The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D

Pokédex™ 3D

METAL GEAR SOLID® Snake Eater 3D from Konami

Shinobi™ from SEGA®

Super Street Fighter® IV 3D Edition from CAPCOM





The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Kirby™ Wii

Rhythm Heaven™

Fortune Street™

Captain America™: Super Soldier™ from SEGA

Just Dance® 3 from Ubisoft®


Nintendo DS™ family of systems:

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker™ 2


Via the Nintendo 3DS Blog.

Mario On Paper

July 9, 2011

Incredible Mario cut-out animation. Be warned, it’s a little gruesome.

Super Mario 3DS and Mario Kart 3DS Footage

July 7, 2011

Just started thinking that I really don’t need a 3DS, then I go and watch these. Curse my Nintendo fanboyism.

Via GoNintendo.

Alternate Mario Evolution

July 2, 2011

Mario Redesign // by MaroBot

Mario Redesign // by MaroBot

 Incredibly intriguing.

Club Nintendo Platinum Reward Announced

July 1, 2011

Club Nintendo’s platinum and gold rewards were announced this morning. Platinum members receive this 25 piece pin set while gold members will receive a 2012 table top calendar. Here is the description of the pin set.

Mario™ & Friends Pin Badge Collection

• Official Club Nintendo collection of 25 commemorative pins representing the world    of Super Mario Bros.™
• The pins come packaged in six specially created puzzle-like boxes that can be  arranged to represent Mario, Goomba, and Mushroom!
• Measures approx. 9.75” H x 9.5” W x 1.5” D (box set) and 1.38” D (each pin)

Mario Marathon 4

June 25, 2011

Super Mario Marathon is going on right now! Sorry I couldn’t get it up sooner. They’ve already raised over $42,640 for charity! Please check it out. It’s Mario, for a really great cause.

Nintendo E3 2011: 3DS News

June 10, 2011

Nintendo showed huge support for the 3DS at this years E3 with tons of fantastic first party titles, 4 of which are Mario games! I’ll do full posts on most of these later.

The Tanooki suit is back and it’s coming this holiday! I hope we see some flying action soon though. Looks incredibly fun. Love the possibility of 3D effects.

Just watch the trailer. More of what we’ve come to love plus so much more. Being an Animal Crossing fan you notice so many new things in this trailer. I can’t wait.

Luigi is back and he’s gonna fight some ghosts early-ish next year! This trailer looks particularly pretty (although I’ve heard the frame rates on the demos are, at the moment, slow). I really want to see this in 3D!

Star Fox 64 3D looks stelar. The multiplayer looks especially compelling. The release date (strangely enough) is September 11th of this year.

Kid Icarus: Uprising was shown with some incredible looking multiplayer at E3 this year. It looks to be quite fun (although I’ve heard the control scheme to be a little awkward). It is coming this holiday season.

Also The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is coming on the 19th of this month. It will be a good chance for many to pick up this beloved classic.

Paper Mario just looks like it would be a joy to view. The new popup book style is very compelling. The release date is TBA currently.

Overall, Mario Kart 3D’s trailer looked the best to me. Just watch it to see all the new fun things you’ll be doing if you get it this holiday season.

Yes, this holiday is going to be filled with excellent 3DS games. This is quite the list from all worlds of Nintendo. Which game looks the best to you?

Nintendo E3 2011: Wii News

June 8, 2011

The Wii actually got some expansive support at E3 this year with 7 note worthy games, 3 of which were reveals.

Kirby Wii was not really revealed at E3, but it was shown and confirmed with this trailer. It brings back more traditional Kirby gameplay with Kirby’s copy ability and 2D platforming. It also going 4 player in a New Super Mario Bros. Wii Style. It will be released this Fall.

The most surprising Wii game reveal, Fortune Street, is a Monopoly-like Japan game series by Square Enix where you play as Mario and Dragon Quest characters. The board game like gameplay involves managing a stock market while buying up stores and charging people rent. It will be released this holiday season.

Mario Party 9 looks to bring more Mario partying to the Wii. It looks like a Mario Party game, what else is there to say? It currently has a TBA release date.

Rhythm Heaven is also on the way. It looks like it could be entertaining. Also with a TBA release.

Last, but certainly not least, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword got a new trailer and a holiday release.

We also heard about Wii Play Motion and Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, but these were already shown heavily before E3.

Of course, this is not including Wii-U info, I’ll save that for another post.

Are You Ready?

June 7, 2011


It’s finally here, Nintendo’s E3 press conference. We will learn about Project Cafe, Super Mario 3DS, Mario Kart 3D, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and many, many more. This is sure to be an exciting E3 for any Nintendo fan or any fan of gaming in general.

Above is an E3 bingo sheet created by Joystiq. It’s pretty self explanatory and it should be fun to play after and during the event.

Are you ready for 9:00 PST tomorrow?