Super Mario 3D Land wasn't the first 3D Mario to grace a Nintendo portable - that honour goes to Super Mario 64 DS - but it was the first original game of its type.
Before we talk a little about the game, the context of its release is important. Within a few months of the 3DS launching in Spring 2011 Nintendo was forced to react to a dramatic decline in sales, with one measure being a Fall 2011 price cut relatively unprecedented in terms of how quickly it was implemented. While the price cut is credited as providing a major kickstart in boosting the 3DS in the marketplace, late 2011 delivered key blockbusters. Monster Hunter 3 G in Japan, with Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land providing a boost worldwise. It was an impressive Holiday line-up that helped salvage the portable's market position.