Mario History: Super Mario 3D Land - 2011

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.

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FallenAngel19841158d ago

This game is the true title that celebrates Mario's 30th anniversary

3-4-51157d ago

Was a good experience while playing through.

First time I'd had that Mario 64 type of feeling in a Mario game in a long time, as it helped not having motion controls.

I really wish they go back to the full 3D for the next few mario games though.

This style is nice, but they've done a lot with it already, I'd like to see a change.

greenmiker1158d ago

I enjoyed that game! I would replay it....

TeamLeaptrade1157d ago

Played it quite a bit a few years back. I still haven't completed it 100% like I had originally tried to. SO many great games in Mario's history.

Sly-Lupin1157d ago

I don't think I've ever completed a Mario game.

They're just, you know, so damned big.