The 3DS's first Mario game exceeded my expectations! Let me add that some of the Gamefly reviews on this game are not accurate!
The game starts with Mario finding out that Bowser has kidnapped Peach once again, and of course, our mustached hero sets off on another adventure. Super Mario 3D Land has graphics as good as the SMG series, the new Star Medals are from the SMG series, and for the first time, Mario's best-selling series has a 3D platform game! As far as the enemies and power-ups go, old classics such as the Super Mushroom, Fire Flower, and the Tanooki Suit, and for the enemies, Goombas, Koopas, Boos,and Dry Bones, as well as new ones, like the Boomerang Suit, and other variations of the Tanooki Suit, like the Statue Leaf, and the Super Leaf, and new variations of old enemies. Also, Nintendo brought in MagiKoopas from the SMG series as enemies. Also, 2 new bosses, Boom Boom, and Pom Pom, taking turns as the Airship bosses, while Bowser is the World Castles' boss, and Dry Bowser as the Special World Castles' boss. Cosmic Clones (from the SMG series) also make their debut in the Super Mario Bros. series, chasing you in some of the special worlds.
In another Gamefly review for this game, he/she stated that there are only 8 worlds with 5 or 6 stages each. That is only HALF of the full game! Why? Because there are 8 special worlds! There are 48 stages in the World stages, and 47 stages in the Special stages. Plus, the Crown stage, the hardest stage of all time in Super Mario history. This level has no checkpoints or Star Medals, and is only accessible if you play every stage as Mario and Luigi, get every Star Medal and the top of every Goal Pole in every level. So, that equals 96 stages in 16 worlds! And yes, I said Luigi, too. When you beat Dry Bowser in the Special World 1 Castle, you will unlock Luigi as a playable character.
Overall = A PERFECT 10/10!
P.S. I bought the SM3DL guide, so I know where all the Star Medals and secret areas
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Can the first official mario title on the 3DS hold up to all the hype? Well super mario 3D land is here and it delevers. This 3D mario sidescroller puts our old school plumber in an all new adventure. The storyline is... well you could have guessed. Mario is saving the princess. He sets out through 8 new fascinating worlds. Now, one thing all mario gamers love is the power ups. The clincher of this game is that it has brought back the famous tinuki suit/racoon suit. besides that mario has the fireflower and boomerang flower for power ups. Thats one thing about this game it has few power ups and foucuses to much on the racoon suit. that being said, it is still a good game. The boss fights are less then amazing. Basically, there are 2 koopa kids, and the bosses get re-used alot. Fighting bowser is like a chase scene across a bridge. The graphics are compareable to mario galaxy and the music is amazing like always. This is a solid game recomended for every mario fan out there. Overall I give it a 9/10