Let me start off by saying this is a really good game for casual relaxing fun with some challenge in the later levels for the more hardcore gamers
I rented this game thinking it would be like mario 64 or sunshine, a collection platformer, that was my bad I didn't look into it enough. What I got was a game representing classic super mario bros., and super mario bros. 3 for the nes, but in 3d with new graphics.
The good: the graphics were great, really colorful and shiny, pulled off a good atmosphere along with its fantastic sound track of old songs, re-mixed songs, and a few new melodies(at least for me). The 3 coin system in every level gave a sense of collectivity and achievement and completion that is missing in the originals, not very fancy but its nice, really makes you experience all of every level. Lots of replayability, similar to megaman battlenetwork 3 there are 5 stars to unlock by completing several challenges and completion levels, along with 2 playable characters its pretty fun.
The bad: The replayability seems a bit old after your second playthrough of all the levels when you are going for 100% to unlock the last level. Very few boss concepts being 2 baby koopas, bowser imposters, and bowser himself which is barely more scary than his imposters, and limited power up suits, heck super mario bros 3 on the nes had way more outfits and unique boss fights, and the map layout for super mario bros. 3 is non linear and feels like a world, super mario 3D is very linear on a straight line level to level. There are 6 buttons to play with on the DS and 3 actions mapped to those 6 buttons, meaning each action has 2 buttons that do the same thing it seems like old school sega where all the buttons do the same thing. They even managed to downgrade the backflip from its mario 64 version, you now have to hold L or R for a few seconds before performing the backflip, makes wanting to backflip very frowned upon.
posted by Viewtiful_Josh (LAS VEGAS, NV) May 1, 2013
Member since Oct 2011
That is what this game really is. If you think you're going to play something close to Super Mario Galaxy or even Super Mario 64 (as in gameplay), then you won't be playing that. That doesn't make it bad, but it's a misleading title. The game plays like a NSMB where you have 8 worlds and you have to clear them all. That's it. It is very easy to complete this game, but at least you get tons of levels to play (even though they are all somewhat similar). One thing that really disappointed me was that there are only 3 bosses. That includes Bowser. The way you beat them is the same each time you fight them. Bowser is sadly too easy to beat, since you will defeat him in the traditional "button at the end of the bridge" way players used to defeat him on the NES version. It's not challenging at all, even if you die five times in a row, you will get a Gold Leaf which makes you immortal. So you can stand next to Bowser and chill for as long as you like. Even though it is easy, it's still fun to play the levels.
If you're looking to beat levels after levels, with no challenge at all but still having fun, then this is the game for you. There are a ton of levels to keep you busy. I would recommend buying it if you decide to complete the game to 100%.