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Good "single player" addition to Mario family,
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This review is from: Super Mario 3D Land (Video Game)
This isn't a negative review, or a fanboy singing praises for any game made by Nintendo. It's my honest thoughts on a game that could have used a few more tweaks.
Yet another Mario game that only has room for 1 player.
I like the fact that they incorporated the spot-pass feature, but it's rather pointless in the grand scale of the game. An additional 20 second room for an extra star coin or two. Sure, it's nice, but it's not multiplayer. At the very least, it would have been amazing to race against ghosts from another player, as in Mario Kart. You do get the top times from streetpass, which is something you can work towards on each level.
Anyway, on to the game itself. The game is rather short, and overall it is too easy. This game is closer to the "New Super Mario Bros." series than the Mario Galaxy series, in terms of difficulty. (Yes, that includes ALL the special levels, too) 5 flashing stars takes no more than a day (or two) of casual play. (If this was not Mario, I would suggest rent/borrow rather than buy)
The game sounds okay, for a Mario game. Music, sounds, all what you would expect.
The 3d... Nintendo did a good job with the 3d on this game. There are two modes, which you can switch at any time. The levels look good, and the 3d effect is easy to see without being overpowering. The game itself runs okay, and I did not have any trouble with it, although I have heard reports of ghosting at times.
The "Mario" aspect. This game is a nice combination of NSMB and Galaxy. Short levels, fairly linear but some room to explore. The storyline isn't much, but when does that matter in Mario? There are picture postcards that tell the story as you progress, a nice touch (better than the princess is in another castle messages). There is Luigi, and Mushroom men, but sadly Yoshi does not make much of an appearance.
Overall, this is a solid Mario game. Short, easy, looks and plays okay. A great game for children, collectors, but a disappointment for serious gamers or those looking for a challenge.