What you need to know:
Guess what? princess Peach has been kidnapped by Bowser, and Mario has to rescue her. Yes, the story is that deep and thought-provoking.
ESRB Rating: E
Platformer, 1 Player
The 3D effects
The 3D effects in this game are truly outstanding. Well, it may not be as “IN-YOUR-FACE!” as Star Fox 64 3D, but it still has an excellent sense of depth. Just look at it. You’ll know what I mean.
The level design
Levels are very well designed, to. About 98% of my deaths have not been because of poorly designed levels (or because of glitches), they have been my own fault. There are some pretty cleverly designed levels, to, for example; in one level several platforms appear and disappear in time with the music. Though I’ve always hated the auto-scrolling levels and this game has some of them. Thankfully, those ones are few and far between.
What?! No multiplayer?
One of the most surprising things in this game is that there is no multiplayer of any type. Which is a huge step down from New Super Mario bros. Wii. There isn’t even a local competitive multiplayer mode! It would have been very enjoyable if you where able to play through the game with a friend.
Streetpass is used well, but could have been a little better
The Streetpass in this game is used pretty well, you can play through these little “Mystery Boxes” things and beat them to earn Star Coins (the form of currency in the game) ,shere them through Streetpass with others (and also share your best level clear times)… and that’s it. It’s not bad, it just leaves a little to be desired.
The Tanooki Suit returns!
Though the suit no longer provides the ability to fly, and it now only lets you flutter down to the ground and spin-attack enemies, I’m sure everyone’s happy to have it back.
This is an outstanding game overall. My main problem was the complete lack of multiplayer, and that cannot be forgiven. And I do wish there was some more suits to use (as Nintendo Power once said, “The goofier Mario looks, the more deadly he becomes”), but still, except for the no-multiplayer thing, they’re all minor complaints. This game is why you must own a 3DS.
Rating: 5/5 stars -Fantastic