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Super Mario 3D Land is a 2011 platform game in the Super Mario series developed and published by Nintendo for their Nintendo 3DS handheld game console. It was released worldwide in November 2011, beginning in Japan. It was the first Mario game to be released for the 3DS. Super Mario 3D Land is unique from other games in the Mario series, as it combines elements from both traditional 2D Mario side-scrolling games and modern free-roaming 3D Mario games. It also introduces new additional gameplay mechanics and power-ups. The main story is similar to previous Super Mario titles, centering on Mario’s efforts to rescue Princess Peach, who has been kidnapped by Bowser.

Super Mario 3D Land is a platform game that has been described by game designer Shigeru Miyamoto as a “3D Mario that plays as a 2D Mario game”. As such, Super Mario 3D Land combines the elements of traditional side-scrolling video game titles, such as linear-based levels, with those of the modern open world titles, such as moving Mario in three dimensions and performing a variety of actions. Similar to the older side-scrolling Mario games, the health system revolves around Mario shrinking upon taking damage from enemies or hazards, there is a dedicated “Dash” button as opposed to using analog input to determine travel speed, and damage as “Small Mario” results in losing a life.

Mario has also learned two new moves: a barrel roll and a roll jump, the former of which can be used to break blocks in a similar manner to jumping at blocks from below or ground pounding, and the latter allowing Mario to cover much horizontal ground in one jump. Super Mario 3D Land utilizes a similar level objective to the aforementioned side-scrolling games, in which the point of each level is to reach and grab the “Goal Pole” at the end of the level, within the time limit. During a storm, a tail-like branched tree called the “Tail Tree”, which stands on Princess Peach’s castle grounds, is stripped of all its leaves. The leaves, which turn out to be Super Leaves, were in reality taken by Bowser who is using them to bestow Squirrel Tails on his minions granting them new abilities such as limited flight.

Unaware of this situation at first, when Mario and the Toads go to inspect the tree the next day they discover a letter from Bowser, learning that he has kidnapped the princess. Mario sets off in pursuit to locate and rescue the princess, learning in the process of Bowser’s intentions for using the aforementioned stolen Super Leaves. After rescuing her, the Toads and Mario return to the Mushroom Kingdom with Tanooki Suits while Mario carries the princess. Mario’s actions lead to the restoration of the Tail Tree. However, a photo falls to the ground revealing Luigi behind bars with a Koopa Troopa and Peepa, beginning Mario’s quest into the Special World 1.

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Super Mario 3D Land

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USA, Europe & Japan





Release Date

November 3, 2011


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