Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 coming late 2011, and yes, those are the official names

Today’s been full of earth-shattering news, not the least of which was Nintendo’s gutsy move to hack $80 off the price of the 3DS to spur sales, as well as offering a plethora of free games to appease early adopters. Tucked away within that bombshell, Nintendo announced its fall line-up for 3DS, which included known quantities Star Fox 64 3D (September 9) and Kid Icarus: Uprising during the holiday, then we got details on the new Super Mario and Mario Kart games for 3DS, namely their official names, and the actual titles took us by surprise.

Since its shocking announcement during GDC we’ve been excitedly hanging on to whatever news we could of the plumber’s first fully 3D handheld adventure. Once we got our first chance to play it at E3 we were impressed, though not as mesmerized as we expected we’d be. Of course, our outlooks improved upon hearing that more classic power-ups would be included in the title.

Now we have its official moniker, Super Mario 3D Land, and we must say that’s one awkward title. Our mouths want to say, “Super Mario Land 3D,” but that sounds like someone remade the Game Boy launch game. We don’t have anything better off the top of our heads (do you?), and we get that Nintendo wants to channel nostalgia for the Land series, but that title is going to take some time for us to get comfortable with. We have till November to get ready.

Almost as strange is the name of what we once knew as Mario Kart 3D. We weren’t shocked in the slightest that Kart was coming to the handheld, as Mario Kart DS was a consistent best-seller for years. However, the title Mario Kart 7 is just bonkers. No Mario Kart game has ever been numbered and to jump straight to 7 is nuts, especially in an era where many publishers drop numbers after the third game. Sure, it’s technically the seventh game in the series, but this move is very uncharacteristic for Nintendo, though the December launch for the game is plenty traditional.

This double dose of Mario could help lead the struggling system into a Merry Christmas, but is it enough? Do these back-to-back, original entries in these iconic franchises impress you? Do these games, mixed with a new price tag entice you to buy a 3DS, or are you still unconvinced?

Jul 28, 2011


  • codystovall - August 1, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    I agree with spacegrass.
  • Scammeleon - July 29, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    How about New Super Mario Land? Super Mario Land 3 (or should it be 4 if we count Wario Land?)? Super Mario Lands? I like that they've returned to the "Land" series but "3D Land" sounds like some mid-ninties adventure they'd have given Bubsy in an awkwardly forced playstation upgrade... Mario Kart 7? Meh... Title does the job I guess. Though it does remind me too much of Mario Party 7...
  • nai1210 - July 29, 2011 10:37 a.m.

    strange titles to go for,mario 3d land is all right but a bit awkward thought they would have just went with mario 3D,but mario kart 7 is just plain lazy.Alternative titles,mario kart:all terrain racing,mario kart:land,sea and air,mario kart 3D,mario kart:hyper karting 3D edition all lame but so is mario kart 7,and too all those who are looking for a story to mario games your missing the fact that the true nature of mario games are just meant to be fun to play like pac-man and space invaders no back story needed just fun addictive gameplay that puts a smile on your face if you don't realize this than sheesh and anyone who says it's a kid's game try getting all 242 stars on galaxy 2 then we will talk those purple coin level's are for the hardcore not the kid's
  • Spacegrass - July 29, 2011 8:09 a.m.

    @shawksta I'm not saying that a game needs to be realistic and bloody. Mass Effect 2, for example, isn't particularly bloody, and it's definitely not realistic, but it has complex plots and characterization, so it appeals to adults. Mario's characters don't really have any personality, and dozens of Mario games have "that useless princess has been captured again, go get her back" as the plot.
  • SanctusScorpius - July 29, 2011 6:58 a.m.

    @Deanigo It would only be the 9th or 10th title if you count the two arcade games. 1. Super Mario Kart (SNES) 2. Mario Kart 64 (N64) 3. Mario Kart: Super Circuit (GBA) 4. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (GCN) 5. Mario Kart DS (DS) 6. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) 7. Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
  • onetimebuster - July 29, 2011 3:58 a.m.

    For a game named land it doesnt seem to have much land
  • UsernameLoser - July 29, 2011 2:33 a.m.

    I hate mario, for the following: 1. Each game has the same gameplay: 64, Sunshine, Galaxy, Galaxy 2, 3D Land...SAME DAMN GAMEPLAY, except for minor stuff that aren't game changing. Super, Super 2, Super 3, Land, Land 2, Land 3, New, New Wii...SAME DAMN GAMEPLAY, and minor stuff that isn't game changing. Kart Series, SAME DAMN GAMEPLAY. 2. Any spinoffs are one-time only deals. No sequels, except for Party and Kart.
  • Manguy17 - July 29, 2011 2:21 a.m.

    I see myself just calling these games, Mario land and Mario kart. adding 3ds when i need to specify ( when 3ds is not already in my hands with me saying what im playing or talking about 3ds)dont think the official name is too important for mario games. as long as its mario somthing.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - July 29, 2011 1:48 a.m.

    I like the name Mario Kart 7. Super Mario 3D land is stupid though. How about calling it Super Mario Bros. 4? It's clearly borrowing a lot from SMB3, probably enough to call it a sequel.
  • Defguru7777 - July 29, 2011 1:21 a.m.

    I don't have a problem with Mario Kart 7's title, though it is strange that it's the first numbered title in the series. As for Super Mario 3D Land, I'm fairly excited for it. I'm more excited for Luigi's Mansion 2, honestly, but still. Oh, and I need to buy a 3DS when I get the money.
  • shawksta - July 29, 2011 12:31 a.m.

    Super mario 3D land sounds a bit wierd but it should be decent name. Mario Kart 7, not a good idea. @Spacegrass NOPE, hardly anybody is tired of mario, every game he comes with brings something new, fun,genre defining and interesting. And seriously, Mario and VERY FEW others show that RATED E IS FOR EVERYONE and not,just for kids, Realistic and bloody is overrated and what attracts "kids" these days.
  • Gillespee - July 29, 2011 12:07 a.m.

    @Spacegrass - Nope, I love Mario games. Just because blood isn't spurting out all over the place doesn't mean it's a kids game...
  • AngryScotsman - July 28, 2011 11:56 p.m.

    3D is the new Super/64. What is it about Nintendo hardware that completely makes people forget how to create snappy titles. I know, I know, brand recognition and that, but it's bizarre. And until this news story I never thought about there being 7 Mario Karts. That's what made Mario Party such a strange series to me, there are 8 games in that series with a 9th on the way! Numbered sequels that get that high border on the ridiculous.
  • jackthemenace - July 28, 2011 11:39 p.m.

    @Reuben- How did I not know about this...!? MUST. BUY. 3DS....!
  • Aletheon - July 28, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    @spacegrass Why would I be tired of a series that is always fun and always interesting?
  • Spacegrass - July 28, 2011 11:22 p.m.

    Mario doesn't really interest me anymore. Maybe I'm just too old to be playing kids' games. Is anyone else getting tired of Mario?
  • reuben0110 - July 28, 2011 11:05 p.m.

    Animal Crossing you guys. IT HAS SWIMMING.
  • Boomaga - July 28, 2011 11:04 p.m.

    Well, Mario Kart alone didn't bring the DS to the forefront. Brain Age, Nintendogs, New Super Mario Bros and a load of Pokemon spinoffs had a lot to do with that.
  • Deanigo - July 28, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    If I'm right wouldn't it be wrong to call it Mario Kart 7 anyway, because I think this would be the 9th maybe 10th title in the series. I'll still buy it though :)
  • Rash86 - July 28, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    if the Vita weren't looming, I'd definitely consider it, but sorry no.

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