Super Mario 3D Land hits
stores this Sunday and finally gives you a reason to own the 3DS you’ve barely
been playing all year. 3D Land is full of clever, original levels, but it’s
also exploding with knowing winks to games of old. We grabbed some quick video
of just a couple of the fun references in the game just to make clear how cool
Super Mario 3D Land is. First let’s check out the secrets in this top-down view
of level 5-2…
From the beginning you’ll be
reminded of the original Legend of Zelda, with the camera placement, how the
screen scrolls between rooms, and even the coloring. But the best reference
comes when you’re searching for one of the three Star Medals in the level.
There’s a room with a locked door. How are we supposed to open it? Maybe you
should try lighting the torches…
The other stage we’re
showcasing is 2-3, which is Mario’s inventive tribute to himself. It might
sound a little self-indulgent, but you have to agree the giant pixel block
platforms are something else. Make sure to watch until the end for the coolest
reference of all to classic Mario.
And that’s just two of the
badass levels in 3D Land which should give you some idea why we gave it a 9/10.