It's not that the DS' New Super Mario Bros. was a crap game by any
stretch of the imagination, of course. In fact it was bloody brilliant.
But throughout, I just couldn't shake the feeling that I was playing a
game that lacked the freshness and spark that core Mario games usually
exude in abundance. Kind of like it was a very, very good tribute game rather than a real one.
The 3DS' Super Mario 3D Land however, now looks to have no such
problems. I had my doubts about the game's lesser freedom compare to the
likes of Galaxy, but now I've seen more of it, I love the idea of
combining 3D Mario's versatility with the tight, linear challenge of 2D
Mario. You might too. Have a look and find out. And then tell me, for I wish to hear.
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