The Super Mario video game franchise expands into a new dimension this holiday season with the Nov. 13 launch of the Super Mario 3D Land game. Created exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system, this new game places Mario and his friends in immersive environments that players can enjoy in true 3D without the need for special glasses.
Also introducing power-ups, enemies and the return of Tanooki Mario, Super Mario 3D Land promises to satisfy series fans, newcomers and holiday gift seekers at a suggested retail price of $39.99 in the United States.
The game’s 3D visuals make it easy for players to judge depth and distance as they run through levels, collecting coins and bumping question blocks in search of interesting power-ups.
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Abilities such as rolling somersaults and high-speed dash moves add to players’ strategic options. Players also can play as Tanooki Mario, using his tail to hover or perform floating jumps and attacks.
The game’s level design makes use of the Nintendo 3DS system’s 3D capabilities; some levels require players to progress from top to bottom, while others challenge them to move forward into the spatial depths of an environment. This is truly the next evolution in Mario game play, says the company.
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“Mario fans from every generation will love experiencing the Super Mario franchise in true 3D,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Making your way through the Mushroom Kingdom has never been so immersive, and Nintendo 3DS lets players dive into the action anytime, anywhere. The game is sure to put smiles on lots of faces this holiday season.”
On Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors to Military Island in New York’s Times Square can join Nintendo for a special interactive Super Mario 3D Land launch event.