Super Mario 3D Land Articles RSS Feed | Super Mario 3D Land RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network A Few New Nintendo Selects Are On the Way Wed, 24 Jan 2018 12:37:36 -0500 Lee Forgione

Nintendo has announced three new titles to join their family of Nintendo Selects on February 5, which all sell at the same price of $19.99. Among those titles are Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Ultimate NES Remix

Super Mario 3D Land was Mario's first fully three-dimensional title to hit a portable platform. Featuring bite-sized levels with the feel of a big 3D Mario game, there's plenty of collectibles and challenges to experience for fans both old and new. 

Those looking for something a bit more adventurous should check out The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Set in the same world as the classic SNES game A Link to the Past, this game pays homage to the classic top-down perspective Zelda games by recreating a classic world while throwing plenty of new material into the mix. 

Finally, if you're looking to scratch that retro itch, Utlimate NES Remix just might do the trick. This game takes classic NES games, throws them into a blender, and spits out frantic, mix-and-match mini games with different objectives. It's the perfect time killer for those long commutes.


What are your thoughts on the new additions to the Nintendo Selects catalog? Will you be picking up any of these soon-to-be-discounted titles? Let us know in the comments below!

The Best Video Game Deals Going on Now You (May) Not Know About Sun, 11 Dec 2016 10:54:35 -0500 Jonathan Moore

As the holidays draw ever closer, more and more retailers -- and even several gaming companies like Sony and Microsoft -- are getting into the holiday spirit by putting games, peripherals and even console bundles on sale. And since we know that you can’t be everywhere at once, we’ve done the digging for you and uncovered a few gaming deals you might not have been aware of.

From Wal-Mart to Target to the PlayStation Store and beyond, here are some of the best video game deals going on right now.

Target – Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack for PS4, Xbox One and WiiU

Rating: 4/5

Sale price: $39.99

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Normally priced at $79.99 for all three current-gen systems, this sale is a no-brainer, especially for toy and video game lovers. Melding some of the very best mechanics from RPGs and action-adventure games, Skylanders Imaginators is rated E for Everyone, is hyper kid-friendly and is a game that everyone in the family can enjoy.

Essential reading: Skylanders Imaginators Brings Imagination to Life

But keep in mind: Skylanders Imaginators is a game that requires real-life toys to play. As this is the game’s starter pack, some areas and features of the game will be locked until you purchase and use other Skylanders figures.

These additional figures cost between $12.99 and $19.99, with many on sale via Target right now for $14.99.

Wal-Mart – Preowned Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Games

Back in 2014, Wal-Mart began accepting video game trade-ins, becoming a direct competitor with industry giant Gamestop in the process. Today, the big box-store has one of the largest collections of used video games among the companies that engage in the enterprise.

This holiday, Wal-Mart is rolling back prices on many of those games for the Xbox One and PS4, including:

  • Alien Isolation ($11.99)
  • Assassin’s Creed Unity ($11.88)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight ($16.88)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ($11.88)
  • Sniper Elite III ($11.88)
  • And many more

Essential reading: Tips and Tricks for Gaming on a Budget

So, whether you’re an FPS fan, an RPG nerd or a daredevil ridge-racer, there’s most likely a game for you (or your special someone) on the list. What’s more, Wal-Mart is pretty solid about providing used games in excellent condition while also giving you a pretty good monetary deal in return. Check out more of Wal-Mart’s Preowned Games Deals here.

The Microsoft Xbox Store – Games, Consoles, Peripherals and Accessories

Looking to grab that special someone one of the best gaming machines on the planet this holiday season? If so, the Microsoft  Xbox store is one the first places you should look.

With deals on everything from some of this year’s hottest Xbox-exclusive games to can’t-beat Xbox One console bundles and limited-time offers on peripherals, this is going to be one sales event you’re not going to want to miss.

Some of the sale’s highlights are:

  • Save up to 50% on Xbox One games
  • Save 33% on Gears of War 4
  • $30 off Turtle Beach 420x Headset
  • $249 Xbox One console
  • And more

Head over to the Microsoft Store now to take advantage of these deals, which end Dec. 31.

The PlayStation Store – Digital Game Downloads

In recent months, Sony’s PlayStation Store has been having some truly insane sales -- many of which have even rivaled (and still rival) Steam deals, and we all know how awesomely ludicrous those can be.

Beginning last week and running through the month of December, the PlayStation Store is currently hosting its yearly Holiday Sale, which means prices are getting slashed on some of the year’s best games -- many of which are Sony exclusives.

Each week brings a brand new set of games and DLC to the price-chopping table. Right now (if you act fast) you’ll have access to deep discounts on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita games like:

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • Dishonored: Definitive Edition
  • Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance
  • Batman: The TellTale Series Season Pass
  • OceanHorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus
  • And many more

Each week of deals expires after the end of the week, starting on Tuesdays. So, for example, this week’s deals will expire on Tuesday, Dec. 13. On that day, a new set of deals will hit the store.

What’s more, the PS Store holiday sale also has some truly great deals on digital movie downloads -- with some of the year’s best and most recent films getting the discount treatment.

Head over to the official PlayStation Store to take advantage of these quickly disappearing deals.

Best Buy – WiiU and Nintendo 3DS Game Deals

For a long time now, Best Buy has consistently had some of the best video game deals and offers when it comes to holiday shopping. Each year, the electronics super giant has some type of can’t-beat BOGO (Buy One Get One) offer, and this year’s now different.

Enter Best Buy’s Buy One, Get One 40% off deal for WiiU and Nintendo 3DS games. That’s right, this deal is valid for two systems. What’s even better? You can mix and match games and still get the deal (we personally tested it out by adding both a WiiU and Nintendo 3DS game to our cart. At checkout, the WiiU game received the 40% discount).

Essential reading: 11 Best Games to Buy Alongside Your New 3DS

Here’s a list of some of the games currently eligible for the sale:

  • Bayonetta 2
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Minecraft: WiiU Edition
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker HD
  • Super Mario Maker
  • The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heros
  • Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
  • And many more

Unfortunately, it appears that Pokemon Sun and Moon are not eligible for this promotion, which, of course, does make business-sense since each launched only a few weeks ago.

However, head over to Best Buy right now and take advantage of these still-awesome deals while you can.


And that’s it. for now. Stay tuned to GameSkinny throughout the holidays as we’ll be updating this list as more deals become available!

Are there other games deals you’ve seen that should be on this list? Which of these will you be taking advantage of? Let us know in the comments below.

The 11 Best Games to Buy Alongside Your New 3DS Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:00:02 -0500 Angelo De Bellis

Black Friday is fast approaching, and after years of waiting to secure yourself a Nintendo portable from the 3DS family, you’ve decided that the sale price is enough to get you to commit. After all, the handheld does have some of the best mobile experiences, and as a device that has been out for years now, there are tons of greats to pick from.

But that’s precisely the problem: after finally plucking your ripe 3DS from the retailer of your choice, which games should you buy? You could go with the tried-and-true titles, but we’d like to offer you the chance to open your mind to a whole suite of games that go against the grain, but are nonetheless enjoyable. The common greats will always be there, but you’re more creative than that. What you need is a list of 11 3DS games that are obscure, that have been overlooked by foolish gamers, that will serve you well as a first-time 3DS owner.

Take it from us, the following list will make you the fine connoisseur of games among your friends.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Donkey Kong Country games were made for handhelds. Side scrolling games are fun to take on the go because they emphasize gameplay, limit story, and promote playing the games level by level.

You could get a side scrolling Mario game, but that would be a classic choice. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a reboot of the franchise that first began on the Super Nintendo, and is known to be extremely challenging. Not only will you score points as a gamer who respects historical franchises, but if you can collect all the K-O-N-G Letters and other items, you’ll prove just how dedicated you are to overcoming any gaming challenge.

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Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

Poor Luigi is always considered second best to his older, redder brother. You won’t stand for that, and that’s why you’ll be making a wise choice by grabbing yourself a copy of Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon.

Heavily improved from its predecessor on the GameCube, Luigi’s Mansion, this sequel has you playing as Luigi to restore the broken moon over Evershade Valley, with nothing but a specialized vacuum cleaner.

What’s particularly exciting about the game is that it takes place over 5 distinctly themed mansions instead of the single-mansion affair seen in the original title. The environmental puzzle elements and exploratory gameplay is addictive, and so is the musical score. You’ll be humming it for days.

Source: GamersGlobal

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

If you are into music -- and as a core gamer, why wouldn’t you be -- this title will satisfy you with both its music and its nostalgic vibe. While Guitar Hero and Rockband games dominate the music genre on consoles, the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy series takes music-based games to handheld devices.

The game includes over 200 classic songs from the Final Fantasy series, and is played by tapping the 3DS stylus in time with colorful nodes lining up with circular shapes on the edge of the screen. It’s quite fun, and spending hours trying to perfect your pecking motion for songs at higher difficulty levels is always satisfying.

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Yoshi’s New Island

While Yoshi’s Island seems to get all the love, fans of sidescrollers should definitely check out this title. It builds on the soft, baby-overloaded cuteness of the first game, and offers similar gameplay with some additions. For example, Yoshi can take the form of a Hot Air Balloon, Helicopter, Jackhammer, Mine Cart, Bobsled, or Submarine. Talk about a game that is imbued with difference.

Be warned though, the music, crayon-colored backdrops, and whining baby noises can get a little grating. Nonetheless, Yoshi’s New Island is definitely a unique game to own on your new handheld.

Source: Polygon


Grab a Nintendo eShop card where you purchase your 3DS because there are some fascinating games on Nintendo’s online store, one of them being VVVVVV. That’s right, the title is a bit ridiculous, but if you play the game and take a close look at the title, you’ll understand that the tedium of the joined letters represents the difficulty of the game -- it’s darn hard.

Unlike traditional platforming games, your character can’t jump. Instead, you control the direction of gravity, which allows the character passage across pits of spikes and other hazards. It can get highly complicated when the environments overwhelm you with traps and environmental puzzles that require you to switch the flow of gravity in sequence as you change the orientation of your character.

Prepare yourself for some tight squeezes between spiky death traps, accidental switches in gravitational direction, and frustrating platforming sections. Before you’re through, you’ll want to scream a few more letters than “v”.

Source: Negative World

Mario Golf: World Tour

Golf is dull. You're probably wondering why you’d ever reduce yourself to playing such a slow-paced sport in the form of a video game. Golf done Mario style is like no typical golfing experience -- it’s filled with delightful Nintendo lore, diverse courses, and gameplay that is just complex enough without getting overly technical.

After you’re done competing on the seaside, mountain, sky, and underwater links with Mario and friends, you are also treated to a bevy of additional modes. One such mode that had me playing for countless hours is the Challenges mode. In this mode, you are challenged to complete ridiculous tasks like collecting trickily placed coins by getting the ball to hit them on the course, driving the ball through a sequence of rings while maintaining par, and spinning a slot machine to determine which clubs you can use to best three holes.

Mario Golf: World Tour is anything but a dull day on the green.

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Kirby Planet Robobot

You just can’t go wrong when it comes to platformers on the 3DS. Although Kirby games are more often than not simple games targeted at children, that is not the case here. In fact, I enjoyed my time with the game this past summer because of the formidable challenge and the diversity of its levels. This one is surely easy to overlook, but don’t be fooled by its charm and youthful aesthetics, Kirby Planet Robobot is a well-put together game, even for adults.

As for its namesake, levels in the game are modeled after technological innovations. That means, you’ll see plenty of  metallic objects, computer lingo-inspired names for its worlds, and a bunch of tech-equipped enemies. Just make sure to have your 3D turned on when you play -- it accentuates the amount of depth between plains in the level design that much more.

Source: Nintendo.Pe


It’s time to put your mind to work. Again we have a game that could easily slip under the radar because of its childlike appearances and unassuming name. Pushmo is actually a dedicated puzzle game that has you playing as a sumo wrestler named Mallo who must push and slide blocks to reach the top of climbable structures where children have found themselves stranded.

There’s nothing quite like spending hours to complete the 250-plus levels in the game. It’s addictive, sometimes complicated, and alluring. If you enjoy Pushmo, then you should probably buy its sequel as well, Crashmo -- both can be found on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

Source: USGamer

Super Mario 3D Land

We know, we know. We promised that this list would only consist of obscure titles, but hear us out on this one. While it’s certainly true that Mario games are among the oft-recommended titles for Nintendo gamers, we feel that this one is often overlooked because of its unique design. But that’s precisely why we're recommending it!

Super Mario 3D Land takes the 2D style of Mario adventures like those found in the New Super Mario Bros. series and expands the environment in 3D by giving Mario free reign over how he travels through the world's guided by dynamic camera angles. It’s not quite open world, and it’s not even fully 3D--you travel in slightly open spaces that are confined enough to make the game feel a bit like a sidescroller without ever having immense open areas to explore like a Mario 64.

If you love single-player experiences, challenging platformers, and want to get something new out of Mario franchises, Super Mario 3D Land will lay the groundwork for a passionate relationship between you and your new 3DS.

Source: IGN

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

Puzzle games are some of the best under-promoted games on the 3DS. Like the other games in the Professor Layton series, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy will challenge your mind to hundreds of logic puzzles as you explore environments chalk-full of mystery and intrigue. And as always, there is a great story that weaves the whole experience together.

Professor Layton games are all about donning your thinking top hat and solving the most clever puzzles to progress through the unsolved mysteries. As lovers of the finer things, it would be ungentlemanly of us to withhold a recommendation of Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy from you.

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Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

Let’s round out this list with a unique turn-based strategy game that has you using steam as a currency to traverse maps filled with strategically placed enemies. In Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. you play alongside an oddly matched team of characters like Tom Sawyer, Lion, and Scarecrow. It sounds like a match made in hell, but trust me, the abilities each character has opens the game up for several combinations of success.

Each have their own set of primary weapons and special attacks to use against enemies. Both travel and ammo are measured in units of steam -- the more steam you have, the more you can get within range of enemies and the more damage you can do. Once you’ve either cleared the board, or have managed to slip past the enemies to your objective, you are free to clear the next map.

Everything is laid out in a fun story inspired by American literature and British locations, all wrapped in a decidedly steampunk style. It’s absurd, playful, and genuinely difficult when you get to the later stages.

Source: G2A

Let us know if you’ve played any of these 11 obscure 3DS games or which you’re planning to pick up with your new handheld on Black Friday.

Goodbye North America's Club Nintendo - Shuts Down Today, June 30th Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:16:16 -0400 Courtney Gamache

Today in North America, we say goodbye to a six-year old loyalty program that Nintendo developed for the gamers to enjoy.

It's sad to see you go

It's very sad to see this loyalty program being shut down. The program gave the Nintendo fan-base an extra incentive when purchasing games - because when purchased "New", they came with that special Club Nintendo code. I for one have saved up tons of coins over the past six years, and bought some collectible posters for A Link Between Worlds and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. After 11:59 PDT this evening all accounts and coins will be deleted, so if you haven't had the chance to use yours up, better get to it. 

Club Nintendo's Final List

Club Nintendo has added many exclusive games to the rewards list, where you can spend virtual coins for them. Among this list includes many Nintendo Wii U, Wii, and 3DS games. 

Some of the popular Wii U games include:

  • Super Mario World (200 Coins)
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (200 Coins)
  • Wii Fit U (600 Coins)
  • Wii Party U (600 Coins)

A few of the Wii games are:

  • Super Smash Bros. (250 Coins)
  • 1080 Snowboarding (250 Coins)
  • Paper Mario (250 Coins)
  • Star Fox 64 (250 Coins)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (250 Coins)
  • Mario Kart 64 (250 Coins)
  • Super Mario 64 (250 Coins)

Lastly, some Nintendo 3DS games included:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (250 Coins)
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (600 Coins)
  • Star Fox 64 3D (700 Coins)
  • Super Mario 3D Land (600 Coins)

For a full list of all games available, please refer to the Rewards Catalogue on Club Nintendo. Let's all give Club Nintendo a great send off after their six-year gift to the gaming community.

What to Buy With Your Tax Refund Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:21:04 -0400 Venisia Gonzalez




If you're looking to stock up on games, whether it be for the PC, Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo, GameSkinny certainly has lots of reviews to help make some of those decisions a little bit easier. Check out some of these recent releases:


What ideas do you have in mind? Did you like our suggestions? Let us know in the comments.


Gaming Chair


Have you ever dreamt of splurging on the ultimate gaming chair? I know I have! This may be your perfect opportunity to provide yourself with the ultimate companion from the expensive to the even budget friendly variety. There are various types of chairs on the market for kids and adults whether you're on a PC or console. Choosing one for your child may not exactly be suitable for you, so keep that in mind--one size does NOT fit all.


Amazon is great place to start looking, along with Best Buy, Newegg, Staples, Sears, Target, Walmart, and even bizrate. Shopping online is a great way to shop, check customer reviews, and find the best price that won't give the wallet a heart attack.


Gaming Keyboard and Mouse


Well, who doesn't need a great gaming keyboard and mouse? Keyboards like the SteelSeries Apex, Razer BlackWidow Ultimate (2014), Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. TE, and the Roccat Ryos MK Pro are great options.


When looking for the ultimate mouse, options such as the Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse, Corsair Vengeance M65, Roccat Tyon, SteelSeries Sensei Wireless, and the Razer Ouroboros are pretty sweet.


Gaming Headset


A killer headset definitely comes in handy when you want to fully immerse yourself in your game. has a great review on their Top Gaming Headsets. On this list you'll find reviews on the Razer Kraken Pro, Skullcandy PLYR 1 Gaming Headset, to the ultimate Astro Gaming A50 Wireless Headset.


Here's a great review on the Corsair H1500 Headset by our own D.Slater.


Gaming Desk


Perhaps it's time to replace or get a new gaming desk. Sites like Amazon are a great place to start looking for various types of desks to meet your needs and budget. Take a look at some of these extreme gaming desks and these expensive gaming desks if only to dream saying "I wish."


This Atlantic 33935701 Gaming Desk here is a great option thanks to its features, dimensions, and price of $90.89 with shipping included.

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Wii U


Getting your hands on the Nintendo Wii U system is always a wonderful idea for the entire family. The Super Mario 3D World Bundle is available at $299.99. It even includes Nintendo Land.


Don't forget to include extra controllers, Mario Kart 8, and Super Smash Bros. These are a must-have!


PlayStation 4


What about upgrading your PS3 to the PS4 console? Whether purchasing in-store or online directly through Sony, you can get your hands on some great bundles starting at $399.99. Pick from The Last of Us Remastered, Destiny, Far Cry 4, NBA 2K15, or Little Big Planet 3.


Xbox One


If you haven’t already, how about purchasing an Xbox One console? You can purchase at various stores locally or directly online via Microsoft. Bundles start at $399.99 and up like the Madden NFL 15 without Kinect. The Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag bundle with Kinect is $499.99. It also includes Titanfall for a limited time.


New PC or Laptop


Dell has some great deals on Windows 7 PCs and laptops right now on their website where you can customize according to your budget. Deals starting from $379.99 and up on desktops; and $229.99 and up on laptops is not a bad way to go.


It’s that time of year again for W2s, 1099s, and a trip to H&R Block. If you’re lucky, some of you will get to stay indoors, hop on your trusty computer, and file those taxes online. Not having to pay the IRS is a Godsend and receiving that refund check is like Christmas (or any holiday gift). If you have a kid like me, you’ll even get a Child Tax Credit which will add some extra dollars to that check.


Throughout the year, so many of us gamers put off buying things we’d love to own for various reasons. Now with tax season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to purchase those long-awaited for items.

So what should you buy?
Splatoon Information Squirts Ink in Your Eye Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:56:47 -0500 TumsST

Nintendo will soon have more squid on the menu to go with the likes of the different variations of Bloober in the Squidlings of Splatoon. Splatoon was shown off at last year's E3 and I was able to give it a test run. It is just what Nintendo needs to show they are still about taking risks and bringing fun new properties to the fans. In a recent Famitsu feature, more details pertaining to the game were revealed and it shed a little more light on the game.

It sounds like the main story mode will be hero mode and play like a 3D platformer. You could probably think Super Mario 3D Land/Mario Galaxy for example. In Nintendo fashion, online matches will be played with people with similar skills. That way you won't feel overmatched and have fun playing. Speaking of online matches, there won't be any computer controlled players so it's all people playing. This feature will add to the fun and challenge because your opponents won't have an easy attack pattern to learn/observe. Playing against people will also make you a better player because you can see other strategies for winning. 

Since the game has online matches against actual people only, it was a little disappointing that the game, at this time, doesn't have communication between players during online matches. Now, like I said, that could change closer to the release date, but Nintendo hasn't been one to have online communication too often.One exception to this is the Wii Speak channel on the Wii that really only had interaction with Animal Crossing, and you had to be friends with people to interact with them. Now, this information could be totally false but it will be interesting to see what's in the final version of the game but I would like to see some form of blooper in the game to pay homage to the classic Mario enemy.