I just got myself a shiny black 3DS today. I have to say I’m extremely impressed by the virtual console. I still can’t play with the 3D on though, so I still think it’s a gimmick. Might change my mind eventually. I couldn’t find OoT 3D anywhere so I got Spirit Tracks instead. Hopefully, I’ll get OoT 3D next week. Anyhow, the first thing I did when I opened up the e-shop was to purchase Super Mario Land. I must say at 3.99$, this is not too shabby at all. I had fond memories of this game, as it took me a while to complete as a child. I showed it to my girlfriend and she reminded me that there was a second Mario game released for the original Game Boy. I completely forgot about that! Super Mario Land 2 was awesome! Can’t wait for the virtual console release.
Mario Land doesn’t really compare to the other Mario games. The level designs are for the most part not very challenging nor original. All you do is avoid enemies while navigating your way through a very simple level. All the levels actually repeat themselves as you move along. There are only 12 levels in the entire game, making this the shortest Mario game out there. Still though, for the time (this was released in ’89), Super Mario Land was a great portable title. I still say it is. It’s perfect for short and quick playthroughs. The difficulty does pick up near the end too as I quickly found out. I was completing level after level without many problems until I started to lose lives by the handful near the end. I was able to complete the game with only 4 lives yet. I’m sure I can do better in my next playthrough.
There are some weird things about this Mario game. For starters, the flower makes Mario shoot rubber balls. Secondly, there are Gradius-style levels in this game. Awesome! The enemies are bizarre too, and so are some worlds. The second world is played in an Egyptian landmark with strange writings all over the place. Mario himself is also very small, barely visible at his lowest form. Still though, playing through this game brought back memories and for only 4$, I’d say it’s worth a try. The controls are spot on, made just a bit harder thanks to the 3DS’ “made for babies” D-Pad. That’s my 2 cents, take it for what you will.