Mario and Zelda this week: A rather brief preview
With all the hidden gems that I spend my time playing there comes a point in time where you just have to stop whatever game it is and start the latest major Nintendo published title. This week there are two huge releases on the same day and seeing as you’re taking the time to read a blog about Nintendo I’m going to assume you know which games they are.
Super Mario 3D Land
New Super Mario Bros. was released in 2006 to critical praise and it was Mario’s first official handheld appearance since Super Mario Land 2 in 1993* so it was no surprise it went on to sell 26.21 million copies. Since 2006 the main console game have had Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and of course New Super Mario Bros. Wii. When the 3DS was announced so was the new Mario game.
The game is already out in North America and I’ve avoided any spoilers on this like the plague. The game itself is designed to bridge the gap between 2D and 3D Mario games as a lot of the older Mario fans were having trouble adapting. Add onto that the retro SMB3 feel including P-wings and Tanooki as well as Mario being his regular and Super Mario size. I’ve not played the game yet but I am rather excited for this, the week it was released in Japan 145,000 3DS’ were sold so it seems that it’s the first original A+ title for the console.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Zelda games are opposite to Mario games, we get more of them on the handheld consoles. Since Twilight Princess we’ve had Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks and a remade Ocarina of Time. As most know TP was a Gamecube game with controls added and a reverse map to make it a Wii launch title so the purist in me cannot wait for a Zelda game designed for this console. Just watch this video to get yourself hyped. I’ve only seen two trailers for the game as I want to keep everything a surprise as I play through. The game has had some very high review scores with Edge giving it a perfect score but remember you’ll need Motion plus for the game.
Super Mario 3D Land and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is released Friday 18th November in the European regions,
*European release date, the game was released in 1992 in Japan and North America.