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Super Mario 3D Land comes with new 3DS firmware

Japanese Super Mario 3D Land carts have started dropping into 3DS slots, and early reports from the country indicate that the game comes packed with brand new firmware for the system. What does the firmware update do, you wonder? Apparently, it makes the portable's friends list a bit more functio...

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Yes, of course Shigeru Miyamoto is involved in Super Mario 3D Land

Like with previous Mario titles, the little plumber's creator is once again involved in Nintendo's next project, Super Mario 3D Land. In a recent Famitsu interview (translated by 1UP), Shigeru Miyamoto explains his role as "general producer" on the title, saying that he was uninvolved until about...

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Super Mario Land 3D media is overpowering

If you can watch the latest Super Mario 3D Land trailer without being overcome by waves of profound, heart-swelling joy and nostalgia, then congratulations. You are now prepared for a career in politics. ...

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Super Mario 3D Land preview: New tricks

I imagine the pre-production on Super Mario 3D Land was some kind of Frankenstein experiment, where a group of developers in full-on white lab coats picked apart previous Super Mario titles for their choicest features to create Super Mario 3D Land. It's really an amalgamation of previous efforts,...

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Super Mario 3D Land features SpotPass item trading, 'Assist Blocks'

While there's no word on an implementation of the "Super Guide" feature in Super Mario 3D Land, a Japanese retail display box reveals the presence of "Assist Blocks." These winged blocks will act sort of as a Super Guide analogue, dispensing helpful items to players having a hard time. They even ...

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Kirby? Mario? Zelda? It's a Nintendo gameplay video-splosion!

OK, so last night's Nintendo TGS keynote may not have had a mountain of relevant info for us stateside. But it had a lot of moving images we've not seen before, and we'll take that entertainment over boring old information any day of the week. We've got all the good parts just after the brea...

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Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, and more dated

Not content with the mini-flood of 3DS news out of last night's Nintendo 3DS Conference? Nintendo of America has some exciting news tailored to American tastes, including release dates for its two biggest upcoming 2011 releases. Super Mario 3D Land will travel into America (and into your scree...

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Nintendo's Comic-Con lounge stocked with Mario, Zelda, Rhythm Heaven, and more

To keep you from ever having to look at an actual comic at Comic-Con, another game company has announced its lineup of playable demos. You'll be able to play a great deal of Nintendo's recent and upcoming 3DS lineup, most of its Wii lineup ... and Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 on DS. Nintendo ...

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Super Mario preview: 3D plus 2.5D plus Super Mario Bros. 3

The new Super Mario for 3DS is an interesting new take on 3D Mario gameplay ... in that it largely restricts the level design to 2D. Or, at least, 2.5D. There are plenty of sections where you move in and out of the screen, sure, but for the most part, you're following corridor-style paths from le...

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Super Mario 3D trailer is just the best

Keep close track of your pants, dear reader, because any lapse in attention could result in them being charmed clean off of you by this trailer for Super Mario 3D. A 3D leaf transforming Mario into a 3D Tanooki? Can the human heart explode from joy?...

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