E3 2011: Super Mario 3DS Impressions Preview

Nintendo shows off Mario's latest adventure on the 3DS at its E3 press conference.

It might have been a bit odd to launch a new handheld without a Mario game in the day-one lineup, but it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer. Super Mario for the Nintendo 3DS is set to come out before the year is over, and we got a quick look at gameplay at Nintendo's press conference during the first day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. It's a new 3D platforming adventure with different perspectives, blending a bit of side-scrolling and 3D gameplay that we've grown accustomed to since Mario 64.

What's exciting is that the raccoon suit is back, a brown cuddly suit with a striped-tail that is adorable but doesn't help Mario look any slimmer. While we didn't see Mario take flight, we're sure that the leaf power-up has properties that we're just dying to take advantage of. Familiar foes like goombas, cheep cheeps, and bob-ombs will return for Mario to stomp on, and it looks like some members of the Koopa clan will be around for some entertaining boss battles. Some levels--which shared themes from previous Mario games--had a top-down perspective, while some areas had Mario moving from left to right. We watched as Mario carefully walked along rails, dodged spikes, jumped over rotating blocks, bounced along a keyboard, and doggy-paddled underwater.

Super Mario will be playable on the E3 show floor, so be sure to keep an eye out for a hands-on update later on today. The game is set to come out by the end of the year.

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9 comments
Crash6
Crash6

I'm gettin' it......

Demonjoe93
Demonjoe93

This game is gonna be awesome. I'm predicting AAA.

mcnabb_2007
mcnabb_2007

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JoePiervincenti
JoePiervincenti

hate to judge but yeah, that's very odd to find Mario Sunshine the best game in the franchise. To me, that would be like someone saying Zelda II for NES was the best game of the Zelda franchise... lol

map586
map586

No your opinion doesn't matter when you think the worst Mario game is the best.

_IronManDude_
_IronManDude_

What do you wanna bet it will be ridiculously easy and short, just like the Galaxy games? But alas, my opinion doesn't matter, as my favorite Mario game is still Sunshine.

calvinsora
calvinsora

This game will be awesome, that I am sure of.

cayne_phoenix
cayne_phoenix

going to watch the demo on E3 for sure for Mario!