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Super Mario 3D Land Review: The plumber still amazes

What a relief! After months of waiting, Mario’s arrived on 3DS with all cylinders firing. Super Mario 3D Land isn’t just a good portable Mario game; it’s one of the very best Mario adventures, topped only (for me, anyway) by SMB3 and Galaxy 2. Sharp, ingenious, and fun beyond belief, this game’s a feast for Mario fans as it pays tribute to characters and locales from the franchise’s ...

Super Mario 3D Land offers two different 3D views for gameplay

In the final weeks of game development, the team behind Super Mario 3D Land took a look at the nearly-finished Mariokart 7, liked what they saw, and promptly altered the way you experience 3D in their platformer.

14 reasons I’m excited about Super Mario 3D Land…and 1 reason the box art bugs me

Mario hits the shelves in fourteen days! To celebrate this happy little countdown milestone, here are fourteen reasons to do the Mario! And, yes, there’s something about the box art I don’t like. See if you agree with me; I’ll mention it at the end. But first: Fourteen reasons to charge up your 3DS on November 13th! 1. 3DS really needs this game (understatement of the year) 2. It...

“The 3D Machine” invades Nintendo Video

One thing I wasn’t expecting from my 3DS was its ability to morph into a little portable film festival with truly outstanding entries. Do not miss this week’s Nintendo Video debut of “The 3D Machine” from Rotterdam’s Ka-Ching Cartoons. Not only is this the best film to hit the service so far, but it actually has (drum roll) a reason to be in 3D: the plot involves a cr...

Review: Starfox soars, delivers and makes me glad I have a 3DS

Funny thing: right in the middle of all the current doom-and-gloom discussions, Nintendo’s just released one hell of a great game. Want a break from all the weird recent Nintendo announcements? Care to remember how fantastic this company’s games can be? Buy Starfox 64 3D; it’s a spectacular, funny, smooth-as-silk, super-replayable, nonstop thrill ride. I agree with Infendo Radio’s view tha...

As Starfox 64 3D approaches, take a look at the franchise’s evolution

“‘It’s the universe you’ve been longing for…’ Oh, that stinks. Don’t write that down.” – Shigeru Miyamoto That quote provides a typically fun, good-natured moment in the Starfox-centered “Iwata Asks” feature on Nintendo’s website. It’s been available since the beginning of August, but as the release of Starfox 64 3D draw...

Rumor: Price chopped 3DS is already being targeted for a major do-over

When it rains it pours: Nintendo is allegedly sending the 3DS back to the shop for a major 2012 overhaul, including a head-scratching $10 add-on thumbstick that will attach to the devices’s right side and a decreased emphasis on 3D capabilities. The disheartening rumor arrives courtesy a tipster over at 1UP, who has in the past successfully provided insider information about the Wii U and So...

Review: Spectacular 3D golf hits eShop

There are two ways to approach a review of Let’s Golf 3D: 1) One could say, “Hey, the eShop just got its first third-party 3D game, and it’s a great one! What an awesome addition to the fledgling handheld’s lineup!” 2) Or, one could grumble, “The eShop’s first third-pary 3D game is a port of a year-old iPhone title! Nintendo is doooooooooomed!” Truth...

Review: Can a remake qualify as one of Nintendo’s best-ever releases? Yes!

The return of a classic title on a new platform rarely causes amazement. But this is no ordinary updating or simple port. It’s a complete rebuild, aimed at keeping a great game–possibly the best game Nintendo’s ever made–entertaining and relevant for a new generation, as well as Zelda’s ever-growing fan base. Nintendo did this right. The result is spectacular. It’s ...

Three weeks of 3D–How are your eyes doing?

The first time I played 3DS, my eyes felt tired—But since I played for three straight hours, I wasn’t surprised. The next day, the 3D felt much more natural. It reminds me of getting used to trifocal glasses; my first day with the lenses was like looking through a funhouse mirror, and the next day everything looked perfectly normal. Eyes learn quickly! Now I’m using 3D mode (set anywhere fro...

My picks for launch title 3D Awards

We’ve entered a new era, and glasses-free 3D is now a very real option for modern gameplay. Nintendo’s 3DS launch lineup presents a wide range of approaches in utilizing the new feature, with varying results. Based on extensive time with much of the lineup, here are my entirely subjective pretend-awards for best uses of the third dimension:

Report: Japanese 3DS owners turning off 3D because of tired eyes

Why? Eye strain. Specifically, stereoscopic 3D fatigues the eyes more than normal, says Bashcraft of Kotaku: The anecdotal conclusion I’ve reached is that [eye strain] is the result of having two screens. The top screen can display the 3D effect, while the touch screen is in 2D… This focusing, re-focusing and then focusing again on each screen could be the cause of [eye strain] I̵...