Super Mario 3D Land: Flying Underneath The Radar?
The gaming community needs to pay more attention to the plumber's latest adventure.
Each day, it seems like hardcore players discuss the same video games, where almost every headline involves either Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Uncharted 3 or Batman: Arkham City, to which we can't help but ask the following: there is a new Mario game coming out this year, right?
It's a silly question, of course. We're less than a month away from Super Mario 3D Land, the long awaited 3DS adventure starring Nintendo's iconic mascot. Considering New Super Mario Bros. sold in excess of 18 million copies on DS, this new game has enormous potential that far outpaces the games listed above. It may in fact become 2011's highest selling game, outside of those ridiculous digital downloads for Angry Birds.
With this in mind, Mario's biggest game to date seems a bit under hyped. The Nintendo faithful have November 13 marked on their calendars, for sure, but everyone else has seemingly brushed this title aside for no other reason than simple video game overload.
Fair enough. This holiday season has already seen an unprecedented level of quality, and Mario has two tough acts to follow in the form of Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls V, which appear on store shelves the week prior.
That said, it would be silly to dismiss this game as just another Mario title, or because he doesn't have the impact he once did. Blasphemy, we say. If anything, Mario's stronger than ever, and he'll have a huge impact on 3DS sales moving forward.
Nintendo, meanwhile, will probably kick the Mario marketing machine into high gear the first week of November, with various promotions taking place across the U.S. Bottom line, everyone's favorite plumber will eventually appear just about everywhere.
For now, though, Super Mario 3D Land remains a bit on the outside, sort of like a distant planet on the outer edges of our solar system, by no means a bad thing per se. More like the calm before the pasta gobbling storm.