Super Mario 3D Land Tips And Tricks
Plow through the Mushroom Kingdom with these helpful hints.
After months of waiting, Nintendo fans will finally get their Mario fix in the highly anticipated 3DS adventure, Super Mario 3D Land, which hits shelves November 13. The game once again casts players as the mustachioed plumber, tasked with rescuing the beautiful Princess Peach from Mario's arch nemesis, Bowser.
For anyone that's played a Mario title, 3D Land will feel instantly familiar, as the gameplay still involves squashing goombas, smashing bricks and collecting gold coins.
That said, you should have no trouble beating the game, especially with these tips and tricks.
Turn 3D on
Don't get us wrong. Super Mario 3D Land plays just fine without glasses free 3D, but adjusting the built-in slider offers a wonderfully new and refreshing perspective that makes completing stages significantly easier.
With 3D, enemies and bricks pop off the screen. Not only that, but you'll have more success judging distances between objects, which comes in handy for making dangerous jumps.
Most importantly, it looks sweet. Unless the effect hurts your eyes, definitely take advantage of this. Just be sure to take a break every once and a while.
Collect as many Star Coins as possible
Each level contains three Star Coins to collect. Although you don't have to grab them to complete a stage, you will need a certain number of coins to access select levels, especially Bowser's castles.
Finding Star Coins: don't be afraid to explore
Nintendo did a wonderful job hiding Star Coins, some of which take a while (and serious video game skill) to locate.
With this in mind, be sure to travel off the beaten path. If you see a strange platform that leads in a different direction, chances are there's a Star Coin nearby.
Grab clocks to increase time
Similar to Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3, you only have a certain amount of time to complete a level. Thankfully, the developers scattered tiny clocks that, when picked up, buy Mario some extra time. This definitely comes in handy while searching for Star Coins.
Make things easier with the White Tanooki Suit
Stuck on a particular level? Nintendo has a solution. Die a certain number of times, and a White Tanooki Suit appears. Grab it, and Mario becomes invincible throughout the level, where not even Bowser's humongous fireballs and tail whipping attack can stop him.
Fly away with the P-Wing
The P-Wing from Super Mario Bros. 3 makes a triumphant return, though it works a bit differently. Pick up and activate it (after dying several times), and Mario instantly travels to the end of a stage.
Use the binoculars
A certain number of levels feature binoculars that do more than let you admire the pretty scenery. By physically tilting the 3DS (thanks to the built-in gyroscope), you're able to search for Toads that, when found, drop goodies (a Star Coin, perhaps) onto the playfield.
Use the coin box
Some levels feature a coin box that Mario can put over his head. Do this, and he'll earn gold coins until you take it off.
Keep an extra power-up handy
Nintendo lets you store one extra power-up, in addition the one Mario currently uses, be it Mushroom, Fire Flower, Tanooki or Boomerang suit. Always nice to have on hand in case you run into trouble.
Activate mid-level checkpoints
Reach a level's halfway point, and you'll come upon a tiny flagpole. Touch it, and A.) you'll restart from this checkpoint after dying, and B.) Mario receives a free Mushroom power-up, used automatically.
Study boss patterns
Each of the game's boss fights feature subtle variations. Search for weak points and analyze attacks to better combat your foes.
Bowser: Quickly run underneath the big lug while he's in the air. Also be sure to avoid his tail attack (simply jump over it).
Bowser's annoying kids: You must jump on their heads three times each, but watch out for their spinning fists and boomerang attacks. They're most vulnerable when dizzy.
Hit exclamation point boxes
Doing this results in platforms appearing out of thin air, allowing you to explore previously unreachable areas. Just pay attention to the ticking clock noise. The faster it becomes, the more likely it is those blocks will disappear, forcing you to hit that red block again.
Visit Toad huts
You'll always receive some sort of power-up, either from the game or friends via the StreetPass feature.
Grab the Propeller Box
This cute item lets Mario shoot into the air and hover for extended periods of time. It's a great way to grab lots of coins and locate hidden Star Coins.