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Nintendo calls Super Mario 3D Land an "entry point" for consumers

Nintendo calls Super Mario 3D Land an "entry point" for consumers

Fri 16 Mar 2012 9:36pm GMT / 5:36pm EDT / 2:36pm PDT
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Director Koichi Hayashida has said that he wanted to make this entry easier than past titles

Super Mario 3D Land director Koichi Hayashida intended for the title to be an "entry point" into the series for consumers. The game includes a very easy first half before ramping up the difficulty greatly in the second half.

"We thought of setting the difficulty level about as low as we could go realistically for this game because we saw this as an entry point to the Mario games for a lot of people," director Koichi Hayashida told Joystiq. "So the way we see it is someone would pick up Super Mario 3D Land and play that, and then maybe they would move onto Super Mario Galaxy or Super Mario Sunshine or Super Mario 64 after that."

Hayashida admitted that even he had trouble with previous Mario games.

"Speaking as a Mario game fan personally, I should admit that I had trouble trying to clear the first two Super Mario Bros. games," Hayashida said. "So for me, I wanted to create a game that I could at the very least clear. Even if it meant using Assist Blocks, I was able to clear this one, of course."

The game has been a big success on Nintendo, having sold 5 million units by the end of January 2012. Super Mario 3D Land was still number 8 on the Media Create sales chart for Japan last week.

5 Comments

Dolly Palton
freelance artist

47 9 0.2
3d mario is always way way way easier than 2d.

Posted:2 years ago

#1

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

2,210 2,051 0.9
Dolly Super Mario Galaxy 2 presented some serious challenge picking up all 242 stars.

Posted:2 years ago

#2

Dolly Palton
freelance artist

47 9 0.2
I aggree 3D marios have always proved more challenging to enter for non gamers/casual gamers. Mario 3D land is one of the best mario's made. Even tough on the later levels!

Posted:2 years ago

#3

Patrick Frost
QA Project Monitor

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I find it interesting that he mentioned Sunshine. It makes me more suspicious that Nintendo are planning to revive the Gamecube games, possibly for Wii U virtual console.

Posted:2 years ago

#4

Dolly Palton
freelance artist

47 9 0.2
If nintendo doesnt offer GCN VC games on Wii U I will eat my shoe! Mario Sunshine is the best 3d platformer of the last generation (even if it was considered inferior to Mario 64)

Posted:2 years ago

#5

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