I finished Super Mario Land 3DS as completely as a person can. No secret was left uncovered, no coin left uncollected. I used over 300 one ups. All in all it’s a pretty well made game. As I’ve said before the difficulty curve is a little wonky, but not that bad.
That’s the absolute final level you unlock when you collect everything. Usually I hate stuff like this because I can never do whatever tasks are required. I’m a pretty decent Mario player though.
For those of you who aren’t aware, the 3DS has a lot of built in wireless functionality. In Mario 3DS you can recieve and give special gift levels and trade completion times. I don’t know how the 3DS chooses it, but someone on your streetpass list is selected as your rival and your times are shown alongside theirs. Here’s the deal though, I’ve never met the dude who is my rival. I passed him on the street at some point and the DS decided he was the guy. He’s also in my Mario Kart game as a rival. To top it all off he’s not all that good at either game. I have to wonder if he’s on the other end of this thing wondering who the fuck I am and why I’m so fast at completing levels.
I tried not to pay attention to the times in Mario Land, but every so often I couldn’t help but see. Then I’d go into the level and make absolutely sure that even matching my time would be difficult. I pick really dumb things to be competetive about.
I’m not very good at Mario Kart, by comparison. I’ve gotten all the 3 star ratings, but, in reality, that’s the least best you can do. Once you go online it’s all super players that spend a lot of time competing. At least that’s how it was on the Wii. I was pretty good at the Wii version though. Motorcycles were my speciality. On the 3DS I’ve never found one kart selection that works well across all tracks. Maybe that’s for the best. It certainly adds to the replayability. Anyway I haven’t been able to race online since my net connection has deteriorated in the last year or so. My provider is actually working on banning services like Netflix because they use so much bandwidth. The one race I was about to win online errored out, so I have no idea if I would actually have won or not.
If nothing else the 3DS has saturated the area beter than Dragon Quest. I think I only ever met one person who had their game on in the whole time I was playing it. I’ve met 3 people with a 3DS. And when I say “met” I mean passed close enough to them that I got data from their device. I never actually spoke to them. Although in one case I think I saw the person. Hard to know for sure. In any case it’s neat.
Now that I’m done with Mario I guess I’ll go back to Tactics Ogre. The difference between play styles is really wide though, and I can’t just jump in to TO as easily as Mario. I’m having twitch gaming withdrawal.